Raenor is a Campaign Setting for the Pathfinder Roleplaying Game® System.
War torn... that is what Raelos had become. For the better part of a millennium, the various nations and rulers of those nations had been at war with one another on the mass of land known as Raelos. War had scarred every part of the land, from the Tomb of Kings to the swamps of the Feldon Marsh and from the Lighthouse of Prakajon to the Shattered Finger Isles; war had utterly ravaged the land of Raelos.
Although countless wars had been fought on the world known as Raenor, modern Raelosian history was defined by its most recent three wars of mankind. The first of these was the war known as the Uprising of the Isles. Forces from the neighboring islands of Thulleah challenged the seated king of Raelos for the crown. The Uprising of the Isles was a long and brutal conflict, lasting multiple generations. Eventually, the Thullexian forces were successful in unseating the reigning king. This usurpation was relatively short lived as less than a hundred years later, the Ghodrecan Engagements took place. The Engagements, as they had come to be known, were a true testament to the will of the Raelosian people. An organized band of warriors worshiping the god of the Afterlife, Ghodrec, and backed by the native Raelosians, won few but very decisive battles in a short amount of time. This resulted in the Thullexian usurpers being routed and exiled back to their home land, the isles of Thulleah.
Heralding the most recent war was a cataclysmic event known as the Skyfires. A multitude of giant flaming rocks fell from the heavens and struck the surface of Raenor. As these flaming molten rocks pelted the world, some landed harmlessly in the oceans while others cut huge gorges into the country side. Endarin, the Raelosian capital perched atop the southeastern Crown Mountains, was shattered in this event. In the destruction, the king, queen, and crown prince all perished. Raelos was a nation in shock. It had just endured the greatest natural disaster in the history of Raenor and lost its rulers in the span of a few moments. Not only that, but diplomats, commanders, and lords alike that were in the capital at the time, all perished as well.
Indeed, when the Skyfires fell, there was a very abrupt power vacuum that occurred in the kingdom of Raelos. With news of the disaster travelling, so, too, did the information about the deaths of the leaders. That led some, if not almost all, to the only natural conclusion... Raelos was vulnerable and ripe for the picking.
The Sixen Campaign was the last and most devastating. A Medetian warlord called Worgast the Vile, who was gifted with unnatural long life, set plans in motion for a race of master humans. This plan was accelerated by the Skyfires. The Sixen race was a product of selective and directed breeding, taking from the other five human lineages. During his third lifetime, Worgast raised his army and marched through the sands of southern Ivica to that region's most prominent city, Zenosia. While Worgast fell in combat during this final assault, his forces rallied around his protege' and great nephew, Silas Vilstrane. This conflict shattered one nation into five.
With no clear line of succession after the Skyfires, the Lords Regent assumed full control of their territorial regions. Their original intentions were to rebuild the capital and reestablish a line of succession. The invasion of the Sixen Army crippled and all but destroyed those plans. After the initial invasion, Lord Marshalk, the Lord Regent of Ivica mustered his forces and met Worgast in open combat on the fields north of the Ivican city of Andalos. Leading his most devastating force, the Black Brigade, Worgast met and utterly destroyed the native Ivican force opposing him.
After Worgast fell and Silas finished the razing of Zenosia, Silas fashioned himself emperor of Raelos and sent dispatches to the remaining Lords Regent stating as much. The Lords Regent of Trist, Dex, and Maenic all came to the same conclusion independently... there would be no resolution to the absent Raelosian throne, no reunification of their once great nation, and no reparations from their aggressive neighbors.
The Trist and Dex branches of the Toloson family claimed absolute lordship over their respective lands and crowned the heads of their family kings. As cousin kings, many Raelosians thought that if any house in the land of Raelos could conquer their oppressors, it would be House Toloson. As it is often times with power, corruption soon followed and it was not long before House Toloson was a house divided.
Lord Regent Margord Stromguard, a dwarven lord from the Crown Mountains and Lord of the Maenickan lands, remained steadfast. At the time of his appointment as Lord Regent, Margord was relatively young for a dwarf. It would have been easy for Margord to simply assume the role of king. However, dwarves are stubborn folk and cling to tradition. For dwarves, that tradition is simply put: dwarves owned the mountains, elves owned the forests, men owned the plains, and orcs owned the swamps. Some reason that Margord held on to the hope that mankind seemed to have lost... than one day a man of Raelosian descent would return and relieve him of his duties as Lord Regent, once again taking the throne as king of Raelos.
Newly crowned Emperor Silas quickly set about establishing his holdings and dividing up the spoils of war. He would sunder Ivica in two, claiming northern Ivica and the Kazin Mountains for himself. This region he named Zenos. Southern Ivica would keep its name and its rule would go to his three most prominent generals to divvy up however they liked. Aside from minor border clashes, an uneasy peace had finally settled on the land of Raelos and her nations, Trist, Dex, Ivica, Maenic, and Zenos.
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