The Human Empire is a vast territory encompassing the entire Great Plains
, a grassland that covers thousands of miles. In this land, high walls stand amidst the tall grass to keep out both Goblin
raiders and carnivorous Dinosaurs
. All are welcomed through these borders regardless of race and origin, but magic is carefully documented as the Humans
see it as a way to easily conduct crime and mischief. Some say they are also still superstitious about the rise of another Warlock
in the future that could return the world to a state of chaos.
This area is ruled by a woman named Catherine Nightbreeze
, known in whispers and stories as the Witch Queen because of her powerful spellcasting abilities that allow the creation of demi-level weaponry. She is known for fiercely guarding her people and setting up a long-lasting future for her Empire against internal and external threats. Corruption is sought out with a vengeance and destroyed publicly, earning her both love and fear from her subjects.
The Human Empire is the center of all trade, artisans and Adventurers
alike come here to seek their fortune. One can easily charter passage on a caravan that will take them anywhere on the continent or to the shores south of the Little Greenwood
to go further. If magic is what you want then it can be bought, weapons can be made and knowledge can be found. Grand Fighters
are trained here on a daily basis and spellcasters come to earn degrees at the Starlit Academy
. Due to its location in the center of the continent, it has become a hub of cultures and a melting pot of races that live and work side by side though the area is still settled heavily by those of Human
are often known to visit this area, Silver
being the most frequent because of their ties to the Human
race and their history. It wouldn't be out of the question to see a Metallic Dragon
flying away from a large settlement or small towns and seemingly unprotected portions of the empire in their own territory, providing them with protection. There are very few races that the Humans
do not openly try to get along with or welcome into their borders, some quarrels that once stopped diplomacy are slowly beginning to mend. While the Human Empire once held a deep anger towards the Dwarven Kingdom
for what they saw as a distinct lack of involvement during the Eldritch War
, this quarrel has slowly begun to resolve under the purview of Empress Catherine Nightbreeze
and King Maximus Thunderbeard III
Demographics & Territory
Around 75% of the population in the Empire is Human
with another 20% being of mixed Human
descent. The remaining 5% is mixed between various races that have decided to call the Great Plains
their home. Because the Human Empire is considered to be the center of trade on the Northern Continent
, there are no lack of travelers from far off lands and countries, exotic races are likely to be seen in the large cities of this country.
The Human Empire resides in their ancestral lands, religious texts and legends indicate that the Great Plains
has always been the home of the Human
species. They define their borders roughly using the Traveler's Grass
and the surrounding forests as natural borders for their lands and have no need to expand them into neighboring regions though there has been talk about expanding onto the Southern Continent
in the future. This territory is divided into 23 areas, each with a ruling Noble save the area
around the capital of Stronghold
which is ruled directly by the Empress.
The symbol of the Nightbreeze Family
and their legacy is often a simple drawing of the Nightbreeze
in either black or a blueish-purple color. This insignia can be found on many assets of the Human Empire
, to include armor and weapons.
The Military of the Human Empire
has five major branches that function to provide protection for the towns from other nations and encounters with dangerous monster races, the primary threat of which is Goblinoid
The five branches are called: the Night Guard
, the Black Grass
, the Nightshades
, the Newmoon
, and the Dusk Winds
. Each one has a specialization that allows them to be effective during wartime and dangerous combat situations, though the Night Guard
is the most common branch of the military that people in this Empire see on a regular basis. Common attire for the Human Empire's military is dependent upon the branch but a common design theme is the presence of a black flower with four petals, flared out as if in full bloom. This flower is known as a Nightbreeze
and only opens under the light of a moon, during the day it will remain closed and appear as a spring bud.
Currently, the Human Empire is not engaged in active warfare with any race or country though they often have trouble with Goblins
that live on the outskirts of the Empire. Because of the Eldritch War
hold a significant number of advantages and often come from the forests and mountains to raid smaller towns and merchant caravans which dictates the need for trained forces to protect settlements. Often members of the various branches of the Military of the Human Empire
are spread amongst the most targeted areas, usually along the fringes of the Great Plains
, to provide protection from all who threaten the Empire.
The Human Empire has representatives in every major country of the Northern Continent
, except for the Dwarven Kingdom
, but this is slowly being remedied. These representatives serve as correspondents and handle matters of trade and foreign relations on behalf of the Empress
Abroad, the Human Empire has favorable relations with most of their neighbors, being especially close with the Cradle
and the Elven Kingdom
. Trade also flows freely from Coastland
and the Fairy Kingdom
, the only direction trade is sparse but beginning to grow from is the roads leading to the Dwarven Kingdom
. Amongst some in the Human Empire, there are still grudges and bad blood held against the Dwarves
for choices made during the Eldritch War
, but this is something that the current leaders of both nations are slowly attempting to remedy. Even so, this type of diplomacy takes time and takes a monumental shift in thinking on the part of both races.
Outside of the Northern Continent
, the Human Empire has representatives in three other locations for trade and foreign relations. The first of these is the Fire Islands
, a nation of Nephilim
, one is in the Highland
, a large island to the south that is a nation of Dragonkin
, and the final one is a guest in the Obsidean
kingdom of the Crystal Sands
. These relations are less developed than the others but they are favorable in nature with an emphasis on safe travel and trade through these regions.