Corsairs of the Caras Shallows
Empire of Estar
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Estar was once a powerful empire, covering nearly half of the continent of Western Eiridos. Made up of five main countries in the central continent, the emperor’s power at times controlled the Eiren Confederation, the Free cities of the Dragon Tooth Peninsula, and the Nation of Maus. At its height, the Empire controlled most of the politics of Cunaxa and the Dalelands, as well.
But all of that is the last two thousand years of history. Now the decaying empire barely controls the lands nearest the capital. The five nations that originally made up the empire have fallen entirely. The great drought, a time of famine lasting nearly twenty years, caused massive amounts of disease and starvation. There were riots and upstart warlords who grabbed power if they could gain a strangle hold on food and water.
The great drought is over now. The past few years have seen the rains return, but perhaps they have returned too late. Few bastions of civilization exist in what was once a land full of sprawling wealth and commerce. The warlords held onto their power, and worse, tribes of goblinoids, orcs, gnolls, kobolds, and other humanoids have moved into the area to seize power where they can.
Other races still hold some power, too. Humans are the most diverse, some fighting for the rebuilding of the empire, others cutting themselves a piece of the pie, some just trying to hold on to what they can. Some humans have joined with the savage races to take what they can, others with the powerful warlords to hold what they can. Some humans have formed mercenary bands, for sale to the highest bidder, others range through the countryside making a living with odd jobs, or exploring old ruins.
Halflings, dwarves and gnomes also populate the area. Dwarves are native to an area south of Estar’s traditional borders, their most well known mines at Mount Tulspyr. Other dwarves and gnomes may have traveled from the Western Isles, seeking fame or fortune. The halflings are native to the area, having integrated themselves amongst human civilization centuries ago.
Elves are rare. Very few live on the world, but those who do may well be feeling their flighty and chaotic nature calling them to this area. Many younger elves often feel the itch to go and explore and see the world.
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