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The Yehimal

Certainly the most majestic sights in all the Endless Waste are those of the towering, glacierclad peaks of the Yehimal—“Rock-Snow,” or Mountains of Snow. Perhaps the tallest mountains of the known world, the Yehimal dominate the southeast portion of the Endless Waste, dividing the steppes from the ancient kingdoms of the southern lands.

The Yehimal is not a single range, nor are the ranges that compose it the only mountain ranges in the endless waste. Many others exist: the Dustwall, A-Ling Shan, Kun-Yen Shan, Katakoro Shan, Raurin Alta, Teyla Shan, Khopet-Dag, Kora Shan, Hagga Shan, the Firepeaks, the Chigidi Mountains, the Mountains of Copper, and Ulhai Shan.

The high peaks of the endless waste include the Yehimal, Kun-Yen Shan, A-Ling Shan, and Katakoro Shan. The high peaks of the Yehimal are very high—anywhere from 15,000 feet to an astounding 30,000 feet. (Chomolungma, is 29,198 feet high.) These mountains are jagged, made of folded and upthrust granite. All the mountains are cold, freezing lands; it’s only a matter of how cold and freezing. Clearly, the highest ranges are the worse. The air is thin and cannot hold warmth. Powerful winds rage through the peaks. Misty clouds wrap around the upper slopes, adding to the chill. Snows are actually light, because the wind is too strong and the air too bitter to hold much moisture. Howling windstorms that last for days are a grave danger to travel in the high peaks.

There are many hidden valleys and odd corners in the Yehimal such as the Cave of the Monkey.

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