Brothers of the Tor
The Dread Isles are a dark land populated by a darker people, the sinister Blood Shields. Located on the far northern edge of the north sea, the Blood Shields make a living raiding the coasts of the sea, mercilessly taking what they want and killing all who stand in their way. Little is known of the Blood Shields, only that they speak a mongrel tongue not shared by any other peoples and they drape their shields with the uncured hides of their slain foes. In recent years the coast of Arithai has seen increased raids by the Blood Shields, who have claimed over 500 lives in the past six months alone.