Fauna & Flora
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 of Sefia. 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.