|Realm||Sovereign Principality of Niskovia|
|Resources||Yaks, Precious Gems, Star Metal, Engineers|
As the name suggests, Niskovia is primarily a steppe, bound by nigh-impassable northern mountains and gently sloping hills in the south. Few trees manage to grow here due to the harsh winds that sweep across the plains.
This vast and lengthy Derevo Valley has long been a major settled region within Niskovia, the relatively flat land and wide river having made it easy to establish extensive farmland. In recent decades a number of major townships have also sprung up along the valley as increasing numbers of citizens leave the isolated mountain-top citadels or give up their nomadic lifestyles.
In the north-west of Niskovia there stands an ancient volcano, Mount Shlyuz. For the most part this area is avoided due to old superstitions as the volcano has never erupted in living memory. However if one were seeking precious gems, the most outstanding of which are found in the gem mines nearby.
Melt-water from mountains north of Niskovia plunges over a sheer drop of some 800 metres at the Raykhenbakh Falls. The Nisakovich palace straddles the head of this waterfall. One of the palace's balconies provides a unique view of the falls, peering over the edge would reveal to a viewer the entirety of this mammoth drop as well as the many jagged rocks at the bottom. If a person were to fall from here their survival would be inconceivable. Diplomatic talks are often held on this balcony.
The native people of the Niskovian steppe - known as Niskans - are faeblood humans. The average Niskan is about 5'4", slender with pale skin, pointed ears and sharp features. Their hair is generally either blonde or light red with white and darker reds being somewhat rarer - a Niskan typically keeps their hair long. Common eye colours are blue or grey though 'jewel tones' such as green, amber or purple are not uncommon in some areas.
Niskan clothing is usually made from woven yak hair or yak leather and most articles are considered to be acceptable attire for either gender - though it is unusual for a child to wear a skirt or dress. A typical outfit consists of a simple long-sleeved shirt and pants or a long skirt worn under a knee-length quilted coat - the coat has either long sleeves or no sleeves depending on the weather. Sturdy boots, fingerless gloves and a wide leather belt finish the outfit off. Dresses are generally worn for formal occasions.
Niskans follow a pagan religion that focuses on the concept and imagery of circles, paths and gateways. Widely known as "circle paganism", it was formalised in the early 440s under the name Kartina Zhizni.