Hellfrost: Tal Dagore Game Guild
Population: 149,492 (45% Anari, 28% Saxa, 12%dwarves, 10% hearth elves, 3%Engro, 2% Frostborn).
Ruler: Independent settlements
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 teh 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.
No single ruler controls the domain and the villages and towns within it’s borders hold allegiance only to themselves (though the larger towns have outlying villages associated with them). Since the Blizzard War, the settlements have reveled in their independence.
While many rural villages cooperate militarily, none of the major settlements do. Each retains its own army, its size and composition varying with the terrain and size of the settlement. While larger settlements, such as Aslov, command sizable armies, they serve only defensively. No ruler currently has any designs on military conquest, if only because starting such a campaign would force the other settlements into a joint pact against them.
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.