The Winnu Plains are situated in the central regions of the Arc, between the Eternal Desert in the south and the Broken Hollow rift to the north. The plains are large and only broken by a few hills and groves of trees, otherwise it is a vast light-green landscape that continues as far as the eye can see. They make up a rough fifth of the entire continent and is home to a diverse number of grazing bison. These bison are the keystones to both Nimotei and Sommaran cultures, both of them herding and slaughtering bison to provide their people with food, protection and
Nimotei Herding: The Winnu bison are hunted and herded in two very different ways in the north and south. The Nimotei have built great stone funnels that lead towards the Broken Hollow. They herd the bison toward these funnels and as they come closer they scare the bison into a stampede. As the bison stampede into the funnels a large number of them fall over the ledge before the herd
can stop, thus killing a large number of the otherwise resistant bison in one fell swoop. At the bottom of these funnels an entire village awaits the coming slaughter – here they cut up the bison to preserve as much meat as possible. Their tough hides become coats, clothes and leather armor, sinew was taken for bows, its fat provided grease and the hooves could be boiled to create glue. Dried bison dung is also used as fuel for the fires deep inside Broken Hollow.
Sommaran Hunting: The Sommaran, on the other hand, often use their camels for short spurts into herds, killing off as many bison as they can before the herd stampedes and flees the area. Sommarans often use throwing spears and when the jettur can, they make use of their oversized longbows to fell feeing bison. Most bison are shot in the lungs with arrows, this does not kill them instantly, rather it makes them slower and fnally fells them. So a bison-hunting team will often continue to fre volleys of arrows or throwing spears into the sides of animals until they are out. After an hour or two, they will follow the trail until the fnd the fallen bison. They then drive a spike through the eyes of the skull and rope the bison behind the camel. The
bison are then collected and slaughtered before the hunters return with their camels full with food, leather, sinew and grease.