Human ambition was both a gift and a curse, and even though the Arcanis Empire was a grim reminder of its negatives, not all amongst humanity took that lesson to heart. In the far south, the culture of humans known as the Rajh Ba’a lived in the desert of Damalith, bound by ancient traditions of war and worship of a god known to them as the Gilded God.
Ul-Ahmain, the greatest of their warlords and descendant of a once noble house of distant Parlantha, believed it was his duty to bring humanity under his rule, a divine right instilled in him by their god. He amassed an army and sought out to conquer the newfound human nations, beginning with his own people in the deserts.
Marching north with his great army, Ul-Ahmain swept across the city-states in the central plains of Meranthis, their small armies and limited communication no match for his united horde and terrible magics. As his strength grew, he proclaimed himself the Gilded King, and the remaining human kingdoms took note, uniting under the banner of Bretyngaard to oppose Ul-Ahmain’s advance, starting a war that would embroil the human nations in years of chaos.