The Avenan Empire
Along the northern edge of the northern continent of Nercia runs a string of vast bays watched over by the frozen islands of the Shattered Lands. The second bay from the western edge of the continent terminates in the Hamatül Fjords, a bizarre but striking maze of deep, sheer-sided fjords. A large community of gnomes from the city of Belix once called these fjords home.
The walls of the fjords were shot through with huge deposits of precious and semi-precious stones, which the gnomes mined using technology powered by the furious tides that dominated the fjords. Before the Scourge, these gnomes enjoyed an extensive trade relationship with the dwarves of Andurrial and the Dark Elves of the eastern Shattered Lands.