Rise of The Runelords
A rocky land that slopes from the high Kodar Mountains in
the north to the drenched fens of the south, Varisia is a
realm sculpted from stone. Yet between the mountain
ranges that carve the region, wildly disparate
and vibrant lands flourish.
The most dramatic natural wonder of Varisia
is the Storval Rise, a continuous line
of cliffs that runs hundreds of miles and
in some places rises as high as 3,000 feet.
Adding to this wonder, nearly the entire
face of these cliffs bears eroded sculptures,
ruined cliff-castles, and grimly carved
passages into depths below.
Above the rise stretches the
Storval Plateau, a barren, hilly
land of sparse vegetation and deadly
giants. This is the primary home of
the Shoanti. A nomadic people, the barbarians
range from the Stony Mountains in
the west to the Cinderlands—a badland of ragged
tors—in the east.
Below the Storval Rise, rolling hills, dense forests, and rocky
plains make up Varisia’s more hospitable reaches. Many of these
lands are marked by ancient monoliths, eroded statues, and cairns
of unnatural size. To the northwest, hills covered in high grass and
windy flatlands form valleys between mountains and the sea. In
the south, fertile lands pocked by rocky limestone pavements and
mist-shrouded moors border the massive rot of the Mushfens.
Numerous dense deciduous forests also huddle against Varisia’s
numerous mountain ranges. While spiders and other vermin
infest the Churlwood, the ghosts of werewolves are said to
haunt the Ashwood. Few dare brave the Lurkwood, for its dark
trees grow and shed their leaves in an order not set by the seasons.
Deadly and deathly things have also long been rumored
to haunt the northern Sanos Forest, but the gnome population
of the wilderness’s southern arm has done much to dismiss such
tales. Finally, the Mierani Forest was once and is now again a
home to elves. While they have done much in the 200 years
since their reappearance to treat with the peoples of Varisia’s
southern lands, the elves permit few outsiders entrance to their