It is over 100 years since the events of q20. The continent of Enthem has been transformed through rapid electrification and the re-drawing of borders through war and politics. The heavily magic-reliant world outside of Enthem has been plunged into chaos, nations have fractured and entire civilizations have fallen. The ecosystems of the world have changed, many species of plants and animals have seemingly gone extinct over the last century.
A war between the Great Powers of Enthem has recently come to a close. Gallo and its allies fought a long and bloody war against Uradel and its allies over influence of the secondary powers that surround them. Although neither side won a desisive victory, the once independent nation of Caleti has found its self annexed by Gallo in the name of cultural-linguistic unification. Never has a war inflicted such destruction on its participants as all sides brought to bear the most destructive products of the recent technological revolution. Many believe this may be the last full scale war between great powers as technology has made war far too bloody and costly to wage.
Arriance was once the second most important city in Caleti, after the capital. Once a centre of trade and agriculture due to the Risle river and it’s rich flood plains, the city was transformed into a hub of transportation and manufacturing over the last century. Located near the western edge of the country, it frequently found its self on the front line between Gallo and Uradel and half the city was reduced to ruin over the long course of the war. The re-building of Arriance’s industry has not been a priority for Gallo as it sees the city too close to the border and has instead been focusing its efforts on the capital. Due to the extreme unemployment and food shortages, as well as increasingly active resistance movements, Gallo has divided the region up into zones and forbidden internal immigration and even travel between them without a pass. Arriance is a ruined city with little hope for the future, its people barely surviving on the minimal aid Gallo can spare yet forbidden to leave the area.