Basic Information (this will be expanded and given separate entries in time, but it’s here for now)
The primary continent you will be experiencing is divided down the center by a major river. To the east of the river are the Dreadlands (see: below). Before humans entered the lands, the dwarves controlled the north, with the elves controlling the central forests and plains. In ages past remembering, humans entered the lands, crossing from the southern continent. This led to strife with the humanoids, as plains were planted and forests cut. Numerous wars were fought, and eventually, the humans claimed most of the continent. Only the deepest forests were still held by the elves, and the dwarves barred the gates to their mountains, and allowed no entry.
Centuries passed, and the nation was conquered again. This time by an empire. The Ashan Dynasty swept north from the southern continent, and quickly defeated the separate human nations as well as the other humanoids. Eventually, the Ashan Dynasty collapsed, and the nations reasserted their authority.
Today, the northern continent is enjoying a period or relative peace. The central nations are all represented on the Council of Kings. The Council is a political body where each king (or Duke, in the case of Knochenflachland) appoints a representative. These representatives discus matters related to maintaining peace between the nations. Ödemark is not a member of the Council.
1419-1428 Demon War. For centuries, a powerful necromancer known commonly as “the Skull” had held Ödemark under his control. Repeatedly trying to expand his power through any means necessary, the Skull signed a pact with demonic allies in yet another effort to create his empire. Sending his forces south, he briefly conquered Meertür before the allied forces (Riverland, Knochenflachland and Dwarves of Ersteheim), and guerilla forces from Meertür & Ödemark were able to rally. Under the leadership of of Sir Garrak, the Paladin leader of Meertür, the unified forces shoved back the demonic horde and reestablished Meertür in 1426. The forces then moved north, retaking the city of Framsteg, then moving on the lich’s keep in Vinterhall. In the end, it was the paladin versus the lich, for the sake of the northern continent.
This year marks the hundredth anniversary of Ödemark’s liberation from the Skull. Celebrations are scheduled throughout the year, and throughout the continent.
Although orcs are common enough throughout the continent, they are generally considered a minor threat (except by the victim of their raids). However, every few centuries, orc numbers reach saturation in the mountains across the central river, leading orc forces to expand into human lands. The nation of Riverland generally receives the worst of this. Due to all the human nations understanding the threat that an unchecked orc population west of the river might cause, the kings of the land signed a pact following the first orc invasion (commonly called ‘the first orc war’). Whenever a new regent attains the throne, it is their first duty as monarch to add their name to the pact. This pact states simply that should the orcs cross the central river in force, all nations must put aside whatever conflicts they might have among each other, and aid in repulsing the horde.
The cycle is a simple one: orc population reaches saturation and they cross the river; the nations rise up, and decimate orc forces on the west side of the river. Then the combined human forces cross into the dread lands, chasing the orcs to their lairs, and decimating them. Then it takes a few centuries for the orcs to repopulate, and the cycle repeats.