The Chronicles of Foxton
The town is surrounded by cultivated land — fields, vineyards, and orchards. Foxton is actually quite famous in certain circles for its wine, cider, and pearry, which it exports to other parts of the country. There are around 50 or 60 villages within the province, of varying size; most of them are devoted to farming but a largish number of them (deeper in the hills) are mining settlements.
Outside of the cleared areas, Foxton is forested. It sits in the middle of the Silver Forest (named for its large number of silvery evergreens). The forest around Foxton is mostly spruce, pine, cottonwood, ash, and maple. The mountains have more pine and aspen as you go further in. It is a dense and ancient forest, full of tricks and traps for the unwary, so most people don’t go too deep into it if they can help it. Some timber is harvested from the edges, but this is not a major industry in the province.
Foxton is in the rain shadow of the Platinum Hills, so it doesn’t get quite as much rain as the rest of the country. It has warm dry summers, and cold dry winters. Spring and fall are when it gets most of its precipitation. The hills get considerably more rainfall and snowfall than the lowlands.
The Platinum Hills are very similar (geologically speaking) to the Black Hills of South Dakota. It has a core of tall igneous mountains surrounded by a ring of lower sedimentary hills. The outer ring has a lot of caves but not much mineral wealth. Most of the gold, silver, iron, tin, and (of course!) platinum is mined in the deeper parts of the mountain. It can be pretty lawless up there in the hills, and banditry and hostile monsters are always a problem.