Under a Glass Moon
In the wilderness, everything wishes either to kill you, or to let something else do it and then consume your remains. Nature has no concept of laws or mercy; in order to live, you must play by its rules.
— Jasny, Shifter Ranger
Cold, icy polar habitats exist at Kavan’s North and South poles. Polar regions have short summers and long, harsh winters. Only creatures that have adapted—with thick fur, for example—survive there.
This dry and hostile habitat often receives less than 4 inches of rain each year. Deserts are very hot by day, but cooler at night. Few animals and plants have adapted to survive these difficult conditions. Those that have are not to be underestimated.
Habitats dominated by trees and shrubs are called forests. These regions all teem with life.
Wherever it is too dry for forests to grow, or too wet for deserts to form, grasslands appear. Grasses support many plant-eaters as well as creatures who prey on them.
Land that is 1970 feet or more above the sea is a mountain. The higher adventurers climb, the thinner the air, the lower the temperature, and the faster the wind speed. Only the toughest creatures survive at these heights, such as giants and trolls.
Wherever salt or fresh water cannot easily drain, a wetland such as a swamp forms. They contain a large diversity of creatures, including birds, mammals, reptiles, insects, amphibians, and plants.