This is a record of a many of the species of plants and mundane animals that populate the Themblise valley, coastline, and mountain border. Because the world of Alturas primarily uses real-life species of plants and animals, I have kept the common name of a plant, even if it is not what it would be called in Themble. For instance, a California poppy would be referred to as an orange poppy in Themble (since there is no California in the world of Alturas). Themblise plants and animals are mostly based off of what is common in parts of California, Italy, and other parts of the Mediterranean, although there are some outliers (the maidenhair/ginkgo tree, for instance, which is native to China).

Flora

Trees, Shrubs, and Bushes

Italian stone pine, scrub oak, valley oak, canyon live oak, blue oak, interior live oak, downy oak, juniper, field maple, manna ash, western sycamore, black cottonwood, big leaf maple, field elm, maidenhair, California buckeye, white poplar, white alder, red alder, shadbush, bearberry, sagebrush, coyote brush, water birch, incense cedar, California spice bush, western redbud, mountain and curled leaf mahoganies, desert willow, rabbit brush, western dogwood, Arizona and MacNab cypresses, bush poppy, flowering ash, flannel bush, toyon, silk tassle bush, gaping penstemon, hairy honeysuckle, wax myrtle, mock orange, ponderosa pine, Jeffrey pine, digger (grey) pine, sugar pine, quaking aspen, western swordfern, coffeeberry, skunkbush, golden currant, sierra gooseberry, sandbar willow, arroyo willow, red willow, several species of sage, rosemary, blue elderberry, California snowdrop, snowberry, Califronia bay, Mediterranean fan palm, crimson bottlebrush, laurustinus, eucalyptus, Grecian laurel, and many varieties of manzanita.

Western Sycamore’s are a common sight in Themble, easily identifiable by their large stature and white dotted bark.

Flowers, Grasses, and Other Plants

Hound’s tongue, daffodil, monkshood, nodding onion, mountain pennyroyal, yarrow, buttercup, ookow, several species of lupin, shooting star, California poppy, red columbine, Pacific mandrone, mugwort, milkweed, pipe vine, California aster, lilac, California brodiaea, elegant brodiaea, squaw carpet, buttonbush, weavy-leafed and common soap plants, Jimson Weed (devil’s snare), seaside daisy, spreading fleabane, woolly sunflower, sulfur flower, California fescue, alumroot, St. John’s wort, California hibiscus, Douglas iris, Pacific Coast iris, yellow iris, baltic and spreading and irisleaf rushes, yellow bush snapdragon, blue flax, leopard (panther) lily, Oregon grape holly, seep and scarlet monkey flowers, coyote mint, deer grass, scarlet bugler, foothill penstemon, slender cinquefoil, hollyleaf cherry, western azalea, matilija poppy, California wild rose, Butte County checkerbloom, blue eyed grass, goldenrod, Douglas’ spirarea, Ithuriel’s Spear, mountain mule ears, giant chain fern, sweet pea, wood violets, grape hyacinth, narcissus, Persian buttercup, kinnikinnick, minor periwinkle, wallflower, and camellia.

A digital sketch of a concept for the Clarion Castle’s gardens.

Crops

Tomatoes, lemons, oranges, peaches, pomegranates, apples, apricots, nectarines, pears, plums, persimmons, grapes, cherries, blackberries, raspberries, blueberries, strawberries, boysenberries, thimbleberries, salmonberries, huckleberries, artichokes, asparagus, green beans, carrots, onions, potatoes, garlic, almonds, walnuts, pecans, olives, hazelnuts, nutmeg, arugula, basil, oregano, mint, thyme, rosemary, parsley, wheat, barley, oats, and alfalfa.

Fauna

Wild Animals

Mule deer, raccoons, black bears, field mice, mountain lions (cougars/pumas), wild boar, black-tailed jackrabbits, common gray foxes, minks, long-tailed weasels, river otters, striped skunks, gray squirrels, bobcats, and coyotes.

Domesticated Animals

Various breeds of cows, horses, donkeys, pigs, chickens, dogs, cats, goats, and sheep.

Birds

Scrub jays, turkeys, California valley quail, Canadian geese, acorn woodpeckers, common barn owls, great horned owls, spotted owls, mallards, northern pintails, gadwalls, wood ducks, northern shovelers, redhead ducks, ring-necked ducks, ruddy ducks, snow geese, Wilson’s snipe, killdeer, little bitterns, grey herons, great blue herons, great egrets, brown pelicans, European storm petrel, sandwich tern, whiskered tern, Caspian terns, Mediterranean gulls, black-headed gulls, slender-billed gulls, Sabine’s gulls, mourning dove, osprey, bald eagles, red tailed hawks, golden eagles, northern harriers, white-tailed kites, American kestrels, and turkey vultures.

Freshwater Fishes and Other Creatures

Largemouth bass, smallmouth bass, spotted bass, redeye bass, bluegill, brown trout, rainbow trout, marbled trout, brook lamprey, pike, green sunfish, black crappie, white catfish, Adriatic sturgeon, steam goby, chinook salmon, steelhead, Sacramento suckers, riffle scuplin, California roach, and crawdad.

Sea Life

Fish

Bluefin tuna, Atlantic white marlin, blue marlin, Mediterranean spearfish, scale-ray wrasse, dusky grouper, sunfish, Adriatic sturgeon, Risso’s smooth-head, cardinal fish, Argentine smelt, big-scale sand smelt, Mediterranean sand smelt, royal flagfin, garfish, Agujon needlefish, sphinx blenny, butterfly blenny, Montagu’s blenny, black-headed blenny, tompot blenny, rusty blenny, tentacled blenny, Zvonimir’s blenny, Arabian fangblenny, peacock blenny, and other species of combtooth blennies, Molly miller, scaldback, wide-eyed flounder, Atlantic pomfret, parrot seaperch, banded dragonet, sailfin dragonet, Risso’s dragonet, phaeton dragonet, boarfish, vadigo, leerfish, pilotfish, greater amberjack, pompano, Mediterranean horse mackerel, Atlantic horse mackerel, longspine snipefish, rudderfish, cornish blackfish, imperial blackfish, red bandfish, rabbit fish, shortnose greeneye, spotted flounder, cline, allis shad, twaite shad, European pilchard, round sardinella, European conger, thinlip conger, pompano dolphin fish, common dolpinfish, tonguesole, flying gurnard, marlin sucker, shark sucker, European anchovy, pencil cardinal, velvet belly, balbo sabertooth, oceanic two-wing flying fish, black wing flying fish, silvery pout, whiting, pouting, blunt-snouted clingfish, Connemara clingfish, shore clingfish, transparent goby, De Buen’s goby, chestnut goby, crystal goby, giant goby, red-mouthed goby, Sarato’s goby, slender goby, and many other species of goby, garrick, veiled anglemouth, Mediterranean spiderfish, spiny butterfly ray, roughtail stingray, common stingray, Tortonese’s stingray, pelagic stingray, bicolor eel, Mediterranean sand eel, European eel, sharpnose sevengill shark, bluntnose six gill shark, bignose shark, thresher shark, blacktip shark, oceanic whitetip shark, sandbar shark, blue shark, little gulper shark, basking shark, kitefin shark, and bramble shark.

Other Sea Life

Common octopus, blue crab, loggerhead sea turtle, green sea turtle, bottlenose dolphin, Risso’s dolphin, short beaked common dolphin, striped dolphin, sperm whale, fin whale, long-finned pilot whale, fan mussel, sea slugs, seahorses, and Mediterranean monk seal.

Insects, Arachnids, and Other Anthropods

Butterflies

Clodius Parnassian, pipevine swallowtail, old world swallowtail, anise swallowtail, western tiger swallowtail, two-tailed swallowtail, pale swallowtail, pine white, spring white, western white, Pacific orangetip, large marble, California marble, orange sulfur, gorgon copper, California hairstreak, hedgerow hairstreak, coastal green hairstreak, Muir’s hairstreak, western tailed-blue, silvery blue, and Sierra Nevada blue.

Others

Bumble bee, ladybug, mosquito, tick, flea, lice, bedbug, house fly, horse fly, daddy long leg, black widow, jumping spider, crane fly (mosquito eater), wasp, yellow jacket, and grasshopper.