The Deep Desert
Even less hospitable than the rest of The Great Desert, the Deep Desert is the home of the Shien, although they claim all the Desert belongs to them. Members of their psionically-gifted race eke out an existence in half-buried communal villages, carved into any solid ground (even as little as a single outcropping of stones) found within the Deep Desert. The Shien are ardent believers in their deity, The Lady of Fire, and believe that is their holy rights to protect the Desert against an ominous threat they refer to as the Reclaiming.
Unknown to others throughout Kythar, the Shien farm one of the most potentially-valuable crops in existence. The hiefuril plant grows only in the acidic, arid lands of the deep desert. Once harvested and dried, hiefuril forms the strongest healing compound ever discovered, rapidly mending even the most serious of wounds. Additionally, regular addition of hiefuril to one’s diet can boost and focus psionic abilities (a fact the Shien are all too aware of). The Shien consider this plant a gift of the Lady herself, and guard its secrets jealously.