At long last! The Autumn lands and Summerlands are here!
The Autumn lands are home to some of the greatest cities of the Empire, bastions of Learning, commerce and industry. Supplied with food from the South and Iron from the North and a comfortable climate the peoples of this land live in the most physically comfortable part of the Empire.
But not all is bright for these people. Almost every city lies on the Black Road, with every city needing to pay it's quota of supplies and "workers" for the Empire.
These slave labourers are mostly criminals of the Autumnlands. In a place where a crime is paid with a seat on the Black Caravan the land is a mostly lawful place.
When there are not enough criminals to fill the quotas very often poor winterlanders will be rounded up to fill the numbers needed. Most feel that this is their due for coming to the autumnlands from a place free of the tax.
When all other methods fail it is down to a lottery which is taken part in by all the people of the settlement, though more often than not the names that are "drawn" are those of unpopular people, or those who stand in the way of the political power of the Empire.
For the most part the autumnlands are a peaceful and productive place where people can make a good life for themselves by following the rules.
However there are many new threats rising against the autumnlands. Strange rumours from the West speak of strange aquatic creatures raiding the coastal villages, and inland ancient stories of the Goblyns are being told again as remote miners and travellars begin to go missing again.
To the West people speak of war with the strange and trerrible creatures of the Hunzar Jungles.
The peaceful times of Empire are coming to a close in the Autumnlands but a time of adventure has just begun.