The Land of Great Lakes
Excerpt from the World of the Wilderlands
The far northwestern section of the continent is a series of lakes, swamps, forests, glacial plains, taiga, and tundra dominated by savage Ice Priestesses and rime hags; ice, snow, and frost giants; white dragons; and mammoths and mastodons, woolly rhinos and baluchitheriums, sabertoothed tigers and terror birds, giant elk and bears, and similar cold-loving megafauna. Strange creatures live in the forests and swamps, which glow and set off strange mists. The aptly-named Valley of Death is a vast scar, deep into the flesh of Gaia, where only the dead may live, and the living will die. The Dust Devil Waste is a cold desert of ash and dust, site of countless ruins of utterly ancient and long-lost civilizations. The only living civilization of any note is found along the ocean shore, where the warm waters from the south create a much warmer climate. Here can be found dozens of human, demihuman, and humanoid tribes and minor kingdoms, founded over long centuries by escaped slaves from the Giant Lands. The largest settlement is the city of Freebooter Haven, a free-wheeling community of pirates who prey upon the trade between the Giant Lands, the Elven Isles, and the various Demon States of the far south.