Return of the Hydra
The Midlands are the central part of Tesserane, where magic is scarce and the terrors from the Borderlands are only faint rumors. Most inhabitants are plain Humans who live in sweet ignorance, unaware of the dangers of both Demons and Dinagul.
Nowadays, Kern has conquered the biggest part of the Midlands and plans to expand even into the Borderlands. In this, they are secretly aided by Rhea the Renegade, leader of the Rebel Ennearchs. Countries like Shairra and Erymia have long since been incorporated into the Kernian empire, other parts, like Ademorra are still independant.
Kern’s ambition is to completely erase the taint of magic from the Midlands. So far, they have only been partially successful: many magic-users still roam the Midlands, but abundant use of magic is made more difficult by a series of effects called ‘Kern’s Warding’.