Little 'n' Large
This area is outside the borders of any existing country, but still close enough to have contact and trade with them. The lack of any firm rule makes it a desperate and violent area, but still one of great opportunity, where new settlements of the civilised people encroach on lands claimed by tribes of kobolds, gnolls and worse, and where riches, treasures, glory and land can be seized by those bold enough to claim them, where men make their own rules. Some call the area godless, or forsaken; still some try to save the souls of its inhabitants, and fight back the growing cults of demon worshipers.
The borderlands also lie close to areas of true wilderness, containing moss-covered ruins, limnal areas touching upon the savage Feywild, the dreary Shadowfell or even darker realms beyond this world. There are rumours of what lies out there; kingdoms of untold riches and strange magics, lands forced into slavery for Dragon lords, the lost towers of the Nine; the grave of the Beholder-kin.