Talic sits on a largely barren plain. The immediate area around the city has been stripped of its natural resources long ago, now all the remains is dirt, rock, and the occasional struggling seeding. There is no above ground water source that feeds the city, the closest source, the river Requiem, is over 30 miles away. The majority of the water for the city comes from the Requiem, so called because its flow tells the life and death of Talic. There are sources of underground water, however they are all the property of the Guild Houses and the city Government, and a few very rich or powerful people. These sources are guarded jealously, and anyone caught stealing water from them is dealt with harshly, crippling is the most common, and death occasionally, though it can be said the punishment is always death, as the crippled rarely live long.
Other than the lack of a readily available water source, Talic suffers from large temperature swings due to the dual suns Beast and The Hunter. During the summer the temperature rises to over 120 degrees F, and during the winter drops bellow freezing. Out in the barrens, the high and low temperatures would kill the unprepared. Luckily, the tiered nature of Talic provides plenty of indoor spaces where the less wealthy can get out of the sun or cold winds.
However, even if you are well prepared for the elements, it is still not advisable to be exposed. Legend says that thousands of years ago, before Talic ever existed, the Beast and The Hunter fought a titanic battle. Their fight lasted many centuries. The Hunter grew bigger and brighter overtime, a sign that his might would prevail. In the final hours of the battle however, the Hunter was brought low and released a wave of blinding light and heat that blew through the World. The Hunter used his remaining strength to re-leash the Beast while his strength recovered to continue the eternal fight. The blinding wave damaged much of the World. The air became harsh, daylight brought poison that cause made men sick and children to be born malformed or dead. Plants and animals died out in rapid waves. Talic was built partially as a final refuge for all the surviving people. —