Out of the Darkness and Into the Light
Valley Of The Mage
The following has been learnd from Alpha Papa.
The Valley of the Mage is almost completely surrounded by the looming Barrier Peaks. The only egress from the valley is a small 30 mile across opening on the southeastern side, a days ride from the Dim Forest.
The Vale covers roughly 17,500- square-miles, though it longest point is nearly 260 miles, while its widest is a mere 90 miles.
The Vale of the Mage set within a flat plain, and the elevation of the vale at the entrance across from the Dim Forest is only slightly lower than the elevation at its northern or western boundaries where it intersects the Barrier Peaks. The primary soil type of the area is a heavy fertile clay that dominates the riverbank areas of the Javan River, while there are others further away from the riverbanks.
Winding through the Vale is the Javan River, which begins in the Barrier Peaks and meanders through the valley exiting betwixt the Dim Forest. The river acts as a transportation source, provides food and fresh water for the denizens of the valley. The Javan River is also known for its breathtaking falls near where the Barrier Peaks and the valley meet.
There are many streams and canals within the valley, all of which begin or feed from the Javan River. In addition to this, there are half a dozen small lakes close to the base of the Peaks.
The Vale of the Mage falls into a subtropical climate zone. It rarely experiences the harsh extremes in temperature as its surrounding nations. The valley is quite well known for its permeating fogs and for its heavy amount of rainfall during the spring. While snow is infrequent it can occur during the month of Sunsebb on rare occasions.
Long ago a mighty wizard secluded himself in the lush valley at the headwaters of the Javan River amidst the Barrier Peaks. His servants posted the approaches to the area, warning all alike that entrance to the domain thus established was forbidden except by express invitation from its caretaker. What has transpired since the valley was claimed many decades ago is simply a matter of mystery, for no one goes there. There are, of course, tales of bold adventurers returning loaded with platinum and gems which are said to litter stream beds as pebbles do elsewhere, but even these stories are insufficient to cause much interest, as the area is positively known to be inhabited by horrible monsters. What is known for certain is that bodies of troops are sometimes seen near the verges of Dim Forest, and that mysterious groups sometimes journey in the direction of this place.