Earthdawn: The dawning of a new age
The Blood Wood was once known as the Wyrm Wood, before the desperate acts undertaken by Queen Alachia and the magicians of the wood. The Ritual of the Thorns transformed the wood and the Blood Elves living there, permanently embedding painful thorns into their flesh. The Wood itself was transformed into a different kind of creature, feeding off the constant dripping blood from the thorns of the elves. While the magic of this process repelled the Horrors and kept the Wood safe during the Scourge, it also corrupted the Wood’s heart, creating a magical cancer that was slowly spreading and eating the land itself alive.
The Blood Wood is centred near the real world location of Chernobyl, which translates as “Wormwood” and, of course, the Blood Wood used to be the Wyrm Wood.