The world and an empire that once ruled it lie in ruins. Noble Houses that lorded over provinces and commanded vast armies have been reduced to broken city-states. The Imperial Guard, remnants of the Imperial Army, acts as a deterrent to open warfare.
The knowledge of the old days has been all but forgotten. Hucksters peddle ancient wares of no value to the ignorant. And the lords seek and hoard artefacts they barely understand. A fanatical mysticism is slowly gaining favour and long held resentments are rising to the surface. Some speculate that another war approaches, others actively encourage it.
Times like these bring nothing but suffering for the common man; however, they offer a once in a lifetime opportunity to those determined to seize the moment and follow it to riches, power, glory, and, often, an untimely death.