The Northwest Barony
Many decades ago, The Dwarves discovered that a secret network of cultists had been operating within their clans, clandestinely practicing dark rituals and performing bloody sacrifices. The clan leaders united themselves in an effort to wipe out this religion, and their investigations revealed something startling: not only had these cults infiltrated many of the larger clans, a handful of the smaller clans had been completely taken over by this cult. It took several years of fighting before the last of these cultists were expelled from their halls. Those who surrendered were exiled to the wilderness, and their shrines and clan halls were sealed off.
These former cultists, known simply as “The Exiled”, were forced to make new lives for themselves in the wilds. Many of them fled east, beyond the borders of The Northwest Barony, but some have stayed in the area since then, sometimes causing trouble for travelers and merchants. The Exiled are usually poorly equipped, and some appear to be diseased or even insane.