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The Broken Lands

The Broken Lands


The Broken Lands is the most inhospitable and treacherous of environments in the Known World, the landscape is one of constantly shifting grounds due to ever present earth tremors, volcanoes spewing forth lava or noxious gases, geysers, scalding mud pits and dust storms. The air is heavy with the fumes blown from sulphuric puddles and fissures venting often toxic gases from deep underground. The land itself is a region of rugged hills and mountains incised by narrow canyons, the Vesubia and Streel rivers cut through the area although the areas of dangerous rapids make them unnavigable to all but the foolhardy. Caravan trails pick an unsteady course beside these rivers. The climate of the Broken Lands is equally as fierce with the surface being blasted by the sun throughout summer or frozen by fierce winds during winter. The Broken Lands is bordered by the The Principalities of Glantri to the north and west, the Republic of Darokin to the south and east and The Ethengar Khanates to the northeast.

Some 800 to 1 600 feet below the surface of the Broken Lands is a totally different world, a complex array of underground passageways connect various caverns in a myriad fashions. Rivers of water flow underground into lakes, although far more breathtaking is the Lava Flow, a lake of molten rock in a vast cavern. Rivers falling into the Lava Flow fills the cavern with a thick fog and a thunderous roar. In the middle of the Lava Flow on a floating island of rock sits the ancient city of Oenkmar. The volcanic nature of the area and the hot and humid conditions created by the numerous interactions of lava and water have made the soils of the caverns exceedingly fertile. Fungal vegetation blooms constantly and grows with speed on most surfaces with ease.

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