India is a land very much divided with foes on every side and also within. India rose from the Dark Ages under the rule of a dwarven king, King Haral the Burnt. King Haral conquered the various tribes of India with an army provided him by Shiva and the deva of fire, mainly comprised of otherworldy beings of fire. Following his conquests, India knew peace and good leadership until his death in 1387 after a reign of almost a hundred years. After his death, King Rashid the Devaless took up rule by assassinating all of his competitors. He ruled for 5 years with an iron fist, ruthlessly torturing and killing anyone who would not obey or voiced dissent. In 1392 the Pale Death began to creep into India from China causing the populace to panic and riot leading to King Rashids demise at the hands of the citizens of Delhi. The newly freed populace then looked to it’s religious leaders for guidance and established a theocracy with priests of Vishnu who were referred to as the Wise Kings. The year 1435 began with 2 of the wise kings being brutally slaughtered by Shiva cultists in an attempt to usurp the government, which only paritally worked. The Indian Nation began a brutal civil war that lasted over a hundred years, ending only when ships from the Iron Empire appeared and began taking over the land. During the civil war, countless people were killed and a few Hellscars appeared in the land, only a couple of which were closed. The chaos from both the war and the [Hellscars spread into neighboring China and the New Persian Empire which both regard India as hostile to this day. Following the invasion by the Iron Empire, Indians quickly elect the Triumvirate, a three fold leadership governed by a high priest of the three highest Hindu gods, Shiva, Brahma and Vishnu. Under their guidance Indians were able to halt the Iron Empires invasion and battle them to a cease fire. With China and the New Persian Empire watching with malevolent eyes to the west and north, horror filled jungles to the east, Empireals to the south, and civil unrest and cults in inside, India is a dangerous place full of mystery and wonder.
India’s capital is New Delhi, where the Triumvirate reign. Much of India is still rural and mysterious, each area practicing it’s own form of local government and version of Hinduism.
Religions – Primarily Hindu and Buddhist, with southerners being converted to Christianity and western Indians occasionally practising Zoroastrianism.