Lord Nichol Ventril is a young lord of the Ventril family, one of the most prestigious and oldest families of Nyrond. He has been put in charge of Nyrond's operations on the Pomarj. His initial goal was simply to find extra avenues of income for the flagging kingdom, but he is now in a desperate bid to come up with some way to strike a blow against the Empire of the Brightlands any way that he can.
Nyrond is a nation that has bore untold strife both from within and without. Several civil wars ravaged the land, and now the Brightlands are conducting full-scale war against them. Nyrond is in a desperate situation, and they have only the fragile alliance of the eastern kingdoms to protect them.