The world has gone through two major disasters created by mankind and magic. The campaign takes place in the outer most edge of the old empire. The core of the empire imploded over a two thousand years ago, and the western part of the continent containing the satellite vassals of the empire destroyed themselves about 1700 years ago leaving nothing but death and destruction beyond the shield mountains.
While the empire was at the height of its glory they say the very gods themselves walked with man, and magic and wonder were every were, the harsh reality of life today is nowhere close to that. Peasants working from dawn to dusk, kingdom trying to hold the torch of civilization against the dark of that which lies outside of civilization.