The land of Varno is filled with dense forests and deep lakes, while it should be a fertile haven the county is afflicted by fickle, some would say unnatural, weather with seasons of plenty sometimes followed by years of drought and famine. As a result the people of Varno of some of the most pious in all Ustalav quick to proclaim their undying faith to Desna or fickle Gozreh as soon as the weather turns against them, of course many are willing to buy into the lies of any passing evangelist con man or soothsayer. The harsh conditions tend to turn neighbour against neighbour and during times of famine Varno's inhabitants are some of the most suspicious in all Ustalav.[1] The harsh conditions are further exacerbated by the hands off ruling of Varno's ruler Conte Ristomaur Tiriac who keeps himself distant from his people.[2]