The Kingdom of Var is located in a mountainous region, bordering a usually tranquil sea. Although the jagged cliffs that jut out of the ocean precariously ward off warships, merchants have navigated the waters for centuries which are perfectly suited for smaller vessels to travel (as long as one knows the way, that is).
Surrounded by mountains on all sides, the Capital of the kingdom was strategically built to keep invaders out. However, this makes for difficult travel and only the valley is fertile enough to produce any sort of crop. Houses dot the mountainside, mainly occupied by farmers, but some nobles also reside there wanting to be close to the Capital, but also away from the congestion in the city.
The castle is positioned at the center of the Capital. Although the gates of the outer defense wall remain open, except in cases where the safety of the royal family is in jeopardy, the inner bailey is heavily guarded. Only a select few can enter in unless told otherwise.
Surrounding the kingdom are various countries, including lands that Var has trade agreements with. Other than trading, Var remains secluded from the rest of the world.
The Capital itself is always a lively place. The people of Var enjoy many festivals and holidays, and are generally a welcoming civilization. However, as with any people, they hold to their traditions and superstitions. Visitors are treated fairly and protected, but should take caution not to offend one of the nobles or countrymen. In which case, the people tend to be in one accord and shun the visitor or refuse to purchase goods from them if offended.
Crime rates of the Kingdom of Var are some of the lowest among the leading civilizations. With the help of the Royal Guardians, they also have one of the largest and most well-trained military.