Varisia

Varisia

The seat of civilizations forgotten by most modern empires,
Varisia’s history is etched upon the stones of its innumerable
ruins. Few know what mysterious people once ruled these
lands, their towering monuments and incredible architectural
feats the sole records of an age of power and wonder. Yet, ask the
native Varisians of the past and the monoliths that litter their land
and only the cold dread in their eyes will answer.
Nearly 300 years ago, Cheliax founded the colony of Korvosa in
the supposedly cursed wilderness between its northern provinces
and the Lands of the Linnorm Kings. A century of bloody war with
the native barbarians, the Shoanti, followed, culminating in southeastern
Varisia falling to Chelish rule. Soon after, colonists and
adventure seekers of all persuasions came to populate the newly
tamed land. Yet, the deeper foreigners trod inland, the greater the
mysteries they discovered: endless walls of carved earth, titanic
monoliths, and writings no sage recognized. While many viewed
these idols and obelisks as evidence of the land’s cursed reputation
these oddities did little to halt Cheliax’s imperialistic march.
A century ago, the death of Cheliax’s god Aroden fractured not
just the country’s domestic holdings but indefinitely severed its
links to numerous colonies, including those in Varisia. Korvosa,
the oldest and largest of Varisia’s cities, made overtures of fealty to
Cheliax’s diabolical new Magistrix—overtures which went ignored.
Abandoned, discord erupted in the city between traditionalists to
the dead Chelish theocracy and revolutionaries eager to embrace
Cheliax’s new rule. Realizing that infighting would doom all they
had accomplished, many of the traditionalists left Korvosa, migrating
west and ultimately founding the city of Magnimar. Today, both
Korvosa and Magnimar fancy themselves the center of culture in
Varisia. Both cities have birthed or claimed numerous vassal townships
in the surrounding lands. Other races have also come as well,
integrating with the human populace or claiming their own territories.
The natives of the land also remember a time when Varisia was
theirs alone and swear the land will once again be theirs.
And, alien and now largely ignored, the monuments of an ancient
era look on… biding their time.

Varisia

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