Beyond the Storm
Sylvania is a province in the east of the Empire, infamous as the ancestral home of the von Carstein bloodline of Strigoi Vampires, and other allied families. Sylvania was an infertile stretch of land even before the arrival of the Vampire counts, covered in dark forests, hills and swamps – wizards claiming that Dhar (Dark magic) blows strongly through the region. The land is littered with crumbling castles like Castle Drakenhof and the dead often rose at the bidding of the von Carsteins’ foul necromantic magic (said to have originated in Araby). Zombies and skeletons haunt graveyards, wraiths haunt bleak hills and ghouls creep through the forests. Even many years after the defeat of Count Mannfred von Carstein at the Battle of Hel Fenn in 2145 IC and Sylvania’s annexation by the Imperial state of Stirland, Sylvania remains a cursed region that broods sullen awaiting the call of their lord’s dark masters.