Talanor, the Bright Tower
Realms - Dukedoms
Esteparon was once a magnificent kingdom that dominated the Rynin Sea. But with power came vanity, greed, envy… and evil. Esteparon was corrupted by its own power and soon turned to dark magic to further increase their power. The dark magic slowly consumed them. Axgar, the King of Esteparon had six legitimate children.
As was customary, his eldest son, Zocon, was the crown prince and next in line to assume the throne. The five younger children (Raktin, Ssvanti, Thavian, Uaeas and Vizzionn) were learned in the magical arts. The Zocon was strong in body but weak in will. Upon his coronation, he named his siblings to his personal council. They conspired with demons and other unnatural powers and soon fully controlled the entire Kingdom. They corrupted the kingdom even further until the Dukes rebelled and destroyed the King, his counsel and the entire capital city with the help of the Hazards. In exchange, the Dukes allowed the Hazards to build towers within the walls of each dukedom.
This Kingdom was built through conquest by Vallenjos. It’s capital was Firsthaven and was a feudal system under a ruling monarch. After several generations, the kingdom was torn apart by a revolt amongst the nobility. The king was killed and Firsthaven was sacked and burned. There were eight dukedoms; Alarid, Axteil, Basgeil, Derncape, Mantalas, Quonos, Talanor and Wynstil. Each Dukedom (except Talanor) is still ruled by a noble family. There is a complex pattern of treaties and alliances between the dukedoms against any common enemies, including other Dukedoms. The noble family of Talanor died out not long after the revolt against the king. The First Hazard who had long been a resident of the Tower is considered by many to be the ‘leader’ but he had left much of the control of the city in the hands of an elected senate that was quite corrupt. Talanor is set in the Shadow Mountains with an east and south subterranean entrance.