The Ride

The Ride

South of the Sea of Sand lies several hundred miles of grassland known simply as The Ride. A number of tribes of horse-riders called the Dundikar live in this vast plain. Not as prone to violence as the Northlanders, the Dundikar also live a relatively nomadic lifestyle, more by choice than by force. The steppes naturally produce a considerable bounty to support horses and men alike, and migrating herds of buffalo provide a constant source of meat. There are also a number of permanent settlements that dot the landscape, but these are mostly visited by travelling Dundikar and inhabited by those too old for the travelling lifestyle; the permanent residents of any settlement are the vast minority of the population at any time, and even these residents often only stay for a few years before returning to life in the saddle. The exception to this trend are the settlements surrounding Lake Tolsee, the great Mittlemeer of Khalathor. The lake stretches roughly one hundred miles across, and sports a fairly lush array of inhabitants. Many fishing vessels sail the relatively calm waters of Tolsee and the Dundikar often trade buffalo meat, crafts, and other foodstuffs for fish and seafood.

Dundikars hire themselves out as cavalry forces when the opportunity presents itself, and a number of detachments were employed by Scintar in their recent war with Yardolan. However, the forests of Yardolan did not lend themselves to extensive use of cavalry, so the Dundikars served mainly as scouts and messengers. The Dundikar troops were not fans of the northern winter they experienced. Winter on the steppes involves the light blanketing of snow for a time and cooler temperatures, but they are considerably milder than the winters on the shores of the Sea of Krull and to the north of the Sea of Sand. The Dundikar respect strength and skill, but they are not a chaotically violent people. While travellers should be on their guard when travelling through The Ride, they need not worry as much as when travelling through the Northlands. More concerning than the Dundikar riders are bands of hobgoblins that often come from the south. These bands have a tendency to waylay any travellers they can find and raid the caravans that cross The Ride rather than cross the Sea of Sand.

The Ride

Khalathor Gimler