War of the Burning Sands
Estuary of the Forked Tongue
A great arm of the Sea of Silt that nearly slices through Athas, the Estuary of the Forked Tongue is home to dozens of small villages, trading posts, and nomad camps. This inlet reaches well over four hundred miles from the isle of Waverly at its mouth to the trading town of Altaruk at the head of its northern arm; the city of Balic sits near the midpoint of the Forked Tongue. The estuary serves as a trade route for silt schooners out of Balic, and many of the villages and tribes here fall under the influence of Balican merchant houses.
Life along the estuary is more or less free of the oppression of the sorcerer-kings, but it is hardly easy. Marauding giants, deadly predators, dust storms, and desperate bandits make the Forked Tongue as dangerous as any other place on Athas. Savage raiding tribes roam the outskirts of the region and sometimes attack small, weakly defended villages and outposts. For this reason, most Forked Tongue settlements are protected by strong walls and determined warriors.