Puppets of the Shadow
The Seasands Desert sits at the far eastern edge of Vaern, with the Wyrmspine Mouatins separating it from the Myr. The crescent-shaped desert got its name from the fact that its dunes pick up the sweeping roll of the waves right on the very coast of the Promyrean Ocean and flow all the way west to the rocky foothills of the Wyrmspine Mountains. The few oases to be found in the desert are a closely guarded secret of the Tlikani tribes, who lead a nomadic existence in the parched lands. The desert caves are said to hold ancient tombs and secrets – but only the very foolish or very brave chase such rumors under the terrible sun of day and unforgiving winds of the desert night. The only great beacon of civilization in the desert is Xilkaht. Perched on cliffs overlooking the ocean, it is largely responsible for drawing the flow of caravans that brave both the desert heat and the forbidding peaks of the Wyrmspine.