Age of Heroes
The Shattered Lands
Not much is known about what turned the region known as the Shattered Lands into a broken, desolate and barren wasteland. What is known is that the sun shines unusually intensely in the Shattered Lands, a relentless stifling heat which barely eases once the sun sets and night approaches.
Magic can sometimes be unpredictable within the region, which has led to some to hypothesise that many centuries ago a magical cataclysm of devastating proportions obliterated whatever civilisation had called the region home. Yet others say that the state of the region is the result of a terrible war where magic escalated unchecked until the whole area was uninhabitable.
If there were civilisations in the Shattered Lands, any proof of their existence has long since faded into history. The only inhabitants of the area are roving bands of orcs, goblins and kobolds who seem able to thrive just about everywhere and the occasional small tribe of Dragonborn of the Red, Brass or Gold bloodlines.