Island Discovered in Okefenokee

by Lena Willis, Staff Writer

(MWSE, Brunswick GA, November 17) This summer’s wildfire and subsequent hurricane revealed a surprise in the Okefenokee Swamp.  In addition to burning away heavy thickets of brush, familiarly known as hells, these natural forces have revealed a previously unknown island in the southern portion of the swamp off Billy’s Lake.

The fire burned the undergrowth and many of the trees on the various islands, but this new island appears relatively untouched despite the destruction around it.  The fire burned that area of the swamp heavily.  Because the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, which manages the Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge, uses helicopters to reach islands that are otherwise inaccessible, the fact that no one has spotted this island before is mystifying.  Before the fire destroyed the thickets, it would also have been inaccessible except by air.

The swamp is a source of concern for the Southeast Collegium because of the recent, intense interest in it displayed by ghouls.  According to Collegium Loremaster Gerry Armitage, the most likely explanation for this island’s sudden appearance is that magic either created or previously concealed it.  Magekind were unaware of its existence until mage archaeologists saw a short article about a Mundane dig on the island in the November issue of Modern Archaeology.

By that time, the Mundane dig was in progress, hampering mage investigative opportunities because of the need for secrecy.  The dig has reportedly uncovered Bronze Age weaponry in the form of smelted metal, an anomaly for Native American tribes of the period.  These anachronistic finds have provided an opportunity to investigate safely.  Collegium Assistant Loremaster Dr. Will Davis, an archaeologist consulting for the Veritas Antiquam Foundation, has joined the dig team.  Davis will examine the island as well as the relics uncovered to date.