The Dim Wastes
History of Collosa
The war with the Shadowfell old god came to be known as the War of Passage. It saw a great alliance of races that had once been uninvolved with each other at best, and blood-sworn enemies at worst. When the war ended, the leaders of the various races decided to try and hold on to the peace it had brought, and set about constructing a plurocratic government for themselves. They hoped that formalized trade and intertwined economies might stave off the old blood feuds, and it worked, for a while. As the various agreements and treaties began to wobble and threaten the newfound security, the rising social unrest among humans paved the way for a man named Ezra Alhena to eventually seize control from the merchants, and gave birth to what would become the Empire of Alhena.
The change of government lit the fuse on a powderkeg situation, and many peaceful regions plunged back into open warfare over the next decade. The Emperor knew that magical skill, now growing rare in the world because of the cataclysm caused by magical experimentation, would be the thing to save the fledgling empire and cement to race of man as the strongest among its peers. He opened two schools, which eventually grew into powerhouses of magical study: The Grand Council, for the study and teaching of arcane arts; and the Order of Alhena, for mastering healing arts and holy magic.
The Emperor’s logic proved to be sound, and the next 25 years saw the empire expand from coast to coast of Collosa, the largest continent of known world. Conquering and re-unifying mankind, the empire that bears his name finds itself now well into a golden age of expansion and education. The Council and the Order still stand as the principal benefactors of organized magical study in the empire, and are commonly referred to as the “Pillars of the Empire”.
In the last century, the empire has accelerated its expansion abroad, as threats at home increase the stress placed on military and domestic programs. The nation of Quolao presses on its northern border, shared with Alhena, causing conflict there that is expected to eventually erupt into war. Some independent city-states have made noise indicating they may side against the empire in that war, and the threat of orc and goblinoid raids is ever-present. A need for resources has pushed the empire abroad, and it uses whatever tactics produce results to feed the war engine that will be needed to save it, once again.