Empire of Sethrian
|A small but powerful nation found at the south eastern tip of the Heartlands, the Empire of Sethrian is but a remnant of its once glorious power. For centuries Yuan-Ti occupied much of the Heartland’s eastern coastal areas in addition to many interior pockets of forested and jungle areas. Massive pyramids framed ancient cities that ascended beyond the jungle canopies, and trade flourished within the empire and with allies and neutral nations beyond. Great armies held Emperor Sethrian’s banner aloft in many wars, although as the hegemonic power of Civean grew the Yuan-Ti were battered back to their current geography.
Emperor Sethrian now fights a desperate war against the encroaching armies of Civean, whom know no mercy and work actively to drive the Yuan-Ti to extinction. Through great sorcery and slavery a mighty wall was erected nearly 75 years ago that has effectively barricaded the Yuan-Ti in their own lands as a last-ditch effort to stave off elimination. Sethrian bides his time and enacts subtle plots to influence the politics and economies of nations abroad, although ultimately devotes his armies, magic and sea-faring raiders to the destruction of Civean patrols and battalions.
The only accessible port in the Empire of Sethrian is Yisarah, an ancient trading post at the tip of the land mass. In this heart of darkness, scum, smugglers and pirates all convene to ferry the exotic silks, spices, flora and fauna of the Empire to what ever nation is most willing to take them in. Sethrian’s agents and guards are most numerous in Yisarah and keep harsh rule over anyone foolish enough to disturb the flow of commerce that keeps Sethrian’s coffers lined with gold.