There are four core races in the world of Wild Assent: humans, elves, Lavot and the Ashcarii. Each occupies their own unique place relative to the others, but all are connected to the elves.
Thousands of years ago, the elves of Ralavar were the dominate race on the planet. Their empire spanned across the known world, promising to encroach even upon the Wilds before their eventual downfall. A potent plague spread throughout their cities, wiping out entire generations. Elves account for barely 5% of Ralavar’s population now, most still residing in remote enclaves. Terrified of outsiders, their gates remain closed for fear the plague will finally come for them. Many of the elves that survived the near-extinction of their people became obsessed with their own mortality, flocking to Keyet, god of waterways, travelers and death.
The fall of the elves paved the way for the rise of the Lavot. Denizens of the continent of Volcana Eurosa, the Lavot retook their homeland from the elves and then promptly went to war with each other for control of it. There are more than a dozen Lavot kingdoms today, and though their borders have remained static of late, there are constant power struggles within. Military coups and assassinations have become so commonplace, it’s not unusual for the peasants of some of the smaller kingdoms to not have any idea who currently rules them.
Humans also benefitted from the demise of the elves, though their recent history has found a great many of them under the thumb of just one: Vareclea. Owner of the Silvestrem, Vareclea holds weekly gladiatorial events and it’s hard to find a man, woman or child within a 100 miles that isn’t affected by her bloodlust and greed. Those too poor to attend the games either become Seekers or risk being enslaved by them. Free villages do exist, many right on the border of the Wilds, living off the river that separates the vast and dangerous forests from the rest of the continent.
The Ashcarii have lived in the Wilds since before recorded history. A beast-like people, they are legendarily reclusive and seldom leave their homeland by choice. They are the caretakers of the Wilds, stoic defenders of the land and keepers of its secrets. They are also a valuable prize for Seekers, fetching a higher price than all but Assents and the rarest of creatures at the Silvestrem’s markets. The Ashcarii have a higher instance of Assents than any other race, and their potential capture is often too tempting a prospect for those foolish enough to hunt them.