Return of Xoriat
Droaam shares a tenuous border with The Shadow Marches to the west and more solid natural borders in the form of the Byeshk Mountains to the north, the Graywall Mountains to the east and the Thunder Sea to the south. The area is inhospitable and mostly barren plains, which is part of the reason it was never formally settled. Sparse copse of trees break up the plains here and there, and as one approaches the mountains the land turns slowly more rocky. As low as Droaam is in arable land, it is high in mineral resources: rich veins of byeshk run through the northern mountains, and fields of eberron dragonshards are common.
The Daughters of Sora Kell have begun to change the nature of Droaam; using their wits, magic and the strength of their troll and ogre forces to forge the region into a semblance of a nation. Roads have been constructed to link the major communities, and a tenuous spirit of cooperation has taken hold between the varied monstrous inhabitants. You can find harpies, ogres, orcs and more wandering the same streets, going about their own business, at least in the major cities. Outside of the cities life is still largely split along racial lines. Most of Droaam is divided between warlords loyal to the sisters, and in these places the strong rule the weak. Due to the relatively low intelligence of a lot of physically imposing races, this keeps much of the nation fairly primitive. The Hags intervene only against major threats such as battles between monsters communities, raids on caravans, or anything else that would jeopardize their attempts to be formally recognized by the other nations, result in significant property damage or multiple deaths. Lesser crimes are mostly ignored, unless a warlord takes personal offense. A rare few, mostly the followers of the Queen of Stone, look at law with a more sophisticated view. Within their personally governed domain the Hags enforce stricter rules, ensuring even the weaker citizens (such as kobolds and goblins) lead relatively good lives. The government is a form of despotic feudalism: the most powerful warlords give tribute to the Daughters of Sora Kell and in return they rule sections of Droaam. The tribute is paid in gold, goods, soldiers or laborers.
Most warlords see that the hags are shaping Droaam into a greater power than any of them could have done alone, so they begrudgingly accept their rule. The nation remains volatile however, as the hags do little to stop minor feuds, assassinations and coups from taking place.
Due to Droaam’s exclusion from the Treaty of Thronehold few of the laws recognized in the east are recognized here. As a result, various Droaam settlements (most notably Graywall) have become havens for criminals, smugglers and fugitives from the east.
Charles Finley, Dve, Drago and Zoraxis Blix recently traveled to Shaklaar Draal which is in Droaam. Along the way there they met Grav the Chronicler and rescued him from giant slavers. When they reached Shaklaar Draal they fought Warlord Zubunjo and freed Chaseva ir’Maasat from the troll.
Recently the Sisters have forged an Alliance with Darguun. It is rumored that they gave Lhesh Haruuc a powerful item from the days of The Dhakaani Empire. In doing so the Sisters have gained a powerful friend.