The Grim Mantle
The Empire is an enigmatic nation that has rarely had any dealing with the rest of the world for nearly 500 years, they fought a terrible expansionistic war against Eisenfell that was only ended after the catastrophe that created the northen wastes, and the death of the mad emperor Zao’Khan. The Empire has been the new home of the Gnomes ever since their previous nation was destroyed by volcanic eruptions. It is rumoured that the Empire contains technological marvels created by the Gnomes to thank the Empire for rescuing their race in their time of need. The Truth of these claims is unknown.
Even now there is a great cultural divide between the Empire and Eisenfell, although most Eisenfell natives fear prospect of conflict with the Empire for fear of their potent control of magic.