The Awl'dan was the territory occupied by the Awl people. It was located to the east of the Empire of Lether and south of the Bluerose Sea. It was described as an open, sweeping plain, whose leveled earth lay beneath a vast sky. The Awl'dan was also home to grass covered valleys, small stands of forest, and ancient dry riverbeds. In the spring, tiny flowers erupted from every hillside and berries ripened in the valleys.
The Awl people made seasonal rounds of the land with their huge herds of Myrid and Rodara even as the Letherii encroached on their territory from Drene as part of a plan to conquer it. Despite Letherii success at farming, the region's topsoil was poor and quickly exhausted outside the old river valleys. Within a generation or two, it would likely blow away in the wind producing desertification similar to that of Kolanse.
The plains were inhabited by dun-furred wolves, coyotes, ravens, jackrabbits, bears, whittle beetles, mice, shrews, deer, elk, antelope, hares, and venomous horn-nosed snakes. The Awl'dan's pocket forests were the winter home of a massive, solitary breed of Bhederin that were more than twice the size of a Letherii ox. Temperatures dropped low enough in the evening to coat the grass of the plains with frost by morning.
The Awl'dan's coast on the Bluerose Sea was defined by white sand and bedrock battered by violent waves and strong winds that felt like a hammer to the chest. Eighty years before the events of the Malazan Book of the Fallen, the nearby waters had pulled an entire Meckros floating city into the depths.
In Reaper's Gale
Following up on the report of a fisher crew blown off course and wrecked on the Awl'dan shore, Preda Bivatt led two hundred soldiers of the Tattered Banner Army and thirty Bluerose light cavalry into the Awl'dan. Three weeks travel from Drene, they found four to five thousand war canoes stacked along the beach. The Preda calculated that about half a million invaders had entered the Awl'dan plain months or years earlier without the Letherii having any idea they were there.
Notes and references
- The Crippled God, Chapter 2, UK HC p.42 from Torrent's memories
- Reaper's Gale, Chapter 4, US HC p.94
- Reaper's Gale, Chapter 4, US HC p.112
- Reaper's Gale, Prologue, US HC p.24-26
- Reaper's Gale, Chapter 4, US HC p.110
- Reaper's Gale, Prologue, US HC p.26
- Reaper's Gale, Chapter 4, US HC p.94/112
- Reaper's Gale, Chapter 6, US HC p.143
- Reaper's Gale, Chapter 10, US HC p.269