Thieves & Kings
The Broken Lands - Realm of the Orc Kings
The Broken Lands are a region of rugged hills, mountains, and narrow canyons in the utter northwest section of the continent, abandoned by civilization. Few humans and demi-humans ever venture into this distant realm, but it is inhabited. There are denizens of the depths, nomadic tribes of goblins, gnolls and orcs, and fierce tribal raiders; the Hordes of Thar. Something of a feudal kingdom, known by scholars as “The Kingdom of the Iron Star”, the entire population consists of orcs, goblins, trolls, and many other foul creatures, who call their realm Thar, named after its founding ruler, Thar the Terrible, a red orcish chieftain who maintains his status by means of lichdom and an impossibly iron grip over his people. The realm exists underground as much as it does on the surface, and is ruled through the Ten Tribes – each a virtual kingdom of its own, and each with holdings on both levels. The realm is in constant conflict with the Kingdom of Evael, and the occasional raid by adventurers. It produces numerous rare and exotic trade goods, but these rarely leave the Broken Lands, though there is limited contact with the mysterious Shadow Elven realms.