Salia was a small fishing village with a mostly Nordic population until the Aegic Empire colonized it in the early 3rd century GA. It remained small, until the Hundred Bridge Highway was extended to Knapper’s Cove, west of Salia. An influential noble family of Salia invested into improving the natural harbor and expanding the fishing and shipwrighting industries of the city. The relative proximity of the city to Kreen by sea and its growing population of craftsmen made it an ideal site for Imperial docks. Now it is one of the most significant naval strongholds in the Aegic Empire.
The nearest Border Prince city-state west of Salia is Vaasa. The thin Salian Isthmus and a defensive line called Adrian’s Wall make it relatively easy to repel the Prince’s raids. Between the Wall and the city lies the village of Candalacia, surrounded by steep hills and woods, where many noble families have hunting lodges and villas.
The Salian Isthmus west of Candalacia is a windswept and craggy landscape where military wayforts are the only signs of civilization clinging to the thin thread of the Salia-Vaasa road that leads to Adrian’s Wall. The Wall itself follows the lines of two hills and dips between them to let the road pass through a fortified gate. An entire Legion guards the Wall.
The southern part of the Salian Peninsula is mountainous and mostly wild. The rocky sides of foothills are covered in a lush carpet of grass cut by small streams. Some shepherds and hardy crop farmers make their homes here around lake Solaves and travel down the valleys and rivers to sell their products in Candalacia or Salia. In the very southern part, the rocky promontory of Corsair’s Cape still hides some outlaws and raiders, but few of them take to the sea in anything larger than a cog. Some sailors claim to have seen suspicious two-masted caravels as well.
The two capes flanking the Bay of Salia are Divine Cape and Onega Cape. Divine Cape is thickly forested and flat compared to the rest of the peninsula. Onega cape is rocky and nearly inhospitably dry, preventing the construction of a more accessible port.