All Lights Cast Shadows
The Current Political Situation
The Dragonborn Empire lasted for 400 years, and collapsed only eighty years ago. The empire still wields a great deal of political clout, but the slave trade that served as the imperial backbone has largely collapsed, and now even in the larger cities, that serve as strongholds of imperial power, the non-Dragonborn workers are most often payed workers, rather than slaves. The Empire no longer employs continuous patrols of the roads, nor continuous sea-going caravans, so travel has become increasingly dangerous since the fall.
While the old cities still serve as major trade and population centers, the fall resulted in a great deal of population fragmentation. Most Alfkin populations now live near other cities, but in communities of their own who interact with the nearby city as little as possible. Eladrin and Gnomes have established Schools of Magic to serve as centers of arcane knowledge and lore. Holderkin populations, save the Bugbears who still serve as guards and laborers in cities, have retreated to form their own towns far isolated from the cities of other races. Hobgoblins have established several War Colleges around Dak’Than where they train promising students in the ways of martial combat. Goblins are rarely seen by other races.
A mysterious organization has recruited our heroes to investigate the world for unknown reasons, speaking through several individuals, but chiefly through a mysterious Goblin.
The heroes have also made contact with a human wizard who claims to predate the Empire, and knows of civilization that predated the Empire.
Most recently the heroes have discovered a Waystation that contained a number of items, but also contained a locus of phenomenal potential power, that drew the attention of several powerful groups. Ultimately making an alliance with The Outsider, The Lady of Shadow, The Necromancer, and The Infernal Priestess. Enlisting the wizard to banish The Army of the Astral Will across Dak’than, and drawing the ire of The High Churches. The Divine Commander promised to bring together the entire existing might of the remaining empire to destroy the alliance and the heroes for working with what he claimed were abominable forces of darkness.