The Varden are a revolutionary (or terrorist) group made up mostly of Wild Elves and Lizardfolk, though any other races are welcome to join, so long as they oppose House Grontos and slavery. They occupy the eastern Jungles of Selera, where they raid slave plantations and sometimes cities, if they are strong enough. Freed slaves, with nowhere else to go, often join up with them, causing their numbers to bolster with each successful raid. They are led by The Beast, a ferocious warrior dressed in the bones and scales of a Green Dragon, with a deep voice and glowing eyes. The only reports of The Beast come from those who have ran.
When the war with Akheta started, Selera briefly made peace with The Varden. Their united army managed to hold off the empire a lot longer than it otherwise would have. However, in the end, they could not stand against the powerful magical empire. When Selera was instated into the Illumian Empire, Grontos, who had almost entirely lost its lands, had them given back. The war with The Varden has begun all anew, but this time House Grontos has Illumians on its side.