|Images of Iobaria|
The empire was brought down by a series of plagues, the worst of which was the Choking Death in 2742 AR. These diseases killed three quarters of the population, and even today a host of illnesses keeps the population low.
Vassal states rebelled against control by the Iobarian government, only to collapse themselves once they were cut off from central support.
Most of the population live in a state of barbarism. They avoid the ruined forest cities.
Many worship a vast group of minor nature spirits. Most religious figures are druids.
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.
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 a brute called Kostchtchie.
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