Level noun – The placement of someone or something in relation to others in a vertical arrangement. Steppe and level are semantically related. In some cases you can use "Steppe" instead a noun "Level". Nearby Words: leveled, levelled, leveling
If you choose to start in the Khergit Khanate and you don't put any points into riding or horse archery and only use infantry in your battles... Well even the small packs of roaming steppe bandits that provide low level characters exp will stomp all over you.
Final Fantasy XII features Tchita Uplands and Cerobi Steppe, which are relatively untamed despite being just outside the bustling imperial capital of Archades and the port of Balfonheim, and also full of relatively high-level monsters.