|“||I have crossed many mountains and many rivers, and trodden many plains, even into the far countries of Rhûn and Harad where the stars are strange.||”|
–Aragorn in The Fellowship of the Ring, The Council of Elrond
Far Harad (far south) is the collective name for the southernmost lands of Middle-earth, beyond the deserts of Near Harad, where "the Stars are strange" as Aragorn said. This is a vast region of savannahs, jungles, forests, and mountains, far larger than the familiar North-western lands.
Far Harad is home to many exotic trees and plants. Acacia and baobab trees grow in the savannah, and mango trees can be found in the jungle biome. The rivers that run through Far Harad spawn banana trees on the shores. Many African animals spawn here, and thus Far Harad is a good place to hunt.
In Public Beta 21, Far Harad was revamped with several new climatic biomes. In later updates it got populated with two factions of the Haradrim, with more slated to be added in later updates. The first of these factions, the Moredain, were added in Public Beta 23. The second of these factions, the Tauredain, were added in Public Beta 25. The Cerinrim and Men of Limwaith will eventually be added, and they will dwell respectively in the Bushland and Mangrove.
Upon entering Far Harad, the player earns the achievement "Where the Stars are Strange"
Biomes of Far Harad Edit
|Arid Savannah||Travelling south, this is the first Far Harad biome encountered. It emerges smoothly from the Near Harad semidesert, with patches of both sand and dirt, dry grass, and scattered stunted trees. Far Harad animals and Moredain spawn here.|
|Savannah||The Far Harad Savannah is a vast region south of the arid savannah. It is greener, with more grass, trees, and animals. Moredain also live in this biome.|
|Forest||The Far Harad forest biome is a forest full of dense trees and vines. There is a large forest in the eastern part of the savannah, but it can also appear as a random biome within the whole savannah area.|
|Jungle||The jungle is a very large biome that is found south of the savannah. It has jungle trees and thick vegetation, similar to the vanilla jungle. The Tauredain call this biome their home.|
|Harad Mountains||The Harad Mountains (also known as the Grey Mountains; not to be confused with the mountain range of the same name in the north of Middle-earth) are a mountain range in western Far Harad.|
|Rocky Coastline||West of the Harad mountains is a long and wide rocky shore. This is the same biome that forms the cliffs of Lindon and Forodwaith.|
|Cloud Forest||These misty forests, which grow along the eastern slopes of the Harad Mountains, are similar to the jungle, but the trees are much taller, and the undergrowth much less thick. Low fog and mist surrounds the trees, giving them a mysterious look. For travelers seeking a peaceful meditation atmosphere, this is the place for you.|
|Swampland||This biome is in the western part of Far Harad. It is a moderately sized swamp, similar to other swamp regions of Middle-earth, but with Harad flora and fauna.|
|Volcano||The Far Harad volcano sub-biome is made up of stone and lava, with leafless acacia, oak, and charred trees. Circular lava pits with obsidian separating the lava from the stone spawn here. This biome also spawns within Pertorogwaith.|
|Pertorogwaith||Pertorogwaith is a desolate region on the eastern coast of Far Harad, and the home of the Half-trolls.|
|Mangrove||This biome is situated on the eastern coast of Far Harad. It is full of swampy water holes, quagmire, crocodiles, acacia, oak, and mangrove trees. In the future, the Limwaith will inhabit this forested swamp.|
|Bushland||The bushland is the southernmost biome of Harad and is a more dry version of the savannah, with boulders, rotten logs, termite mounds, and shrubbery much more common. In the future, the warlike Cerinrim tribes will inhabit this arid biome.|
|Far Harad River||Far Harad has its own river biome. This is so banana trees can grow along the shoreline. Flamingos also spawn here often.|
|Jungle Lake||The lakes in Far Harad jungle also have their own lake biome. Those secluded places mostly spawn at the beginning of one of the long jungle rivers.|
In the Far Harad (arid) savannahs, two structures spawn:
- Moredain Village - Villages of the Moredain generating in the savannahs of Far Harad. They contain Moredain crafting table, three to five huts, a trader hut, and a chieftain hut.
- Moredain Hunter Camp - Small camps in the other areas of Far Harad with smaller huts around a Moredain crafting table.
In the Far Harad jungles, two major structures spawn:
- Tauredain Pyramid - An ancient building of long forgotten days, which contains a lot of treasures.
- Tauredain Village - Villages of the Tauredain found only in clearings. These villages contain many buildings with chests and loot. Normally, ordinary citizens, farmers, a chieftain, and a shaman live there.
Since Far Harad is inspired by Africa, Far Harad has a lot of African animals. Also, in the jungle spawn scorpions, which inflict poison. Many of the mobs that spawn in Far Harad originally came from Mevans' discontinued Mod, "The Lion King Mod". Moredain also live in the plains. The jungles are ruled by the Tauredain.
- Moredain - Members of a fierce tribe of Men that worship the Great Lion.
- Moredain Warrior - Warriors of the Moredain.
- Moredain Huntsman - Traders who sell hunting supplies. Found in Moredain trading huts.
- Moredain Hutmaker - Traders who sell blocks. Found in Moredain trading huts.
- Moredain Chieftain - Chieftains from who you can hire Moredain. Found in Moredain chieftain huts.
- Tauredain - A villager who lives in a village.
- Tauredain Warrior - A warrior who wears armour.
- Tauredain Blowgunner - A Tauredain warrior with a blowgun.
- Tauredain Chieftain - A Tauredain who allows you to hire warriors.
- Tauredain Shaman - A Tauredain who sells items and lives in a stilt house.
- Tauredain Farmer - A Tauredain who sells and buys items, and allows you to hire farmhands.
- Tauredain Farmhand - A hireable Tauredain worker.
- Lion - Lions are dangerous hunters. They are neutral (they only attack if you attack.)
- Lioness - Female lions.
- Crocodile - Hostile mobs who live in the water and can also be on land. They are ferocious beasts, and while on land they are slow, they can swim faster than the player.
- Flamingos - Large, passive birds that live in Far Harad.
- Rhino - Rideable mobs that can charge into battle. They are neutral.
- Giraffe - Passive mobs native to Far Harad.
- Gemsbok - Passive antelope like mobs. Their hides can be crafted into very nice looking armour.
- Zebra - Rideable mobs found in Far Harad. Very similar to horses.
- Jungle Scorpion (jungle only) - Hostile mobs similiar to desert scorpions, except they spawn in the Far Harad jungle and are larger.
The tropical and Africa-like Far Harad biome is one of the most diverse in all of Middle-earth. Acacia and stunted oak trees are among the most common trees, of which are scattered across the savannahs along with baobab trees and, in greater density, in the Far Harad forest sub-biome. Banana trees grow on the shores of the Far Harad rivers, and in the tropical rainforests of the jungle. Another tropical fruit tree is the mango tree, a relatively rare tree that grows all over the country. Unique and exquisite Flame of Harad and Hibiscus flowers grow here. In the jungle, along with banana trees, vanilla jungle and the rich mahogany trees grow. The Far Harad Mangroves host, as the name implies, a large amount of mangrove trees in its murky swamps. As a tropical realm, new growth also is present, along with average grass growth. However, the western rocky coastline of Far Harad hosts more temperate vegetation, with birch and oak trees only, with limited grass growth.
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