The City of Bastok lies in the center of this rocky, desertlike region. While devoid of most forms of plant life, the area is abundant with various types of ore. It is this surplus of ore that has transformed Bastok into a mighty republic.
Situated to the north of Bastok, this valley is surrounded by steep mountains. Separated into east and west areas by towering cliffs, this rocky region remains desolate due to various mineral run-offs which contaminate the river water. However, the spectacular Drachenfall, located to the north, is considered to be one of the wonders of Vana'diel.
Spreading out to the south of Bastok is the rocky terrain of South Gustaberg. Plentiful with ore, hundreds of tunnels and mine shafts have been dug beneath the earth by Humes and Quadav alike. To the east, the Morhen Lighthouse can be found on the cliffs lining the Bastore Sea, its light guiding the way for the ferries and airships that traverse the area.
These caves were once a Quadav settlement until mythril, a rare ore, was discovered in its walls. It was not long before the Republic of Bastok sent its soldiers to drive the beastmen out of these caves. After the Quadav had been vanquished, the Humes used their newly invented explosives to transform the caves into a system of mines that would become the largest producer of mythril ore in the whole of Vana'diel. However, the Quadav recently retaliated by sending their own forces to reclaim their former home. They remain in control of the mines to this day.
The Dangruf Wadi is a small gorge located near Mount Dangruf, an active volcano. Due to the extreme heat caused by the magma under the surface, numerous natural geysers can be found in this area. Long ago, the Galka often would come to bathe in the hot springs here to relieve the aches and pains caused by the long hours they worked in the mines.
These mines were recently dug out of the large rock formation that lies in the Mines District of Bastok when a vein of darksteel ore was discovered within. Due to the high market value of darksteel, the Zeruhn Mines is quickly becoming one of Bastok's main sources of income.