World in Flames
The Kartzelan Mountains
The humans and dwarves who call the mountains their home have three great passions: meat, ale, and combat. A mountain man hunting for his dinner would rather pit his sword against a polar bear than lower himself to sneaking around with a bow and securing more manageable prey. Needless to say, they make excellent Barbarians and Rangers and look down heavily on anyone who would rather devote their time to more intellectual pursuits. The clan leaders are generally Paladins, for whom justice takes the form of wiping out the other clans as punishment for an endless series of wrongs dating back to before the war with the Wyrms. Mountain society is highly decentralized, consisting mostly of individual clans locked in constant combat. The closest thing to a capital city is Drake’s Roost, a trade hub and truce zone overlooking a cliff at the top of the mountain. Heavily guarded merchant caravans flock to the city from the bottom in order to barter for the spoils of the clan’s perpetual war. These spoils generally include captured slaves. Slavery in the mountains works very differently than it does on the ground – slaves are encouraged to try to escape, and if they succeed, society praises them for their ability while mocking their former master for his weakness.