A vast tundra and taiga environment with real world Russian and Nordic influences.
Otkrytoye Polotno is easily the largest territory currently mapped in The Tapestry, yet only a small portion of it is actually inhabited or deemed habitable. The large area is cut off from the rest of The Tapestry by a mountain range known as Drevesnyy Ugol that runs along all of its land-to-land borders. This mixture of mountain and often freezing tundra means that most of the people you will encounter in this land are nomadic, traveling from area to area with very few permanent settlements in between.
Following the only safe route for carts through Drevesnyy Ugol will put you into one of these settlements called Coldhaven. Nestled at the foot of the craggy mountain range, Coldhaven was given its name by the traders from the warmer parts of The Tapestry for they knew, beyond its buildings lay cold that would test the strength and will of any being, Maestro or otherwise. Coldhaven serves as a safe market for international trade, as it is the only place in The Tapestry where certain valuable ores can be purchased without dramatic markups.
Beyond Coldhaven are separate territories, some which have patches of forest and hardy grasses, while others contain lakes for ice fishing (although a few months out of the year, one might find the water thawed enough for ordinary fishing). Beyond these areas, there is nothing but gray skies, snowy ground, and death. Years of traditions steeped in lore and story highly suggest (if not outright forbid at times) not venturing out beyond the settlements.
Since its inception, the massive region of Otkrytoye Polotno has seen little change to it. When the Maestros were given the power and order to create the first guilds, Bjarke the Grizzled and Arnfinnr the Winded founded Stoneheart, bringing together competitive, strong, warriors that specialized in melee combat. Wrestling and feats of strength were predominant through the land and competitions were always in play, giving rise to bands and tribes centered around a selected champion.
Bjarke the Grizzled became thirsty for the strength of dominance and started to pit the champions against one another more earnestly, turning friendly competition into a bloodbath. His followers would leave the land and wreak havoc on other tribes. They would kidnap and enslave many so that they would have fodder for their berserkers and fighters for these increasingly violent competitions. Soon the top berserkers had egos bigger than Otkrytoe itself and minds smaller than a mouse, making them easier to manipulate by Bjarke. Arnfinnr did little to stop Bjarke in the beginning, failing to notice the changes in his fellow Maestro until the man started to declare himself equal, possibly greater than The Great Skald. Bjarke, like the rest of the Virtuosos, would fall to the might of Battaglia when backed by the rest of the guilds seeking to put things back as The Skald intended, 300 years ago, but not before thousands perished by Bjarke’s schemes alone. What became of Arnfinnr is unknown, believed he perished in the battle, and so the guild Stoneheart disbanded. Its mark on the culture had not however…
The tribes behave separately from one another with their own leadership structures, but like the rest of The Tapestry they respect and answer to the sitting guild and by extension the monarchy of Inizio D'Oro (Mostly. There can always be the outliers). Currently, the Coldhaven Pack unifies them just as Stoneheart intended to originally, but instead of a warrior-clan type group they are Frontiersmen, hunters and fishermen living off the land and not minding a thing about what lies beyond the mountain pass in the rest of The Tapestry.
Not unless they have to.
A people of strength and nature. Their abodes range from communal longhouses to yurts, huts, and tents depending on the individual tribe/band. Dancers from the region are known for sword and cossack-style performances. Most are nomadic, following food sources but some have created semi-permanent abodes and moving seasonally to summer and winter locations.
- Skaldic (Primary)
- Stoneheart (Former Primary)
- Mostly Shifters and Anthros
- Pelts, Blubber, whale bone.
- Reindeer, Wooly Rhinos (Mounts)
- Rare metal(s) ←---------------------- NAMES TO COME
Places of Note
A permanent settlement just outside of the mountain pass. It was named for ease of reference for merchants from other regions and has a long house to take care of their warmer-climate visitors and operates as a grand open market otherwise. This place also functions as the meeting point for all-tribe encounters, festivals, and the like.