A city-state of Hyborian origin, Arkania is nestled within the comforts of the Hellixus valley, a region enclosed by the mountains of both Corinthia and Koth, known as the Kharpash mountains. The road of Kings that comes through Corinthia from the north to Koth and Zamora passes by the borders of Arkania. Arkania has, however, in spite of its geographical location as the near cornerstone of the two, remained continuously independent from either region, swearing no definite loyalty nor servitude to either’s respective Kings as a vassal. Instead, Arkania’s manpower has been bought annually as Corinthia and Koth remain the theatre of conflict ever since the mad King of Koth began to demand tribute of both Corinthia and Ophir.
Aquilonia and its people are difficult to describe in brief as of all the Hyborian nations Aquilonia is by far the most diverse. The key binding features being the feudal system that connects its people through allegiance as well as the unifying force of the Mitran faith. Aquilonia of the Hyborian nations is also undisputedly the wealthiest only matched by the forces of the east, particularly Vendhya. Aquilonia is also the mightiest, able to withstand the relentless haranguing of its border by the empire of Turan.
Bossonian living is often romanticised by the cosmopolitan peoples of Aquilonia. Tales are spun and plays are written about handsome rangers and buxom settlers who chase away the savage Picts, and tame the wild gorgeous vistas of the Pictish wilds. This is nowhere near the truth. Bossonia is a hard land of tough living, frontier life is certainly not for the faint of heart. An omnipresent danger of Pictish scalp hunters’ looms, along with isolation, disease, vermin and all manner of beasts. The people of Bossonia have been moulded by circumstance into warriors of great constitution, for the lands of Bossonia do not accept the unwary, ill-prepared, and the ignorant.
To truly understand what a borderer is like, one first need to get a grasp on the peculiarity and complexity that is their home - the Border Kingdom. It's a buffer state without a king between Nemedia and Brythunia and the more savage people of the north and was the last Hyborian nation to be founded. However, the name Border Kingdom has little to do with reality as it never had either a unified culture, territory or regime like its surrounding countries. The closest resemblance would be Hyperborea where regional lords rule according to their own whims, but instead on a much smaller local oriented scale.
Brythunia, stands as the North-eastern most country among the Hyborian states of the dreaming west. It is still young compared to its more established neighbours in the south and west. It rests in a dangerous position, often being used as a battlefield for the various superpowers of the world. In this remote corner of the civilised world, the wheel of progress turns at a slower pace than to the west and in fact, it appears that the Brythunians sometimes drag their feet to halt the forward march of progress.
Corinthia is an ancient land that gained its independence thousands upon thousands of years ago, having gained a separate cultural identity from the Acheronians – existing as a satellite state to the Acheronians until the ancient empire fell, thus causing them to gain their own independence. Over the course of 3000 years, the Corinthians abided by the Mitrean revolution and the rush of Hyborian blood into the continent, still retaining a separate cultural identity for the most part.
Bridging the gap between civilization and the savage frontier lies Gunderland, a land of dark forests and grim, taciturn people. While they are no longer an independent nation, they yet retain their own cultural identity--their own language, customs, and purest physical traits of any passed down from Bori. Even centuries after being absorbed into Aquilonia (less by force than mutual benefit), they are looked upon with some disdain by their patron nation, seen as primitive tribals newly uplifted by Aquilonian culture. They are fierce warriors, their infantry and spearmen being second to none in Hyboria--their main export being their professional soldiers either as mercenaries or regiments within the Aquilonian state militia.
Being one of the oldest kingdoms in the Hyborian region, rivalled in age only by the Hyperboreans to the far North has a deep history dating back to the time of the Acheronians. It is said, sometimes jokingly, that almost as soon as Koth gained its independence from the Acheronian Empire, the Kothians began to war among themselves. Many centuries passed before the warlord Khossus IV hammered and welded Koth into the kingdom known today. Some even say Khossus was a woman, usually Ishtar worshippers, though King Strabonus holds hard punishments for any who speak such lies. Their culture is a blend of Acheronian, Shemite, and Hyborian with some occasional Stygian influences in the South-Eastern regions.
Nemedia is the second great kingdom of the Hyborians, technologically and economically superior to the other Hyborian nations save Aquilonia. It is an ancient kingdom, proud of its cultured sophistication and civilised traditions. Although settled by the Hyborians, three thousand years ago this was the land of Acheron and traces of Acheronian blood flow through many of the veins of Nemedian Hyborians. The hills of Nemedia still hold groups of people who boast of their Acheronian descent.
The upper rankings of the Ophirian population largely populated by fair skin and average heights; Since the reign of Acheron, the noble caste has not had much room for expansion, so oddities are uncommon. In the more rural and lower-class regions, plenty of mixed marriage occurs between those from the bordering nations - The further you stray from the northwest, the more likely you are to find darker, olive-toned skin from their Kothian neighbours. The looming battle for dominance and resulting cultural melting pot means language conventions in Ophir are a toss-up; Aquilonian and Kothian names are common, with the occasional Argosseans and even more uncommon Shemites.
A feudal kingdom of vast verdant fields, vibrant-flowered meadows, soaring gryphons,, prestigious vineyards, starkly beautiful mountains and dense woodland well watered by the plethora of clean rivers and lakes that litter the rich land; Poitain is considered by some to be a land of fable in comparison to many regions of the world. This picturesque county is the southernmost of its kind in Aquilonia, bordering Zingaria, Argos and Ophir.