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Sarkorian Steppe

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Sarkorian Steppe
Nation The Worldwound
Alignment Chaotic evil
Capital None
Government Anarchy
Languages Abyssal
Religions Deskari, Flauros, Jezelda

Source: The Worldwound, pg(s). 14–17

The Sarkorian Steppe is the westernmost region of the Worldwound, bordered in the east and north by the regions of Riftshadow and Frostmire, and to the west and south by the nations of the Realm of the Mammoth Lords, the Hold of Belkzen, and Ustalav. The region contains the Worldwound's largest surviving forest, the Shudderwood.[1] With the exception of the Shudderwood and the ruins of cities and villages, little breaks the monotony of these relatively barren steppes.[2]

The Sarkorian Steppe has always been sparsely populated by humanoids; its vast reaches are instead home to immense herds of mammoths, woolly rhinoceroses, elk, and other great beasts. The barbarians of the Realm of the Mammoth Lords to the west have always viewed the Sarkorian Steppe as an extension of their hunting grounds.[2]

Bands of barbarian raiders are common sights in the Sarkorian Steppe during the day. Two general types of barbarian raiding parties exist. The more common are those who enter the lands on foot. These barbarian bands sneak into demonic territory and constantly work to advance their position and slay demons; then they retreat almost as far as their previous night's camp and attempt to slowly move the border between their land and the Worldwound to the east. Their doomed efforts generally result in their own slaughter and the border being pushed back once more. The second type of raiding party includes raiders mounted on woolly mammoths. These barbarians number fewer per raid, but they venture forth on long-lasting raids, and are certainly viewed as the true elites among their people.[3]

One raiding party in particular deserves special mention: the Hornbreakers. The Hornbreakers are led by the grizzled barbarian Khraigorr Half-Face, and have endured several years of successful raids into the Sarkorian Steppe.[3]