The forest is an ancient, mysterious and dangerous place full of wild creatures and spiteful forest spirits such as Dryads and Treemen. The Wood Elves inhabit the forest, but they are just as fickle as it's other denizens and will mercilessly kill any intruders.
Additionally, the forest is somewhat similar to The Chaos Wastes in that it does not always follow the physical laws of the world - one part of the forest may be in constant night or day, another in constant winter or summer. Time may flow more slowly or quickly inside the forest than outside, so someone might enter the wood for a few hours and then leave to find 100 years have passed.
A boundary of magical standing stones keeps the forest from expanding too far outwards. The most dangerous part of the forest is the Realm of Cythral, also called the 'Wildwood', which is where the Wood Elves imprison the most destructive forest spirits. At the heart of Athel Loren lies the huge Oak of Ages, a magical tree which is linked to the life of the forest and the Wood Elves. The Oak extends it's worldroots across the world.
Inside the forest Wood Elves factions construct Forest settlements (Elven Halls), while outside of it they are limited to Asrai Lookouts. The Oak of Ages is critical to campaign victory for Wood Elves factions.
- Who can occupy Athel Loren?
In the regional occupation system, the forest can only be colonized by Wood Elves factions.
Athel Loren has the following provinces in campaign.
Before Athel Loren was added to The Old World along with the Realm of the Wood Elves DLC, the area was made up of impassable forest.
- Argwylon (province) - starting location for Argwylon faction
- Talsyn - starting location for the main Wood Elves faction
- Torgovann (province)
- Wydrioth (province)
- Yn Edri Eternos
- Realm of Anmyr
- Realm of Arranoc
- Realm of Argwylon - starting location for Argwylon faction
- Realm of Atylwyth
- Realm of Cavaroc
- Realm of Cythral
- Realm of Fyr Darric
- Realm of Modryn
- Realm of Talsyn - starting location for main Wood Elves faction
- Realm of Tirsyth
- Realm of Torgovann
- Realm of Wydrioth
- Yn Edri Eternos