Basements & Basilisks
The Sterkeste Folk are the inhabitants of the furthest northern lands of the world. Their status as a Free-State is largely a product of their living in land most others do not want, and their fierce and tenacious ability to hold land others have tried to take. Kross is their capital (or as close as they have to one) located in a small lush valley. It’s little more than a trading post, with most permanent residents being outsiders. The Sterkeste Folk are much more intelligent than most give them credit for, and those who fight with them or against them truly learn just how clever they can be. The various clans are a mix of elves, dwarves, and humans. Most of the humans are a race most outsiders known as “Sterk” because they are much longer lived than most humans. Many allege it’s the influence of dwarven/human/elven interbreeding.