Family Ties: Rise of the Runelords
“Avistan” (pronounced AV-ihs-tan) is a continent on the world of Golarion. One of the most heavily-settled areas on the planet, Avistan possesses as many varied cultures and environments as any other continent in the world and an ancient history stretching back tens of thousands of years. The continent is home to once-great empires like Cheliax and Taldor, rising powers like Andoran and Molthune, and the ancient ruins of Thassilon in the wild frontier of Varisia.
Avistan is a peninsular continent which branches off the main mass of Casmaron west of the World’s Edge Mountains, west to the Arcadian Ocean and the Steaming Sea. The landmass stretches from the Inner Sea in the south, beyond which lies Garund, to the Rimethirst Mountains in the north, which separate Avistan from the Crown of the World.
Avistan is home to a vast, diverse population of humans, elves, dwarves, gnomes, halflings, orcs, goblins, and countless other races. Among humans, the Kellid, Shoanti, Ulfen, and Varisian ethnic groups originated in Avistan, while the Chelaxian and Taldan peoples are descended from Azlanti settlers and refugees who came to the continent ages ago.
In the north, superstition and barbarism holds sway, such as the Ulfen barbarians of Irrisen and the Lands of the Linnorm Kings, the Kellids of the Realm of the Mammoth Lords, and the orcs of the Hold of Belkzen. Further south, toward the Inner Sea, the lands are more civilized and magic is more widely accepted, as in the centuries-old empires of Cheliax and Taldor.