The Kingdoms of Kalamar campaign setting is named after the great Kalamaran Empire, which once covered much of Tellene. But time weighs heavily upon all, and the empire’s reach is not what it once was. Its provinces declare independence, hobgoblin kingdoms thrive and foreign empires expand, while the monsters of the land grow stronger than ever. Still, its influence is felt almost everywhere in Tellene.
Tellene is a planet similar to Earth, but with a warmer climate. Many different races of beings populate Tellene, including humans, elves, dwarves, gnomes, halflings, hobgoblins and many types of monsters and other humanoids.
The lands of Tellene are often referred to as the Sovereign Lands, and include the kingdoms of Brandobia, the Kalamaran Empire, the cities and city-states of Reanaaria Bay, the Isle of Svimohzia, the Wild Lands and the Young Kingdoms.
On Tellene, only the most advanced societies use steel, including plate armor, and can fashion complex siege weapons. Most of the world uses iron, and less advanced cultures still use bronze (or even stone). There is certainly no gunpowder. Slavery of all races is common (and not considered “evil” by most people), the land is farmed by serfs and peasants (and not by magic), and so forth. While monsters and fantastical creatures exist, they are not so numerous that they begin tripping over each other.
Warlocks, wizards and the like exist in Tellene, but they are uncommon among all of Tellene’s inhabitants. In some areas, they are quite rare, and the peoples in such areas believe most unusual (and seemingly inexplicable) events are a sign from one of many gods. The townsfolk easily confuse wizards – and especially warlocks – with clerics, and arcane spells may be misunderstood as miracles. Even in the greatest cities, there are no “magic item shops” where a character might purchase items or spells, although centers of arcane learning, the treasure hoards of vanquished foes, ancient ruins, and the temples of the gods may provide characters with the rare magicks they need.