Empire of Lightrune
Covering the northern and northwestern portions of the Empire, the frigid steppes are home to numerous barbarian tribes. The area is mostly disputed territory, as the tribes vary along the spectrum from “loyal to the Empire” to “kill all Imperials on sight”. Still, Imperial hunters can occasionally be seen despite the risks: the mammoths and sabretooth tigers which occur here are valued for their tusks and teeth. Imperial armies are also occasionally sent out to subjugate the more hostile tribes.
Sites of Note
Exile’s Rest: The city of Exile’s Rest, on the eastern border of the Steppes, was founded by a Dowager Empress, her child, and their entourage after being forced from Runehold by a coup. Slowly rebuilding their power, the child would, in his manhood, reclaim the throne from the usurpers after a vicious power struggle. Despite switching Runehold to his capital after reclaiming it, the city that he founded has a soft spot in the hearts of the Imperial line. The city is larger than would be expected from its position, thanks to a large contingent of Imperial troops focused on the subjugation of the Mammoth Steppes. Besides the soldiers, the only real wealth to flow through the city is the trade in ivory and fine pelts.