Mallus is a wartorn world that borders on the brink of annihilation on a daily basis. War, famine, and disease pandemics are a common occurrence. For a peasent, its highly likely that you will be dead by 50. A long life isnt even a guarantee for the nobility either as they are always a target for assassins. Factions The Grado Empire= the largest nation in the world, with a population numbering in the billions. The Empire is primarily human based(though host impressive diversity, elves,dwarves, and other races make their home there as well) the empire is a economic, and military powerhouse. There is a very real chance that it has the single most numerous army in the world. The Empire is in the middle of a technological revolution. With some soldiers now being equipped with primitive guns and steam poweres tanks.However due to the massive expense, most of the army still uses bows and crossbows. The empire is also becoming one of tbe foremost leaders in magic
Bretonia= officially the Kingdom of Bretonia,. A large human nation that is arguably the 2nd most powerful nation on earth. It isnt technically a nation however, as it actually consists of several hundred feudalistic kingdom led by dukes and ladies loyal to a single king or queen. Bretonia is widely regarded as one of the most beautiful lands in the world, and its wine is easily on par with elven wine. Bretonia is however very backwards on progress, with the peasent class being seen as barely better then pigs by the nobility. The nobles value martial honor, chivarly, bravery, and combat prow ess. Noble children train rigoursly in combat frkn the moment they are born. As such, bretonian knights are quite possibly tbe most powerful human warriors in the world
Kislev= by sheer landmass, Kislev is the largest nation in the world; though its population isn’t nearly as large. Kislev is a battle hardened nation that has been under near constant attack by the forces of Chaos. This is due to the nation being closest to the chaos waste, a region of the world that has already been lost to chaos. The people of Kislev as such are a hardy force who fight demonic forces on a daily basis.
The Elven Kingdom of Ulthuan= at one time they were tbe elven empire, and in their height controlled the largest empire in history. However thanks to a brutal war with the dwarves they lost well over 99% of their territory. Now they exist only on the island of Ulthian. The elves are a proud ancient race who are believed to be the 2nd oldesr race in the world. Some of the greatest magic users in recording history were amongs their kind.
Dwarven holds=deep in the grey mountain range lies the dwarven holds. A series of semi independent city states, dwarfs much like elves are a proud ancient people. Dwarfa are the only race in the world who can’t use magic. They are biologically incapable of using it. The dwarfs were the first race to make use of gunpowder.
Wood Elves= a sub species of elves. The wood elves live inside the Athel Loren, an ancient forest. An isolationist faction. The wood elves have small trade relations woth Bretonia and the Empire. But aside from this, there is virtually no other interaction with them. Compares to normal elves, wood elves have solid black eyes and have slighlty ”angular” faces. Though they are considered just as beautiful as their brethren
Orc strongholds= several centuries ago, a massive orc invasion led by a orc warlord known only as the ”beast” invade the mainland. Initially conquering a sizable amount of land, many fortresses were built as the orcs genuingly believed that they would have the mainlane. After the ”beast” defeat at the hands of a combines Bretonia,dwarves,high elf, and grado army, the beast was finally killed. With the worlds armies utterly exhausted, these strongholds were instead trapped by blockades where it was hoped that they would eventually starve out. However they never did. Eventually a series of truces established a ceasefire. These strongholds are now considered a single sovereign kingdom.
Lizardmen= a mysterious reptillian race located in lustaria, a large rainforest located in the south. The lizardmen are possibly the oldest civilization in the world. They are among the most powerful magic wielders in the world. Followers of an ancient forgotten religion, they are highly xenophobic of outsiders. The dark elves= evil elves who took the pride and arrogance of the high elves to the extreme. Their barbaric crimes led them to exhile. Now living on the grim rocky island if naggorath, their culture and society lives off of spreading misery, and pain to those whom they fear as weak and pathetic.
Orcish horde= violent bloodthirsty green brutes who are just as likely to fight amongst themselves as they are to invade someone elses territory. Sometimes an orc warlord manages to unite other orc clans into one forces. When this happens, the orcs launch a WAAGH!!!! Which is the orcish word for war.
Ogre kingdoms= deep in the mountains if mourn lies the ogre kingdoms. Large 9ft tall brutes who frequently weight over half a ton. Among one of the stupidest races, no-one knows exactly how the ogres have managed to devolop any sort of society. Ogre society is a brutal life of survival of the fittest, for the mountains of mourn are among the most dangerous region in the world. Ogres frequently hire themsleves out as mercanaries
Skaven= malviolent and evil race of ratmen beyond redemption. Living in a vast underground empire. Skaven society is a life of ruthlessness. Concepts such as mercy, compassion, or loyalty mean nothing to them. Every skaven sees every other skaven as someone beneath them and they will betray them without a 2nd thought. Only their hatred for everything on the surface world keeps them from total collapse. They have long desired to conquer the surface world and utterly consume everything. The forces of death are ancient humans who were long ago corrupted by dark magic. Their minds were not capable of handling said corruption and as such, most have lost their humanity.
Vampire Counts= selfish,cunning, and scheming. The vampire counts are powerful necromancers whos undead armies plague the world. Many of them originated in the early days of the Empire, back when it was referred to as the Kingdom of Grado. Many of them were greedy nobles who thought tk become immortal. As part of the damaging effects of dark magic, it corrupted them while they maintained their pre vampire appearances, most lost their minds and devolopes an obsessive desire to utterly dominate the civilization’s of men. Some vampires however are rumored to secretly be working for the empire however, as they realise that their brethren are far to unstable to be allowed to exisr unchecked
Tomb Kings= the empire of Nehekhara was the first known human civilization. Located in the sunscorched deserts of the east they may have been the first human civilization to devolop a complex system of mathematics and writing. Much like the vampire counts, the nobles of the empire began experimenting with dark magic as a way rk obtain unlimited power. What exactly happened to them is unkown, though it is said that one particularly powerful necromancer castes a spell so powerful that it affected the entire empire. For over a millenia, the Tomb Kings were silent. Stuck in a magical coma, for reasons unkown however, they have begun to wake up. Now the tomb kings seek to rebuild and expand their now ruined empire
The forces of chaos= 4 malevolent gods who seek to turn the world into their personal playground. Using their demon forces, human and dwarfs who have become corrupted by them. As well as the beastmen, hideously mutated half man/half animal hybrids
Other factions. Crooked Moon clan= a massive goblin clan led by an infamous goblin warlord named Skarsink. Operated from Karak Eight Peeks, a former dwarven hold that long ago was lost to skaven and orcs. Skarsink managed to defeat both the skaven and orc warlords after a decade long struggle. Skarsink is notoriously cunning and Intellegiant. He has devoloped an almost messiah like reputation among some of the other goblin clans. Others goblin clans despise him however as they fear his activites will be used as a justification for other factions to attack them. He is a notorious figure in the elven Kingdom as he remains the only non dark elf force to have successfully invaded the elven kingdom. While he failed to cause any lasting damage( he was unable to successfully take over any territort aside from his inital invasion sight) however the effects of his invasion will likely have a lastinf impact for centuries to come as remants of his army continue to plague remote areas of the kingdom, which has forced the elves to waste resources on clean up operations.
Araby= a kingdom located in the black desert. Consisting of a series of roughly a dozen allied city states, each led by a sultan( roughly being the equivalent of a duke) Araby has no leader rather it is led by a council of representatives from each city state selected by their respective sultans. While boasting a impressive military for its size, the kingdom has little impact on the overall war, as their isolation prevents them from providing any significant contributions. They do however maintain lucrative trade relations to the empire, bretonia, and the high elves.(based on middle eastern/Turkish)
Tilliea= a collection of city states each led by powerful merchant dynasties. Tiliea despite it being regarded as a very beautiful land and being rich in culture and arts, is a land tarnished by corruption and strife. The land is plagued by seemingly endless civil wars between city states. These wars are fought using large mercanary armies. Ironically these mercanary armies are Tilieas single biggesr export to the world. Many of these armies have fought alongside forces such as the empire and High Elves.(based on Italy)
The Shire= the shire is the sovereign domain of the halflings, a race of small humans. Unlike dwarfs who despite their small size boast impressive muscular systems, halflings have no such features. They have an appearance quite similar to that of human children. While technically a sovereign domain, the shire is effectively a a protectorate of the empire, something which the hobbits dont mind at all, as it allows them to not have to worry about their defense. Despite its size, the shire is a strategicly important asset to the empire, as its fertile farmland provides the empire with very profitable cash crops such as tobaco, cotton, hemp and others.
Nippon= a island nation made up of over 100 islands of various sizes located in the middle of the Great Ocean. Having spent much of its history repelling invasions of its closest neighbor, the kingdom of Cathaway. The people of Nippon are battle hardened warriors. The land is home to the Samurai, some of the most skilled warriors in the world. The Empire made contact with the land at the begining of the century, following a brief war the island was successfully conquered thanks to the empire’s usage of guns and cannons. Nippon is currently in the middle of a technological transition. Its armies currently serve the Empire as part of its Auxiliary forces.
Aztecia= a kingdom located in same region as the lizardmen. As such, much of their culture and society copies them. They are a territory of the empire.
Crete= a small island kingdom located in the great ocean. Before the conquest of Nippon, they were the Empires only island territory. The people of Crete have a strong warrior culture revolving around a violent bloodsport called the gladiator fights. While exceptionally bloody, they have managed to avoid the influence or Khorne, the Chaos god of bloodshed. This is due to the quasi religious adoration of gladiators that the people have for them. Gladiators are fame seekers who frequently fight against overwhelming odds simply for the desire to become famous for it.
Cathaway= a large kingdom located in the east. Cathaway is a land of many environments. They have for unkown reasons chosen to maintain complete diplomatic isolation. The military power of Cathaway is impressive and is known to contain massivs armies of men, terracotta soldiers animated through unkown means, and if the rumors are true, dragons making them the only none elf region where dragons naturally occur. This has been a project thst i workes on and off for 2 years