With the power-hungry ambition of the Arcanis Empire forever ingrained in their collective memory, the peoples of Meranthis understood that with the shadows of evil present in the world, such a unified rule could only lead to darkness. The Triton of Lemuria continued to foster their own great kingdom, one that had stood for thousands of years since it was shaped by Mar-Lemurius and was left relatively untouched by the war. Their duty to guard against the horrors of the depths never forgotten, they returned to keeping mostly to themselves, though they kept a watchful eye on the larger world.
In Elderwyld, the elves fostered a reborn civilization amidst the great forests of the land. The high elves lived in cities atop the trees, the wood elves dwelt among the leaves and branches, and the dark elves in burrows beneath the roots. Other denizens came from the Feywild to make a home among the forests and hills, and a budding nation of feyfolk was born.
The dwarves of Cinderhearth built great mountain-cities and delved deep beneath the earth, mining precious ores and forging great works of art. Uniting together beneath the rule of the ancient Clan Ironborn, they became a bastion of industrial progress, their many technological inventions spreading throughout the world, including a combustible powder mined from the volcanoes of their rocky home.
Several great tribes of the goliath of Skyholm came to be, united under the leadership of great warriors, and claimed their own territories, with tribal skirmishes breaking out when one intruded on another. Nonetheless, they spread further throughout the mountains, living amongst the dragons and giants of old and surviving amidst the harsh conditions of their thunderous land.
Humanity had suffered the most during the war, and they were left with little of their once-expansive civilization. But, the resilience of humanity’s spirit could not be broken, and they rebuilt their cities, with the city-state of Bretyngaard remaining as the greatest human settlement of the world. Over time, the city-states and small kingdoms of old reformed, built upon the foundations their ancestors left behind. From island kingdoms to desert city-states, humanity began to flourish once more, and in the minds of some, the aspirations of old were kindled.