Lands of Dust, Cities of Ash
In the adventure
The party escorted Larkyn Shom here from Nibenay to meet Temvya Shom and the critical personnel that were relocated here from the less secure Shom estates inside of Nibenay.
About Fort Inix
House Shoms largest fortress east of Nibenay is Fort Inix. Once a major caravan stop, it has been all but useless for decades. It is, however, one of the oldest active merchant fortresses in the Tyr region, and controls a strategic oasis in the northern part of the Ivory Triangle region.
Fort Inix can be found at an oasis 30 miles east of Nibenay, just south of the Blackspine Mountains. It lies in a transition zone where the salt flats of the Great Ivory Plain change to the sandy wastes that dominate this region of the Tablelands. The fort itself sits upon a man-made hill.
The Fort Inix oasis is most fertile in the season of sun ascending and early high sun. At this time, the immediate region is filled with flowers, small brush, and other light vegetation. By the end of the high sun season, however, the land has all but dried completely, with only a few deep wells producing water.
Fort Inix was built when the oasis near it was more fertile and the foliage stood year round. At that time, House Shom established a breeding ground for inix here. This breeding effort produced some of the best inix mounts in the Tyr region, and the fort was built as an adjunct to the breeding effort.
According to the stories, the fortress was also used as a way station for the huge House Shom caravans that traveled from Nibenay to thriving settlements east of the Ivory Trian- gle. Caravans from across the Tyr region would pass through Fort Inix, collecting mounts and trade goods for the long caravan route.
As the climate dried and the oasis withered, the liveli- hood of Fort Inix went with the water. In time, the oasis could no longer support vegetation year-round, and the inix rapidly gnawed the remaining vegetation to the ground. After that, the inix breeding efforts had to be moved closer to Nibenay, in the protection of the Verdant Belt. As the eastern settlements fell, there were no anger huge caravans passing through the oasis. Over time, the fortress has become more and more isolated, with less and less purpose.
House Shom made valiant efforts to preserve Fort Inixs usefulness. It established a number of small villages in the scrub plains south of the ruins of Giustenal, supported and serviced by House Shom caravans. As soon as those villages became somewhat self-sustaining, however, the agent run- ning Fort Inix increased its prices threefold to provide the cash required to purchase a popular gladiator. Those vil- lages that did not immediately collapse under the weight of increased prices turned to other merchant houses for their goods.
Over the last century, Fort Inix has become a visible sym- bol of the fallen might of House Shom. The leaders of the family are preoccupied with maintaining their hedonistic lifestyles in Nibenay. Other merchant houses eye Fort Inix as a puzzling waste.