A far-northern nation comprising the east-ern portion of Nordheim, Aesgaard is homeof the blond-haired, blue-eyed Aesir, a virileand roughhewn race of hunters and axe-wielding warriors who fight by day andcarouse by night. The Aesir live in tribal units.Though each tribe has its own king, who pre-sides in a timber-roofed Great Hall, all Aesirworship the same god, Ymir, the Frost Giant.The terrain of Aesgaard is rugged, with highsnowcapped mountains to the north, forestin the southern lowlands, and tundrabetween. The land supports musk ox andmammoth, moose, fox, and snow bearamong other native creatures. These, alongwith wild fruits, are the primary sustenance ofthe Aesir, who practice neither agriculturenor herding. Aesgaard may have formed aninformal alliance with Cimmeria to the south,but Vanaheim to the west and Hyperborea tothe east remain ancient and hated foes.
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“The golden-haired Aesir are wayward and fierce…”
“Untamed tribesmen haunt her hills”
A region of the southwestern HimelianMountain Range, Afghulistan is home of the Afghuli outlaw tribe who live in villages ruled byheadmen. The fierceness of the tribesmen asfighters has given rise to the proverb, “A per-ilous road to Afghulistan.” Among otherweapons, the Afghuli hillmen use the tulwarand the yard-long Zhaibar knife. The land of Afghulistan comprises only the southwesternportion of Ghulistan, while Ghulistan properrefers to the larger region inhabited by moun-tain tribes of the Southern Himelian Mountains.These other tribes of Greater Ghulistan includethe Galzai, the Wazuli, the Zhaibari, and theKhurakzai, the latter possibly a branch of the Afghulis themselves.