The Infinite Desert
Excerpt from the World of the Wilderlands
The Infinite Desert, though not truly boundless, is the largest contiguous rocky and sandy wasteland of Rhadamanthia. The wastes of the southeastern Demon Empire are larger when combined, but are interspersed with areas of fertile plains and even forests and meadows. The Infinite Desert, on the other hand, is more than 160,000 square miles of sand, rock, and gravel, with only the rare oasis breaking the life-sapping dusty heat. Dominating the southeastern section of the district, the Infinite Desert is home to the Dorin culture, an alliance of humans, elves, dwarves, halflings, and other races that have adapted to and thrive in the wastelands. The northern tribes are usually followers of Mycr, while the southern tribes follow many different deities. To the far west, between the Infinite Desert and the Volcanic Peaks is the Land of 10,000 Springs, Maridistan of myth and legend, where demi-giant and genie-blooded Dorin sultans, sorcerers, and caliphs rule in jungle-cloaked majesty. To the northwest, between the Sea of Grass and the Infinite Desert, stand the Rainbow Mountains, a series of giant peaks crawling with chromatic dragons. The hills and vales between the Rainbow and Pinnacle Mountains, and the plains between the Rainbow Mountains, Volcanic Peaks, and the Infinite Desert, are home to clans and tribes of Wild Men, giants, trolls, orcs, and exiled Viridian and Dorin lords with their followers, who seek to build new kingdoms in the wild lands.