From Dragon Eye Atlas
The Maldon is the longest river within the Western Grasslands, and the main connection between Hanzatia and the western ocean coast. Three important cities of Palan, Kaderwa, Mekezisi and Mugyororo, are located along the Maldon river.
Near its mouth, the river is wide and shallow, and its importance for trade is based on the fact that almost its entire length is navigable. Downwards from the merging with the Kambe river, the size of boats capable of using the river is large enough to be commercially important.
The river creates a corridor of lush vegetation, forests and fertile areas, within the grasslands. This causes much of the population of the regions it passes through to be concentrated near the Maldon.