Our story begins on the fourteenth day, Kin, of Cindor in the year 7e2012, right at the onset of autumn on the planet known as Shaedeam. Specifically, the game initially set within the city-state of Saint Baylen’s, one of the most prosperous centres in the whole of the empire known as Shonnestherra. Early in the morning, there is a influx of armoured guards, those in service to any one of the imperial noble houses. There are patrols passing by as often as once per ten minutes. No one seems to know what they are looking for, but it must be important to involve House Naydoran.
And then, Brian the Fist of Rochivel reveals the wicked truth of the unease: at least twenty children of noble birth are missing and the patrols have led the local barons to believe that the children are no longer in the city-state. Brian the Fist has been charged to organize the search and rescue of these children. This very well could be the event to begin an illustrious career for the Adventurer’s Guild.
The empire of Shonnestherra, sometimes referred to as the Dreven Empire, is perhaps the government with the greatest of land holdings. They are, most certainly, the most powerful military power on the whole of Shaedeam’s Back (a colloquial turn of phrase referring to ‘anywhere on the planet of Shaedeam’).
Shonnestherra has fourteen recognized city-states, each directly managed by a Council of Lords made up of nobles born and nobles made.
Besa-Dur – this city-state is one of the city-states given to a specific race with whom the dreven cannot abide: the fiiani. Besa-Dur does not carry on imperial duties more than keeping their population away from the bulk of the empire.
Illisk-Dur – the whole of this city-state was gifted to the gojifae in honour of their aid to the empire during the War of Wars. Though not all gojifae participated in the genocide of the true Dragons, the empire give the whole of the race credit. Illisk-Dur is a thriving centre of trade for the far reaches of the empire.
Ullasar – a central hub for those who have no love of Shonnestherra. Criminals, strange miens, illegal magics and the likes proliferate the area. Ullasar has no true political power and is considered a sub-nation with a locally determined Council of Lords (of whom, most are not actually nobles but rather guild masters).
Toromil – one of the few centres of civilization on the far edges of the grasp of the empire. This is an agricultural powerhouse, and most of the colleges and guilds lean towards a balance with the natural world around them.
Foster’s Point – a powerhouse of military naval power. The populace live quite comfortably and enjoy a semi-annual event known as the Dens of Challenge: a modular dungeon system wherein teams compete against each other and many nasty traps and monsters to find treasures hidden within.
Nuamor – another navel power, Nuamor also focuses on agriculture and politics since it is a strong imperial power and near so many territories where the empire is not loved, including….
Aglorond – the city-state gifted to the Edael after the mien was released from their enforced slavery following the War of Wars. A pure 96% of the city-state’s population is one breed of Edael or another. Some folk swear they hear the roar of dragon-like beasts nearby, but everyone knows that dragons are extinct.
Nottham – the city-state of fear. Nottham sits upon the edge of the Lightning Sands Desert, a particularly lethal girth of strange natural occurrences. During the day, green-gold lightning strikes the sands with such heat that it forms a thick sheet of glass that sometimes reach up in spires as if to catch the next bolt in hand. During the nights of the desert, the glass becomes fragile and with pressure or strong winds, these glass sheets explode violently and throw glass shrapnel in all directions. The citizens of Nottham avoid the area as if it were plague-ridden.
Oman – balanced precariously in the valley of Oman, the area surrounding the city-state is known as the Cradel of Oman, a living, breathing, and vindictive environmental dungeon of sorts. The laws of nature do not apply within the area, but the citizens of Oman are fairly used to traversing the area when they must. Most trade and travel are handled with magic or Rushen.
Gaden’s Reach – a pirate stronghold of scum and villiany as well as being another potent port city-state. Gaden’s Reach is known to the the centre of operations for several illegal guilds, but since the negative elements feed the Council’s coffers many accidents and such meet with the turn of a blind eye. Out and out murder is of course a very rare event, but accidents do happen.
Saint Baylen’s – The centre-most city-state that surrounds the mouth of the River Tallous (‘silver water’). Saint Baylen’s was named after a warrior of defended the emperor from an attack of an adult stone dragon. Baylen was a monk of Kwon, besting the great beast with his bare hands. There is within the single most powerful temple of Kwon within the centre of the city-state. Spanning nearly 150 vas-unis (miles), one can find just about anything they may need… as long as it’s legal.
Rhazon – this is a city-state under siege. The waters between its shores and the Dagger Life Isles are almost always rife with naval conflicts. Rhazon also is home to many of the empires richest museums, colleges and libraries.
Naar-Sul – perhaps the greatest military power with advanced navy and huge numbers of khazaldish warriors. If you need to book passage to any one of the Far Shores or wish to deal with the richest Merchant’s Guilds, Naar-Sul is where you’d want to be. For all that, and it also is home to the best tavern in the empire – The Rooster’s Crow.
Logothon – the imperial capital, spanning nearly 300 vas-unis (miles). The castle itself lies on an island and reaches up the side of a sheer cliff to tower over the nearby forests. The bulk of the city is build along the walls of the Dragon’s Maw bay. Over five million people call Logothon home and another 2.5 million live within the nearby border towns.
The Noble Houses of Shonnestherra
Dormykar – Bloodlines: Elementals (all)
Erlarash – Bloodlines: Doppleganger, Hag
Graeden – Bloodlines: Genie (any)
Khakhull’an – Bloodlines: Lycanthrope, Hill Giant
Kinartor – Bloodlines: Frost Giant, White Dragon, Silver Dragon
Larkenoras – Bloodlines: Red Dragon, Brass Dragon, Fire Giant
Myden-Karan – Bloodlines: Minotaur, Cloud Giant, Angel-Blooded
Naydoran – Bloodlines: Bronze Dragon, Blue Dragon
Ninaras – Bloodlines: Titan, Archon-Blooded, God-Blooded
Nokdaren – Bloodlines: Fire Elemental, Red Dragon
Ohpian – Bloodlines: Gold Dragons, Copper Dragons
Rhyduran – Bloodlines: Troll, Giant (any)
Rumavel – Bloodlines: Fey, Air Elemental, Janni Genie
Sjomdaon – Bloodlines: Earth Elemental, Gold Dragon, Hill Giant
Sorjourden – Bloodlines: Troll, Shadowed Mien, Daemon-Blooded
Turvaren – Bloodlines: Vampire, Devil-Blooded
Vintarkaren – Bloodlines: Magic-Blooded, Rushen-Blooded