The Lonely Coast
Porec Istra is an isolated place, perched upon the very edge of civilization. Pressed closely on three sides by the near‐trackless expanse of the Tangled Wood and bounded to the west by the Narrow Sea, the village is far removed from the decadent courts and thronged cities of the Empire.
Much of the surrounding territory is little more than wilderness. In places humanity has hacked out small enclaves from the thick, brooding forests shrouding the multitude of rocky valleys running down to the Lonely Coast’s towering, spray‐drenched granitic cliffs. A swath of farmland, studded by occasional homesteads, radiates outwards for several miles from the village on a network of tracks and pathways that links Porec Istra to the neighboring villages of Hrastselo and Crijevo. Few folk brave the trackless expanse and steep valleys of the interior leaving the village dependant on passing merchantmen and the trickle of trade flowing between villages for news.
Porec Istra is a frontier settlement; life is not comfortable or easy for those living there. Although the village of around 500 souls is primarily inhabited by Lonely Coast natives, many second generation Imperial citizens call it home as well. Its folk are resilient and independent, well used to the hardships of borderland life.
Occasionally, small groups of pilgrims trudge through the village on the way to the Hram Kymer, a small temple dedicated to the Lawgiver. Her faith has long since fallen from prominence within the Empire and an aura of faded glory and neglect hangs over Kymer.
Despite its isolation, Porec Istra is an important place in the Empire’s affairs. Comes Manius Minucius Tullus has his seat at Grad Dvorak, and the nearby slate mines cut into the cliffs provide high quality stone for the rooftops of the kingdom’s wealthy and influential folk. Porec Istra’s militia train regularly and Comes Tullus’s troops aggressively patrol the surrounding area, keeping raiders in check. The threat of marauders, pirates and slavers is ever‐present and, thus, there is always a need for those skilled with sword in Porec Istra.