"No, not hard. I've been azked zhat about Abyzzinia a lot whenever I talk about my pazt. Not our name for ze dezert, mind you, but it iz what everyone elze called it. I zhink it waz a Felid name or zomezhing."
She reclines against the tree, closing her eyes and occasionally nibbling the baklava, "No, I could not call it hard zhough, it waz juzt how life waz. People azk me 'Zunden, where did you find food? Izn't zhere no water in ze dezert? Wazn't it hot?' Zilly queztionz." She chuckles, her brows moving slightly to give her expression more complexity, neither happy nor sad.
"Zhere of courze waz food. We never gorged ourzelf like ze poniez of ze Dominion zometimez did, we ate only what we needed to and prezerved everyzhing we didn't eat immediately. Finding food in ze dezert iz only a matter of knowing where to look. Zame went for water. We did not ztay in one plaze, if you did you would uze all ze water in ze oaziz and ze tribe would die of zhirzt. We had a zycle, az many zhingz in our tribe did. Over ze courze of a few yearz, we'd wander a pazh along ze dezert and ztopping at different poolz for a time before moving on. You would zpend a few weekz to a monzh in one plaze, zhen pack up and left for ze next oaziz."
Her feet twitch, thinking about the countless miles she had walked across the desert, "Az for heat? 'Of courze it waz hot' I'd zay. Only ze mozt hardy or foolizh of creaturez zpent ze day out in ze zun in ze dezert. In ze tribe, zhere were zhree partz of ze day- Day, Night, and In Between. Dawn and Duzk waz ze time everyone left zheir tentz. We scavenged and played outzide during zhoze timez."
"During ze day and night, we ztayed in our tentz. Daytime ze elderz would zleep and zometimez ze children would make a game out of running between ze tentz to meet wizh eachozher. You had to be quick az ze hot zand would burn your feet. We made craftz and told ztoriez during zhat time."
"Finally, during ze night, ze children would zleep, and ze adultz and elderz come to meet in ze Matriarch'z tent to dizcuzz ze Arcana and… ozher zhingz I do not know about. I zhink zhey were dizcuzzionz about where ze tribe waz to travel to next, or talking about ze goingz in ze tribe. I didn't really get to attend zheze meetingz, by time I waz nearing adulthood ze zicknezz took my tribe."
She looks down at her claws, noticing she's eaten all her baklava already, letting out a small saurian rumble of disappointment.