Hole in the Sky
The Landing Zone or when and where the players land in the ancient era. is basically in the Atlas Mountains, about 60 miles southwest of the Roman-Numidian city of [[Hippo.]] Hippo is the capital city of the Roman client state, Numidia – basically, northern Algeria in our world, and Hippo is in the same place that the later Turkish-Arab-Berber and modern Algerian city Annaba will be. Hippo itself was destroyed a few times but always with a city rebuilt on the ruins since it has a river and a harbor.
The mountains brought with the town would be about 2000 feet taller than any others within a hundred miles or so and Perdition itself was at just over a mile high. But after the transition, the new mountain heights are over 1000 feet lower than they were before, still making them taller than the local sub-range of the Eastern Atlas Mountains.
The local mountains are covered in a mixed forest of black pine at higher elevations, cork oak at lower levels mixed with several other sorts of evergreen and deciduous trees. Other native plants are not that different from what the time travelers may have known before.
The Sequoia forest brought with the transition towers over the local forest by hundreds of feet. Red oak and scrub oak are also not native to the area along with prickly pear cactus, sage, blueberries, wild potatoes, and tree tobacco. Cultivated plants from various gardens in the town and at Melody Ranch may have an impact on the new world. Tomatoes, corn, potatoes, sweet potatoes, sunflowers and a few other New World garden plants are unknown in the Mediterranean.
North Africa at this time has lions, leopards, wolves, hyenas, jackals, cheetahs, lynxes and a few brown bears for larger predators. Smaller predators include cats, foxes and various members of the weasel and civet tribes.
The 110 or so square miles of Southern California mountains brought a few cougars, black bears, raccoons and coyotes along with red and gray foxes, bobcats, badgers and weasels. Dogs and housecats from the town will blend right in. Two kinds of skunk, too.
Prey animals in the North African area include elephants, rhinos, antelopes of several kind, gazelles, deer, wild cattle and wild donkeys along with hyraxes, squirrels and rabbits.
California prey animals brought along include white tail deer, mountain sheep, pronghorn antelope, jack rabbits, cottontails, porcupines along with squirrels and gophers and feral donkeys.
The mix of birds in the area is colorful but not too important, though there is nothing quite like a scrub or Steller’s jay or mockingbird in North Africa.
Domestic animals in Numidia include cattle, sheep, goats, horses, donkeys, camels, elephants, pigs, geese and chickens. Numidia was in fact famous for its horses, hence the name in Greek of its capital city, Hippo.
The Perdition area raised sheep, horses, donkeys, pigs, chickens and turkeys. The horses of Melody Ranch are quite fine but most are mares and geldings. There are only six intact stallions in the area out of about 90 horses. Half of the Perdition horses are ponies but those are nearly as big as the North African horse breeds.
There is one large Missouri jack donkey and one Mexican jack burro, but three or four wild male donkeys and a dozen or so jennets, wild and tame. Local wild donkeys are much smaller and the tame ones are no bigger than burros.
The sheep of MR are also very highly developed animals giving lots of fine wool compared to the native North African breeds. Perdition chickens are larger and lay more eggs and there is no domestic bird comparable to the turkey north of the Sahara and west of Persia. The dozen or so domestic pigs in Perdition are giants compared to the local breeds, four or five times as heavy.