Varisia - The People

Ethnic Varisians and Shoanti constitute Varisia’s native
peoples, having made their homes in the region for
thousands of years, long before the incursion of the Chelish
Empire. In 4405 ar, Chelish armies entered the region,
drove the Shoanti into the arid northern regions, and
settled the land with an eye toward “civilizing” the native
Varisians. The region’s wealth of natural resources
bolstered development in the area, and Varisia is now one
of the most desirable destinations for settlers and explorers.

Three city-states arose from the Chelish occupation to
compete for control over the land. Korvosa, founded in 4407
ar, is the oldest of the three, an established trading magnate
governed by a local monarchy. The growth of the younger
trade cities in the region threatens Korvosa’s standing, a fate
the decadent city refuses to accept. Magnimar, founded by
discontented Korvosan expatriates in 4584, prides itself on
being a more welcoming city with few restrictions on trade.

Jutting from Magnimar’s cliffs, the mysterious Irespan—an
ancient shattered bridge of phenomenal size—serves as an
emblem of the bold city. The outlaw haven of Riddleport is a
city of pirates and gamblers, ruled with harsh fairness by
a group of master criminals. Riddleport is also home to
the mysterious Cyphergate, a rune-carved arch spanning
the natural harbor, which draws all manner of daring
scholars to the city’s streets.

Varisia - The People

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