Rain is rare in the red valley. It tends to only fall once a year, in spring, when storms are blown in from the east. Sometimes rain will fall just before winter arrives to offer some relief, but this is never expected.
The little rain that does fall only offers so much. The land is parched for most of the year and inhabitants are pushed to their limits. The need for water is a shared necessity for all life in the valley and so the skies are constantly watched.
Spring is the season of change and renewal for the valley. Rain isn’t always guaranteed but it tends to arrive in spring and when it does, it’s never a moment too soon. The rains are preceded by violent dust storms, announcing their arrival. Vast clouds of dust and dirt are blown hundreds of feet into the air and are swept across the landscape. These very forces are resposible for many of the rock formations in the valley; carving and shaping them over eons. Winds can reach 120km per hour shrouding the land, making it almost impossible to see. These storms can last for hours and even days, slowly grinding the valley into more sand and dust.
For many of the inhabitants this can be a hard time but it is a welcomed sign.
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Prai Canyon is a quiet place during early spring. Recovering from the cold of Winter, inhabitants move through it in search of precious food and water…