Most of Darkover is (was?) covered in ice. There was not much humanoid-habitable zone on the planet, so the population was probably never numerous. Nevertheless there was open ocean in the temperate zones around the equator, and there were settlements on its shore. This is one of them, a fishing village built by the human settlers of Darkover, who chose to live a pre-industrial lifestyle on the world of the Red Sun. There were even a few deserts on Darkover, where harsh conditions prevailed and humans lived like Bedouins. M.Z. Bradley used those scenarios to tell her stories of women's misery and men's violence.
Acrylic on illustration board, 10" x 8", September 1989.