The half-continent of East Olregar consists of three kingdoms in a relative state of peace thanks to the invention of heavy crossbows. Heavy crossbows could be produced cheaply, and a soldier could be trained in their use in a week. The quick abundance of crossbowmen rapidly stalled any kingdom’s war machine, as the majority of each standing army was equipped with munitions-grade armor. The heavy crossbow could easily pierce the cheap armor, resulting in some spectacular one-sided battles, such as the Battle of Grassjaw. Full plate armor, if well designed, is still all but immune to almost every attack, but prohibitively expensive.
The three kingdoms have varying social structures, from the freelands of Cavanaugh, to the feudalistic Geordan, to the slave-owning Vaelynn. The Steppes are home to the wild frontier, unsettled land save for wandering nomads, the gypsies, or Sogydsha