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Nation Ustalav
Capital Gallowspire
Ruler None
Government None, but patrolled by forces of Lastwall

Source: Rule of Fear, pg(s). 34

Virlych is the third region of modern Ustalav, being neither a part of the Soivoda nor the Palatinates. Virlych clings to the south-western edge of Ustalav: it is a desolate, undead-haunted wasteland that is a part of Ustalav in name only.[1][2]


Virlych is situated in the far south-western corner of Ustalav and it borders its guardian, Lastwall, for much of its western and southern reaches, divided by the Path River. Only in the north-west does Virlych border the orc-infested Hold of Belkzen. To its north lies the relatively peaceful Palatinate of Canterwall, while to its east lies the Soivoda county of Amaans. Geographically, Virlych is dominated by the high peaks of the Hungry Mountains.[3]

The land of Virlych is a blighted one where only twisted, unnatural plants grow amidst desolate lands and it is racked by unexplained and highly unnatural storms.[1][2]


Ustalav was finally defeated in 3206 AR by the resurrected Tar-Baphon, the Whispering Tyrant. The lands then had to withstand some six centuries of suffering until the victory of the Shining Crusade, in 3827 AR, when the Whispering Tyrant was imprisoned in Gallowspire, where he remains until the present day. Despite its liberation, the six centuries of the Whispering Tyrant's rule had fundamentally corrupted the nation of Ustalav, and no where was this more apparent than in the ancient counties of Virholt and Grodlych which surrounded Gallowspire. Virlych was created out of the rotting remains of these two former counties, which had formed the epicentre of the Whispering Tyrant's burgeoning undead empire.[1][2]


No sane person dwells within Virlych: any inhabitants of the former counties of Virholt and Grodlych who did not die during the Whispering Tyrant's pillaging of the counties fled generations ago. The only people still regularly drawn to Virlych are the patrols from Lastwall checking that the Whispering tyrant still remains imprisoned, as they have done for centuries. Nevertheless, despite the danger, visitors to Virlych also include curious arcanists desperate to scavenge any magical secrets remaining from the Whispering Tyrant's reign and explorers drawn to such fabled locations as Renchurch, Ghasterhall, the Palace of Travesties and the Garden of Lead.[1][2]

Of course, the immortal Whispering Tyrant himself is still the most infamous resident of Virlych, imprisoned in Gallowspire.[1][2]

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