The Dragon Kingdoms
When the dragons rose up against the Empire of Endless Night, the ten tribes of men in the north followed them and waged a holy war against the elves and other servants of the Dark Savior. After the ending of the Fourth Age, the ten tribes became ten Kingdoms, each pledged to one of the Great Dragons, and loosely ruled by an elected High King.
Over the centuries, warfare and rivalry have reduced the number of Dragon Kingdoms to the Five Eastern Kingdoms and the western wastes of Black Gaz’purzad. Though the title has been claimed often, no High King of the North has reigned from the Dragonbone Throne in 200 years.
The five Dragon Kingdoms are Wyrmgarde, Bleakfold, Olkstad, Icengard, and Ironbeck.
Today, Olkstad is the strongest of the five, dominating maritime trade with the south and relying upon mercenary armies to enhance their own hosts. Icengard is the most easterly, and its folk are said to be the slow-witted and stoic hunters who foray out upon the ice of the north sea to harvest ivory and furs.
Bleakfold dominates the central plateau, playing off its rivals against each other. In the recent past, the Kings of Bleakfold have been accused of collusion with the Norns and other wild creatures of the frozen north.
Ironbeck lies in the west between the Rusted Mountains and the Ocean, bordering the wastes of Black Gaz’purzad. Their folk are dedicated warriors and knights, with farming, hunting and mining being the economic mainstays. The men of Ironbeck are said to anger quickly and to enjoy brawling.
Wyrmgarde is nestled in the foothills between Olkstead, Bleakfold and Ironbeck. Wyrmgarde’s capitol is the city of Wyrm which is the religious heart of the faith of the Dragon Kingdoms and the traditional home of the old High Kings.
Black Gaz’purzad was overrun by giant and goblinoid hordes over 300 years ago. It is a land of nomadic raiders and ruined fortresses. It is whispered that evil cults and even black elves are working to unite the tribes of the west to complete the destruction of the eastern realms. What is known is that warlords and warlocks have risen up and been torn down countless times over the centuries.
Beyond Bleakfold, the land becomes a frozen waste of ice and snow that is said to blend into the borders of Hell. The mythical city of Tay’malor and the fortress of the Knighthood of the Empty Throne is said to be located 150 miles north of Soltaykin Keep, the last vestige of civilization on Bleakfold’s northern border.