The Ethelian Empire is run by King Leoic Silverkin, a once powerful monarch that has fallen to the status of a rubber stamp in his later years to the Council, a body of eleven nobles that normally act as advisors and advocates of their lands. With no heir to the Silverkin line, after Leoic’s death the Council will elect one of their ranks to the throne, where a new line will be established.
The Empire itself is fairly spread out, ranging from the eastern border of Orphan Tree’s massive forest to the coast, and small settlements can be found within a few dozen miles of the Opold mountains. The people usually avoid the area called Mormarsh, notorious for its lizard folk populations.
The people that call themselves citizens of the empire are a solid people, fiercely loyal to their King, especially the citizens of Fyranost, the Empire’s capitol city. Unfortunately, all the lands the empire claims aren’t directly under Leoic’s control, and there are places that have gone generations without seeing a tax collector from the Empire. These “backwater” towns are hardy folk, typically run by a town council reminiscent of the Council to the King. A notable example of this is a handful of communities centered around Saph Lake, on the southwest edge of Mormarsh. These small villages trade amongst each other, supplied by the occasional Halfling merchant caravan that wanders out their way.