The Rise and Fall
The Gunarakz Highlands are a hotbed of political tension. Though many dwarves hail from the Frostfall Mountains, a great deal migrated from the mountains to live in the highlands. The thriving city of Cold Bank was initially an entirely dwarven settlement on the coast of the very large Glass Lake. However, once the Magnus Empire began moving beyond The Crown Plains, their logical next step was to take over the highlands. The Seventy-Five Years’ War was a bloody and intense fight, but ultimately the dwarves were forced into letting the human empire gain dominion of the city of Cold Bank and most of the region. There have been several large uprisings (and quite a few smaller ones) in the last 800 years led by dwarves in the name of reclaiming their land. Though all have failed, none have been closer to success than the one led by Gamah, the Exhorter about 15 years ago. He led a somewhat large group of well-trained dwarven warriors that took over a great deal of the Highlands and began to put Cold Bank under siege. Their siege was broken and the uprising ultimately thwarted by both the Empire’s larger numbers and a decisive defensive line held by young Imperial Battalion Commander Firge Vorson. Even years after this, his name is talked about among resentful dwarves as they wonder when the time to fight will come once more.
Geographically, the highlands is covered primarily in green grass and conifers on top of large rolling hills. There are some smaller mountains in the region and a lot of wildlife. The depths of Glass Lake are virtually unknown and there are some naturally formed caves in the area.