Swords Against Sorcery
The Palaiologian Empire
The World Empire. The Liberator of Humanity. The Bulwark of the South. A corrupt and decaying mess.
The Palaiologian Empire lays claim to being the oldest of the human civilizations, birthed in the Great Rebellion against the Sorcerer Kings that began history. Once it ruled almost all the world, even laying claim to the lands beyond the Western Mountains, but overreach, internal dynastic struggles, and the various peoples’ ungrateful unwillingness to be ruled solely for the benefit of the Palaiologian dynasty all combined to ensure a gradual and irrevocable contraction.
Traditionally ruled by a woman, the death of the Basileia in 596 has catapulted her inexperienced nephew Andreas II to the throne as the first Basileus in over two hundred years. Feuding among the eunuchs who run the court and bureaucracy threatens to spill into the open, and already officers in the legions, hereditary guardians of the South against the threat of the Sorcerers’ return, have been forced into exile over fears of disloyalty.