This high, dry plateau between two mountain ranges (the ___ and the ___) is home to a variety of strange and monstrous creatures, as well as two sorts of human-like creatures that call it home.
The Thri-Kreen are an insectoid race, looking for all the world like gargantuan praying mantises. Like most creatures of Tuathacoma they are hexapedal, with four "rear" legs and two "fore" legs. The left foreleg is much the same as a typical mantis, with a large, grasping claw. The right arm is longer, with an additional articulated joint and a kind of grasping "hand" at the end, which enables this creature to use tools. They have exceptional darkvision and keen sense of hearing.
The other intelligent Fae race of the high plateau is the Wemic, a sort of lion-centaur. Wemics are larger and stronger than humans, and can make great leaps with a running start. Their fore claws were extremely sharp. They have mediocre eyesight, including darkvision, hunting instead by their senses of smell and exceptional hearing. The humanoid, anterior portion of a wemic has feline characteristics around their eyes, ears and nose/snout with pointed teeth. Males have thick, lion-like manes, while females sport a tall crest.
Though the climate is quite dry, the ground is almost everywhere covered with a thick carpet of a rust-red fungal- or lichen-like growth. This ground cover has tendrils that go deep below the surface to trap and recover water.
Gullies and low-lying areas will often have shrub-like growths of stiff, coral-like "plants" or large, multi-lobed, bulbous mushrooms growing in "groves" or "orchards". These are food for all of the animals of the high plateau, including each other.
Other creatures that can be found here include:
* a six-legged Dragonne, with a large membranous "wing" between its first and second pair of limbs.
* an Umber-hulk with the lower part of its body comprised of an insect-like thorax & abdomen, with four articulated "crab-legs".
* a multitude of Centipede species, of all colors and sizes, with leg counts ranging from 12 to 40. All have poisoned bite, with some effects being more severe and toxic than others.
* several multi-legged species of antelope-like and rodent-like mammals.
* a half-dozen species of venomous snakes.