Fire and Ice
Conquered by the Anari, the region remained part of the Empire until the Blizzard War. As the armies of the Hellfrost advanced south through Hellfrost Pass, they wrought terrible destruction, wiping out most of the population. Those not killed fled further south.
When the war ended, survivors and settlers drifted back to claim territory. Before the settlers could secure the entire region, the Dark Triumvirate corrupted Black Heath, essentially dividing the land in twain. Since then, numerous settlements have grown up from the ruins of those left by the terrible War, but no ruler has had the charisma or military might to unify the lands.
Attacks by orcs in the north and undead around the center, combined with no central authority, make the Freelands a dangerous place to travel, let alone live.
Government & Military
There is no central ruling body in the Freelands. Communities and towns within the Freelands are their own entities. As such, only the larger towns have sizable armies for defense. Smaller communities often band together in times of military need.
The Freelands encompass a wide range of geographic features. In the far north lie the Jagged Peaks, and beyond them the Icebarrier Mountains. Heading west, the hills slowly level out into the Stone Forest and the plains which surround it, whereas in the east there is only unbroken rolling countryside.
In the south stands the Pinnacle, a single mountain bordered on all sides by the high, barren Lesser Hills. The Freelands surround the Black Heath and Darkwood, which together make up the Withered Lands, on three sides.
Areas of Interest
Cities, Towns and Villages