Trade is the very lifeblood of Katapesh and the city of Katapesh itself is renowned as one of the greatest trade cities on Golarion rival even to mighty Absalom. While most of the trade comes from across the Obari Ocean much also comes from across the land, trade routes come from Osirion to the north, Nex to the south and the Mwangi Expanse. Unfortunately it is all too easy for a trading caravan to get lost in the trackless deserts of Katapesh, sandstorms burying trails in minutes. Many years ago the Pactmasters commissioned dozens of black obelisks to be put up along the major trade routes to guide travellers. These obelisks are each twelve feet high and carved in ten language with the word "trail", although recently someone has written "Death" in the Gnoll language on nearly half of them. The Obelisk Trail is the name given to these trade routes.