Ma'rkan is a world in turmoil. For the past year, seers have had terrible visions and even those on opposite ends of the world have spoken of the coming Four Trials. Ma'rakan, they say, is doomed,
There are four great continents on Ma'rakan, three of which are ruled over by humans. Each is named after one of the four cardinal directions.
THE FORBIDDEN ISLES
Between the four Great Continents are the Forbidden Isles. This large chain of islands is ruled over by a kingdom of humans, known as the Rice Kingdom, who strive to adhere to a strict code of honor. Fearing that they will be soiled by foreigners and outsiders, the Rice Kingdom is extremely xenophobic, and any non Forbidden that land on their shores are repelled with great force. However, the Rice Kingdom is aware that its position could stand to make it a lot of coin as a central trading house, and thus it opened one of its islands, named Kibasi Wasu-Dan, to foreigners as a trade city. It is said that beneath Kibasi Wasu-Dan is a city built on the ruins of an even more ancient city, a city of thieves and lawlessness, only whispered about in polite Rice Kingdom society, and referred to as Haven.
Humans of the Forbidden Isles appear much like those of the Golden Empire, leading many to believe that the Forbidden once migrated from the Eastern Continent, though the Forbidden claim that is the other way around; those of the Golden Empire migrated from the Forbidden Isles. Elves and dwarves are extremely rare on the Forbidden Isles, though there is a sizable population of halflings, who call themselves the hsien.
The Forbidden, as the humans of the isles call themselves, tend to be shorter than many humans. Reduce height by -1d4".
The Ama-Tsu-Kami are worshiped almost universally on the Forbidden Isles, though a few peasants still hold to the worship of the Great Spirits. Worship of the Heavenly Bureaucracy is strictly forbidden. Because Kibasi-Wasu-Dan is open to those of other lands, however, temples or shrines to practically every other religion on Ma'rakan can be found there.