As the World Burns
The Tyr Region is rimmed by the Ringing Mountains to the west and the Sea of Silt to the east, but to the south is nothing but desert – a vast desert that never ends, as far as anyone knows. As one travels south from the shores of the Estuary of the Forked Tongue, villages and outposts peter out to wild lands where only a few lonely nomads roam. Beyond that, the traveler comes to silent, empty lands where no one lives at all, and even the vicious predators that haunt the deserts of the Tablelands and the Ivory Triangle grow few and far between. These are the Southern Wastes, a desolate expanse that in all likelihood girdles the rest of the world.
The wastes have no verdant areas or oases large enough to support a city. In fact, the desert takes on a capricious, elemental character as one ventures farther south. Just as the Sea of Silt is an incursion of elemental power into the world, the Southern Wastes are home to other sorts of incursions: mazes of wind-carved canyons, plains of smoking ash, forests of stone columns that drift with the gusts, rivers of fire, seas of salt, and more. Perhaps other populated lands like the Tyr Region exist somewhere beyond these terrible wastes . .. or perhaps not.