|Terrain||Climate||Points of Interest||Local Groups|
|Rocky Desert||Arid, Semi-Arid||N/A||Pan Arbnhap, Xusoigar, Sentii|
Musical rendering from ’The Outcropping EP’
Xiruen-Space is most commonly referred to as The Outcropping. No species other than Xiruen lay a claim to the desolate lands that they call home. The Outcropping houses roughly two-thirds of all Xiruen dispersed fairly evenly amongst the planet-stars, with the other third scattered around Omneutta as hirable muscle of all sorts among other professions.
Most if The Outcropping is covered by large deserts, with expanses of short, dry grasslands between. Throughout Xiruen-Space are rock formations, usually vertical. Xiruen make their homes from these formations and the rocks of The Outcropping are special—many different kinds of rock grow towards the nearest or strongest source of light. In many cases these rock spires and formations will grow at odd angles towards the light.
Once known as Buukh in a proto-Barzacc, this local group’s name now translates into “The Bloody Arm”. This name is likely twofold, as the geography here favors the angled pillars of rock that slowly grow towards Astran’s light over time and the fact that many inter-species wars were once waged over the land itself. Xusoigar is home to the most brutal conditions in all of The Outcropping, with little to no moisture in the air producing very arid deserts with little in the way of relief from the oppressive heat. The rock structures Xiruen make their homes in are thinner and taller here, and seem to be more predisposed to bending to meet Astran’s light. In some areas where the continent is parallel to the angle of the gigantic star-planet, rocks will grow at such an angle to provide copious amounts of shade, and the animals of the area can often be found underneath such rocks during the daylight.
Coming from the Barzacc word for “Throne”, Sentii is the seat of power in The Outcropping. Realms for many generations have fought to control Sentii, and according to The Ontiba was once where Extiru’s throne outside Astran sat. The worlds of Sentii are generally among the harshest in Xiruen-Space, with expansive deserts and little in the way of geographic relief from the oppressive heat and aridity. Some older Realms that have persisted for many hundereds of years refer to the local group as Oolgii instead, which seems to come from the same proto-Barzacc as the word Buukh, and perhaps Pan Arbnhap. Despite not having the amounts of water that Pan Arbnhap can have, Sentii is where the majority of the dry grasslands in the outcropping can be found. Here, all plant life has deep root systems that take advantage of any and all moisture, whether trapped under several meters of dirt or from a sudden shower.
Xiruen are not normally keen on outsiders venturing to Pan Arbnhap, which is the last bastion of Xiruen’s once-private society. Pan Arbnhap has no known translation in Omnel; this portion of The Outrcopping is the only known location where ground water is readily available, and the name might reflect this phenomenon. Additionally, due to the availability of moisture, several planet-stars in this local group also feature cold deserts, where all the moisture has been frozen as ice or snow and only appears as water for part of the year.