Salt for Salt
Wending its way north from the Atalan Mountains is the Sirrah River. The Sirrah is one of the major arteries of trade for Zhindizhar, supplying the capital from goods brought in from Kosiba by skiff and barge. The river carves its way south through the Singing Canyon, which gradually decreases in depth on its way out of the tablelands until it reaches the flats partway to Zhindizhar. Once it passes through the city, it forms a shallow sea on the flats beyond called the Shritirahar – “the winter sea”. Shritirahar is a great salt flat that floods into a shallow sea during the wet season, and dries up almost entirely during the dry months. The Sirrah too, dries up in sections during the dry season some years. The Zhenasi use amphibious skiffs, often powered by sail or pulled by camel to cross the Shritirahar in either season.
The Sirrah is home to fish (perch, carp, tilapia, tigerfish and catfish), monitors, and rock crabs, and the long sleek shadows of black ghariels. Humanoid chokers lurk in the canyon walls upstream, using their long flexible arms to pluck fish from the water as they cling to the rock faces.