Devils and Dilettantes
A demon-haunted wasteland that lies at the northern most reaches of Avistan where it meets the frozen Crown of the World, the Worldwound is an unnatural blight. Formed shortly after the beginning of the Age of Lost Omens the Worldwound is probably the greatest threat to life on the face of Golarion.
The Worldwound is another nation (if such a word can be used to describe this tumorous intrusion on reality) created in the tumultuous chaos following the death of Aroden. The earliest hints of this demonic disaster can be found in truly ancient scriptures that detail the times before Aroden’s ascension to godhood when he walked Golarion as a man. There are ancient myths of Aroden vanquishing a demonic cult dedicated to Deskari the so called Usher of the Apocalypse, driving his cultists from the land into the Lake of Mists and Veils. For thousands of years this was viewed as just another obscure myth but with the Aroden’s death and the following events it took on a new significance. Before the Age of Lost Omens the Worldwound was a powerful yet barbaric Kellid nation called Sarkoris. When Aroden died it caused a very slight planar shift that knocked the whole of Golarion from its normal metaphysical alignment and slightly towards the fearful abyssal plane. This shift manifested itself in the northern reaches of Sarkoris, their mystics and witches seeing a time of chaos and a thinning of the borders between realities. The Worldwound began its encroachment with strange demonic beasts haunting the barrows and tombs of the Northmounds. These foul creatures soon spread out, attacking isolated clan holdings near the Northmounds. There also arose rumours of a mile long cosmic blight that was rimmed by jet black flames that was located near the city of Iz, this site became known as the Worldwound. This corruption soon spread to engulf an area the size of a country, destroying what was once Sarkoris, the Worldwound’s expansion was only halted when the First Mendevian Crusade was launched.[