Explorers from Aldart
The traditional practice of mining the Patan was interrupted suddenly one thousand and one years ago, when the Meeting of Tempests predicted intense sandstorms in the Patan for the entirety of the year. Many mining encampments disregarded this, but those with the most valuable equipment and miners decided to retreat for a year until the storms died down. This turned out to be the right decision, as this sandstorm did not end after one year, nor ten, nor one hundred. In the first year, very few survivors returned into Lishdurk, many missing limbs, all telling stories of how flesh was ripped from bone by the sand, how entire encampments were ripped from the ground and shredded, and how the sand had punctured people’s bodies. There were no survivors in any subsequent years.
Every year, the Meeting of Tempests predicted the same thing for the Patan: more sandstorms. The sandstorms stopped three days ago, during this year’s Meeting of Tempests. Today is the final day, when the Meeting makes its forecast. Everyone is anxious to see what they will say about the Patan, and many are eager to mine the sands again, or explore to see what lies beyond the desert.