The smallest and least populated of Taranche's continents, the Cold Wastes is covered in glacial ice. The landmass sits in the middle of the Floating Ice. Whalers and fishermen from more southerly nations frequently brave the harsh cold to reach the continent's fertile waters.

Despite its inhospitable conditions, the Cold Wastes is home to a primitive human society who hunt the seal and whale, and who make their homes out of blocks of ice itself. The continent also hides the ruins of a highly advanced civilization that apparently predates even Lost Samarkh and the long-forgotten empires of the Elves.