The Scorched Lands

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“The darkness descended from above - a great, swallowing void that scratched ash and fire into the sky. In just a single day, the Province of Elysia was no more.”

– The Orcanor Scrolls

East of the verdant Anadorian Forest lies a Province of nightmarish contrast. Few places have seen more suffering and evil than the Scorched Lands: the power of the dark moon Umbra has blackened the ground, robbed rivers of fish, and filled the very air with smoke and volcanic ash. Twisted monstrosities wander the wastes, and only the hardiest plants grow on its wretched soil.

The Scorched Lands was born from two ancient evils. The first was the curse of Umbra, when the Dark Moon hurled the Black Shard into Elysia, destroying much of the Province. The second was the callousness of the Valorian Empire in turning away hundreds of thousands of Elysian refugees just to spite its former rival. These events gave rise to the terror that was Akhan the Calamity, Champion of the Dark Moon and Reaver of Arzu.

The Scorched Landers have endured much hardship, and their own hearts have hardened in response. Since Umbra’s defeat in the Great War and the rise of the Spirit barrier, Scorched Landers have been kept a virtual prisoner in their own Province. But that does not make them powerless. Far from it.

Nowhere in Arzu can one find a greater concentration of warlords and priests of the Void. The Umbran Order holds complete sway over the populace of the Scorched Lands. Behind the iron walls of the capital city Obisidia, the Order toils to build up the Scorched Army once again. And in the looming fortress of Shadowhold, the Scorched Landers worship the Black Shard, hoping that it will grant him the same power it gave to Akhan.

Their efforts proved fruitless, however, as the Shard has remained silent for years. So for now the Cult of Umbra must wait in frustration as the Witch Wall and its Anadorian Rangers keep them in check. Nevertheless, the Scorched Landers believe that the Great spirit Umbra will one day lead them once more to glory.

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