There it is before you — smiling, frowning, inviting, grand, mean, insipid, or savage, and always mute with an air of whispering, ‘Come and find out.’ The edge of a colossal jungle, so dark-green as to be almost black, fringed with white surf, ran straight, like a ruled line, far, far away along a blue sea whose glitter was blurred by creeping mist.
The region of Nahuatl is a largely jungled region near the equator. This area was once the home of a large Yuan-ti nation until the Empire conquered the area generations ago. Probably due to the nature of the Yuan-ti, the dragons did not leave the nation in tact as it had with the other conquered areas throughout the world. Instead, they destroyed the cities and crushed the infrastructure of the whole area.
Nahuatl is bound on the east and west by oceans. The northern border is lined with mountains and the southern ends at the Jadewall. A dense jungle covers the whole region. Several major rivers stretch through the jungle that are used by the natives for transportation. The area sees a high amount of precipitation each year as the storms hit the northern mountains (the north side of those mountains is actually very dry). Rivers generally work their way east and south through the jungle.
The Nahuatl jungle is known to be a dangerous place with numerous tribes of lizardfolk and tasloi. In addition to these intelligent threats, the range of life to be found in the jungle is staggering. Many poisonous plants and animals inhabit the jungles to threaten unwary travelers.
Cities and Locations
There are not a lot of settlements in the Nahuatl area that can be called cities. The largest location is Yuatepec, but that is really only the size of a town when considered with the rest of the world. In addition to Yuatepec, there are uncounted trader outposts and abandoned structures from the kingdom that held the area prior to the coming of the Empire. Along the eastern portion of the jungle there is a Dragon Road that cuts through the jungle into Yuatepec and into the Jade Empire to the south.
Very little is known of this area prior to the coming of the Empire. Whatever was here, the Empire crushed it. Even during the height of the empire, they never made much use of the area. The only interaction was to construct the Dragon Road and the forts that protect that road. Since that time, the various tribes of lizardfolk have controlled the jungles.
The Jade Empire had identified the danger of the Nahuatl kingdoms long ago and constructed the Jadewall to protect themselves from it. The histories of the Jade Empire refer to Nahuatl as the “Serpent Kingdoms” and names them enemies across the board.