It is the dawn of Age of Colonization. The seven great Empires of the world have stretched out their mighty hands to Crowded Sea, a vast, ocean teeming with islands and reefs that hide monsters, ancient ruins, secrets, and untold riches. Fortune-hunters and adventurers of every sort have left their homes to book passage to this veiled land of opportunity and danger. Every shore is filled with the promise of wealth, power, and ancient mysteries, and the sleeping feuds and rivalries between the empires blaze anew with the hunger for conquest. Here, thousands of miles from the Seven Thrones, men and women of every race forge their own destinies, carve kingdoms from the wilderness, and spread their faiths and philosophies. Who will rise and who will fall as the stakes grow more tempting?