Tellurak is a world much like Earth of the late Renaissance period. Humans are the dominant, and as far as they are aware, the only sentience race. Magic and fairy tale races are the stuff of superstition, not to be taken seriously by anyone but young children. It is an era of widespread peace, when piracy and brigands are more of a worry than foreign nations. Acardia, home to Kyrus Hinterdale, is a kingdom that is working to reform itself as a representative government, under the guidance of a progressive king.
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