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Poviss is the westernmost region of the kingdom of Kovir and Poviss, including most of the coast. It is a very mountainous region whose people are generally described as outlaws, but also risk-averse merchants, geologists, miners, and underestimated scientists and technicians who believed in the possibility of building a machine of their own invention. The region is also famous for its saltworks.
They gravitated to Kovir for some assurance of autonomy from the larger kingdoms to the south who coveted their resources.