Centuries ago mankind (includes all playable races) freed themselves from captivity of evil monsters and wiped out most of the monsters. The monsters that lived were driven beyond the Eastern mountains. The heroes that freed mankind set up kingdoms all over the now monster-free land. The Kingdom of Lior invaded a government-less region but got defeated. The Crimson Blades were responsible for the defeat of the Kingdom of Lior and violated established Laws of War by executing King Lior and his nobility.
Centuries ago, humanity (includes all playable races from here on out) was hunted and haunted by terrible evils. Life was short and brutal, and often humanity was raised as a food source by these monsters. The different races, it is said, were created by selectively breeding humans. However, over time, humanity learned how to work metal, cast spells, and organize themselves into social structures. A number of great heroes led mankind in a war against the evil creates, obliterating nearly all of the terrible monsters. Most of the creatures were killed to extinction, living only on in children tales. Other, more resilient creatures, were driven over the Eastern Mountain range, rarely to be heard from again. This was known as the Purge, the time when fantasy monsters came to an end and the great nations of humanity were born.
The occasional monster might make an appearance, or some evil thing might come down from the Eastern mountains, but for the most part monsters are legends, and nobody really believes in them anymore.
The far north consists of a great forest of mighty trees. There is not much known about the people who live there, who are called Dark Elves due to their practice of a form of forbidden magic and their appearance of dark blue/green skin. Their society, government, and economy are wrapped in mystery, as few interact with them. Their role in the Purge is also in doubt, with some believing that they freed themselves from enslavement and others believing that they never were enslaved to begin with, but rather helped guide their warm skin toned cousins in the ways of magic and war.
The Eastern Mountains
These mountains server as a barrier to the remnants of the fearsome creatures that once ruled the world. Few adventurers brave these mountains to seek fortune and fame, fewer still come back alive. Scattered in these mountains, with the greatest concentration in the southern part of the range, are a race of fanatical dwarves. They hold religious beliefs that cause them to explore the deepest reaches of the world. Their vast mines and caves are a valuable source of iron-ore. They freely trade with others, but they keep the secrets of their religion and why they dig ever deeper to themselves.
The Western Mountains
This mountain range has not been explored much, and what lies beyond them is a mystery. Tales tell of cousins of the Dark Elves, live beyond the hills. Much like humans, but with skin color taking on the cooler tones of greens, blues, and purples.
To the south of the great forest, and between the two mountain ranges are the great Kingdoms. Legendary heroes from the Purge settled their people down in these lands. As the gods gave them strength to defeat the terrors, the gods also gave them the right to rule these lands as well. The nobility can trace their lineage to one or more of the great heroes of the Purge, and the people look up to them as saviors, who pulled them out of an era of darkness. These kingdoms maintain a strict feudal system, with two exceptions. To the southwest, the land is untamed and ruled by various nomadic tribes. And to the far southeast, a small “country” exists without a king, nobility, or a name. This region practices a libertarian style capitalism and avoids war, which has allowed them to become incredibly rich compared to their feudal neighbors.
The Fall of the Kingdom of Lior
To the west of the libertarian-capitalist area was the Kingdom of Lior. This kingdom, seeing the vast wealth and the barely existent military of its neighbor, invaded several years ago. The war progressed well at first, with many cities falling to the army of Lior. The Crimson Blades, a group who see themselves as protectors of the capitalist experiment, organized themselves and the citizens into an army to conflict King Lior. At the battle, the King’s forces were overwhelmingly defeating, leading to the capture of the King himself and almost all of the nobles who joined him in war. Rather than negotiating a peace treaty, with land exchanging hands, the Crimson Blades put the King and his nobility on trial as a common murderer. The presiding Judge of the trial, Telric, an extraordinary wealthy merchant and member of the Crimson Blades, ordered their execution, ignoring the King’s Right To Heir, which allows for a King to produce an heir before execution. The Crimson Blades moved into the former Kingdom of Lior and began tearing down all feudal systems, instead granting to everyone freedom and a piece of land. The other Kingdoms were shocked at the complete disregard of established Laws of War, and the swift victory these “free people” were able to achieve, and have become scared…but some still seek revenge against the Crimson Blades.