Rising to power
The Stolen Lands have long resisted attempts at colonization. Wedged between the River Kingdoms and Brevoy, the approximately 35,000-square-mile swath of wilderness has a long history of being “stolen” – from and by whom depends on the point of view. In Brevoy, the lands are considered stolen from the nations southern expanse by bandits and barbarians variously from Numeria. Iobaria or the River Kingdoms themselves.
In the River Kingdoms, the general impression is that Brevoy allowed the lands to fall into the hands of monsters and worse to rob the lords of the River Kingdoms of more lands to rule. In truth the Stolen Lands belong be no one, and are stolen from no one. Many have tried to claim them, but the abandoned ruins that dot the swath of wilderness stand a testament to the difficulty to trying to rule these savage lands.
Due to increased aggression from bandits and barbarians as well as political tensions from the North the swordlords of Restov have sent colonists and agents into the disputed region to settle and explore and, if need be conquer. If all goes well, the just return of the Stolen Lands to Brevic control could well give Rostland the footing it needs to challenge the Surtova hold on the crown.
Working quickly and quietly through pawns and minions, numerous agents have set into motion four separate campaigns against the Stolen Lands, each on the surface appearing to address minor elements of banditry or securing trade routes, while in face they are preparing the way for annexation and conquest of the entire region! This is the story of one of those four campaigns and their struggle as they try to forge a kingdom and rise to power.