The Dead Lands of Athas
Also known as the Tyr Region, the Tablelands is a a relatively flat plain of land stretching from the Silt Sea to the the West, to the foothills of the Ringing Mountains in the East. Not only is this area the seat of modern civilization, it is also the place where the civilizations of the ancients flourished.
Generally, the Tablelands are hot, arid, and barren. A yellow-green haze of floating silt fills the sky, while the crimson sun blazes mercilessly on slave and sorcerer-king alike. Breezes, when they blow, feel like the burning breath of the Dragon. The ground is parched and desolate, baked to ceramic hardness or dried to the consistency of powder. Thorny bushes and spiny grass cling to the soil in places, waiting for the annual rain so they can release their dormant seeds.
From the seven city-states to the smallest nomadic tribes, the Tablelands contain a vast majority of the known societies of Athas. All manner of classes and races mix on the flat plains. Nobles and freemen, merchants and slaves-all levels of society come together here. This area isn’t tame by any means, for beyond the cities and villages, past the oases and hidden valleys, the Tablelands are wild and empty. In this emptiness where civilization never treads, savage beasts and untamed tribes clash over the limited sources of food and water.