The Game of Many Things
Home to the only population of lizardfolk and kenku on Taalenar, Carua is almost entirely marshes and swamps. A very wet country, it is constantly shrouded with mist. Once off of the trade road, paths become muddy and unreliable and it is very easy to get lost.
The humans who tamed Carua had to search long and hard to find a safe path that led to higher ground. What they found was the sandy terrain of Covehaven, and the single road that goes through eastern Carua leads directly there. West of the road are the salt marshes and tidal rivers that are the home of the lizardfolk. These lands are overgrown in the extreme, difficult and dangerous to traverse. They flood regularly with the tides and are full of all the semi- and aquatic hazards one would expect to find in terrain such as this.
To the north, the marshes transition gradually into tangled swamps and then into the tangled and dark old-growth forests that the kenku call home. The forests here are falling to a blight that is commonly called the Wingless Curse, and it is a daily occurence for one of the ancient rotted trees to topple, taking great chunks of the wet sandy soil with it.
Covehaven is a sprawling city of single-story structures built on stilts and high foundations to protect them from regular flooding. Set up on the marshy coast, Covehaven is Carua's capital and the home of its military. It practically floats when the tide rolls in, and gets almost all of its supplies from the trading ships that dock there. The capital is also home to half of Carua's military and the single largest population of humans on Taalenar.
The other half of the military is stationed in the western city of Obraithe. Built on probably the only open, solid ground in the entire country, Obraithe started as an army outpost. It has since grown, and although it is not on the trade road, there is a trustworthy road between Obraithe and Covehaven. The citizens that aren't members of the army mostly make their livings through hunting and trade; even though it is a well-visited city, Obraithe chooses to maintain its quaint and traditional appearance.
There is little to be said of Aarport. It is the first and oldest settlement in Covehaven. Not quite situated on the trade road but not quite sitting in the marshes, the crumbling stones of Aarport houses a dark and untrustworthy population noted for their willingness to take any job.