The Backlands is the area to the Southwest of the Airus region on the other side of the Mountains of Mourning. Open to the ocean on its western boarder the Backlands experience regular rainfall and have yearly monsoon seasons. Receiving an average of 150 in of rainfall a year the Backlands are considered a temperate rainforest. The thick forest, heavy rain, and relative inaccessibility of the Backlands have prevented large numbers of humans from settling in the area. Conversely the lack of humans coupled with the high levels of ether producing plants and animals have made the Backlands a favored habitat for many ethiric creatures.