Baricus is a several thousand year old world that has many new and unstable relationships between races. Many natural resources are still largely untapped and there is competition over ownership of them.
A vast portion of the main continent is occupied by uncivilized races such as Giants and Kobolds, and the borders of these regions are in constant warfare and reliant on large bands of mercenaries.
The gods and their avatars in the world are still influential, and there are many existing conflicts between races (Elf/Orc, Naga/Dragon/Human, Dwarf/Drow).
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