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THE WESTERN CONTINENT 
While few demihumans live on the Southern Continent, the exact opposite is true of the Western Continent. This wild, untamed land is the unquestioned realm of the wood elves whose tribes clash with their ancient enemies, the orcs and goblinoids. Lush forests cover much of the Western Continent, giving way to rolling plains as one travels west, which in turn give way to the largest mountain range on Ma'rakan, called the Washali Kanami in elven. A great marsh covers much of the southern portion of the Western Continent. Claiming that this is the birthplace of the elven race (though the alfheim of the Great Winter Waste would argue), all attempts by humans to establish a foothold in the Western Continent have been met with harsh resistance. It is rumored that the wood elves that live on the far western coasts of this continent practice a violent and bloody religion, where sacrifices are made to their gods. 
 
Wood elves are in the vast majority on the Western Continent, living in tribal communities and holding on to ancient tribal agreements and disagreements with their other neighbors. Western wood elves do not refer to themselves as elves, but rather as the tribe from which they come. While almost all wood elves on the Western Continent worship all of the Great Spirits, each tribe has a patron spirit after which it is named. Thus, the tribes are known by such names as the Moon Tribe, the Raven Tribe, the Snake Tribe and so on. Wood elves are in seemingly constant battle with the goblinoids that infest the Western Continent (though the Northern Continent has its fair share of orc and goblin warbands as well). Aside from halflings, which are also prolific on the Western Continent and live much as their wood elf neighbors do, there are few other demihumans and no humans here. 
 
Though most wood elves worship the nature deities of the Great Spirits, the wood elves that live in the western part of the continent have turned to a different group of gods, known as the Hualatil. It is said by the followers of the Hualatil that the world will soon be going through a different Age, as the wheel of heavens turn, and the current age will be destroyed. Each age is destroyed by a number of disasters equal to the current Age and, with this being the Fourth Age, four disasters will spell doom. 
 

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