In southwest Ittairea the brave or foolish traveler would eventually stumble across the scorching sands of the Dreicari Desert. Once a lush paradise, it came to the state it is in today by being the site of too many Great Wars. Since its abandonment from the rest of Ittairea, the desert has become home to the likes of thieves, bandits, and slave traders. Dreicari Desert is also home to two kingdoms, the Zaerean Dynasty and the Staekar Empire. The Zaerean Dynasty is run by King Kormak. A mainly peaceful empire, they cemented their position in the desert through their monopoly on all sources of Kyohr, a powerful crystalline mineral only to be found in the desert. The Staekar Empire is run by Queen Diana, who brought her kingdom to power by sheer force. She controls a lot of the passages, and trade routes throughout the Dreicari Desert, and all who wish to use them must either pay a toll, or be forced to face the barren wastelands. Princess Maerwynn, sister to King Kormak, is currently pushing to have the Dreicari Desert recognized as a province of Ittairea, with the Zaerean Dynasty as its sole rulers. Queen Diana opposes this, for she values her autonomy from Ittairea more than the welfare of her citizens.