The Empire of Thetia
1000 years ago, two rival kingdomes warred for supermancy. The Thetian empire and Esstrezion Conclave fought for over 500 years. Until the Esstrezion Conclave were completely crushed. Forcing them off the continent. Where they went is unknown. The Thetian Empire was victorious. Leaving the land and people badly scarred. Halflings and Gnomesh kingdomes were all broken and its poeples scattered throughout the land. Most survivors had little choice but to join with the Thetian empire and help rebuild. Elves the cunning people that they are, have hidden most of their cities with magics. So only a few elven fortresses are exposed to human rulership. Some gnome and halfling refugess have been granted an asylum to these elven cities, but only those with an affinity for the arcane. The practice of arcane magics is strictly prohibited and enforced in the larger human cities while the smaller, rural towns and villiages its mearly frowned upon, but ignored.
During the war, the Dwarves mostly took a stance for themselves. They did not care for either side, but when fighting leaked onto their territory. They would meet both sides with swift, lethal action. Unless of course they were compensatied for their trouble with gold. They would side with the larger coin purse. When the Theitans won most of dwarven kindomes underground were unscathed. Constant threats of war and posturing took place to try to get the dwarven clans to fall in line with the Empire, but the dwarfs are a proud people and feel they shall carve their own destiny in stone and no one will dictate to them otherwise. About 20 years ago everything came to a boiling point and launched the first skirmish between the empire and the dwarven clans. This short lived war was enough for both sides to respect the other and thus an uneasy truce was formed. The empire was just tired of all the bloodshed and when the new Emporer Tiborious Graesh took his seat. He worked to end hostilities as quickly as possible. He knew Thetia was not ready for another all out war when it was still recovering from the last one, trying to re-establishe its former glory. Since then there has been little trade and most disputes over lands end with a chest full of gold. They have lived in a uneasy peace since.
The Sun god Pelor has been the dominating religion in Thetia. It has snuffed out all other religions. Useing influence, and gold to grease the palm of the proper offical to make it illegal. Known diety worship of anyone other than Pelor is considered heirisy and in most cases the offenders are arrested and banished from the city. Some have had the unfortunate luck of being branded as mages practiceing fowl, arcanic rituals, and sacrifices. These are arrested and banished for the most part but some of the more extreme cases have summary executions. Though it is rare to be executed some of the nobles have been pushing for more executions of these mages. Claiming that they dont stay gone once banished that they use their fowl teachings to re-enter the city and sow chaos once more . They fear it will lead to another war like they had before with the Esstrezion Conclave. Who was know to be obessed with arcane magics. In the smaller villages and towns, other religions are more tolerated. Though not without the price of having a place for people to follow Pelor. The practice of the arcane is alittle more accepted the further you get from mainstream towns of the empire. Though there has been rumor of a rebellion, mages and witchs are tired of not having equal rights and the ability to practice their arts openly. Its been met with brutal force and if you believe the rumors, the quiet assasination of key people who speak out.