A human empire, vast in its influence and stubborn in its relations. When they began to settle the land around a popular trading hub, the kingdom of Dyrian refused to acknowledge such a claim, and a harsh struggle lasting a hundred years resulted in the loss of the trading rights to the boarder hub. The humans since have moved on, the newer generations disconnected from the previous, as humans are wont to be. Their adversaries, with their long lives and deep grudges, have yet to so easily forgive the conflict, and humans find passage into or past the crossroads severely hampered by difficult laws and inspections. Altorian itself has moved much of its official trading business elsewhere with more reasonable races, with private merchants and traders braving the prejudices of the infamous trade city Kiraniir and its cancerous counterpart, The Hole.