Ancient evils and modern evils: everyone wants to kill you

The world of Uknn-Ywryn is in trouble. A few hundred years ago, prosperous empires crashed in such a cataclysmic fashion that no one remembers their names. Civilization has slowly crept up from the ooze, but no matter where you go, you are in the frontier. Small cities are linked by trade routes, beset by bandits and tribes of Hobgoblins raiding from their underground cities. The dwarven cities in the northern mountains endured the apocalypse better than most, and engage in a moderate amount of trade with “lowlanders.”