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When [[Baba Yaga]] first came to [[Golarion]], she arrived in Iobaria and hid her ''[[Dancing Hut]]'' in the dense forests of the country. Initially, she conversed only with [[fey]] and, occasionally, [[centaur]]s. Rumours of a powerful arcanist spread in those early days and, eventually, an Iobarian warlord called Kostchtchie visited Baba Yaga full of demands to be made immortal. As punishment for his rudeness and affront, Baba Yaga not only granted him immortality but twisted that fate such that Kostchtchie was transformed into a deformed giant. she also removed a portion of his soul and hid it in a powerful [[artefact]]: the ''[[Torc of Kostchtchie]]''. After his defeat and humiliation, the warlord fled Iobaria to the [[Abyss]], where he eventually became a powerful [[demon lord]], but has never forgotten his ire for Baba Yaga.<ref name="WQR73">{{cite book/The Witch Queen's Revenge|73}}</ref>
 
When [[Baba Yaga]] first came to [[Golarion]], she arrived in Iobaria and hid her ''[[Dancing Hut]]'' in the dense forests of the country. Initially, she conversed only with [[fey]] and, occasionally, [[centaur]]s. Rumours of a powerful arcanist spread in those early days and, eventually, an Iobarian warlord called Kostchtchie visited Baba Yaga full of demands to be made immortal. As punishment for his rudeness and affront, Baba Yaga not only granted him immortality but twisted that fate such that Kostchtchie was transformed into a deformed giant. she also removed a portion of his soul and hid it in a powerful [[artefact]]: the ''[[Torc of Kostchtchie]]''. After his defeat and humiliation, the warlord fled Iobaria to the [[Abyss]], where he eventually became a powerful [[demon lord]], but has never forgotten his ire for Baba Yaga.<ref name="WQR73">{{cite book/The Witch Queen's Revenge|73}}</ref>
  

Revision as of 11:13, 8 December 2013

Iobaria
The region of Iobaria
(Nation)
Alignment Varies
Capital None
Ruler Many local rulers
Government Various
Demonym Iobarians
Adjective Iobarian
Languages Iobarian
Religions Minor nature spirits
Images of Iobaria

Unincorporated sources

The land of Iobaria is located east of the nation of Brevoy, north of the Castrovin Sea. It is considered part of the continent of Casmaron. Human settlers have united the land into an empire a few times, but right now the land is largely wilderness. It is subject to plagues, some of which have destroyed the aforementioned empires.[1]

The Iobarian empire, at its height, stretched from the Icewall, Ice Steppes, and the Lake of Mists and Veils in the north to the Myrfrus River in the east, Mendev (past the Icerime Peaks and Hills of Nomen) to the west, and the Castrovin Sea to the south.[2][3]

Iobaria is low-density and sparsely populated. About eight of every ten inhabitants live outside cities in settlements that are smaller than hamlets elsewhere. Other, non-human races live as nomads in packs that are smaller than that of an average village.[2]

Geography

Orlov
The former coastal capital of Iobaria manages to retain faint traces of its ancient grandeur. Its scheming prince dreams of re-establishing the Empire, but in fact does not even have enough troops to fully man the city's ancient fortifications.[1]
Hask-Ultharan, the "Cairn of Many Torments"[4]
This is an enormous cairn of quarried stone blocks, marked in the script of the cyclopes. The Record of Truan Iolavai describes how the scholar and his party investigated the cairn, against the advice of his local guides, only to be driven off by a howling mob of malformed giants led by the demon lord Kostchtchie.[1]


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History

Iobaria's first inhabitants were the unknown entities who carved the steps into Dirrinir.[citation needed]

The first recorded inhabitants were the "Koloran" cyclopes, who left ruins in Iobaria and memories in the histories of Iblydos. One such cyclops was Karth, whose visage was immortalized in the Maw of Karth. In -5293 AR the Koloran civilization collapsed.[citation needed]

During the 700s AR Ulfen explorers from Avistan migrated east to the Lake of Mists and Veils, via Mendev. Okormirr was the first Ulfen settlement east of the Lake, around 752 AR.[2] Okormirr then spawned the city Orlov, which eclipsed its metropolis in 764 AR. In 905 AR, Iobar of Orlov united the Ulfens in Iobaria (and, likely, in Issia and Mendev).[citation needed]

In 1106 AR was the first recorded great plague, the Tearplague. Most of the plagues seem to have arisen from the forests.[5] Iobarians have blamed cyclops ruins like Orosknir,[6] and in 2767 AR they blamed foreigners. The one plague which they tracked down to its source was the Chardeath in 1634 AR, which in 1869 AR they tracked to the necromancer Otyb the Undying. Even today a host of illnesses keeps the population low.[citation needed]

The worst plague was the Choking Death of 2742 AR. That killed three quarters of the population and led to a vicious pogrom remembered as the Native Plaguestrife. Thus weakened, the kingdom of Iobaria lost control of its vassal states, which rebelled against its control, only to collapse themselves once they were cut off from central support.[1]

In 3212 AR, three warlords reunited much of Iobaria as New Iobaria.[7] These fell into internecine strife before the unification was complete. King Irral I won the Restoration War in 3304 AR (although peace was not declared until 3309 AR)[7], with the help of draconian allies - to whom he ceded control of all cyclopean ruins not currently in use. (The human-occupied cities remained human, and humans retained a presence in strategically-important sites like Fralros.) Antoll was the capital at New Iobaria's height, 3312 AR3679 AR.[8]

More strife then occurred, but one clan emerged the winner by 3870 AR—pushing the rivals into Brevoy. This form of New Iobaria survived, somewhat stagnantly, until the Drakeplague of 4519 AR, when decline struck in earnest.[7]

In 4606 AR, the god Aroden fell and the Worldwound opened northwest of Mendev. In the next two decades, many Mendevians fled east; then, the Sarkorians followed. New Iobaria could not absorb the Sarkorians, and the kingdom collapsed again, starting at Mavradia.[citation needed]

For a detailed timeline of the history of Iobaria, cf. the Iobaria timeline article.

Baba Yaga & Kostchtchie

The triple goddess monument at Artrosa

When Baba Yaga first came to Golarion, she arrived in Iobaria and hid her Dancing Hut in the dense forests of the country. Initially, she conversed only with fey and, occasionally, centaurs. Rumours of a powerful arcanist spread in those early days and, eventually, an Iobarian warlord called Kostchtchie visited Baba Yaga full of demands to be made immortal. As punishment for his rudeness and affront, Baba Yaga not only granted him immortality but twisted that fate such that Kostchtchie was transformed into a deformed giant. she also removed a portion of his soul and hid it in a powerful artefact: the Torc of Kostchtchie. After his defeat and humiliation, the warlord fled Iobaria to the Abyss, where he eventually became a powerful demon lord, but has never forgotten his ire for Baba Yaga.[9]

Soon thereafter, Baba Yaga turned her attention to the construction of Artrosa in the Deeprun Crevasse: a huge monument representing a triple aspect of Baba Yaga's personality. Once completed, Baba Yaga left Golarion for a long while, with but a few revisits to quickly check her minions, only returning more permanently in 3313 AR.[9]

Inhabitants

The numerous diseases which emptied Iobaria two millennia ago have never disappeared completely, and still serve to keep its population very low. Most live in the endless forest wilderness in a state of semi-barbarism, and avoid the ruined cities of their ancestors altogether.[1]


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Religion

Today, Iobarians worship a vast group of minor nature spirits. Most religious figures are druids.[1]


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References