Chainer’s Redoubt was a bit of an odd region to create. Considering the clear marking on the map it must have been a fairly important location in the story, but I can hardly remember anything about it! It wasn’t until I set up the Island of the Darkness that it was fleshed out and received more of an identity. Despite what little I knew writing this installment went remarkably fast and I like how it turned out. And that doesn’t happen all that often, so I’m glad.
Again no map, but a link to the map of the Island of Darkness as a whole, where Chainer’s Redoubt is highlighted in a greenish/brownish colour. I still haven’t gotten around to recreating the highlighted maps again, which is probably something I should be working on a bit more. Really shouldn’t take more than a day, as long as I actually do it. ^_^
EDIT (04-08-2015): the map with the actual region highlighted has been added.
Sculpting the World
Landscape: Extending for 1,000 km North to South, 1,500 km from East to West and a strip of about 750 by 250 km along the Western coast Chainer’s Redoubt is the headquarters and safe haven for slavers in the Realm. It consists mostly of a large sandy steppe, mostly flat but occasionally containing low hills. Dark rocky outcroppings and boulders are scattered along the land, the mostly eroded remains of what used to be larger hills or even mountains. A long series of high dunes runs along the coast from the slaver’s main harbour in the North to halfway down the island’s Western coast, serving as both natural wall and outlook for its inhabitants. Small slaver towns and camps are found across the region, but are mostly concentrated on the Northern coast and become less frequent further away from the main harbour and the dunes.
Climate: Chainer’s Redoubt has a steppe climate, a cold semi-arid one in particular. Temperatures are mild to high during the summers and range range from low to freezing during the winters . Precipitation is uncommon and mostly occurs during the winters, when rain and snow fall on occasion. Wind is an almost constant factor in Chainer’s Redoubt, most importantly because of the dust storms it creates. These are extremely deadly and often strike with hardly any warning and form the biggest natural threat to both the inhabitants and travelers of the region.
Flora & Fauna: There is very little plant life in the areas of Chainer’s Redoubt bordering the mountains and the Dark Plains. In the North-Western part of the steppes, however, low shrubs and bunch grasses grow. These become more common the further one moves from this area. Along the coast floral growth is more abundantly present in the form of high grasses, particularly in and close to the dunes on the Western and North-Western coast.
Most animals are those used by the slavers as transportation and beasts of labour and burden. Indigenous animals include wild horses, foxes, poisonous snakes and gerbils. Their numbers, while not overly rare, are fairly small and many of the horses have now been tamed by slavers for their speed and strength. Various kinds of saltwater fish and seabirds can be found in and above the sea along the Northern and Western coast. The other animals, including camels, dogs, falcons and pigeons, have either been brought by slavers when they came to the island or taken in raids on sea or nearby islands.