Aaah, Saharash... Its wild and abundant nature, its fresh water sources and its friendly people... Do not make that face, Saharash has not always been a dry wasteland and desert like it is today! And for proof, here are some testimonials from former residents or passing adventurers who tells us of a time that whoever less than twenty years old may not know...
"38th day. What an exciting morning! My tour of the World of Twelve is well underway and yet I make more and more astonishing discoveries every day! I've arrived in a place with lush vegetation and uncommunicative but still very welcoming people! Strange creatures inhabit the area. While I took notes for my travel guide, sitting at the edge of a lake, one of them quickly popped its head out of the water! A species of cactus, quite small, but obviously very smart. And not shy for a kama! The natives, although distant, seem to have a deep respect for them. I cannot wait to learn more about the inhabitants and customs of the area... "
Theodoran Ax, scientific explorer - 635
Shortly after, wandering adventurers settled in this dreamy region of the World of Twelve. Gradually, homes multiplied, and an entire village was born. The Castucs who lived in perfect harmony with their new roommates, evolved in contact with them. But while everything seems to be for the best in the best of world...
Dofus Era: Ogrest Chaos Transition
"Geez so much heat! The land is as wrinkled as an Enutrof skin! No Cawwot has been growing for weeks... Have you noticed this? These pesky critters, the Nature Spirits as they say it here, I am sure they have something to do with it!"
A village farmer - 787
Was it due to climate changes related to Ogrest Chaos or a punishment from the gods? The villagers did not know. But for them, one thing was sure: these Castucs, Nature Spirits, were necessarily behind it...
"My wife and I decided to leave everything. Or rather not leave anything ... The region is devastated, totally arid. Gradually, people leave the village. Some have even gone mad, ready to kill for the last amount of food or a drop of water. This is what made us decide to go... I wonder what we did to the Nature Spirits to deserve such a thing..."
A villager - 787
A few years later, having heard of the existence of an abandoned village named Crying-Pierre, a group of Brakmarians seeking refuge took the road towards Saharash...
"I hope that Little Foot is okay... I 'm afraid I made a mistake leaving him alone. Growing concerns are getting a hold of me... From what I've read in the testimonials of my ancestors, this place has not always been the one offered to me at the time I wrote these words. The air is suffocating, the earth is completely dry. The abandoned village gives the impression that time has stopped. This morning, I caught a glimpse of strange creatures, similar to Twelvians with piercing eyes, staring at me through their spiny shells... No doubt that it must be those Castucs mentioned in archives. Nevertheless, they seem much less hospitable than what I had heard... One of them even stole my gourd! I'm thirsty, very thirsty..."
Habar Bar'habi – 971
Other adventurers may walk on the sand of Saharash in the years to come...
But for now, it is up to YOU to explore the mysterious origins of this desert... See you on March 18th in WAKFU!