Val Oriyn lies along the western edge of Northern Arun, a land that has been sealed off by the Storm Barrier for over a hundred years. With the barrier down, the entire province serves as a beachhead for the Vanguard Initiative, a bold expedition into the north, which landed in the middle of a war between the baraka and the Archdevan Army.
The untamed lands in Val Oriyn run the gamut from steamy jungles to frozen mountainsides. Archdevan Army military bases and prisons dot the landscape, while Arx Umbra is home to an Archdevan Army stronghold. Val Oriyn is also home to Highwatch, the city of the baraka, which lies in the mountains between Ex Prima and Arx Umbra.