Netheril was an ancient empire driven by magic, and a disruption of magic brought it low when one of its archmages usurped the mantle of Mystryl, deity of magic. A little more than a century ago, one of Netheril’s flying cities returned from the planes and began rebuilding the empire. Now, Netheril and its rulers—the powerful, shadow-infused Princes of Shade— seek dominion over all the empire’s former lands, as well as many countries that were never part of that vast and sprawling realm.
Sembia was the first to fall to Netheril’s influence, but the Princes seek nothing less than total rule—or at the very least, influence—over the entire continent. As a result, Netherese agents work in the capitals and major cities of countless realms, pushing the empire’s interests and quietly dispatching its enemies. Humans, shadar-kai, and the favored shades work to quietly subvert those who would oppose them.