Shards of Divinity
So far as history is concerned, before the founding of the Empire, there was nothing. This is of course not literally true, but the fact remains that our history extends only to its founding; that which came before is seem only in the barest fragments of texts, ruins, and artifacts.
For this reason, the founding of the Empire is year 1.IA. Founded by Emperor Aronon Zu’l Zorander, the Empire spread quickly, establishing its present borders by 103.IA. Outside its dominion lie only the ice-wastes to the north, the black marsh to the east, and the vast deserts to the south. While technically habitable, they are severely inhospitable to nearly every race numbered among those of the Empire – such creates as do dwell in these lands scratch out an existence, driven by a constant desire to reclaim their lost paradise.
Church teaching and prehistorical historians suggest that Emperor Aronon Zu’l Zorander and his followers were led here by the divine, fleeing an ancient world of magic and corruption. Regardless of the truth of this claim, there is no denying that the Zu’l Zorander line retains a divine providence. For over one thousand years, each prince is provided with a bride by the Imperial Patriarch. The empress bears her husband one son, who grows into maturity untouched by any affliction or infirmity. When the reigning emperor concludes that his son is prepared to rule, he lays himself down into eternal rest, and the new emperor is crowned. Such has it been throughout the Imperial Age.