tions and the northern slopes of the island.  The Tolden, who settled on the eastern end of the great isle, raised was beef and remained on the lower elevations and southern slopes.  See the Atlas of Irin and Surrounding Isles.   

Irin, People of, lived on the Waning Isles long before the Great Retreat.  They lived on Irin and also the nearby islands: Breadstone, East Irin, and the island that was afterwards named New Warrick.  On Irin itself, the people of Irin lived on northern and western parts of the island.  Dark predators called semples infested the southern slopes and the Tondel Peninsula.  These crablike creatures killed livestock and children, and occasionally even adults, and the Irin stayed away from their forested domains and stuck to the north of the island, even though it was colder and more exposed to storms.  On the open northern slopes, the Irin were free to graze their cattle and sheep.
Only after the great Retreat began did they seek to dominate their island.  They knew that the number of newcomers would overcome the fear of semples and take all available land.  Daniel Kershaw, a non-heir of the castle of Kershaw, exterminated the semples with his crew.  After the settlement forced by the Great Retreat, they continued to live on Breadstone, East Irin, and on the northern slopes of the great island of Irin. 
Genes and culture: They tended to be tall and thin, wore no jewelry or finery, often carried walking staves and knapsacks, and ate dishes with onions.  They also tended to be reticent and taciturn. 
Irin Cuisine: cheeses, heavy crackers or non-sweet breads and cakes, often with seeds and cracked grains; fish, often salted or steaks; poultry soups with vegetables; steamed vegetables roast birds; occasionally beef or mutton.  Sausage or cub ed meats in their vegetable hashes, or in soups of rice and black beans or black-eyed peas.  They love baked and buttered squash. 

Johnson City was the largest city on the island of Irin.  It thrived on the fishing from the North Banks and trade from the Western Isles.  The city administrated over the refueling station on Halfway Island, which lie in the Beringinold Gap between Irin and the Western Isles.  It was an important hold on that shipping route.  Johnson City was also the site of the Clarkston  Institute, the Captain's officer's training school.  Johnson City was divided into two boroughs, Tirin River and Tuhone River. See Irin, and Clarkston Institute.  See the Atlas of Irin and Surrounding Isles.   

Kai, meaning north in Gorjan, the language of the Western Isles, is often a prefix in geographical names there.   

Kaisen was the largest of the Western Isles.  On a bay of its northwestern shore, the Western Isles boasted its only real city, Fayette.  Also on a bay, on the opposite side of the island, was a town called Kurzen, which was a coal port.  Dividing the two cities was the northeast-southwest mountain chain; joining the two was a road leading through the Kerdal Pass.  The Widge War was begun when the Widge took Fayette.   It was retaken by the Gaohund only after a pitched battle in the Kerdal Pass in January of 10193; it was the first land battle of the Widge War, and followed closely on the Battle of the Western Sea.  See Western Isles, Fayette, Kurzen, Battle of Kerdal Pass, Battle of the Western Sea.  See the Atlas of the Western Isles

and its sister island Welwann make up the lower Western Isles, sparsely populated even by the standards of the Western Isles.  They are also much lower in elevation and lie closest to Widge lands.  See Western Isles, Welwann; See the Atlas of the Western Isles

Kaiwitz was the second largest of the Western Isles.  The