Towering pine trees of silver and blue-gray fill the eastern third of Howlett. By day, sunlight barely penetrates the thick canopy, shrouding the forest floor below in a near perpetual gloom; fog is not uncommon, and sound echoes strangely through the trees, making it all to easy for outsiders to the forest to lose their way. By moonlight, the forest comes alive; glowing with strange, other-worldly colors and a cacophony of animal cries from the many nocturnal denizens of the trees.
In addition to beasts both mundane and magical, the Wychpines are also home to The Imal’eska, the kingdom of the elves, rebuilding their heritage after a millenia of subjugation under the tyrannical Athrintalec. The elven cities, small by human standards, are well hidden within the trees and glades of the forest, and protected by magical wards thar misdirect and confuse interlopers. Should these defenses fail, the sentries of the elves are prepared to turn unwelcome guests back with less subtle threats.
The ancient trees of the forest are scattered with stones and ruins that were old even when Athrintalec was a hatchling. Places of great power, these ruins are studied by scholars hoping to learn secrets of the world before the Dragon Queen. Elven tradition holds that the Wychpine was their home before their enslavement, and many believe these ruins are the remains of an Elven empire, long since forgotten.