The Ring, also known as the Derrish Mountains, is a colossal caldera formation that comprises the majority of the Daehric subcontinent. The major features of the Ring itself span about 2300km or approximately 1430 miles in diameter, thus comprising the majority of the Daehric subcontinent. The formation is the remnants of the supereruption of the immense Daehric Mountain approximately 10,000 years ago.
The Ring is about 2300km or approximately 1430 miles in diameter, and nearly perfectly circular in shape. The Qahn Cycle to the north has resulted in an increased rate of erosion to the northern mountains of the Ring. Additionally, past tectonic pressure from the Frisian plate raised the southern half of the Daehric subcontinent significantly, making for overall higher altitudes on average. The soil of the Ring is unusually rich due to the persistence of volcanic ash from the supereruption 10,000 years ago.
During the spring, runoff causes Lake Ablasse to reach its fullest point of the year just north of the Ring's center. The deeper portions of the Ring's bowl penetrate the water table, making the Ring's center fairly marshy. This swampy quality complicates human habitation, so the bowl of the ring is mostly uninhabited.
The Ring's watershed drains into the Jaziel Sea, and the Patera River delta is one of the most biologically productive regions in the world.
Flora & Fauna
The foothills of the mountains are the most richly furnished. A wide variety of temperate plants call this area home, ranging from maples and firs and other large trees to long grasses and beautiful wildflowers. Apples, currants, and blackberries are major sources of endemic nutrition, though human activity has introduced more traditional crops like wheat and barley. The superior soil quality of the region facilitates plant growth, enabling the trees here to grow quite large. Forest fires are routine in these regions, particularly in lower altitudes, so they're only sparsely populated by humans. As altitude increases, large flora becomes increasingly sparse, though small grasses and wildflowers prevail even at the highest peaks.
The north side of the Ring's outer rim is home to the mountain drakes
, a minuscule, flying variety of the drake
and the only one indigenous to the Daehric region. The southern side of the outer rim is home to more generic species of semi-tropical bird, including parrots. The southern peaks, emanating from the Precipice
, are habitat to the brave birds.
The marsh of the Ring's bowl supports a different ecosystem entirely. Some temperate mangroves thrive there, but for the most part, the area is fairly devoid of major flora save for marsh grasses, lilies, and other aquatic plants. Petty birds of prey such as owls, hawks, falcons, and eagles thrive here, as fish and crabs are plentiful. Large fowl thrive such as pheasants and turkeys thrive here as well. The endangered Swamp drake
is exclusive to the bowl.
Mining in the Ring is quite lucrative due to the abundance of precious minerals, making Deren
a major trade power. Additionally, the huge old growth that covers the outer rim makes lumbering a fairly productive business. The fowl that reside in the bowl have been domesticated and cultivated by the Derrish inhabitants, and remain the largest source of poultry in the Krallic economy, followed by the Sandfowl
. The incredible soil quality of the region due to its volcanic origin also makes it agriculturally excellent, so cash crops such as tobacco, wheat, and barley are cultivated to major success by the Ring's inhabitants.