Patronage is where the "gods", such as they are, walk the earth amongst their subjects. These are not gods in the conventional sense. Rather, they are immensely powerful immortal creatures, with great knowledge and ruthless ambition. The lesser races cower in their presence, either hoping for their Patrons' benevolence, or dreading their Patrons' malevolence.
Patronage is atypical of many campaign worlds created for Dungeons & Dragons in several respects. The major differences are detailed on the mechanics page. In addition, the Patronage campaign has its own unique terminology, or uses common words in specific ways. Use the Glossary to help identify unique terms used in the setting.
The Patrons and Their SubjectsAccording to accepted history, the Patrons created the World of Patronage and all living creatures within it. Philosophers and historians generally accept that there were, or are, nine Patron races. There are some who say the Patrons came from elsewhere, and found this land and populated it. If that is true, then it begs the question... from where did they come?
The Patrons divided their servile races into those noble races that could be entrusted with discretion and authority, and those base races that were built for more menial or dangerous tasks. In actuality, the nine noble races and the nine base races (one for each Patron) are each groupings of many races. Mysteriously, some races, without any ties to a Patron have appeared. Scholars are uncertain from where these races came and what their appearance portends. The Patrons have been silent about these new "Wild" races, which concerns the scholars all the more.
HistoryHistorians generally separate the history of Patronage into six ages, though history often reveals itself to be incapable of such bright lines.
Places and OrganizationsThose places where the Patrons still hold dominion are known as the "Realms", while those places where the Patrons have retreated or disappeared, and are currently dominate by the noble and base races are called the "Free Kingdoms". The "Mists" are the mysterious fog that bounds the perimeter of Patronage.
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