The Whirlwind Desolation
The Whirlwind Desolation is the desert area found south of the Dead Road. Considered impassable, it is a barren, blistering wasteland devoid of respite. In the early years of the imperial expansion campaigns, troops were sent south to discover cultures to conquer, but after weeks of travel were forced to turn back, lest they die from dehydration and sun sickness. Many patrols never made it back at all.
It takes its name from the periodic sandstorms that sweep across its length. These storms are massive, dangerous things; being caught in the open by one can strip the flesh clean off your bones.