Over seven hundred years ago, the conquerer Hebron united the Great Houses of the Adiel, the people of the plains and rivers into the Summerland Empire. Though the dynasty waned in power and lost military control over most of the land it once ruled, the dream of unity never died.
Though the different province-states of the Summerland Empire still nominally acknowledge the dynasty seat in Arioch, each province now functions as an independent state. Until the East Sea Invasion, disputes between the province-states would be settled by Arioch and enforced by the remainder of the uninvolved province-states that composed the empire. However, even that slight organization was shattered by the Orc Wars, which crippled many province-states and erased others outright. Now, all that remains are broken province-states that war and bicker and dream of re-uniting the empire-that-was.
Mountain Cities of the Khurfel
The Mountain Cities of the Khurfel are a loose confederation of Khurfel (dwarven) cities that range through the central mountain ranges of Loeb. Outsiders know little of Khurfel places, though legends tell of beautiful cavern cities sculpted so beautifully, solidly, and precisely that the stones themselves grow warm with pride. When confronted with such tales, the Khurfel often snort with amusement, though they rarely speak a word to the contrary.