Is there a verb or at least a less awkward phrase that means "to be the thing everyone has to adapt to"?

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To clarify, I mean over a large scale and a long time. Like, in order to live in the desert, people and animals have to change their behavior and traits in certain ways. What is the desert doing?

I'm revising and adding a few more moves for the setting playbooks. This one's for the Elements. "Force living things to adapt" kind of works. But then, it's also implied by everything else about the playbook, so maybe I need a completely different one...

@cavedueller Not sure if there's a verb, but the desert is being the environment. Everything adapts to its environment, be it a family, climate, social system, workplace, etc.

@cavedueller I'd start with "impose" and add qualifiers and context from there

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