There's No Safe Place in The Empire
Empire of Talonrule
The Empire dominates the northern three-fifths of the continent of Erran.
A Brief History of the Empire
The World was wrought with strife in its infancy. The races threw stones and hit with sticks, and in this divided world the god Tharizdun saw and opportunity to dominate the mortals. Building his strength, he slowly corrupted the minds of the other evil gods, bending them to his will, and commanding them to do his bidding.
The races of Erran, casting aside their differences, banded together to stand and fight. Battles raged for years. The World, sitting on the brink, was saved when the benevolent Gods lent their strength to the mortals, and in a final battle on the plains of Altenfell, Tharizdun was deafeated.
Bahamut and Pelor chained Tharizdun and cast him to the bottom of The Sea of Seas. His name has fallen into disuse, and in modern times he is mostly referred to as The Great Enemy. Those loyal to him refer to him as The Chained One, and await his “inevitable” return.
The other evil Gods, their egos bruised, retreated.
Common Races of the Empire
Dragonborn – Their historical birthplace long forgotten, the few Dragonborn that are left have gone into service fighting for the Empire. Those that haven’t have gone into mercenary work. They do hold a Counsel seat, which they hold in Griffonheart, the capitol of the Empire. Their Counselor is currently a male named Thrin Hevsh. They rule no land.
Dwarves – They hold their Counsel seat in Anvil, where their race was birthed, in their capitol city of Hammer. Their Counselor: a male named Grimm Bjornn. The Dwarves control most of the stone, metal, and gem sales in the Empire.
Teiflings – Their race came into being in the early days of The World, even before the war with The Great Enemy. They still hold close ties with Humans, and consider Altenfell their home. They take their Counsel seat in Blackstone, their capitol city, which is located in Altenfell. Duke Emnon Noble currently holds the position of interim Counselor of the Teiflings, while a suitable replacement is found.
Shadar-Kai – Very rarely are Shadar-Kai seen, after they were banished from The Empire and retreated into the Shadowfell.
Other Races found in the Empire
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Narren Swiftfoot – Elf. Counselor and head of House Swiftfoot. The Elven society doesn’t have “Kings,” but rather an aristocratic nobility. The head of each of the houses has a voting share in Elven business. A counselor is elected to serve on the Empire Counsel.