geography of Verland
Geography: The land is a large area in the northwestern region of the continent. Most human lands lie far to the south and east. Verland is a mix of forests, hills, and grasslands, crisscrossed with many rivers and streams that come down from the mountains and steppes. To the north are the Ice Maw Mountains, a vast mountain range that stretches far north to tundra and frozen northern realms. To the east is huge north/south ridgeline leading up to the dry Ultek Steppes. South, the many rivers which run through Verland run down to a broad delta which is not claimed by Verland. West is the Great Ocean. There are many fishing villages along the ocean, but few ports, as the ocean is wild and cold and trade to the south is a risky business at best. There are two notable passes- the first, called the Dead Orc Pass (by Verlanders, anyway) leads up to the Ultek Steppes; the other pass, called the Home Road, leads southeast between the Ultek Steppes and the delta back toward more settled human lands. The Home Road is dangerous and is only traveled by large, well-armed caravans- most outside trade gets into Verland this way.