It has been 3,000 years since the elves of Iostiadahl established what are known as the Caste Accords, a treaty between the elven tribes of Iostiadahl to end an age long war separating them by the inherited color of their eyes. One such tribe was reduced to the point that only one family remained and that family was responsible for the ending of the war. For their sacrifice and foresight, the family known as Zima, were situated as the rulers of the realm. Their position as caretakers of the people only insure them a place to live and food in their bellies, not riches or power. Alongside a council of well known and trusted liaisons of each tribe, the Zima serve only as a final say in matters of state and oversee the well being of the people.
The past 3000 years has been relatively peaceful save the constant shift in hostilities regarding the country to the north; Cerisan. This land is one where the primordial gods reign supreme among their children, the Genasi. Seeing those in Iostiadahl as heathens and heretics for their lack of religious direction, Cerisan has constantly sought to eradicate its citizens to claim its lands for their creator God, Ananae. Her children, living gods of the elementals, rule dominion over Cerisan. Arae of the North is matron of the Genasi and elementals of air, Xiso to the south is father to those of fire, Seil is mother to those in the eastern wetlands and its watery denizens, and Hesi is beholden to his children in the west with his earthen progeny. The center of the vast lands they hold is said to contain a great tower of shining crystal that holds the essence of Ananae and around its base, a sprawling city built of gold, silver, and jewels.
The Cerisan have been persistent in its desire to claim Iostiadahl as its own and has attracted the notice of many neighboring countries. Two such countries, Castini to the west and Phuila to the east across the sea, have opened trade agreements with Iostiadahl, exchanging muscle for the many resources that it produces in abundance. Their people, a varied sort of halflings, gnomes, humans, orcs, and various races of elves, have populated Iostiadahl with brave warriors and merchants seeking riches or glory. Castini, being closer in proximity, has been a stalwart defender of their neighbor. However, they tend toward war within their own lands often as the towns govern themselves and they have no central form of government. Phuila is the opposite. While they try to send what aid they can spare, it is an unreliable source of aid though they have a strong and united central government. Phuila is a vast and varied land, rich in resources of its own and home to an even more vast population. This brings forth something almost unheard of in Iostiadahl; corruption, crime, and religion.
Iostiadahl itself is a land of people that worships no deities, but the world around them as a whole. The gods are in everything and the way you treat the world effects the lives of the people directly. In other lands, this belief is a rare one. Castini and Phuila have the same religious beliefs and share their pantheon as well. Their deities are;
Aenar – god of sky and weather
Caecus – god of arcane magic, twin of Kalous
Emmera – goddess of the sea
Eurythnul – god of hatred and trickery
Evona – goddess of reason and logic
Faelia – goddess of forgiveness, luck, and wealth
Inous – god of music, art, and crafting
Irmir – god of Winter (night, moon, dreams)
Kalous – god of natural magic, twin of Caecus
Nozaous – god of Summer (day, sun, pleasure)
Nyldur – god of the afterlife
Ophea – goddess of conquest and hunting
Owona – goddess of balance, life, and death
Vadrous – god of Autumn (evening, harvest, home)
Xeldea – goddess of Spring (dawn, beauty, love)
Yulla – goddess of fertility and land
Zynemis – god of vengeance, misfortune, and the poor