On a walk through the Aelordern forest, a young man found a small brass compass on the ground next to the overgrown forest trail he was strolling on. He opened it eagerly and admired the elaborate engravings on the lid, only to notice that the compass point was spinning. It would turn to one of the four cardinal points, pause, and continue to another point. Sometimes there would be a longer pause than usual. He soon realized that the needle's movement was in a pattern, bounded by an even longer pause. When he got home, he quickly wrote down the pattern:
south, east, north, north, south, west, west, north, east, south, south, east, north, west, south, west, north, east, north
He wrote the brief pauses in normal script and the medium pauses in a heavy script, and, as mentioned before, used the long pause to determine the beginning and end of the pattern.
What was the compass pattern describing?