Relics in the Waste
Keszyd is the name of a world in the Material Plane. Your characters are currently active in the northern regions of the continent of Atiar. While there is speculation that other continents exist in Keszyd, no one seems to know for certain. The climate in North Atiar is cool throughout most of the year, dropping down to very low temperatures in the winter. The land is very infertile, composed mostly of dry, acidic soil that makes agriculture difficult. However, citizens of the various cities and villages throughout Atiar have managed to work the soil into usable condition, producing enough food to supply their respective homes.
Much of Atiar is divided by the Barrier Mountains, found to the west of Stone’s Throw. These towering mountains run in a fairly straight north-south range through the middle of the continent. A few passes through the mountains can be found, such as the Ashen Valley to the south, but these tend to be very dangerous. On the western side of the peaks is the Great Western Jungle, a huge expanse of heavily forested land about which little is known, as few have ever ventured inside.
North of Stone’s Throw is the small town of Winterhaven. To the southeast, across the river Thoss, is Talech, the theocratic city-state which is the center of operations of the Hands of the Ancients. Beyond that, to the east, is the port city of Naidel and the Selemian Ocean. The center of Atiar is taken up by a massive desert called the Smoldering Expanse. Beyond this, you know nothing of other areas of Keszyd.