Races of giants, trolls, ogres and goliaths inhabit these foothills and mountains. Until recent times, a loose alliance of giants controlled and subjugated the area. They had enslaved the other races and were turning them into a militia to fight for the Knights of St. Celeste. The son of the leader of a major troll tribe, Visteel, returned to his tribe to find his father was captured, and the tribes scattered and beaten. Him and his party raided a factory run by gnomes that created bladerager trolls for the giants, finding his father turned into a bladerager, slew him, and destroyed the factory. This victory helped reunite the troll tribes as well as help band together the ogre and goliath tribes in the area into a fighting force. They managed to beat the giants back to the mountains and have lived in an uneasy stalemate since.