- Population: 25,346 (70% Saxa, 15% hearth elves, 10% Anari, 5% engro)
- Ruler: Moot
- Religion: Sigel, Eostre, Scaetha
- Imports: Fruit, Wine
- Exports: Cheese, leather goods, wool
The Cairn Lands were first settled around three millennia ago by the Vindari, a culture distantly related to the Saxa but considered by the Anari to be more civilized. Over the centuries, the Vindari were subsumed by the expanding Saxa, and their bloodline disappeared from Rassilon.
During the reign of the Liche-Priest the northern Cairn Lands were largely abandoned, as undead armies ravaged the land and slaughtered the living without mercy. What few settlers were brave enough to come back fled again a short time later during the Blizzard War. Nestled in the Cairn Hills, Hergist survived the war relatively unscathed.
Recolonization began just two centuries ago, when Saxa families driven out of the Hearthlands by feuds, and a few hardy Anari seeking a new home, settled here. They quickly discovered that the central woodlands were populated by Hearth Elves, who had moved in during the human’s absence. The elves made it clear that the humans could live anywhere outside their forest, and the humans wisely consented, having no wish to bring trouble upon themselves.
The Cairn Lands still remain largely unpopulated, and travelers can walk for dozens of miles without seeing a single dwelling. The facts it still encompasses such a large geographic region is down to none of its neighbors currently wishing to invade. That may change in the future, however, for the Baron of Cul is looking to increase the size of his holdings, and the northern Cairn Lands are ripe for the picking.
Orcs inhabit the Icebarrier and dominate much of the western hills, preventing the Hearth Knights from extending their reach eastward. Many folk claim that undead haunt the ancient Cairn Hills, after which the entire land is named.
The grassy plains are well-suited for raising sheep, and huge flocks roam the countryside. Cheese, skin, and wool are sold to the merchants at Hergist, which then exports it via the coastal trade routes.