Around 100 years before your adventurer’s birth, a group of alchemists discovered the properties of a metal called Bitus. Bitus had the highest concentration of mana of anything natural, and when refined, enabled a complete revolution in society similar to the industrial revolution. There are two major factions in the world. One, the Senate, is an alliance of city states, is a constantly shifting alliance founded by the original alchemists and some of their idealist friends who believed that Bitus and industrial magic would have the capability to solve the world’s major problems. The Senate has three major races: the Dwarves, who are the miners and the most dependable ally, the Elves, who invent new spells thanks to their academy, and the humans, who serve as the day to day laborers and soldiers of the Senate. The capital of the Senate, Intosh, has around 1 million inhabitants. Intosh is your home, and where you can find out about various quests.
Despite having a veneer of democracy and equality, most of the other city states in the Senate are subservient to Intosh, and there is a definite class system. Luckily for you, you are citizens, and receive many benefits because of this from the government. However, there are also subjects, people subject to the laws, but not the benefits of the Senate. The power within the Senate is constantly shifting, and coups and intrigue are common. The current administration is draconian, and has spread fear about the other faction, the alliance, banning the Gods associated with the Alliance and creating curfews. They have restricted the use of magic to citizens, which has outraged many, especially in the guild of mages who traditionally didn’t care about politics.
The other major faction in the world, the Alliance, is a heavily military and religious group who is constantly shifting. Unlike the more permanent and efficient factories of the Senate, the Alliance uses portable bases. They have no capital cities or cities of any size worth noting, after their capital city was burnt down by the Senate. They are currently in a cold war against the Senate. The strength of the Alliance resides not on their home continent, but on the seas, where their merfolk and kobolds really shine. Because of their excellent navy, they have been able to create a loose empire throughout the world, with small colonies and bands that have lateral rather than vertical allegiance. Unlike the colonies of the Senate, which are cities, the Alliance is able to tap into smaller sources of Bitus that would be overlooked by the Senate, and because of this have tremendously powerful clerics. You don’t know much about the Alliance beyond this.