It has been almost a millenium since the crowning of the first Emperor of Thyatis and two millenia since the coming of the Alphatians. The wars of independence and expansion sparked by the crowning of the first Emperor of Thyatis are mostly in the past. Relative peace has come to the nations of the Known World. It has been 35 years since the last Thyatian-Alphatian war. It has been almost a decade since Baron Von Hendricks of the Black Eagle Barony within the Grand Duchy of Karameikos ended his raids to overtake The Five Shires.
But other, perhaps more insidous threats abound. The Iron Ring, once just a band of pirates from the Grand Duchy of Karameikos, has spread its bonds of slavery from the Five Shires to Alphatia. Barbarian hordes threaten the southern expansion of the Thyatian empire as well as the Northern Reaches (perhaps barbarians in their own right) and the Heldann Freeholds (where the nation is named for a legendary barbarian). From the far west, the black sailed ships of the Master silently sail into the eastern ports bringing gold and taking weapons but no one has ever met this Master nor do they know of what exactly he is the master. On the borders of civilized lands stand the humanoids who appear to be uniting under the banner of a wily and strong Orc, King Thar. And in the center of the continent there are the rumors that a long lost tribe of Elves lurks in the shadows, awaiting the time to reclaim the lands of the sun.
It is into this land the characters are born. Young ones seeking their fortunes. For some, the adventure is sought. To others, adventure has found them. . . .