A First Look: The Feralands
The Feralands: a vast, mostly lawless region that encompasses most of the northern half of the continent and separates Anorthile from Thenodar. Once the seat of great kingdoms, the Feralands is now a region divided among petty dictators, weak city states, and brigand bands. This ruin was brought on by the War of Calamities, a terrible war that decimated many regions in Althas and left the northern half of the continent in chaos. The Feralands are divided into three regions according to the kingdoms that once occupied it.
The Region of Gorandel
Gorandel is the largest region of the Feralands, occupying the southern half of the main Feralands region. The vast plains of Gorandel occupy the center of the region and are bordered on the east and west by great forests.
The region of Gorandel was once home to a kingdom of the same name, one of the greatest Anointed Kingdoms of Althas. The people of the Kingdom of Gorandel were lovers of knowledge and wisdom and delved into many secrets of magic and history. They were great architects, building monuments and grand cities. Now, only ruins remain..
In the War of Calamities, Gorandel was one of the hardest hit kingdoms, with some of the most terrible battles taking place there. As a result, nearly every major city or structure was left in a state of partial or complete ruin. After the war, many groups fought for control of the mostly ruined city of Nandorthel, Gorandel's capital. After many bloody conflicts, Nandorthel is now in the hands of a cruel tyrant. The settlement built within the ruins has come to be known as Grimvale. Other people live in the forests or along the rivers in the plains hoping to go unnoticed by the brigands and slavers that roam much of Gorandel. Because of its sheer size, Gorandel is both one of the most lawless and yet also one of the safest regions in the Feralands.
The Region of Driesefair
The Kingdom of Driesefair that once occupied this region was a land of simpler folk, farmers, woodworkers, and hunters. There existed a sharp distinction between the people of the city and the people of the countryside. To some extent that distinction continues as those who live in the major settlements of Ironrend and Greyport are quite different from those who live in homesteads in the east.
The peninsula once known as the Strand, now called by many the Forsaken Strand, is the strongest state in the Driesefair region and has influence throughout both in its own region and in Gorandel. The tyrant Ardor rules this region with an ironfist and is one of the most feared lords in the Feralands, wielding near absolute authority in most of western Driesefair. The eastern half of Driesefair is much more sparsely populated; people merely pass through on their way to Thenodar. The ruined city of Ecretei, former capital of Drisefair, has remained unconquered and unoccupied for centuries. The city is a place shrouded in mystery and dread; much of this sentiment likely originates from Ecretei being the site of the final battle of the War of Calamities. The land between the western forest and the border of Thenodar is a very dangerous region, with slavers and raiders from both the Strand and Nandorthel roaming at will throughout.
The Region of Lamniemalos (The Outer Feralands)
Before the War of Calamities, the Kingdom of Lamniemalos was home to great miners and stonemasons. They built great strongholds and cities, making their land a fortress over the centuries preceding the war. These fortifications are likely why Lamniemalos remains one of the more intact regions of the Feralands, with Leomael, the capital, still at least mostly standing.
Lamniemalos has more organized states than the other two regions of the Feralands. The Somstrynd Clans, a group of four houses that rule the western mountains and the area surrounding their eastern slopes, are known for their great warriors and ruthless tactics. Their slave-operated mines produce iron, silver, and even gold, making them the most wealthy and powerful state in Lamniemalos. Leomael was ruled for centuries by benevolent lords, remnants of the fallen kingdom's nobility. These lords managed to hold the Somstrynd and other raiders - all drawn by the cities wealth - at bay for many years, allying with the Anointed Kingdom of Nosmalos. But after Nosmalos withdrew from the Feralands affairs, other unscrupulous lords allied with the Somstrynd and siezed the city. Now Leomael is under their harsh rule with the authority and wealth of the Somstrynd backing them up. Those who would resist them have fled north. Because of the power of these various states, Lamniemalos is perhaps the most stable of the Feraland regions. However, given the harsh policies of these states, Lamniemalos is still a perilous region to wander in.
The Feralands and the Upcoming War
With tensions between Thenodar and Anorthile set to boil over, the Feralands is a subject of much discussion in both camps. Both sides recognize the value of the resources the Feralands offer. Also, both recognize the threat the various states such as Grimvale, the Foresaken Strand, and the Somstrynd pose to both their forces and the people in general. And so for reasons of both principle and strategy, both Anorthile and Thenodar intend to bring great changes to the Feralands in the upcoming conflict. As the wheels of war begin to turn, the Feralands is set to be the stage of yet another war, this one bringing with it both hope for change and fear of what price might be paid for it.