Dunsten is a land of black earth, dormant volcanoes, wild forests, and skilled people. The people of Dunsten are nearly all craftsmen of one sort or another, making this or that out of the long-fibered leaves, bark, and vines that grow in the valleys, or carving things out of the ubiquitous black stone of the province, or using geothermal heat to forge fine devices, weapons, armor, and jewelry of any metal. The most skilled artisans are those who work with the special obsidian that is sometimes found on the mountains. This glass-like substance is as hard as steel and as light as wood, and it makes a blade edge no thicker than a single molecule, making obsidian weapons the sharpest weapons in existence.
The current king of Dunsten is King Rydel, a relative newcomer to the Council of Kings. Rydell was a dutiful prince, however, and he is now a strong but kind ruler of his people, and an influential voice on the council.