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The stony plains north of the Red Mountains in far northwestern Varisia are known as the Nolands. For centuries the peoples of the Lands of the Linnorm Kings have been exiling their criminals and lawbreakers to this no-man's-land, a practice the Shoanti have followed as well. Descendants of these individuals eventually formed into bands and camps, continuously warring against each other and striking at the communities to their north and south. These groups are generally too disorganized to prove a true threat to northern Varisia, but that doesn't mean that the folk of the Velashu Uplands and the Red Mountains don't keep a constant lookout. Protecting Varisia against these rampaging forces has become somewhat of a preferred calling for certain paladins and rangers lately. These wardens of the north have recently begun to notice that the tactics of the Noland Raiders have become more coordinated, and have appealed to Riddleport and even the Hellknights for support.