The Seventh Valley

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The Seventh Valley
Population: 11,000
Class: Free Area
Affiliation: Free
Area 1.6 square miles

In the shadows of the Cleveland Enclave is a valley with very potent magic. This valley, known as the Seventh Valley, is thought to be the purest magical area in the wastes. Every being born in the valley is gifted with some form of magic (Adept or Magician). Thanks to this concentration of magic, the valley is intrinsically protected against most attacks as chemical and electrical systems are disrupted. Despite this natural protection, the valley's inhabitants are all trained in martial arts or magic. Many residents believe that runes are vital to their use of magic and will tattoo themselves with symbols of power.

One of the major problems in the valley is overpopulation. The inhabitants are essentially modern hippies and breed like rabbits. This has led to a few oddities of culture in the valley. The first is naming; naming is based on the school of combat/magic that the individual attends, the class name, and the number in the class (based on age). The second oddity is the pilgrimage that all individuals go on when their training is complete. The 200-400 men and women (besides those already raising youths of their own) are sent out alone for five years to use their gifts to help the world outside the valley. The pilgrimage has a very low return rate, from deaths, those that can't find their way home, and those that don't want to come home. Those that return are then given choose their own names based on their experience. Third is the spirit of individuality that seems to infect the youth before they leave the valley, perhaps as a result of the diminished identity from naming. They seem to have gone towards a hippy movement, often wearing outfits made of bones, bark, or plant matter. They do wear normal clothing but that seems to not be their first choice.

Inhabitants of the valley are well known for their ability to upset folks thanks to vastly different world views. They often fail to understand how business is done in the wastes and when they attempt to emulate it they do so poorly. They tend to take and use what they need but never take what they don't (with the exception of food and water, they ALWAYS feel that they need it).