THE GREAT DESERTS OF ARANOCH
The Tamoe mountain range, which lines the eastern border of the Western Kingdoms, acts as
a natural barrier into these provinces. Although impassable in most areas, these mountains
hold a vast and lush woodlands. These forests stand in stark contrast to the bleak wastelands
lying beyond them to the east: the flat, unforgiving, sand-swept deserts of Aranoch.
Boasting one of the harshest climates in the world, the deserts of Aranoch claim the lives of
many each year. Only the most robust and highly-trained nomads survive longer than a few hours
in this scorching environment. This vast desert land is mainly comprised of vast, empty tracts,
punctuated with but a few specially-adapted plants and trees. Water is a rarity among the sand
dunes of Aranoch, with dry spells reportedly lasting for years. The climate of this desert
ranges from life-threatening heat during summer days, to dry frigid winds during winter nights.
Set on the western edge of the Twin Seas, the jewel city of Lut Gholein has actually prospered
in the merciless environment of Aranoch. Most credit this to the city's coastal location and
strong sea trading ties with the kingdoms to the east and west. Although a few bands of nomadic
people have found ways to survive in this hostile desert, most steer clear of these sandy
The perilous nature of Aranoch's unique and deadly environment is without equal. Few creatures
could survive in habitats so unforgiving, but some hardy beasts have managed. Now twisted by
the chaos brought about by the arrival of the Prime Evils, these unique beasts are fearsomely
Note: You may encounter some of these monsters in later Acts.
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