Lands of Xorærth
Humans tried to rid the world of non-humans………they failed.
The Purging, the darkest time in the history of Xorærth, has ended after two-hundred years of genocide and demihumanity is finally at rest. The dwarves have been reduced to a single clan. The gnomes have reverted to their barbaric roots. The dragonborn, eladrin and elves have banded together and combined their military might. The behemoids, a subterranean reptilian race, surfaced near the end of the war at the behest of the dwarves and are here to stay, but their motives are unknown. The tagesmian and their cousins the tanachtmian are ancient races that are literally like night and day, in the past were content to watch the world, but now have begun to meddle in day-to-day life. Humans have become little more than slaves in most nations with only a single nation left where they are the dominate race.
The gods left the world to grow on its own, but their mark stayed.
An ancient pact entered into by the gods and the elemental lords prevents direct interference from both sides, their influence relegated to mortal agents. Secluded from society, the followers of the elemental lords developed new disciplines to honor their patrons, thus the conduits were born, new class options that draw upon the power of the elements in a wide variety of ways.
The more things change, they scarier they become.
In millennia past, a great scourge swept the land in the form of insect swarms. A highly adaptive insect known as the plaagellite ravaged the countryside for decades until one day they all just vanished. Spending the intervening time in hibernation, the plaagellites have grown and changed into something even more dangerous. A variety of plaagellites, known as plaagelloids, have been appearing, human sized insectoid monstrosities with four legs and two fore-claws that have an eerie level of sentience. It’s unknown what their true motives are, but the tagesmian and tanachtmian scholars make proclamations of the ancient scourge returning.