The Decaying Home of the Rahigi
There's the pillar we've been looking for. If all goes well, a Rahigi group should arrive before dusk. Perhaps we'll cross this damned desert after all.
Climate and NatureMost of the Rahigina had once a cold semi-arid climate, but over the passage of centuries the sands from the south have kept expanding northward. Every new year, less and less rain water reaches the soil and much of the native wildlife has perished. Only a few areas have retained their semi-arid climate, but most of the land is now a desert. These more habitable reaches of the Rahigina are home to the sapblood trees, a vital resource to the natives of the area. During the height of summer, temperatures in the Rahigina reach around 35°C on average. With the arrival of winter, those temperatures will fall to around 16°C. With the land being so flat and devoid of obstacles, sandstorms are also a common occurrence.
Trade RoutesTrade between those east of the great gulf and those west of the desert is exceedingly rare. Crossing the sands is an arduous journey and eastern merchants are often unaware of what awaits them on the other side. Despite all those hurdles, there are still some who make the journey and reach the distant realms of Hlulane and Le Zhea.
Rahigi GuidesWithout the help of Rahigi guides, access across their native lands would be impossible. Well-traveled individuals from different tribes have collaborated to build a network of pillars made from whatever they could get their hands on. These markers allow the guides to find the right path across the land. Since the landscape changes constantly as the sand blows with the wind, new pillars are built regularly and they extend the old ones to make sure that they are visible. The guides charge a hefty fee for their services and the wealth they’ve earned has given many of them respect and power among their people.
Rahigi Sapblood Tree
The Rahigi sapblood is a thin and short tree that grows in the Rahigina desert and provides people with arrow shafts and sap.
The Rahigi are a nomadic people divided into multiple tribes who all dwell in the unforgiving wastes of the Rahigina desert.