Before the Meridian War, Rysa was a sprawling empire to the west of the Meridian Valley. Each major city was governed by a member of the Imperial Family, which was in truth a vast interconnecting network of distantly related households. It was possible for anyone to marry into the family, assuming they were given the opportunity; however, there was a great deal of scrutiny given to people of sufficient rank. Anyone except the Rysan Emperor’s innermost circle was potentially subject to being disowned and cut off from the family line.
As the Meridian War progressed, there were rumors that several mid-level and high-ranking members of the Imperial Family had fallen victim to assassinations.