Stretching out for miles in all directions, from the shore of the Malcont Ocean in the west and south to the foothills of the Dragons' Tears Mountains in the east and the Desolation of Hissh in the north, the Wyrm Steppes are an enormous expanse of grassland that is home to nomadic tribes, settled peoples and savage monstrosities alike.
The Wyrm Steppes is a vast landscape of undulating hillocks covered in lush grass that grows up to about two feet in height. The area of the steppe is frequently swept with strong winds that blow in from off the Malcont Ocean, which buffets the grass around to the point where it looks as if the whole landscape is undulating. It has even been noted that some people experience a form of motion sickness when travelling through the plains, due to the wave like movements of the grasses. Another thing notable about the area is that is little standing water in the region. As the Wyrm Steppes’ soil is so sandy and porous, any rain that falls is quickly absorbed into the ground and the extensive root systems of the grasses below. This means, that despite the area looking green and lush, travellers have to be particularly vigilant with how much water they bring as whilst the animals that dwell in the region have adapted to extract most of their water from the grasses themselves, this is not the most practical solution for humanoids. There are plenty of stories of people dying of thirst in the Steppes, which has given rise to its nickname, the Green Desert.
Fauna & Flora
The flora in the Wyrm Steppes is dominated by various species of grasses. These grasses have adapted particularly well to the water poor conditions and sandy soil and they are hardy enough to be able to survive long periods of drought and to take advantage of whatever rain falls on them. As the grasses are naturally water retentive, herbivorous creatures are able to gain enough water to sustain themselves from consuming them. The native fauna of the plains are equally hardy. Huge herds of bison and deer roam the plains and they are preyed upon by packs of wolves and other larger predators. In addition, the nomadic peoples native to the region shepherd huge herds of sheep and goats which also graze the plains.