The taming of the North
The burning sands
The burning sands are west of Nargash Tor, across the Western River. Here the sandy plain leading to the shore gives off smoke constantly, leading some passing sailors to believe that the sands are burning. Beneath the sands, and under the overlooking hills, lies a Kobold city. It is the fires of their furnaces which give off the smoke and give the area its name.
It is rumored that the area has fallen under the control of an undead sorceror of some kind, although no details are known.