In the far northeastern reaches of Avistan, the land and its people become harsh and unforgiving. Winters are long and deadly here, forcing common folk to scratch out a meager existence farming the nearfrozen soil and fishing its rivers and lakes during an all too-short spring and summer. All the while, the lords of the land plot in their keeps and strongholds, jealously eyeing their neighbors’ domains. This is the nation of Brevoy.
Approximately 200 years ago, Choral the Conqueror (with the aid of his red dragon allies) united the warring countries of northerly Issia and southerly Rostland under a single banner, and his descendants in House Rogarvia enforced that harmony with the force of the sword. Now the Rogarvias have vanished; the former rulers of Issia, the Surtovas, have taken control; and the fragile alliance between the two erstwhile rivals is on the brink of shattering. Even so, Brevoy is a strong trading partner for a number of nations, including Mendev, Numeria, and even the bandit River Kingdoms.
Issia is a place of rugged hills covered with scrub and scree, its poor soil making for equally poor farmland. The people are primarily fishers, though centuries ago they were feared raiders, striking up and down the Sellen River.
Rostland is the breadbasket of the north, a vast and fertile plain lying to the south of the Gronzi Forest. It is dotted with farms worked carefully by families protected by the Aldori swordlords. The swordlords are among the greatest sword fighters of the Inner Sea, but they are obsessed with honor and personal standing.
The ancient city of Skywatch in the Icerime Peaks— once an Aldori stronghold and home to a magical observatory—sealed itself off from the outside world on the very same day the Rogarvias disappeared. None have entered or exited its walls since then, and no magic can penetrate the barrier.