The semi-arid Great Steppe is an expansive fertile grassland plain that forms the heart of the Land of Lyrast. Though the region’s rich soil would be ideal for agriculture, the predatory inhabitants are hostile and intensely territorial, making such endeavors foolhardy. The only trees and forests in the Great Steppe are found along riparian channels and its lake-shores. As with most of northern Lyrast, the winters in the upper reaches of the Great Steppe are often brutal. Some believe that the steppe was formed by the glaciers of Zirak.