Chains of Silver and Blood
The Jalist Valley is a great depression hundreds of miles across, south of the Earti plains, where all rivers flow into the Sea of Gold. While it’s not exactly a desert, it is extremely dry, and the soil is nearly impossible to cultivate without irrigation.
This is an issue for the inhabitants or Dir-Jal, who must rely on imports for their food. This has led to conflict many times in the past when bad weather leads to less plentiful harvest around the region.