Altumbel is a harsh and unforgiving land, which includes the mazelike archipelago of the Thousand Swords. Most of these isles are desolate and rocky, covered with low scrubs and lichen, but some are fairly large, with Ghevden as the largest. One-third of Altumbel’s people live scattered over the barren Swords. Pirates harry the islands, but many hail from the Swords themselves – raiding one’s neighbors is something of a local tradition.
Altumbel and its archipelago are almost entirely devoid of woods. The people here don’t care for trees, which remind them of Yuriwood’s half-elves. Most make their living from the sea, either netting fish or trapping shellfish. The land is rocky and unforgiving, not much good for farming, although some sheltered dells are suitable for gardening. These sun-warmed and wind-protected valleys usually have springs and the occasional cave.