The salty desert
Easily the most barren of lands on Elwarne, the salty desert is dry, sandy, salty, and desolate. Standing between the continents of Vahassa and Fiiel, the salty desert is a relatively small ithsmus of land which, during the summer months, is flooded by the rising tide of the seas, covering it in between a few inches and a couple of feet of salty seawater. Only the hardiest of saltmarsh trees and shrubs can grow there. There is little to no natural shade. There is little food, and the water is almost entirely salty and unpalatable. This is the land of the kobolds, who began life here as one of the few races that could survive in such harsh conditions. Thri-kreen and blue and copper dragons are also understood to live in thew wastes. To travel across it in the non-summer months is excruciating, but to attempt to cross when it is flooded is even worse, the glare of the hot sun of shining water and the soiled wetness of feet driving even the most determined traveller to levels of insanity, and ultimately to death. Without one or more rangers or other guides skilled in survival, crossing the salty desert is basically impossible.