The Barrens is a large zone in central Kalimdor controlled by the Horde. It is a mostly composed of an extensive desert, though not entirely devoid of life, with a few scattered oases around its center. Though barely habitable, the Barrens are an ideal territory for both the Alliance and the Horde. With trade routes crisscrossing the land leading to Ashenvale, Mulgore, and beyond, the Horde defends the land not only from the intolerable Alliance, but from the lands native inhabitants as well. The Barrens is home to a famous concept called 'Barrens chat', which describes the chat channel of the large zone filled with questing questions, various puns and childish banter.