The Southlands are the Southern half of the Continent known as Vehtar Gyv. They are a merciless expanse filled with monsters, strange peoples and creatures, and hordes of abandoned treasure and forgotten knowledge.
Long ago, Vehtar Gyv was once ruled by The Volsung, a group of six god-giants who ruled the Northern, Central, and Southern regions of the continent in pairs. However, because of treachery and infighting, their power and divinity were sundered. Only two of the Volsung still inhabit Vehtar Gyv. The Southlands are their home. The other four were cast into the depths of the world, a place known as Delvora, for their treachery. Legend holds that they still dwell in the chambers and roam the halls of those cavernous depths. The remaining two god-giants still roam The Southlands surface, and a new order of godlings known as Astrals walk the world.
Many ages have passed since those times, and the world’s Prime Races have conquered much of the land of Vehtar Gyv. However, a shadow looms from the South. The border of that region and the civilized North has become treacherous indeed. A sickness leaks from the depths of Delvora, and terrible monsters ooze from the caves, mountains, waters, and dark, uninhabited regions of the world. What exactly is going on can only be vaguely speculated on, but the fact remains: something must be done. Any knowledge is better than no knowledge, and though many people neither know the ancient histories of the land, nor care, evil does not sleep. Evil does not wait.