The southernmost region of Nordvia, the Baronies of Stencia consist of a handful of city-states and fiefdoms, all of which are ruled over by diversely capricious and hedonistic Vampire Lords. The darkest region of Nordvia, both literally and figuratively, it is also the most dramatic and the most storied. Its valleys range from pastoral rangelands to black bogs into which dead conifers slowly sink. Its forested midlands, riddled with wisps of thick fog, show colors from deep green to purple to orange-gray. Its far-flung indigo and black mountains disappear into the clouds, and humans can only imagine what dwells in the shrouded peaks. The sun never quite seems to break through the oddly colored clouds in Stencia.
The ruling powers of Stencia, the Vampire Bloodlines, reap the benefits of the region’s isolation. The Geier Reach mountain range that dominates the province separates the valleys from each other, making them easier to monitor and control. The long-suffering mortals of Stencia have an illogical loyalty to their homeland, but truth be told, most have little choice; they are trapped between the province’s narrow mountain passes and bound to their time-honored lives of herding and gathering.
The ‘capitol,’ for want of a better term, is Midnight City, where perpetual night reigns.