The Orhte Plains

The Orhte Plains are an immense area, shaped as a great funnel, of slightly undulating land that lies between the Great Divide to the north, Parasalaya to the west, the Central Massif, Sporinva and Ogea’gya to the south, and Grung and the Great Sea to the east, on the eastern fastland. By the time of Owel and Taru et al they are an expanse of short grass, bushes, and scattered trees, very dry, especially as they approach the Central Massif.

A thousand or more years ago there were two great river systems. The River Farnn had two headwaters, one each in the Great Divide and the Central Massif, and flowed east and then turned southwards to empty into the Bay of Albangra near the border of Sporinva and Ogea’gya. The second had its headwaters further east, in the Great Divide and flowed then eastwards to enter the Great Sea near the mouth of the Radidhum River in Grung.

The once fertile Orhte Plains supported great civilisations, stretching, variously, from the plain between the Great Divide and the lower slopes of the Central Massif, all the way to the coast, and serving as conduits between the proud land of Sinhalaya, just off to the south-west, the ancient civilisations of Parasalaya and Ogea’gya, even across the Great Divide to the more barbarian lands of the nascent Kingdom of Nineveh and the lands around the five lakes. But they all fell more than a thousand years ago. Some hold that it started with the fall of Danti in the Great Tharky Wars – over four thousand years ago – and the creation of the depression of Aamnashubha, long before even that, with the desertification of the lands closest to the Central Massif and the drying-up of the Farnn River system, causing the Opatabazanin Marsh, but what is known is that first the earliest civilisation was replaced through upheaval and warfare by the next, and then the next, down to the twelfth one, the Huil – such was the way of the world then – all the time moving further away from the east and south, as the rains retreated northwards.