The Long Road
The land of Hosea is known for it’s dry expanses of grasslands and the large herds of cattle that inhabit them. Divided into several estates, granted to ruling families from the antiquity of the Empire, the land is truly an open wilderness fraught with danger. Aside from the aging Imperial Highway, there are very few roads of any kind. Almost all travel is done on horseback and the majority of Hoseans are avid and skilled riders.
Some of the Barons of these estates have styled themselves as Kings. Others maintain the old titles and habits of the Empire. Most conflicts come about because of cattle grazing, land rights, and herding to markets through and around the territories of rivals. Most Hoseans are seen as uncultured, backwater hicks with little to no redeeming qualities – brigands and bandits with nicer clothes and a veneer of civilization. Several of the Estates are degenerated into factional tribes and bandits.