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Dhanda Presh

The Dandha Presh mountain range, misspelled within the map

The Dandha Presh is a long, inhospitable mountain range that splits the lower portion of the southern continent. The southwestern arm of this range recedes into the Shindai Kus desert. The Dandha Presh is a key feature of the Shadowlands. In the valley south of the mountains is found the city of Kiaulune and Longshadow's fortress called Overlook. Further south are the ruins of the Shadowgate and the massive, mysterious glittering plain.

During the Shadowmaster wars, the Black Company fought the Battle of Charandaprash at the Plain of Charandaprash, which is the only accessible pass through these mountains. Goblin led his Shaded Road expedition through the range during this time as well.

North side[]

In the far southwest of the mountains, harsh ocean winds scour the land until stopped by the Dandha Presh. These winds do not bring moisture, however, and the result is the large barren desert of Shindai Kus.

The Naghir River flows from the Dandha Presh until it meets the delta fed by the great river. On the other side of the Naghir the range curves north, forming the eastern border of the southlands.

The Dandha Presh only has one easily accessible pass, where it meets the Plain of Charandaprash, in the center of the range. North of Charandaprash is Lake Tanji, the site of the Battle of Lake Tanji.

South side[]

In the central valley area south of the mountains is the southernmost region of the Shadowlands. The fertile, though cold, land has been repeatedly ravaged. Conquered by the Shadowmaster Longshadow, the land and its inhabitants were brutally governed. Soon, the region was repeatedly devastated by additional troubles: first, by the titanic earthquake that occurred at the end of Bleak Seasons; next by the invasion of the Taglian army led by the Black Company during the Shadowmaster wars; and finally the five year-long Kiaulune wars. During the following fifteen years under the Protectorate the Shadowlands were almost completely ignored. When the resurgent Black Company returned from the glittering plain, they found a bleak, depopulated land, where many villages were overgrown.

Nothing is recorded in the Annals about what lies to the far east of the mountain range.