Civilization is strong. This has been proven countless times. On a world where nature works in a way that makes having a place a hard and never-ending fight, human population has managed to settle almost everywhere on land, fighting off most of the animal and vegetal species that dominated the place before in the process.
The Tann is one of the places that justify this “almost”. Separated from the other lands hundreds millions of years ago, standing on tropical latitudes, this gigantic island whose size earned it the title of continent was accosted late in the era of great discoveries, and held no real interest compared to the two other new lands that were explored at this time. This is one of the reasons only a few pioneers settled on its coasts - but not the main one.
The ground of the whole island is acidic, nitrogen-poor. This kind of biotope usually sees a very specific type of plants grow on it – plants that can obtain nitrogen from other sources - , and never have a luxuriant vegetation. This is not the case here. As soon as the beaches that border most of the coast end, a dense jungle takes their place and covers the entire island from there. At least half of its surface is hidden under gigantic trees that create a thick canopy several dozens of meter above the ground and prevent most of the sun beams to reach the rest of the plants under them. These harsh conditions stimulated evolution in an unrestrained race for adaptation since the continent got isolated from the rest of the world and the flora has developed unique ways of surviving. Numerous carnivorous plants of course, some whose size defy imagination, but also lots of completely unique techniques to get the nutrients and the energy they can’t obtain by the traditional methods. In response the fauna has adapted as well, most of the big animals either disappearing to the benefit of smaller species or becoming perfect predators and survivors, succeeding in making this jungle one of the most dangerous places in the world.
The local populations have long learnt to stay confined to the coasts, and the multiple attempts to create more habitable space by taking it to the jungle during the last century have all resulted in complete failures. Diseases, poisons, humidity, mold, added to an aggressive fauna and a flora almost as deadly, have convinced the boldest companies that there was nothing to earn in the Tann, and much to lose.
Today the only human beings who venture into the Tannish jungle are scientific teams willing to explore this virgin forest. It is not rare that well prepared groups enter the jungle never to be seen again, for a complete documentation about what lies in between the trees doesn’t exist and most probably won’t ever…