Alleys of Punjar
To the north and west of Punjar sprawls the Bloodtangle Forest, a fecund expanse of jungle sheltering an impassable landscape teeming with life, perhaps best know for its towering trees, savage carnivores, and torrential rains mingling with debilitating swelter. The trees grow tall and close together, their hundred-foot-high canopy blocking sunlight from the dank forest floor. Streams wind among the trunks, while bogs, quicksand, and flash floods take travelers by surprise. With hosts of poisonous wildlife, silent predators, and vicious natives, the Bloodtangle is no place for the unprepared. The people of the Bloodtangle are known for their use of venoms extracted from stinging insects, toxic amphibians, and venomous snakes. This comes as no surprise, as the jungle was once the site of an ancient yuan-ti empire dedicated to Zehir, god of darkness and poisons. Although the empire was toppled many centuries ago, pockets of yuan-ti thrive within the jungle’s confines and await a day where their past glory is reclaimed.
Following the decline of the yuan-ti’s power, various humanoid tribes populated (or repopulated) the jungle. The tribes have a convoluted network of rivalries and alliances that often prompted territory or resource disputes. The widespread competition caused most races to keep to themselves, using what their own territory had to offer, leaving only when it was absolutely necessary. Expeditions by “civilized races” from Punjar to the Bloodtangle are often met with hostility from the natives, and after several explorers failed to return home the outside world earned a certain fear for the jungle.