The isolated 'bear' clans living in the desolate foothills between the western mountains and the great desert have long held an aggressive stance against any who would cross their domain. Their fierce presence has both spared the sultanate from goblin raiders and marauding hill giants, and left the lands to the west unknown to the royal cartographers. It is said that mysterious Rust-Dwarves are the only people to have befriended, and to trade with these dangerous shape-shifters.
Can I tell you why I LOVE this picture? Because this is what I imagine a barbarian to look like, almost more 'lean' than muscular. I hate how most people just automatically associate 'barbarian' with overly muscled rager. This guy looks like he's been around the block and while he's got strength and muscles, it's also a lean corded sort of look. Plus, bears are awesome.