I thought I would provide a little more information to help with the start of the thread now that some interest has been show. This is a high fantasy world with a bit of a gritty feel, so think elves, orcs, demons in moderation of course with more of a low tech, gritty feel.
Iron Drake’s Kingdom
The Iron Drake’s Kingdom is a vast series of realms ruled over by a single king, Devon Nyght, a human king who has remained in power for over a century. He is said to be the descendent of a powerful warrior who slew an ancient dragon ages ago and bond its spirit and strength in death to the king’s armor. With this armor, he vanquished realm after realm and forced their leaders to swear fealty to his crown or face the enslavement or even destruction of their people. He was merciless in his pursuit of power and land and was stopped not by the forces of good but the unholy forces of a dark army brewing in the depths and barren lands to the east, past the Seven Spine Mountains, so named after a series of peaks that are said to resemble the shape of a Wyrm.
In a selfish effort to maintain his kingdom and prevent the fall of the entire known world, he made a pact with the remaining realms in opposition to his rule not breach their borders and to unite their forces to keep the armies of undead from destroying all in their path. The pact was successful, but the price was heavy, and the first king of the Iron Drake Kingdom fell to a violent death against their dark enemies’ most powerful general, a lich who too perished in the battle. Also lost in the battle was the Iron Drake armor, all except a single gauntlet which has been passed down from generation to generation and is worn by Devon Nyght himself. The powers of the gauntlet are unknown, but the descendents of the first king are said to be able to bond this powerful artifact to their person upon crowing, and the gauntlet fuses with their hand to be summoned at will when in need. No one is certain if it is the gauntlet or some other sorcery or perhaps even unknown bloodline that maintains the Nyght’s longevity, but few dare seek an answer.
To recover from the long war campaigns, Iron Drake withdrew its forces from many of the outlaying territories it had acquired , taking with them resources and slaves. The loss of the citizens and resources devastated many of these areas, but if they withstood the series of smaller wars that took place after the withdraw, new realms and kingdoms began forming again.
In the heart of Iron Drake Kingdom, a land that is a harsh landscape that appears almost barren to the untrained eye, is a frightening castle and bustling capital which is home to not only the royal family, but many prominent nobles, merchants and guilds as well as large temples and at least one order of sorcery. It is harsh existence for the common man, woman and child but a unique opportunity. Trade is open to anyone, guilds are not allowed to turn away promising pupils, armies are required to recruit the most talented. But the will of the nobles is absolute and supersedes common law. The will of the royal family supersedes all else.
Brief Cast Listing
Devon Nyght – Current King appears to be in his early fifties with the physical appearance of a man many decades younger and whose actual age is over 100 years of age.
Golin – Born a slave, this dark skinned man earned his freedom by protecting the king from an assassination attempt, but it cost him his eye. He is now the captain of the castles guards.
Sorth – A thin, sickly appearing advisor whose long fingers unnerve the servants and whose presence has been in the castle since before the king’s father was born. He is certainly not human although his appearance suggests he is.