The lands of Egron are bleak and grey. Prayers to the Gods about the weather go unanswered, as all of their diminished power is obviously being used to embolden and empower their followers. The growing season is rather short, so farmers of the lands are quick to plant and reap. During springtime the most amazing colors burst forth to honor the warmth of the rising sun. Winter sets on slow and recedes even slower, with gales, rain and cloudy overcast days likely along the west coast, particularly in winter, and the rainfall is frequent and heavy. The fjords enjoy a relatively mild climate and remain virtually ice-free even during the winter.
Flora and Fauna
Egron has several soil and vegetation zones, each with its characteristic flora and fauna. Northernmost is the so-called arctic desert zone, which includes most of the mountains of Orakmassivet. These areas are characterized by the almost complete absence of plant cover; only mosses and lichens are to be found. Birds and mammals associated with the cold mountain terrain (leopards, yaks, bears, deer and wolves) are typical of this zone.
The tundra, which extends along the extreme northern part of Egron, is divided into arctic, moss-lichen, and shrubby tundra subzones. Only dwarf birches, willows, lichens, and mosses grow in the thin layer of acidic soil. Indigenous fauna include the arctic fox, reindeer, white hare, lemming, and common and willow ptarmigan.
South of the tundra is the vast forest zone, or taiga; the soil here is podzolic. The northern areas of this zone are characterized by the alternation of tundra landscape with sparse growth of birches, other deciduous trees, and spruce. Farther south are spruce, pine, fir, cedar, and some deciduous trees. There are subzones of mixed and broadleaf forests in the Storaskogen in the southern half of the forest zone. Wildlife in the taiga include moose, bear, reindeer, lynx, sable, squirrel, and among the birds, owl, and woodpecker. In the broadleaf woods are wild boar, deer, roe deer, red deer, mink, and marten.
Farther south is the forest-steppe zone, a narrow band from the Kingdom of Norrhem to the North, Camlaskogen to the West, and Svartaskogen to the East. Steppes with various grasses alternate with small tracts of oak, birch, and aspen.
Still farther south, with the boundaries of the Stormhavet to the West, the Sagorike low country to the East, and the Kingdom of Berghem to the South, the forest-steppe changes to a region of varied grasses and small plants. The black and chestnut soils of this zone produce the best agricultural land in Egron. Typical mammals are various rodents (hamsters and jerboas); birds include skylarks, cranes, eagles, and the great bustard.
Farthest of the known world is the semi-desert zone, plant cover includes grasses and shrubs. Typical animals are the wildcat and antelope; lizards, snakes, and tortoises are common. The semi-desert areas and the deserts of the Zone make up a separate sub region. This sub region is a very cold dry-climate vegetation type consisting of mostly treeless open herbaceous vegetation. At these temperate latitudes intense sunlight and loess soils permit a high level of bio productivity; mosses, lichens, grasses, and low shrubs that fed mammoths, horses, bison, giant deer, aurochs, and reindeer.
The lands of Zamhara are Polar Deserts and they have little soil and much exposed bedrock and spend up to ten months of the year in complete darkness. Their only liquid water is saltier than the ocean and the temperature never rises above freezing.