Name: Steppes of Bhö
Other Names: Easternmost reaches of the Orcish Hordes
Location: Steppes of Bhö (Current day Tibet)
Condition: Mostly empty plains with nomads and an occasional way station
Surrounding Places of Note:
- Mt. Lhotse/Zadržite Sklad (Hold of Harmony, Empty Dwarven Hold) -link to come.
General Appearance: Flowing plains that lead up to Lhotse and the associated mountain ranges with Mt. Everest.
Bhö is west of the Central Qin plain, and within mainland Qin itself, Bhö is regarded as part of 西部 (Xībù), a term usually translated as “the Western section”, meaning “Western Qin”.
Bhö has some of the world’s tallest mountains, with several of them making the top ten list. Mount Everest, located on the border with Nepal, is, at 8,848 metres (29,029 ft), the highest mountain on earth. Several major rivers have their source in the Bhöan Plateau (mostly in present-day Qinghai Province). These include the Yangtze, Yellow River, Indus River, Mekong, Ganges, Salween and the Yarlung Tsangpo River (Brahmaputra River). The Yarlung Tsangpo Grand Canyon, along the Yarlung Tsangpo River, is among the deepest and longest canyons in the world.
Bhö has been called the “Water Tower” of Asia, and Qin Empire is investing heavily in water projects in eastern Bhö, the type of effort not attempted by other current empires since the lost age of the ancients.
The Indus and Brahmaputra rivers originate from a lake (Tso Mapham) in Western Bhö, near Mount Kailash. The mountain is a holy pilgrimage site for Bhöans. The Bhöan name for Mt. Kailash is Khang Rinpoche. Bhö has numerous high-altitude lakes referred to in Bhöan as tso or co.
The atmosphere is severely dry nine months of the year, and average annual snowfall is only 18 inches (46 cm), due to the rain shadow effect. Western passes receive small amounts of fresh snow each year but remain traversible all year round. Low temperatures are prevalent throughout these western regions, where bleak desolation is unrelieved by any vegetation bigger than a low bush, and where wind sweeps unchecked across vast expanses of arid plain. The Bharat (Indian) monsoon exerts some influence on eastern Bhö. Northern Bhö is subject to high temperatures in the summer and intense cold in the winter.
Cities, towns and villages
There are over 800 settlements in Bhö, along with a half a dozen orc tribes and a single elven tribe in the southern portion of the land.
Lhasa is Bhö’s traditional capital and contains a number of significant temples and monasteries, including Jokhang and Ramoche Temple.
Other cities and towns in Bhö include Shiquanhe, Nagchu, Bamda, Rutog, Nyingchi, Nedong, Coqên, Barkam, Sakya, Gartse, Pelbar, Lhatse, and Tingri; in Sichuan, Kangding (Dartsedo); in Qinghai, Jyekundo (Yushu), Machen, and Golmud, Tawang, Leh, and Gangtok, Skardu, Kharmang, and Khaplu.