War of the Burning Sands
The Ivory Triangle
Lying in the center of Athas, the Ivory Triangle is a crossroads and a wasteland. Most of the area is desolate, home only to monsters and desert raiders, but it sits astride the trade routes from the cities of Raam and Draj in the north to rich Balic in the south. Every day, gigantic mekillot-drawn argosies and fleetfooted kank or crodlu pack trains make their way across the blistering salt flats. The rival city-states of Gulg and Nibenay are found in the Ivory Triangle; they lie in a narrow verdant strip along its northern edge at either end of the Crescent Forest—one of the last lowland forests on Athas. The sorcerer-queen Lalali-Puy rules as a goddess over the forest city of Gulg, and the sorcerer-king Nibenay, also known as the Shadow King, holds dominion over the ancient metropolis that bears his name.
The Ivory Triangle consists of the Great Ivory Plain and the surrounding lands. It extends from the North Fork of the Estuary of the Forked Tongue to the ruins of Giustenal on the Bay of Maray in the northeast and the Salt Meres in the southeast. Outside the verdant belt supporting the Crescent Forest and the city-states of Gulg and Nibenay, only a handful of small villages and outposts are scattered over this vast area. Most are forts manned by garrisons hired to protect mines, caravan stops, or other resources from raiding bands and monsters, and to repair any facilities that are damaged by storms. Battlefields and wrecked sites dot the landscape as well—some recent, others so old that no one remembers who fought there or why. In addition, the Triangle holds raider tribes, slave villages, haunted ruins, and other mysterious locales.