Guardians of Stormbow
Formerly the greatest empire of the world, before the Goblin Wars. Elden is devoted to justice, as Sturkon might say, even at the expense of mercy. At the height of its power, Elden extended past the Blackveil Lake, subsuming many small kingdoms into itself. This was not a mere desire for power, however. In the eyes of Elden, there is a responsibility of the mighty to insure justice to the weak. Their conquest, therefore, began as the quelling of a tyrant warlord, then continued as a sort of policing of the land. Eventually however, the empire’s resources would be stretched too thin, then evaporated by the Wars.
There are many noble lines in Elden, and when one royal line ends, an election is held to name the new royal house, making Elden a strange democratic monarchy. No race is dominant over the other, and almost every race is represented in Elden, but the most populous races in the city of Elden are dwarves, elves, half-elves, and humans.
There are myths of a sister-state of Elden called Ark. Ark is often referred to as the Secret City, or the Hidden City. The founding myth of Elden states that at the time of the founding, there were a brother and a sister, arch-battle mages, who had the power to bring order to the world. While the brother preferred to punish evildoers, the sister preferred a notion of redemption. The differences proved to be irreconcilable, and they went their separate ways. The brother founded Elden, a nation of irresistible justice. The sister supposedly founded Ark, a nomadic, travelling city, dedicated to a kind of evangelism, preparing souls for spiritual combat.