Rune of the Riselords
Varisia - The Land
Varisia is a true frontier, stretching from the Varisian
Gulf in the west to the sheer peaks of the Mindspin
and Kodar Mountains in the east. The space between
encompasses all manner of terrain—sprawling plains,
dense forests, burning badlands, and mysterious swamps.
The land remains relatively untouched by lumberer’s axe
or fisher’s trawl, and its wild creatures remain varied and
plentiful—and sometimes monstrous.
The Storval Rise, a thousand-foot-tall cliff that runs
northwest to southeast across the region, divides the fertile
lowlands from the rugged Storval Plateau. The west and
south hold lush expanses: woodlands like the Churlwood
and Sanos Forest, expanses so tangled even experienced
trackers shy from their edge; the Velashu Uplands, a gentle
plain home to the rugged Velashu horse lords; and the
Mushfens, a dangerous marsh that straggles along much
of the land’s southern length.
The Storval Plateau, which includes the burning wastes
of the Cinderlands, encompasses the east and north. The
Cinderlands are a dry desert where regular firestorms
scour the thorny scrub brush and sear the reddened
land. Much of the Storval Plateau proves slightly more
hospitable, though, and this arid stretch of grassland
and hard-packed plains is home to equally hard tribes of
reclusive giants and proud Shoanti.