The northern boarder of Illycera is lined by the Drael Mountains. These mountains are the ancestral home of the dwarves and the ruins of their fortress-cities can found throughout the mountains. There are many secret, underground tunnels that lead to the Wastes in the north.
The people that live there now are mostly loggers, hunters, and fur trappers. An enterprising few have journeyed into the mountains to seek their fortunes from mining. The people of the Drael foothills are hardier than most. They endure constant attacks from the barbarians in the Wastes. Also, being so far from the throne, they enjoy more freedoms then any other place in the empire.