Incompositus The World
The world is a place of chaos, its only constant is unpredictability. The world you know is ruled over by crazed sorcerers known as Inciters. They rule only in the sense that their power over the populace is complete. When they travel the land they kill at whim and demand whatever they please, their demands are, of course, enforced by soldiers and brutes who follow them for the promise of power, riches, servants, or whatever their crazed hearts desire.
If this wasn’t enough the world is plagued by constant attacks of roving Orc war parties. Their numbers are unknown as they strike in small groups, but since they pose no real threat to the Inciters they are allowed to rape and pillage without any force to check them.
Before the Inciters, and even before the Orcs the people of the world had to endure another hardship that has always, and probably will always endure. The landscape and fabric of the world is in constant flux. A grass covered hill that you used yesterday to gaze over your town may today be a gaping chasm filled with the raging water of wild river, or perhaps it may be a new lake to provide the town with fish, or perhaps a portal to another dimension will sit on the hill. These “chaos zones” can create a myriad of dangers to the people of the world and are wholly unpredictable both in nature and location. It is a hard world in which to live life. Many believe that the Inciters, who arrived only a mere century ago are responsible for all the events ravaging the world, but they may just be superstitions and rumors.