The region consists entirely of bayous and swamps fed by Kamassa River flowing south from Roanoke Ridge. It is bordered by the river to the west, Bluewater Marsh to the north and Lannahechee River to the east and south. It is situated on a delta between outlets of the two rivers, as such, water within the bayou is stagnant, slow moving and full of American alligators resting below and by the riversides.
The region is mostly flat and low-lying characterized by floodplains and an abundance of hardwood trees and mangroves, in particular, growing in the swamp waters. Traversing the area can be slow due to the massive deposits of silt and mud flowing from the river. To avoid this, some of the roadways are elevated on boardwalks. This keeps travelers dry and moving quickly. Despite the soggy, harsh landscape the region is quite populated with the urban conglomeration of Saint Denis extended well beyond the city proper.
Bayou Nwa is heavily reminiscent to the bayous of Louisiana and Texas. Saint Denis, a former French colony, is a counterpart to the real-life New Orleans in Louisiana. The city is the most civilized and industrialized settlement throughout the five American territories. Factories, brickwork structures, and relatively modern transportation systems shape the city. Aside from the city of Saint Denis, there are numerous shacks, outhouses, and stilted structures doting the bayous, often abandoned and dilapidated.
The area is very humid and hot so breathable clothing is advisable when entering the region. In Saint Denis, the temperature is considerable; likewise, swamp fog can sometimes seep into the city. Temperatures regularly reach ninety degrees during the afternoon, and storms are common.
Locations in Bayou Nwa
- Blue Jay
- Legendary Bullgator
- The name "Nwa" comes from the Creole pronunciation for the word for noir, which is the French word for "black". This is likely a reference to the large number of African Americans that reside in the region.