That Which Can Eternal Lie
Only recently settled by colonists from Cheliax, the wild frontier of Varisia (vah-RHIS-ee-ah) is composed of rural communities, independent city-states, cyclopean ruins, and uncharted wilderness.
A large scale view of Varisia and surrounding nations.
A closer view of the Varisian coastline.
Over 10,000 years ago, much of modern-day Varisia was ruled by one of the earliest human civilizations on the Avistani mainland, the Thassilonian Empire. Weakened by corruption and warfare, Thassilon quickly crumbled during the destruction and chaos brought on by Earthfall. The surviving people of Varisia were left to create their own destiny.
Thousands of years passed, and the land and peoples became more stable. Varisia was largely ignored by other empires because it was simply too far away and lacked major settlements. This isolation ended during the period of rapid Chelish expansion, known as the Everwar, when Chelish colonists began entering the land in 4405 AR. The war between the settlers and Shoanti lasted nearly a century before the Shoanti were pushed back onto the Storval Plateau and other less desirable regions. With the native inhabitants removed from the most fertile land near the coast, Chelish colonists began to arrive in much greater numbers, under the pretense of bringing “civilization and culture” to Varisia.
Varisia is a vast frontier region in the northwest of Avistan. It stretches from the Steaming Sea in the west to the Mindspin Mountains in the east and from the Kodar Mountains to Conqueror’s Bay in the south. The region possesses a variety of environments within its limits, from the swampy Mushfens of the south to the flame-scorched Cinderlands on the northern Storval Plateau.
Varisia has no central government. It is a collection of independent city-states in which each holds sway over a small collection of towns and villages, while the wilds on the edges of their territory (including most of the area on top of the Storval Plateau) is claimed by the Shoanti. Varisian politics is dominated by the competing aims of criminal Riddleport, ambitious Magnimar, and traditionalist Korvosa.