Magic suffuses the world from all corners—from the scholarly wizards in ivory towers to bards repeating ancient patterns to druids finding their niche in nature. The very beasts of the planet grow and change to suite their new hostile environments. The old pantheons have faded into obscurity in favor of young gods. Meanwhile, the mortal races squabble for the most prosperous land and prestigious artifacts of the Old World. With a Common language, this is the era of diplomacy and trade and war.