Rise of the Runelords
Janderhoff (in the Mindspin Mountains) is not only the largest dwarven settlement in Varisia, but also where the majority of local stout folk live. There they mine and smelt the ores they dig out of the ground, but can also be found throughout Varisia as underground guides and mercenaries, merchants, and hunters. Dwarven ingenuity is well-known, and is evidenced by the exotic ore processing facility called the the Gas Forges, located in Riddleport.1
The Half-elves of Varisia face a lot of prejudices from both parental races, so they often prefer the harsh life in anarchic Riddleport or even an nomadic existence with the native Varisians and even the Shoanti to the life in the towns of southern Varisia2. Life is especially depressive in Korvosa where they tend to be the most pitied offspring of lustful Mierani ambassador Perishial Kalissreavil and a lot of bored young noble women from the Korvosan upper class 3.
Halflings are a quite adaptable lot and can be found in the big cities as well as under the nomadic Varisians.2 Good sailors, they often came with their Chelish masters to Korvosa and make the crew of nearly half the ships belonging to Korvosa’s elite 20. They can also be seen in Magnimar as well as in Riddleport where they often follow more shadowy ways and find great opportunities in the city’s underworld 4.
Many Shoanti tribes live near the Hold of Belkzen with constant skirmishes between orcs and humans. Sometimes this leads to rapes which could eventually culminate with pregnancy. Few of these half-orc children survive into adulthood, and fewer decide to accept the difficult cohabitation with their human cousins in some of the Varisian cities 5.
Varisians (most Varisians are of Chellish origins)
1 ↑ F. Wesley Schneider, Amber E. Scott, Tork Shaw, James L. Sutter, and Jerome Virnich. (2012). Varisia, Birthplace of Legends, p. 5. Paizo Publishing, LLC. ISBN 978-1-60125-453-5
2 ↑ 18.0 18.1 F. Wesley Schneider. (2007). Rise of the Runelords Player’s Guide, p. 5. Paizo Publishing, LLC. ISBN 978-1-60125-059-9
3 ↑ James Jacobs, & Mike McArtor. (2008). Curse of the Crimson Throne Player’s Guide, p. 8-9. Paizo Publishing, LLC. ISBN 978-1-60125-087-2
4 ↑ James Jacobs, F. Wesley Schneider, Amber Scott, & Greg A. Vaughan. (2008). Second Darkness, p. 5. Paizo Publishing, LLC. ISBN 978-1-60125-142-8
5 ↑ James Jacobs, & Mike McArtor. (2008). Curse of the Crimson Throne Player’s Guide, p. 11. Paizo Publishing, LLC. ISBN 978-1-60125-087-2