Land of the False Star
The fortress city of Aukstein was built hundreds of years before the coming of the False Star. It was founded to protect the northern valley from barbarians. But when the False Star came, its walls protected against an inner threat.
The sole surviving heir of the Duchy arrived in Aukstein shortly after the disaster, and before he died of his wounds, he charged the Lord of Aukstein as steward and high general of the realm. Since then, Aukstein has laid claim to being the last true authority over the Valley of Forband, and they hold their walls against all who would threaten it.
Paranoid of outsiders, the Vigilants of Aukstein, founded by the remnant of the Ducal Guard of Forband, wage a constant war against corruption within and hideous forces without.