N'wah's Iron Gods Campaign
Those who assume that the capital of Numeria is its most prosperous city would be terribly mistaken, for Starfall, though the seat of the Black Sovereign, is home to one of the largest populations of oppressed and downtrodden peasants in the Inner Sea region. Here, in the shadow of Silver Mount, the Technic League holds complete authority, and the technocracy rules the poor citizens of Starfall with literal fists of iron.
Founded as a small settlement, Starfall’s initial purpose was to serve as a permanent safe haven for explorers seeking the technological wonders of Silver Mount and outlying lands. Starfall not only served as a base of operations, but as a place where ideas and technological findings could be shared and discussed, and where individuals could perform renegade research unfettered by morality or the regulations of government. These first few explorers founded what would become known as the Technic League. The League’s discoveries soon attracted worldwide attention, and the city grew quickly. Yet, due to the absence of a true working class, Starfall began importing hundreds of slaves to do the League’s dirty work, and today, slaves make up over a third of the population. The current leader of the Technic League is Ozmyn Zaidow who, during his tenure in the role, has ramped up the lengths to which his followers will go to prevent the knowledge and technology of Numeria from escaping their grasp.
The Technic League ruled Starfall alone until 4690 AR, when the Kellid warlord Kevoth-Kul arrived, backed by several thousand warriors, and demanded the city’s surrender. Surprisingly, the Technic League’s high council agreed without argument. Kevoth-Kul quickly took the title of Black Sovereign, supreme ruler of all Numeria. The Kellid clans who joined their new leader in Starfall, in the hope that he would continue to spread his conquest beyond Numeria’s borders, were forced to hunker down and build more permanent settlements as the Black Sovereign, having come to rely on the power and advice of the Technic League and wholly under their influence, took no further actions. Poverty and crime now run rampant in the city, whose bustling streets are packed to capacity with citizens who squabble among themselves for food, water, and other resources that neither the land nor the technocratic rulers of Starfall provide. Peace and order are only barely maintained today due to the robotic gearsmen—mysterious servants of the Technic League—that patrol the streets, weighing the city down under a mantle of harsh, totalitarian law.