|“||The region of South Gondor became a debatable land between the Corsairs and the Kings.||”|
–The Return of the King, Appendix A: Annals of the Kings and Rulers
Harondor, commonly also known as South Gondor, is a heavily contested semi-desert area located in the south of Ithilien, and north of Near Harad. It is bordered by the rivers Poros and Harnen in north and south respectively, and by the impressive Ephel Dúath mountain range of Mordor to the east.
Although Rangers of Ithilien dominate the more fertile north, Southron warriors dare to patrol the area. In the south, Gondor clearly lost control and conflict is ever present. As conflict poses a continuous threat to any traveller, no Travelling Traders frequent this land, not even Oddment Collectors drop by for a bargain.
The environment of Harondor is similar to the vanilla plains biome with scatterings of stone and sand, and the occasional tree. Players should be wary of entering this biome, as both good and evil aligned players will see battle here. Because of its border with the sea, it is possible to bypass this area by use of a boat or barrel.
Upon entering Harondor one gains the achievement: "Southward Bound."
Southern Harondor Edit
Southern Harondor is a more arid region and in a way the inverse of the normal Harondor biome, as instead of a plains-type biome with sprinkings of desert it is a desert-type biome with sprinkings of grass and trees. The land is generally more barren and scrublands dominate the landscape.
The south of Harondor is the most heavily contested area. It is just as likely to encounter Near Haradrim as Rangers of Ithilien, and Southron Desert Camps are much more common. The presence of Harad Obelisks is a clear sign that the clans of Near Harad once had full control of this land. The Bandits in this part of Harondor have a different cultural background.
- Standard - Normal Harondor biome. Small clusters of trees and stone boulders dot the landscape.
- Forest - Forest covered lands.
- Light Forest - Lightly forested lands.
- Steppe - A flat landscape of grassy plains.
- Barren Steppe - These barren plains stretch over vast area's and have even less vegetation.
- Hills - A hilly landscape with a higher average elevation.
- Forested Hills - A landscape with forest covered hills.
- Oak Shrublands - Forest covered lands with a lower tree density than regular forests, but with a very thick undergrowth of shrubs.
- Scrubland - Scrublands are typically areas with very poor, sandy and/or rocky soil. This results in very little tree growth and the vegetation is dominated by low growing scrubs (stunted trees / shrubbs) and bushes.
- Scrubland Hills - The scrubland hills are a hilly type of scrubland.
- Wasteland - Wasteland is a very barren biome and can vast stretches of the terrain consist of barren rock. The soil is generally very poor and vegetation is sparse. The landscape can both consist of flat plains and rolling hills.
The men of Harad have set up temporary camps throughout Harondor, predominantly in the south. At this time, the Rangers of Ithilien have built nothing here, but remnants of Gondorian rule are still clearly present.
- Ruined Gondor Tower - Two floored tower with battlements on the top. Includes a bed and Gondorian crafting table along with other useful items.
- Gondor Obelisk - Slim tower with a Beacon of Gondor on top.
- Southron Desert Camp - Small camps made by and for the Haradrim. These camps contain two fenced camels, Southrons, a small well, and some Southron tents, which contain a bed, two chests, two craftng tables (one Haradric, one normal,) and a barrel of Araq.
- Harad Obelisk - Tall sandstone structures with fire at the top.
Harondor is a biome highly contested between the Rangers of Ithilien and the Southron Warriors.
- Rangers of Ithilien- Men of Gondor similar to Rangers of the North, except that their capes are emblazoned with the White Tree of Gondor, and the Gondorian Swords that they wield in close combat.
- Southron Warriors (can be mounted)- Warriors of the men that live in the desert of Near Harad.
- Southron Archers- Southron Warriors armed with bows.
The dry grass, sandy soils and the presence of cacti and dead bushes show that Harondor is a relatively dry and warm land. Despite the draught, desert oaks are found very commonly, and the landscape and vegetation density is quite variable, especially in the north. Both vast treeless steppes and forested hills can be found throughout the area, and rivers carve out deep beds in the poor, sandstone supported soil. Majestic cedars dominate the forests, and various citrus trees can be found as colourful and nourishing gems.
- Harondor as the Sindarin name of South Gondor, which appears on the 1st Edition maps for The Lord of the Rings from 1954 (RC/lxiii), but only in its English translation in later Lord of the Rings maps (1980 forward). Moreover, the texts of the Lord of the Ring only use the "South Gondor". Apparently, Harondor is an abandoned name, and the "South Gondor" is more updated and suitable.
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