If it weren’t for the beautiful hills and rivers, walking this land wouldn’t be nearly as nice…
Umbria is a large continent, roughly 3 million square miles (though a frozen wasteland of untold size exists extending northward). It has many mountain ranges, rivers, lakes, forests, and other notable landmarks.
Ortissia is the region in Western Umbria, extending from the borders of the Orvian Jungle to the harsh coasts of Everice. “Ortissia” means “hilly” in Old Norse.This region is primarily under control of the Fox Clan.
A varied region, there are tropical forests in the far south, sandy beaches and coasts on the south west, and then plains and more temperate forests as one travels northward. The plains give way to hills and then mountains as travellers approach the western reaches of the Drakespine and Wyrmstooth Mountains.
The western part of this region is filled with tropical jungles, pristine waterfalls, and ancient ruins. The borders of the jungle are filled with Fox plantations of fruiting trees and spice plants, supplying a good number of the exotic ingredients found in Umbrian (and particularly Orvian and Ortissian cuisines).
The Steppes are the large deserts, plains, and canyons of the Northwest of Umbria, east of the Drakespine Mountains and north of the Direwood. This area is primarily under Wolf clan control, and there are few settled towns and villages as most of the people living here are nomadic.
The Steppes are a harsh place, and they breed a harsh people. The culture emphasizes “only the strong survive”, and is still primarily hunter-gatherer, following the great herds of mammoth, aurochs, and other great beasts of the plains. The weather is equally unforgiving, easily going from sweltering heat and drought to a blizzard. Most feared of all is the maelstorm, a chaotic storm powered by magical surges which occur at random throughout the region, though fortunately are fairly rare. Maelstorms can always be predicted by a great charge of static electricity in the area.
The Hridvisi, one of the 5 great rivers of Umbria, courses through the eastern portion of the Steppes, gathering speed and creating great rapids as it winds its way towards the confluence.
The Riverlands encompass the central region of Umbria, surrounding Ysmir’s Hand and the great confluence of rivers, and extending in each direction to border the surrounding regions. This area is a land of fertility and plenty, criss-crossed with fields of wheat, hops, and other staple crops. The land is prone to flooding in the spring, when snowmelts combined with rainfall push the rivers over their boundaries.
The Boar capital city of Trassfjord lies in the center of the region. The most populous city in Umbria, and the mercantile capital of the continent, Trassfjord is truly a metropolis. The Boar Clan rules over the city nominally, though all are welcome in Trassfjord as long as their coin is good.
Firstland refers to the forests and mountains in the Northeast of Umbria. Coming from the Old Norse for “forest land”, Firstland is also reputed to be where mankind first came to being, and there are scattered ruins, barrows, and caverns from prehistoric times scattered throughout the region.
Notable locations in Firstland include Bjorikston, the Bear Clan capital. The Laxbraut and Trollfjoss rivers both course through this region, heading southward towards Ysmir’s Hand. On the eastern slopes of the Loftor region, the curious and technological-driven gnomes have their capital city.
Loftor is the region on the eastern coast of Umbria. Its name comes from the Old Norse for “tall tower”, which refers of course to the Black Tower in Hrafnsberg, a monolithic structure of unknown construction. This region features great pine forests and the craggy peaks of the Jotunsberg range.
Loftor saw the worst of the fighting during the Second Era Giant wars, and many of the areas are still in economic ruin from the devastation wrought. Some places still bear scars of the great spells of the Archmaesters of the Raven Clan used against the Giants.
The March refers to the southeastern peninsula of Umbria, stretching from Eastvale all the way up to Highwater and the southern banks of Ysmir’s Hand. Another fertile region, this area is known for its orchards and vineyards, as well as its great deposits of iron and silver.
The Elk Clan has ruled over the March for centuries now.