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The Corinthian Empire

Seated in Corinth, an island-city off the western coast of Shae-Dinar, the Corinthian Empire once dominated nearly the entire continent. Now only a shell of it's former glory, the Empire seeks to unite the disparate West under a banner of conquest and religious crusade against the pagan East.

A Brief History of the Western Empires

No record exists to tell when the continent was first populated, but by the time of the Nesirene Empire, Shae-Dinar was occupied by a few powerful city-states, populated by a diverse people.

The Empire sought to unite these independent provinces under a single flag. And while the proud cities fought for their independence, each fell in turn. With the capture of each city, the wealth, power and influence of the Empire grew. The Divine Emperor enslaved those who resisted his rule, and those that submitted added to his reach.

Myth tells of a great battle within the walls of The City of God, fought to wrench power from the Emperor’s greedy fist. What we know now is that the Empire fell with the death of the Divine Emperor, but the spirit of his reign would live on.

The Corinthians were once a people conquered by the Empire. They fought as the other cities had, and they too were crushed under foot. When Nastiel, the seat of the Divine Emperor, fell, the Nesirene Empire would have been so much ink in the history books. Instead, those who stood to lose all from the destruction of the Empire, consolidated power in Corinth.

When the Corinthians began to rebuild their city, and begin anew, the Nesirenes would not surrender the city. Despite the Emperor’s death, the phantoms left by his war continued to tear at those who longed for peace. The Corinthians were forced to siege their own holy city, and nearly burned it to the ground.

But seeing this, the young prince who would be ruler of Corinth, despaired, and sued the Nesirene for peace. What follows is shrouded in myth and legend, which speaks of Tristan twice-betrayed: once by his confidant and friend Saedrus, and once by his love and advisor Lysandra. While the truth of this lies beyond our ken, the result was the birth of new power. The Corinthian Empire.

Without the power and dread of the Divine Emperor, the Corinthian Empire grew to become an empire powered by simple mercantile greed. While its power and influence spread, and slavery continued, no great rebellion would rise to meet it. Their subjects were far too comfortable for that. Indeed, the Corinthians brought knowledge and technology to their conquered lands.

As the years waned on, the empire grew bloated and corrupt, and soon its power began to decay. It began in the outermost provinces. Small, organized, and mostly non-violent rebellions pushed the empire’s borders. But soon the unrest would reach Corinth itself. Dogged by the threat of armed revolt, the old men of the Senate, who had grown rich from years of political maneuvering, deferred to the elected councilor, Antius II, to become dictator.

As dictator he would grow the power of the empire at the edge of a spear. He fought down the rebellions, but at the height of his power, he was struck down by political opponents who had him exiled to the island citadel Attica. Nevertheless, the age of the Dictators had arrived, and while the empire would never regain its former glory, the dictator-emperors would become a new symbol of Corinth’s imperial reach.

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