After the The Great Flood, even the land at its outskirks was uninhabitable. It would take over a thousand years for it to be safe enough for general habitation, and even then, none dared linger. Suddenly, however, a few people found their way back despite their fears. A few poor Awassi farmers and their families migrated to the very edge of the Flood Wastes, in hope of escaping the raging plague surrounding them. A handful of families then joined them after the plague finally settled into a memory, to escape from the wars now raging over who owned the empty land all of the death left behind. Together, they named the meager village they called home Crevis. In recent years, Crevis has transformed from an impoverished and isolated village to an outpost buzzing with researchers of the Flood Wastes. They were regarded warmly by the villagers at first, then with a more wary eye as it became harder for them to tell the researchers from thrill-seekers. In response to the local unrest caused by this doubt and an outcry from international Astris and Awassi communities, the International Bantow Research Center was created. Nowadays, Crevis walks the line between a humble village, research facility, and a small tourist destination.
The majority of Crevis' permanent residents are Awassi farmers and craftsmen. Some researchers, explorers, and heritage-seekers have also chosen to live in the village full time. It is one of the few places remaining in the world where the Awassi make up the majority of the population, comprising 98% of the permanent population.
Although the villagers have built crude wood-and-stone fencing around their town and fields, there is little else in terms of defence infrastructure. Its location next to the Flood Wastes is, at least for now, enough to deter most governments, none of whom want to claim and thus have to deal with caring for the ruined land.
One of the more striking examples of the ingenuity of Crevis farmers is how they've adapted to the questionable safety of the soil: all of their fields are grown in the style of raised bed gardens, with soil they've carefully treated.