The Varakash Bastions are a network of affiliated fortresses and heavily fortified cities along the northern coast of Kiarous who have banded together for mutual protection. Originally their fortifications were constructed to safeguard local populations from dregs and the creeping horrors of the Woods of Many Minds. Their signature towers allow the Varakash Bastions to spot invading forces from miles away and sound alarms on drums known as "thunderers." These drums allow the Bastions to alert one another quickly of the incoming threat. Local Typhan tribes and kingdoms have a long history of allying themselves with the Bastions, assisting in the creation of moats and joining the effort to throw back invaders whenever possible.
While a handful of bastions have fallen in the past, currently they stand resolute against their southern foes; namely Lady Araidawen's radiers.