Storm of Shadows
The northern empire of Men. Highly centralised, it is overseen by Emperor Haydon III from his Imperial Seat in the city of Pacedon, though it also has a senate and some other representational institutions for the major landowning nobility. Rumours (spread mostly among the people of Al-Shekeim) speak of an evil, intolerant political inquisition which secretly controls the empire.
Cultural Touchstone: Late Roman Europe, Greek Polytheism.
History of Pacedonia
Pacedonia has a long an ancient history – dating back over two thousand years, in fact the calendar that is in use today is based on the founding of the city of Pacedon on the river Pace by the emperor Hedron the first. Over the intervening years, it has survived, albeit barely, near annihilation several times and from several different sources. Its comprehensive history is known only by scholars and sages, for much is lost to time, however some elements remain in common knowledge – including the name of its founding emperor. Others include the fact that the massive bridge that crosses the Pace estuary was built in the early centuries of the city’s existence – the year 201 is clearly visible today on its still new looking stonework as testament to its long life.
The remains of the bigger bridge, supposedly to Maztika and which is now no more than a spit of rock jutting out towards the ocean, plus several gigantic pillars that once supported its bulk, has long vanished, but it too has a date engraved at its start – the year 720.
Of those first centuries, little else remains, since a lot was destroyed in the 800s when the sorcerer kings of Al’Shekeim fought Pacedonia in a long and drawn out war. Epic magics were used that laid waste to most of the city, including the bridge to Maztrika, and then again in the 900s when the second war took place. What ended the second war, or even who won, has been lost to time – since both nations had to build themselves up from virtually nothing again. It wasn’t until the 1400s that Pacedonia became a unified nation again with a solid identity. What happened in the “dark ages” between has been mostly lost and a time best forgotten by most – with legends and fairy tales almost all that is left for people to tie to that era.
By the 1400s however, Pacedonia had finally risen from the ruins to become again a major player. The bad blood between Pacedonia and Al’Shekeim remained, but there was no taste for full out war again and peace and prosperity reigned.
Most sources agree that in 1780, some sort of cataclysm happened during which the nation of Maztrika was effectively destroyed. The exact cause or reason for the destruction of Maztrika was unknown, however many of the survivors found themselves in Pacedonia, and the heritage of their dark tanned skins and broad noses can be seen in many a blood line in today’s Pacedonia. The remains of Maztrika became the Island Kingdoms of today.
Yerk – famous for its ale.
Sorinport – Home city for Amric.
and numerous other hamlets and tiny villages that tend not to be remembered by other than those who live in or near them.