The desert is made of dry clay-like red dirt. Although not sand, this dirt is far too dry and unfertile to sustain anything but the hardiest of plants. Clumps of malformed cacti and low grassy scrub dot the landscape and provide just enough nutrition to keep a low population of animals and insects alive.
Typical animals surviving in the desert include small fennec foxes, hares, mice, rats and reptiles. Mammals rarely venture out during the day due to the heat so it can often seem as though the desert is void of any animal life. There are a number of insects and scorpians also living in the desert. These thrive on the relatively abundant plantlife.
Ogres also live far to the South. These beings are also part of the noctural life of the desert. They live in the caves formed in the larger rock formations. There are no major cave systems nor large villages. Passers-by or explorers can usually spot the tell-tale signs of residense though by the collections of objects outside cave entrances. Whether they be unused weaponry or broken carts that have been scavenged, they are interesting and therefore collected by the orges.