Approximately 200 years ago, Choral the Conqueror (with the aid of his red dragon allies) united the warring countries of northerly Issia and southerly Rostland under a single banner, and his descendants in House Rogarvia enforced that harmony with the force of the sword. Now the Rogarvias have vanished; the former rulers of Issia, the Surtovas, have taken control; and the fragile alliance between the two erstwhile rivals is on the brink of shattering. Even so, Brevoy is a strong trading partner for a number of nations, including Mendev, Numeria, and even the bandit River Kingdoms.
Brevoy is a proud land, known throughout Golarion for producing able warriors, regal nobles, and clever rogues. Yet Brevoy’s two regions, Issia and Rostland, have long held one another in contempt and now stand on the verge of civil war. Until recently, the iron rule of House Rogarvia maintained a fragile peace between the two regions. But a decade ago, House Rogarvia mysteriously disappeared, and the conniving leaders of Issia’s House Surtova supplanted them as Brevoy’s rulers. Now a labyrinthine political landscape plagues the nation, full of secret alliances, provincial loyalties, and nefarious plots; civil war seems inevitable. In Rostland to the south, the Swordlords see in many of Issia’s recent political moves the swift approach of such a war. They rightly fear such an event, for Rostland is smaller than Issia, it has fewer armies, and its rolling hills and grasslands offer very little in the way of natural defenses. Worse, unlike Issia, whose northern border stretches along the Lake of Mists and Veils, which offers some defense, Rostland’s southern border lies along a stretch of wilderness infested with bandits and monsters. If Brevoy falls into civil war, it won’t be long at all before the violent, opportunistic vultures to the south move to take advantage of Rostland’s problems.