The badlands are located in the middle of the great nation of Heavstine. Few venture there and much fewer come back alive. Entire armies have attempted the march across the badlands and have never been heard from again. The savage beasts that live there rarely travel into the settled lands of Heavstine but seem to hunt down anyone who sets foot in their territory with an almost ravenous hunger.
When a criminal is sentenced to be banished to the badlands it is likely you will find they have killed themselves before the morning. Banishment is often viewed as a fate worse than death. However there is great wealth available to those who take the risk. There are great wonders in the badlands that cannot be acquired elsewhere and there are few people who make a great living off the fruit the badlands bear but their occupation does tend to shorten their lives.