Tales of the Wanderers
The Bright Desert extends from the rugged Abbor-Alz hills to the north and east to the Wooly Bay to the west, and to the Sea of Gearnat to the south. It contains only one major geographical feature, the Brass Hills in its south-western region.
In 584 CY, the archmage Rary betrayed the Circle of Eight at the Day of the Great Signing in Greyhawk, which marked the end of the Greyhawk Wars. When his attempt to disrupt the signing failed, he fled into the Bright Desert with his co-conspirator, Robilar, and marshaled the local tribes and began to create their own nation-state. Robilar went on foot with those troops that followed Rary while Rary transported his tower in Ket to the middle of the Bright Desert.
This new kingdom, The Empire of the Bright Lands (or simply Bright Lands), is held under the tyrannical control of Rary and Robilar, who have systematically used their small army and mercenary soldiers to defeat tribes of local nomads and subjugate them under his rule. His armies are now large and powerful enough to defend this young nation.