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Iobaria
The region of Iobaria
(Region)

The land of Iobaria is located east of the nation of Brevoy, but is considered part of the continent of Casmaron. Found north of the Castrovin Sea, it was once a mighty empire, but was decimated two millennia ago by a series of plagues.[1] The 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, the Icerime Peaks and Hills of Nomen in 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 fomer 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 doesn't even have enough troops to fully man the city's ancient fortifications.[1]
Hask-Uktharan, 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 was originally settled by Ulfen explorers from Avistan around 752 AR, who followed the southernmost polar ice caps eastward.[5] It soon grew into an empire with colonies as far afield as Issia, (now Brevoy), and Mendev, in Avistan. The empire was brought down by a series of plagues, the worst of which was the Choking Death of 2742 AR. These diseases killed three quarters of the population, and even today a host of illnesses keeps the population low. Thus weakened, 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]

For a detailed timeline of the history of Iobaria, see Iobaria timeline

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]

Religion

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

References

For additional resources, see the Meta page.