Gratia is an ancient land, with a culture thousands of years older than the civilizations around the Centralian Sea. Gratian civilization is centered around the Nosco river valley and is divided into two parts, Upper Gratia and Lower Gratia, named for their locations along the river valley. The cultures have been united at various points in their long history, but have been separate for quite some time.
Gratian lands begin on the Vozpell, a high plateau, surrounding the river and the lake Voz. The Vozpell is semi-arid, although the flanks of the mountains which border it hold forests of pine and cedar and the land around the lake is well irrigated. Rain only falls in the winter, but falls heavily then, causing yearly floods on the Nosco. The Nosco and it’s tributaries have cut impressive canyons in certain parts of this area. Traveling east the land becomes warmer and drier as altitude decreases until only a narrow and heavily farmed floodplain of green is seen following the river. Near the ocean the climate becomes moister again, and the river fans out into a vast delta.
All Gratians maintain a strong link to the past, surrounded as they are by ruins and monuments. They tend to regard other cultures as upstarts, barely out of barbarism. Gratian culture is also strongly tied to the cycles of time, particularly the yearly flooding of the river. The orthodox Gratian religion also places an emphasis on death and the afterlife, particularly on supplying a sufficient amount of material provisions in the afterlife. Those who can afford it build lavish tombs and stock them with expensive grave goods. Gratians also share a tendency toward tightly packed urban areas and a fondness for carving housing and monuments into rock.