The town of Goswarth is situated near the junction of a major trade road and a large river. To the north lie hills; along the road to the west, the kingdom of Phealtos; and along the road to the east, the Meillis federation. Upstream, the river leads northward to a lake with a mining town on its shore. Downstream, the river empties into the exotic southern sea. Phealtos has long wanted to control the river, for it would allow Phealtos’s military power to extend to the sea.