The most prominent of the western nations, and the direct opponent of both the Kingdoms of Suradan
, the Katerian Empire is a sprawling world super-power loosely composed of 16 nation-states.
The capital of the Empire is the kingdom of Kateria, an island nation, and the most heavily populated area in the world. In order to rule the large landmass that it does with little threat of revolt, the empire typically allows areas to govern themselves. Those who bent the knee to the empire are often granted land and are allowed to rule as they have in the past and maintain their own nobility.
Arms of the Imperial Kingdoms
Arms of the Kingdom of Caillaech
Arms of the Kingdom of Costadoro
Arms of the Kingdom of Dumbria
Arms of the Kingdom of Eberail
Arms of the Kingdom of Furthmark
Arms of the Kingdom of Gowland
Arms of the Kingdom of Grundholm
Arms of the Kingdom of Kateria
Arms of the Kingdom of Kovoria
Arms of the Kingdom of Revellund
Arms of the Kingdom of Thallund
Arms of the Kingdom of Triechel
Arms of the Kingdom of Vearland
Arms of the Kingdom of Vergneou
Arms of the Kingdom of Yovakia
The Empire is extremely intolerant towards mages. Non-divine magic has been outlawed in the empire as many consider magic to be the cause of the worlds prolific monster problem. Others believe magic to be an inherently destructive force and fear sorcerers as the awakening of their powers often has destructive consequences. Some wizards have managed to maintain a life in the empire claiming that they are priests. These so called priests have been allowed to stay as they strengthen the empires military. Not all mages living in the empire are that lucky however as many mages are executed by inquisitors. Most mages have fled the empire, but the few that remain live in secret.
The Katerian Empire was founded nearly 2000 years ago. In this time they have gone on to conquer nearly half the continent.
Another tactic the empire has taken to maintain control is through religion. The humans worship the Gods of Man which are in essence an incorporation of all world religions. As the empire conquered the territory they added the gods worshiped by the populace to their own religion. The empire is extremely tolerant in terms of religion as long as people are worshipping something. Many peasants of the empire take to worshipping powerful monsters as gods, and these monsters in turn provide things for the people. Although monster worship is strange it is not uncommon, and most of the time the people truly believe the monsters to be gods. Humans typically are fairly religious people and pray for a variety of things such as a plentiful harvests, or good fortune.