From then til Now
For several hundred years, the free peoples of the world warred with the dragonborn but, in the end, there was no hope of victory. Finally, the human population was enslaved and the process of indoctrination was begun. The Emperor portrayed himself as a savior to the human race. Children were taken from their mother’s and raised in special schools where they were taught a new version of human history. In this fiction, the breaking was caused by the magic of the elves who were jealous of the success of humanity as it spread across the face of the world. Once the human race was decimated, the elves emerged from their cursed forests to destroy what was left. The elves were brutal enemies and showed no mercy on humanity. It was said that elven men were ordered to rape human women in an effort to create a new race of abominations…the Half Elves! In all creation there is no creature more despised. Were it not for the arrival and intervention of the emperor in all his mercy, the elves would have dominated the world and reduced humanity to a race of half-breeds. The wise leaders of the remaining free human nations struck a bargain with the emperor. In exchange for his protection the peoples of the world would enter into voluntary servitude. The dragonborn swore to provide for and protect all humans and to destroy the hated elves. From that day forward the race of men was lifted to the great floating cities to serve the dragon men.
What is left of the lands of men is now in ruins. The remaining lands were left to the humanoids and they spread into the voids left by the human cultures. Now Goblins, Orcs, Giants and other races have spread across what is left of the globe. If there are any elves left, they have hidden themselves away. As for the Dwarves and other subterranean races, they are most likely in hiding as well.
Because of the alteration to the climate of the planet, the dragon men tore swaths of land from the earth and set them aloft to create vast regions of floating islands. These were then raised above the cloud layer so the sun would reach them. In this way the dragonborn were able to create farms and pastures for livestock. Eventually the clouds of dust and debris cast into the atmosphere by the breaking, settled back to earth and the climate returned to a ‘normal’ state. The great floating lands still remain, however, as a testament to the power of the dragonborn emperor. The great dragonborn cities are now in, more of less, fixed positions across the world and are established as the centers of culture and commerce. They have created vast trade networks through a system of trading houses commissioned by the emperor. Their ships criss-cross the landscape. There are occasionally conflicts between cities and they will war with each other, or with humanoid nations on the surface.
The world is now a place ruled over by the empire of the dragon men. The surface is a wild place covered in the ruins of dead cultures. Smugglers, pirates, merchants, slave traders and ships of the dragon navy cross the skies endlessly. They fight for wealth, power and glory making the skies a truly dangerous place. This is the backdrop for our story. These are the Violent Skies.