Cairn Hills

The Cairn Hills is a hilly, boulder-strewn region near Diamond Lake, located deep in the Vast, two weeks march south of the Free City of Redmark.

The Cairn Hills take their name from the dozens of "Cairns" or tombs spread throughout the region. These remnants of a long-forgotten civilization were looted long ago, and only grassy mounds, crumbling stones and fireside stories about the ancient past remain here. The most infamous of these tombs is the Whispering Cairn; a local attraction.

A typical Cairn is circular, with a stone base, covered in grass with a single stone entrance. Inside is a octagonal series of corridors, each containing a dozen crypts. Today, the cairns are empty, the weapons, armor, and valuables of the corpses stolen long ago. Legends say that to loot one of these cairns results in a lifelong curse from angry Vaati spirits.

Nearby the cairn mounds is the site of the ancient Battle of Pesh. Legend has it that the fallen warriors from that battle were entombed in the cairns scattered across the region, and may be the final resting place of the Vaati, an ancient race of beings that fought in the War of Wrath nearly 5,000 years ago.