Most travelers coming to the desert know of the best routes to use in order to avoid some of the nastier monsters here. To my knowledge, most people try and avoid the Salt Flats due to its high monster population of stormkin. These tentacled fiends love to interrupt not only spellcasters but also anyone that attacks!
Lately it has been relatively easy to find help during my expeditions, but for this area only miss Erolin was available. To be honest, it is nice that my long term friend is coming with me. I would feel bad bringing a new found friend into such a treacherous area.