Valdorian Age - Rising Power on the Frontier
The Serpentine (Cynthian Plains)
The Cynthians hate snakes-hidden by the high grass venomous serpents are terror for both horses and children-and in their minks the Serpentine is the god of snakes, or at least the source of all snakes. However, the riders claim some sort of truce exists between the Black-Scaled Snake and Cynthia. People sailing on the Serpentine may travel the plains as long as they never leave sight of the river.
All along the eastern bank of the river are primitive stone dwellings that serve as camps for tribes wishing to trade with the river captains. The tribe takes up residence in the dwellings, keeps a fire lit day and night, and waits for a barge to come up or down the river. There is no rhyme or reason to the times when they arrive-although during the winter, they’re more likely to be found further upriver, and vice versa during the summer. Some traders arrange with a tribe’s chief to meet at a certain time.