Formed ages ago this great valley was formed from the combination of Lava flows from the mountains to the south and the movement of two previous island continents. Ancient ruins litter the valley as for thousands of years the fertile lands have been home to Kingdoms of various types.
Over the last thousand or so years however, humans have been in the power over the great plane. Powered by new found magical talents three great cities were formed on the edges of the great planes with numerous towns, villages and plantations over the interior.
At one time 24 great schools of wizardry could be found in the region. Now this number has dwindled to 18. This does not count the numerous monasteries, temples, and war mage academies.
Each of the great cities maintains an army in defense against various outside forces but these militaries have little to do with the operations in the center of Ampara.
With the three cities spread fairly evenly and at a long lasting peace there is little need for military operations in the land. So a tapestry of law enforcement has emerged across the land creating a strong sense of safety in the land. Local sheriffs are appointed in each township, each city has a large city watch which patrols often at a great distance along trade routes, and each city appoints and supports a contingent of elite police forces. These elite patrolman are normally referred to as rangers.