The Vashnar mountain range is the spine of the Sapient continent. It runs along the western coast for a great distance, and then turns east, running the until it meets the ocean on the eastern side. Thus, it forms an 'L' shape in which most of the known world is cradled.

Much of Aetolian life has existed upon or around the Vashnars since the beginning of history, and it is theorized that some point within the range represented the point of creation for the first races of Sapience. This is borne out, in many cases, by the historical records in the west reaching back much further than in the east, but there is no conclusive evidence as of yet.

The Vashnars are an extremely treacherous place, by virtue of the aggressive
animals and people that inhabit it. Many a person has fallen victim to the
mountain lions that roam it seeking their dinners, to say nothing of the Consanguine who live in the city of Bloodloch beneath the range.

Perhaps the most striking feature of the vast Vashnars are the Pillars of
Heaven. This collection of mountain peaks in the western-central portion of
the Vashnars rises as much as fifty percent higher than any peak outside of
them. It is rumoured that the Gods Themselves once dwelled atop them, prior to the fall of the great tree Yggdrasill.