War of the Burning Sky
Capital City — Bresk
The Kingdom of Dassen lies to the south of Ragesia, and the southwest of Shahalesti, its borders defined by craggy mountains defended by hundreds of small dwarven strongholds. Dassen’s people, a swarthy assortment of humans and dwarves, cherish their land, to the point that superstitious cavalrymen even put dirt in their boots so never have to stop touching the soil of their homeland.
Until recently, Dassen was ruled by King Steppengard. Steppengard ruled a patchwork of eight feudal holdings, many of them controlled by distant relatives with claims to the throne of numbing complexity. To assure that he never had to worry about untangling these claims, Steppengard had a huge family with eighteen children, all of them legitimate on the word of his oath. Tragically, the king’s entire family was assassinated, plunging Steppengard himself into madness. He was eventually slain, and has been succeeded by one of Dassen’s eight lords, Duke Michael Gallo.
There are no mighty cities in Dassen, only thousands of farms and towns growing out from the nine castles of the king and his dukes. The largest city, Bresk, lies on a major river beside Steppengard’s castle, and is a hilly community built both above and below ground.