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Leica

Leica is a continent characterised by its aridity and notable lack of significant forests. Much like Guayal, the continent is divided by the Daggerteeth Mountains into: North, Central, and South.   North Leica is similar in climate to the Leranin Grasslands in Belem, or Central Guayal. The Rustblood River serves as the primary source of freshwater for the region, separating the Perlis Hills on the east from the Lokarno Plains on the west. The Perlis Hills have seen recent settlement by human sea reavers from the nearby continent of Tartagal, though these settlements remain confined mainly to the banks of the Rustblood. The hobgoblin and goblin villages of the Perlis Hills have made further human settlement perilous, as they maintain control of the upper reaches of the Rustblood. The Lokarno Plains have similarly remained unsettled due to the centaur clans of the area. Sophisticated and cunning, the centaur have maintained effective control from their fortified citadels.   Life in Central Leica revolves around the Leican Sea, for the land is so barren that only drygrasses grow. On the mainland, the River of Sorrows creeps rather than flows, so thick with silt it is, that its course has changed dramatically over the centuries, leaving dried-up riverbeds coiling around the plain. Here, firbolg farmers eke out sustenance, which is promptly appropriated by the Sea-kings on the Ruby Isle, a large island squarely in the centre of the Leican Sea that is home to the Kingdom of Baru Tenkassar. Originally as dry as the mainland, the arrival of a shipwrecked elven army from Guayal brought weather mages to the island, who concentrated the humid sea breezes above the Ruby Isle, allowing the shipwrecked elves to flourish. Baru Tenkassar now prospers by extorting ‘taxes’ from their coastal neighbours and establishing coastal colonies on the nearby coasts of Leica and Belem.   South Leica is home to no life on the surface, sun-baked and water-starved as it is. Once plains, like the rest of the continent, the weather mages of Baru Tenkassar’s mighty enchantment drew the ocean breezes that used to bring moisture away, leaving South Leica a desert. Only ruins remain of the civilisations that lived here, though sightings of dragons flying to the southern Daggerteeth Mountains have been reported.
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