The once-great Ezurian Empire straddled nearly the hole of the known world. Its culture, technology, and magic still dominate some 150 years after its fall. Centered in the city of Ezuri, the empire expanded swiftly in all directions from its beginning as a single city-state some 750 years ago. Conquering by cultural assimilation as much as military might, it brought the best and brightest under its wing, rapidly outpacing its neighbors in arts and sciences of all varieties, as well as spreading the worship of the Ezurian Gods.
Built upon enlightened ideals of rule as a meritocracy, eventually the “merit” of willingness to anything for power became the rule. On the surface, the public face remained the same – that decisions were made by the foremost experts in any field… but greed and ambition colored the recommendations given, advisors basing their advice on the highest bidder. Corruption, as it so often does, lead to decadence and waste,and eventually the backs of the workers could no longer bear the weight of the idle masses, bribed into complacency by the corrupt ruling class. The first riots and rebellions were easily squashed by the well-trained army, but by y500, the armies were choosing to side with the rebels… A soldier can only be so hungry before he decides that food is worth more than coin. The Ezurian Empire was too expansive and too entrenched to fall quickly or suddenly, but the fall was assured, and within 100 years, the Empire would be gone.
Now, in y748, most of her largest cities lie abandoned. Cities make for poor farmlands, even after much of the stone has been hauled away for other uses. The ruins are often rumored to be haunted by the ghosts of the dead or ruled by ancients evils which fueled the corruption waiting for the day another empire will rise in its place. Still, the roads and aqueducts built by the Empire’s engineers see constant use, and Ezurian Artifacts are among the most highly-valued objects in the world.