World in Flames
The forest dwelling society of Mornbar is rigidly hierarchical, ruled from the treetop city of Alilei by a body of 12 female elves called the Uliren – Matriarchs in the Forest tongue. Membership in the Uliren is hereditary, and passed down to the oldest daughter of each Matriarch. Most forest dwellers can go their entire lives without ever touching the ground, should they choose to do so, and make natural Rangers and Shamans. Elven craftsmen generally have a friendly rivalry with the Dwarves of the Canyon, whose intricate but clunky mechanical creations contrast with the elves’ elegant natural constructions. Individual villages are generally granted autonomy by Alilei, but must pay the appropriate levels of respect to the nobility. Unfortunately, forest nobles are frequently corrupt, incompetent, or both. Any noble caught abusing their authority is subject to rapid, brutal punishment at the hands of the Uliren, and so it is not uncommon for nobles to hire Rogues and Sages from the lower classes of Alilei to do their dirty work for them. The forest is also not particularly welcoming towards outsiders, who frequently require a native guide to avoid being eaten by the many resident predators.