Of Kings and Dragons
The Varki are primarily a coastal society and depend heavily upon the bounty of the sea, and as such they keep no significant villages within the vast expanse of empty land they call Windhome. The Varki believe that this extensive tundra is the source of all ill winds, and to an extent they might be right, for the deeper one travels into this barren land, the more it seems a frozen desert of rock and lichen. The land offers little in the way of shelter from topography or forest, so the winds that tear through this inhospitable region can be frightening indeed—all the more so when one realizes that the winds, more often than not, are supernatural in nature, for the deepest, most remote regions of Windhome are the domain of several wendigos. The Varki know of these dangerous monsters, yet they never speak aloud of the creatures for fear that they might be heard.
Windhome is often used as a place to exile criminals or other undesirables. The exile is typically bound hand and foot and then carried one day’s hard ride into the barren interior before being deposited amid the windswept, lichen-encrusted stones and gravel—any who manage the daunting task of walking back out of Windhome are considered by the Varki to be absolved of their crimes, for certainly only those deserving of protection from the gods can make such a dangerous journey without falling victim to the winds that walk.