Farther West Than West
Following the expulsion of the invaders, the known world entered an age of unparallelled cooperation and prosperity. Alliances were formed, trade routes opened up, and the Great Houses rose to prominence. Immense fortifications were built along the coast, and all the Houses supplied troops, creating a unified army. The invaders’ mastery of the arcane arts led the Houses to form a school of wizardry, which would be self-governed, keeping it aboove the political sway of the various Houses.
The Houses are broken up along racial/geographical lines. The Great Houses usually have the largest tracts of land, and more often than not, have one or more lesser houses operating within their holdings.
It appears the age of prosperity has reached its end, however; long-held alliances are being strained as bloodlines thin and loyalties stray; many of the Lesser Houses hold aspirations of moving up in the world, taking their place among the Five; many fear petty disputes between the Houses will lead to civil war; there are those that fear the School on Roke has been without supervision for far too long; and others despair that the people have forgotten the misery that was once brought upon them by their common enemy, a military force that has not been seen in generations, and many wonder if the story of the invaders is only a story.