The region referred to as The Wastes makes up the core of the of the old Dwarven kingdom, left in ruin by the magics of the Dwarven Shapers and their Elvin enemies. It is not truly a part of the Empire but does lay within the borders the Empire claims. It has no population to speak of and the only people who brave the magical desert of the Wastes are archaeologists attempting to scour old Dwarven ruins and people fleeing from the law. Several small outlaw towns have existed over the years, but the lack of resources and the strange magical energies that radiate from the Wastes ensure that they never last for long.
Like the Fissure and other areas decimated by the Wars of Dominion, a strange magical aura permeates the area. Those who have returned from expeditions report strange noises, magical mirages and other phenomena, and unnatural weather. Rumors persist that the tortured ghosts of those Elves and Dwarves killed in the Wars of Dominion haunt the Wastes, as well as rumors of great treasure still sealed beneath the twisted ruins of the Dwarven cities in the region.