The Tyrassian Empire has taken over the whole of the northern continent and united every nation and people therein under the banner of the Tyrassian Elves. Many of the non elven peoples have been enslaved, although there are still some who are free from bondage. Restrictions upon all non elves are severe, and punishment for infractions can be harsh.
The empire is ruled by an Empress who, according to rumour, has been alive for thousands of years. The Tyrassian Empire has conquered through a combined effort of its ruthlessly efficient armies and a diplomatic/spy corps that ingeniously played upon the petty squables between neighboring countries. Now that they have united the north, they turn their ever hungry gaze across the narrow sea to Aver, and the riches that she holds.
So far, the war has remained cold, with small flare ups of violence. This relative peace is mostly due to the large blockade established by the far superior navy of Red Bay City. However, word is spreading of the production of a vast fleet of ships being manufactured in ports around the northern continent, and it seems that war will break out once again in the near future.