The Dying Age
The Emperor rules the world’s greatest human kingdom, known as the Dragon Empire for the mounts of its mightiest warriors. All the signs suggest that the age is turning, but will the Empire fall or shift to a new balance?
The Dragon Emperor hails from a long line of noble rulers, and the seat of his power is the city of Axis. Ever since the first Dragon Emperor established the Imperial Seal, there has always been a Dragon Emperor. Elaborate and exacting ceremonies ensure that the power and authority of the original Emperor live on. The current Emperor is capable but essentially unproven, although it is his nature to lead. To the civilized people, the Emperor is the champion of their safety and prosperity.
The Archmage and Priestess work closely with the Emperor. The Crusader and Great Gold Wyrm ostensibly are duty-bound to the Emperor, but they interpret that duty as they each see fit. The Dwarf King and Elf Queen are united with the Emperor in pursuit of peace and security.
The Lich King explicitly claims continued authority over the Empire, a treasure he seeks to reclaim from the Dragon Emperors. The Orc Lord seems destined to face the Emperor, as the previous Orc Lord faced the Wizard King.