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The Bleak Steppes of Haatar-Baen, also known as simply Haatar-Baen, was a region of treeless tundra in Vaasa. The area was almost completely uninhabited as of the late 15th century DR.[1]


Haatar-Baen was a cold, flat plain that sat at the base of the West Galena Mountains on the southern edge of Vaasa. Dead Man's Walk, the main east–west road through Vaasa, skirted its northern edges, and the trail through Gramble's Climb passed into Haatar-Baen before turning south into the mountains toward the Moonsea. The Granite Tower sat in the mountains overlooking the steppe.[1][2]

Flora & Fauna[]

The only things that grew in Haatar-Baen were short grasses, all of which were poisonous. In fact, any plant that grew in the steppe, whether natural or cultivated, would be poisonous because of contamination in the soil.[1]

Nevertheless, Haatar-Baen was known to be the home of big game animals.[3] It also hosted two competing apex predators: roving clans of leucrotta and a strange species of large, black cats whose eyes and maws glowed emerald green when they attacked their prey.[1][note 1]

A loose coalition of blue dragons was said to lay claim across the entirety of southern Vaasa,[4] which included Haatar-Baen.[2]


Owing to the poisonous soil, the Bleak Steppes of Haatar-Baen were never the site of much settlement.[1] However, prior to the raising of the Granite Tower in Year of the Moat, 1269 DR, the steppe would have been home to the Moor Eagle tribe of nomadic barbarians.[5] By the late 15th century DR, the descendants of the Moor Eagles' chieftain, Bodvar the Black, still watched over Haatar-Baen from the Granite Tower that their ancestor arranged to construct.




  1. Although it is not explicitly stated in the Realmslore: Vaasa article, the description of these cats is almost identical to that of the Beasts of Xvim as described in Monster Compendium: Monsters of Faerûn.


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 Brian R. James (April 2010). “Realmslore: Vaasa”. In Chris Youngs ed. Dungeon #177 (Wizards of the Coast), p. 80.
  2. 2.0 2.1 Brian R. James (April 2010). “Realmslore: Vaasa”. In Chris Youngs ed. Dungeon #177 (Wizards of the Coast), p. 81.
  3. Brian R. James (April 2010). “Realmslore: Vaasa”. In Chris Youngs ed. Dungeon #177 (Wizards of the Coast), p. 79.
  4. Nigel Findley, et al. (October 1990). Draconomicon. Edited by Mike Breault. (TSR, Inc.), p. 34. ISBN 0-8803-8876-5.
  5. Troy Denning (March 2002). Realms of Shadow ("Darksword"). (Wizards of the Coast). ISBN 0-7869-2716-X.