Final Fantasy XIX
Story and a bit of history
The players are all near a small city of Adair on the outskirts of the huge empire Aurelius. The area around the empire was once a constant battlefield, where two massive nations fought for centuries, one the Ascendant Empire of Aurelius and the other the Common States of Allmhagh Beag. They fought for many years neither gaining nor losing much ground. Both armies were almost equal in power which has led to a stalemate that lasted until one fateful year. That year empire won and subsumed half of Allmhagh Beag. It was an epic nightmarish conquest of magic and death.
Aurelius had succeeding in creating a spell so powerful that it utterly demolished the opposing force. The empire created a force of black soldiers that were undefeatable. Each soldier seemed more machine than man, effortlessly smashing force many hundred times greater. The Black soldiers named Death’s Vanguard were inexhaustible and merciless as they killed men and women alike. They burned each and every town they came to the ground easily killing every person within.
But after smashing the armies and destroying Allmhagh Beag’s capital city of Ratharsair each of the soldiers retreated back into the borders of their empire and hasn’t been seen since. Allmhagh Beag fractured as a result of powerful warlords bickering for domination. Each warlord rose and carved a small kingdom within the boundaries of their former parent state. The remaining Aurelius soldier came in and created a system of taxes and fees that each nation is subject to. They killed any who refused to pay, after two examples of Aurelius diplomacy all of the other petty kingdoms began to pay the tax.
That was 50 years ago, since then there has been relative peace in the land where only the occasional border skirmish disrupts peace. The knowledge of the Death’s Vanguard has started to fade. As such the number of border skirmishes within Aurelius has been increasing more and more…What result shall come from these invasions has yet to be seen…