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The Hordelands, also known as The Endless Wastes[1] and as Taan by the natives[2], was once part of the territory of the mighty empire of Imaskar and was populated by horsemen tribes, most notably the Tuigans[4].[1]

PeopleEdit

The Endless Wastes were occupied by many tribes who controlled loosely defined geographical locations throughout the region. Common belief stated that all of the people of the Endless Wastes were the same, but this was not true. Each tribe had their own cultural differences, separating them from the others with vivid clarity to one who cared to look closely enough. Listed below are the tribes of the Endless Wastes:[4]

GeographyEdit

It was bordered on the north by Yal Tengri, on the west by Narfell, Rashemen and Thay, on the south by Murghôm, Semphar and the massive Yehimal mountains and on the east by the empire of Shou Lung.[5]

The Endless Wastes was largely a steppe landscape, too variable in temperature, and too infertile for farming, to make cities viable outside the small lakes and oases that dotted the landscape.[5]

While mostly consisting of steppes, the landscape also had a diverse geography consisting of mountains, sub-arctic forests, cold deserts, glaciers, tundra, and seas, some pleasant and livable, others worse then the steppe itself. Most of this diverse landscape was overlooked by outsiders, who only saw the emptiness of the region.[5]

TradeEdit

The Golden Way passed though the Hordelands. In this region the Golden Way was not a road, merely a series of marker stones, each visible from the last. The Golden Way led from water hole to water hole, and was extremely valuable in this region, for it was often the only marked route to water.[6]

Notable locationsEdit

SettlementsEdit

Almorel
One of the major trading cities of the Hordelands located on the Lake of Mists and was founded fifteen hundred years ago by Raumathar.[7]
Quaraband
Yamun Khahan's capital from the time of his rise to Khahan until the Crusade.[8]
Winterkeep
A city of Raumathar located on the south shore of Yal Tengri. Originally a nobleman's estate, it later became the winter palace of the royal family and fell into ruins after the collapse of the empire. By 1357 DR, it was only rubble.[9]

AppendixEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 1.6 1.7 1.8 Ed Greenwood, Sean K. Reynolds, Skip Williams, Rob Heinsoo (June 2001). Forgotten Realms Campaign Setting 3rd edition. (Wizards of the Coast), p. 145. ISBN 0-7869-1836-5.
  2. 2.0 2.1 David Cook (1990). The Horde (Cards). (TSR, Inc). ISBN 978-0880388689.
  3. Ed Greenwood, Sean K. Reynolds, Skip Williams, Rob Heinsoo (June 2001). Forgotten Realms Campaign Setting 3rd edition. (Wizards of the Coast), p. 146. ISBN 0-7869-1836-5.
  4. 4.0 4.1 David Cook (1990). The Horde (Volume I). (TSR, Inc), p. 9. ISBN 978-0880388689.
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 David Cook (1990). The Horde (Volume I). (TSR, Inc), pp. 15–17, 126. ISBN 978-0880388689.
  6. Richard Baker, Matt Forbeck, Sean K. Reynolds (May 2003). Unapproachable East. (Wizards of the Coast), p. 189. ISBN 0-7869-2881-6.
  7. David Cook (1990). The Horde (Volume I). (TSR, Inc), p. 24. ISBN 978-0880388689.
  8. David Cook (1990). The Horde (Volume II). (TSR, Inc), p. 96. ISBN 978-0880388689.
  9. David Cook (1990). The Horde (Volume II). (TSR, Inc), p. 108. ISBN 978-0880388689.

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