The Flying Lands
Praedam spans the central portion of the Ordelian Peninsula from the wilds west of the Kalingan Mountains to the Fey Line in the east and is the dominant nation both militarily and economically. It is also home to the continent’s richest farmlands and most abundant deposits of aerozyte, the floating mineral that powers trade and transport across all the nations.
The unification of the baronies of Praedam came only after centuries of infighting and a protracted war between the humans and dwarves who are both native to the central region of the continent. In this time the elves of Vadesh had grown in power and sought to expand eastward to lay claim to the rich soils of the plains and spread the domain of their goddess. With the threat of invasion from the outside the human baronies and dwarven kingdoms were able to achieve a tenuous union to defend their lands. For several decades the Vadeshi, though fewer in number, made steady progress eastward by superior tactics and expertly trained cavalry – it was only with the advent of the flying warship that the Praedam armies were able not only push the elves back into their own lands but actually gain new territory. Eventually a treaty was reached with the establishment of the Fey Line, a string of forts spanning the border from the northern to the southern seas and manned by both elven and human soldiers to ensure a mutually kept peace. After the end of the war the union of the baronies was upheld due to the tremendous boost in trade and wealth that it enabled, and Union City was founded as the political capital of the new nation. All the baronies and dwarven kingdoms now owe fealty to the “grand barony” of Union City and are ruled by the current Lord-Baron, a title that is held for life and bestowed by the Council of Elders.
The palace of the Lord-Baron is situated on a floating island above Union City that is anchored by an enormous iron chain. Each link was given as a gift from each of the baronies and dwarven kingdoms to symbolize the new unity of their peoples. The baronies of Praedam still retain a degree of independence and exhibit great diversity in culture and custom, though for the most part they all revere the Hexarch. Some tension still remains between men and dwarves, and even in cities that are home to large populations of both they most often live separately.