The Meridian Valley
If one believes the legends, all life originated in the Meridian Valley. This claim is one of the few universal constants of human history, although there are certainly those who doubt its veracity.
For countless centuries the valley was a lush, vivid basin nestled in the cleft where the northern mountain range split in two. It was considered neutral ground by Rysans and Valdians alike. While it had little in the way of any formal governing body, even the Southern Islands acknowledged its existence as being independent of all other existing powers.
The Meridian War brought the Valley’s beauty to an end; the formerly fertile valley has been reduced to an arid wasteland. No one in Arlyn knows how far the destruction spreads, or if the Wastes simply go on forever.