Kisalvia is a large subcontinent that juts out into the southern ocean, bordered on the north by the Palle river valley with southern Alemannia beyond. Kisalvia is a rocky, mountainous region with dozens of low mountain chains splintered throughout. At one point Kisalvia was the center of a great, world-spanning empire administered from the huge capital city of Viacar. Eventually the empire collapsed under its own weight and Viacar lies mostly abandoned. However Kisalvia remains an important and vibrant region, currently dominated by dozens of mercantile free city-states, each competing with each other to become the next imperial capital.