Grasp of Orcus
The Empire of Arkhosia
The Empire of Arkhosia is the most ancient nation known to exist in the world – the empire of the dragonborn people. Once, they had lands and influence stretching over half the world, and were on the brink of conquering the other half as well. Only the ancient human Empire of Nerath stopped them from doing so. The two empires clashed for centuries, finally ending their war about 2000 years ago. It was too late by then, however. The two factions had devastated one another, and both would suffer centuries of decline as a result.
Today, the “Empire” of Arkhosia is a misnomer, as the remaining citizens hold few lands beyond the palaces of the royal family. Most modern dragonborn are nomadic, struggling to preserve their racial identity in a world that is no longer theirs to command. They believe themselves to be the most ancient race to walk the land, second in creation after only the dragons themselves, but they are a race in twilight, watching as younger races squabble over the remnants of the power that once was theirs.
Recently, after years of animosity between Arkhosia and the Kandahar Empire, Princess Corvyre sought to end hostilities by marrying herself to Kandahar’s Prince Ottman. This plan fell apart, however, when she was kidnapped by the Shadow Academy and subsequently missed the wedding. Now, Arkhosia is engaged in a costly and dangerous war with Kandahar.