Alidra is a land of pioneers, settlers and enterprising businessmen whose descendants originate from the Old World of Ethium. Until several decades ago, Alidra was a place of Ethium colonies belonging mainly to Argland, Floria and Sparan, but due to the fiercely independent nature of the colonists, and the heavy taxes that the Ethium nations imposed on the Alidrans, the colonists beat the Ethiamites in the War of Freedom and successfully declared independence. The Ethiamites had to grudgingly accept their independence, owing to the fact that Alidra was difficult to keep control due to its distance from Ethium but also to the new realisation that perhaps it was more profitable to deal with the Alidrans through trade, rather than to maintain direct control over the colonists… oh and the fact that the Alidrans beat them squarely in battle.
With the Ethiamites formally ceding control, the Alidrans were left to pursue and exercise their hard earned “freedom”… only to find that maintaining and practicing “freedom” was extremely difficult and dangerous business. The colonies (towns, cities) have all declared independence from each other, and there are no central government to keep the peace. Unscrupulous merchants use whatever dirty means to make a quick profit, and burning an unprotected village or two to get their way is hardly news in the wild plains. Adding to the danger was the vast stretches of empty land filled with wild monsters, as well as the attacks by the resurgent tribal nation of the Carahawk, the original inhabitants of Alidra who were once either beaten to submission or driven deeper in-land by the invading Ethiamites, but have now regrouped and are on the counter offensive to reclaim what is rightfully theirs…