An Imperfect Circle
The once powerful city-state located on the Sandy River is know for its beastmasters and fighting pits. Even in it's diminished state, the once might arenas draw crowds from across the region during the triennial games that harken back to the city's days of glory.
Velen is infamous for being one of the perpetrators of a war that devastated the region. The casus belli has been lost to time, but in the centuries following the Contagion, Velen and Laris fought an escalating series of wars that culminated in the unleashing of terrible First Age weapons that destroyed the regional rivals. The great cities have only recently recovered the strength to project their power beyond their walls. Bitterness still exists between both nations, who each blame the other for their tragic fates.