the jumh, the fallow
is' geography ranges from arid desert to tropical rainforest, giving it a wide breadth of ecosystems. The largest portion of the region is arid desert, scorching hot in the day and frigid cold in the night. It's far from a barren wasteland, however, as even in the middle of a desert there are thriving cities centered around oasis chains that have seen centuries and many culturally vibrant nomadic tribes that explore the desert. In the North, where the desert dunes give way to the golden plains of the Nisi savanna, life is lush in the wet seasons and scarce in the dry. South of the desert the runoff and lower elevation gives rise to a dense coastal jungle, where an abundance of natural resources can be found and traded. The coast rises and falls along the shoreline, sometimes with cliffs towering above the surf and sometimes with gentle harbors making blissful bays perfect for port cities.
Any newcomer to the region would likely posit that there's no difference between the seasons in such a hot climate, and to an extent, they'd be correct. The temperature remains consistent all year round, with the exception of summer where the blazing sun scorches the streets and sands, burning the unprepared. The seasons remain important in Nis, however, because with the changing of the seasons comes the changing of the winds, which permits far off trade from Nis' southeastern coast, bringing in a wide variety of trade goods from realms far distant.
Many would understandably dismiss the desert as barren of resources, as empty of value as it is of water. Such people don't understand what can be found underneath the desert. Salt and glass, rare curiosities before Nis joined Tnarem, have been exported in vast quantities from Nis since its colonization. Now with the manpower and markets of the rest of Tnarem to fund its efforts, Nis' salt mines are busy sending its product to all corners of the kingdom, and the glass workshops often work on commission from northern buyers.
Iron is also found, in the western dunes of the Nisi desert, but its production is eclipsed by that of Lornesse. However, in the eastern mountains are many rich ruby mines that provide most of the raw uncut rubies that are worn in the rest of Tnarem, as well as many salt mines that Nis claims as its own.
The mountain range, lihat'illihi, separates the Tehmman desert from the region known as Damadh, a veritable rainbow of diversity as compared to its sister regions. The foothills of the mountain range sees grass return to the ground, although the area isn’t even remotely flat. From the peaks of these mountains, the altitude quickly lowers into a steady decline toward the coast, where jungles and rivers form from the moisture captured by the mountains. Between these lie raised hills that the rivers wind around, peeking out from the jungle cover and giving a glimpse of the open sky.
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♔ Alnnahr Al’aswad
The Tehmman desert is a barren sea of rock and sand that stretches from coast to coast and separates the southern tip of Tnarem from its more hospitable center. Much like a sea, the rolling dunes behave like waves that sweep in currents around the open desert, filling the air with sand and making it uncomfortable to breathe without protection. Rocky crags dot the landscape with varying frequency, providing shelter from the elements and sometimes even holding natural treasures like salt. It’s the rare oases though that people are drawn to, some of the only settled population in the entire Tehmman outside those that dot the fertile banks of the Haya'um.
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Nestled between the Thracian and Iugum ridges, the expansive grassland could be mistaken from afar for an elegant tapestry of colors, as the green grass of central Tnarem give way to the yellows and browns of beyond. Tributaries that begin in the mountains skirt their way around the savanna before joining into the Haya'um river, which trails away into the neighboring desert. Sparse groves of trees sometimes add distinct features to the otherwise flat and monotonous landscape, but wherever one is on the plain one can always see the looming presence of the mountains in the distance.
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