Created during the Colony Land Reform, the Naru Desert formerly comprised the southern half of Narrowdep. Although these two places are now considered separate, each is as bleak and barren as the other. High badlands and dry plains dominate the northern third of Naru Desert, thinly inhabited by small traveling bands of herders. The local population is renowned for their hospitality, and also for their ability to disappear into the canyons and gorges of their homeland when threatened. The landscape also lends itself to smuggling. The central portion of the region is desert, with an occasional oasis, making travel difficult but not impossible. Ocean breezes carrying fogs and occasional rainfall make the southern third somewhat more hospitable, with farming of dates, figs, and palms, and fishing in the deep waters off the coast.