Children of the Night
Only the criminal, desperate, or disturbingly insane live in Virlych, barring some particularly stubborn residents who eek out something like a living on the tainted lands of what used to be the Whispering Tyrant, arch-lich entombed beneath the county. Ustalev inhabitants do their best to forget the trauma of centuries past, but here the ancient horror still regularly demonstrates its grip through arcane storms, wandering ghosts, unholy ruins, and accursed creatures that brood and work the lich’s immortal will in these deadly lands. Situated in the western arm of the Hungry Mountains, the county faces Lastwall, who stares back at it, guarding its lands against any new sign of the Whispering Tyrant. Natural creatures do exist in Virlych, though the sparse vegetation and incessant storms make even the meanest beasts mangy and nigh-rabid. Small packs of tenacious wolves, spiny beetles, resilience rodents, and all manner of carrion birds scour the land’s corpse in search of any sign of life and rotting trespassers slain by things with no need for food.
* artwork by Merl1ncz