So, you found a way to avoid burning to a crisp out in the wastes I call home, hm? Brilliant, that. I'm afraid it will only get you so far, though, fair traveler.
I do, however, wish you the best.
Bolkan is a region located in southern Nefyran, bordering Everbright
to its south. Known for its constant volcanic activity and volatile environment, few choose to journey through it, much less make it their home.
Agitated and Volatile
Boasting one of the most extreme climates in Malkora, Bolkan owes this feat to the emergence of the Leyline of Agitation within its borders, which brought a chaotic energy to the lands and manifested largely in the form of extreme heat. Amplified levels of volcanic activity have left Bolkan an expanse of ash and blackened stone, hot and dry, with little to no widespread vegetation.
At the center of the region tower the most active volcanoes, some with constant lava floes, others a consistent stream of smoke, and the rest on the brink of eruption at any time. The traveling settlement of Merroun
circles these volcanoes, with small structures left behind in varying states of buried and entombed in stone offering hints as to its most recent stops.
The Brightest of Neighbors
With its proximity to Everbright
, northern Bolkan often experiences days on end where night does not fall, the residual light of its northern neighbor shining over the peaks of southern Everbright. These peaks stand between the two regions as a pseudo-barrier in the western reaches of their shared border. Reprieve from the glaring lights is offered temporarily by clouds of ash and smoke which pass over much of Bolkan as clouds would, typically blowing westward with the prevailing winds.
Separating the two regions along their eastern border is the Ashen River, which manages to maintain its flow from the aforementioned peaks, through the still-scorching outer plains of northern Bolkan. Often coated in a thick layer of ash, reminiscent of algae blooms, much of the river is shielded from the glaring sunlight in the region, and blocked from evaporating away completely before reaching the sea in the east.
Divine ash smothers the northern light,
and we may rest once more.