Tales from the Arena: Green Prophecy, Red Future
One of the smaller continents of the Arena, the Forbidden Land lies to the northeast of Parmens. It is with the unfortunate Parmenish that the dark inhabitants of this land usually meet, and each encounter is more violent and bloody than the last.
Long ago, explorers from a pre-Izeltine civilization journeyed to this chill land. It is unknown exactly what they learned there, but what is known is that, ever since, the mysterious masters of that dark land have sent their undead minions to render a terrible darkness to their southern neighbors. It is believed that most necromantic knowledge and, indeed, the first of Parmens’ horrid undead, originated in this frozen land, and many blame the evil Shadowplague that was conjured by the inhuman Death-Sorcerers of the Forbidden Land to be the beginning of the end for the glorious Empire of Izeltium.
Few have been the expeditions to the Forbidden Land since that first, but each brings greater tragedy. It was on an expedition to the Forbidden Land some three hundred years ago that the wizard Gultumax discovered the secrets of lichdom from the cult of Orcus, and returned to his home of Gal-Nentiriyar to attempt to forge a deathless kingdom thereupon.