Road of Peace
Locations on the Road of Peace
The Road of Peace is one of the major travel routes in Raqaejah and it is mostly a broad, well-maintained road. However, unlike the Path of Prosperity, much of the Road passes through unpopulated areas, including many stretches that pass through sandy desert. While villages may grow swiftly at roadside oases, they are also likely to be abandoned quickly when the oases dry up and so are often made of simple or temporary structures. Some are even fully nomadic, as entire villages follow the desert water cycle through the year.
As such, most civilization encountered by travelers comes in the form of garrisons. While the road is well patrolled most of the year by the soldiers and engineers based in these garrisons, travelers will only be able to obtain minimal services at the these stops.
It is said that an underground river follows the Road for much of its length. Attempts to accurately map this water source have been largely unsuccessful, to the extent that scholars disagree whether the sand hides a water-filled cave system, karst, or simply a high water table. The Anari seem capable of accurately predicting its behavior in terms of when and where oases will appear or dry and are infamously unwilling to share their knowledge with other races.
A small, yet prosperous city north of Akkarid, located at the point where the Road of Peace turns north, Da’hamis is considered by most to be the true beginning of the Road of Peace. It conducts a thriving business supplying travelers headed north and offering comfort to south-bound travelers, but its primary role, economically and politically, is as a major access point to the capital. Many desert caravans and shallow-bottomed coastal traders make this city their final destination, not Akkarid, as many find it easier to sell bulk goods wholesale to distributors, who will warehouse goods here, rather than in the crowded, expensive capital.
An unincorporated settlement of merchants, wayfarers, farmers, and occasional ne’er do wells that has developed around a large oasis. Date palms provide welcome shade, while natural and cultivated fruits trees, such as figs, olives, and yellow peach thrive below. A relatively new settlement, it has the potential to become a place of significance if the oasis remains; the actions of a group of Falmohib may have brought an end to this ambition…