Off the Edge
Brevoy is a proud land, known throughout Golarion for producing able warriors, regal nobles, and clever rogues. Yet Brevoy’s two regions, Issia and Rostland, have long held one another in contempt and now stand on the verge of civil war. Both Issia and Rostland were independent nations until Choral the Conqueror’s barbarian armies and red dragon servitors united the regions into a single kingdom two centuries ago. Until recently, the iron rule of House Rogarvia maintained a fragile peace between the two regions. But a decade ago, House Rogarvia mysteriously disappeared, and the conniving leaders of Issia’s House Surtova supplanted them as Brevoy’s rulers. Now a labyrinthine political landscape plagues the nation,full of secret alliances, provincial loyalties, and nefarious plots; civil war seems inevitable. In Rostland to the south,the swordlords see in many of Issia’s recent political moves the swift approach of such a war. They rightly fear such an event, for Rostland is smaller than Issia, it has fewer armies,and its rolling hills and grasslands offer very little in the way of natural defenses. Worse, unlike Issia, whose northern border stretches along the Lake of Mists and Veils, which offers some defense, Rostland’s southern border lies along a stretch of wilderness infested with bandits and monsters. If Brevoy falls into civil war, it won’t be long at all before the violent, opportunistic vultures to the south move to take advantage of Rostland’s problems.
Fearing incursions from the South or perhaps even the return of the “Brevoy Birds” of Mivon the swordlords commssioned several parties to secure the “Stolenlands” and offered those that were able to map their charters and root out banditry and monsterous threats a land grants as buffer nations. But these were grants of land that was not Brevoy’s to grant. For many of the River Kingdoms and the inhabitants therein see the Stolenlands as stolen from them not vice versa.