Shadows Over Khorvaire
The territory now occupied by the Kingdom of Al-Markheiz was once a vast empty region called the Midland Steppes, a buffer zone of warring human tribes and petty lords between the Dragon Lords of Muat’thule in the South and East, the Dwarven merchant princes in the North, and the Eladrin cantrevs in the West. The face of the Midland Steppes radically changed when a cabal of powerful human wizards and warlocks created a series of tears in the fabric of the plane that opened into the Nine Hells. Sages called this jagged scar the Great Rift, and have warned the civilized nations that while it exists, these rips in reality continue to expand, and as they do so, a growing horde of devils pledges its service to the new Tiefling kingdom of Al-Markheiz. Most of the human, halfling, and elf lands already now lay under the Tiefling kingdom’s sway, and having enslaved a third of the known world, the great Warlock King has turned his greedy eyes toward his more civilized neighbors.