|Windswept Rocky Badlands. Badlands National Park, South Dakota, USA|
Life is fairly common in the rocky badlands, due to a majority of the suns harsh rays being blocked by the canyon walls. Water pools up and doesn't evaporate as quickly as elsewhere. Wind often blows through the canyons, but rarely in the form of a cool breeze. Hot, oven-like wind blows through the canyon, making life miserable for those inhabitants who call the rocky badlands home. Thorny and serrated leaved bushes, as well as stunted trees, grow in the rocky badlands.
|Zion National Park, Utah, USA|
Traveling in the rocky badlands can be an exercise in frustration. The canyons are never straight lines, leading to when the traveler wants to go. Rocky badlands are like giant mazes and travelers often encounter dead ends. Scaling the cliffs prove equally difficult, as the stones are either windswept and smooth, or crumbling rock faces. Wagons and pack animals must travel on the canyon floor, for the walls of the canyons are far too steep.
|Willis Creek, Utah, USA|
Official rules: All creatures move at their full movement speed on the floors of the canyons.
House rules: Climbing the canyon walls imposes a penalty from 20-50%, or more, depending on the smoothness or crumbling nature of the wall.