The Doge, a ruthless, power-hungry commander bent on subjugating the entire Vinci people, rules Venucci. Petruzzo Giamba, who was recently murdered by the Doge, previously ruled the city-state of Miana. His younger brother, a brilliant inventor named Giacomo, now leads Miana.
In addition to seeing to the welfare of his people, Giacomo is bent on getting revenge for Petruzzo’s death. He has vowed to see his bitter enemy, the Doge of Venucci, pay… regardless of the cost.
Miana is one of the most prosperous of the Vinci states. Under the fair and wise rule of the Giamba family, Miana has grown out to a state that rivals that of Venucci. However, the Doge of Venucci has recently murdered Petruzzo Giamba the lord of Miana. Now Petruzzo younger brother of Giacomo Giamba leads Miana.
Padonia is a vassal state of Miana. Trusting their defense to a treaty with Miana and protection money paid to Pirata, the people of Padonia prefer to focus on internal affairs. Much of the Padonian economy comes from the Walker factories in the southern lowlands.
Pirata (or the Pirata Aerodrome) is an enclave east from Padonia that is known to be a near lawless state since the fall of the Condottieri Empire and that is now under the control of the Sky Pirates.
Pirata is a mountainous region with a lot of steep cliff walls, bottomless ravines and canyons which makes it very hard and dangerous to travel through it. The people of Pirata command a unique technology that allows them to build airships, which they use to travel safely through the mountain regions.
Most of the Pirataians are merchants, trading with other states for the valued resources they need to survive, but in recent years they are also become known for privateering and pirating skills.
Pirata is now controlled by the Sky Pirates, a loose alliance of merchants, privateers and pirates, who have restored peace and order to Pirata for the time being. They have the largest air force in all of the Vinci lands, and offer their services to the highest bidder.
Pirata Captain Lenora is the leader of the Sky Pirates and chief among the leaders of the Pirata Houses. Her skill as a pilot is legendary, but even those tales are exceeded by her reputation as a ruthless competitor in business and sport.
Vernazza was a rich mining community until it was taken over by the Montuchio Condottieri. The Montuchio Condottieri receive fees for mining rights in this Timonium-rich land. The inhabitants have grown tired of seeing their lands stripped bare and the profits shipped to the vaults of the Great Castle.
The Viscount of Tarona was a loyal and trusted servant of Miana. However, when Petruzzo died, he withdrew Tarona from Mianan control and refused to give his reasons. Not trusting Giacomo’s abilities as a leader after Petruzzo’s the death, the Viscount has declared his independence from Mianan rule. Reports tell that the Viscount has found wreckage of some strange aircraft (a quotl tech fane), allowing him to produce powerful snake-like machines. Rumors say that the Viscount secured a new technology, which gives him a major advantage over his enemies.
Condottiere (or the Condottieri Castle) is a province that lay in the center of Vinci and was once the capital of the former Vinci Empire, but its people were slow and too reluctant to embrace the technological changes sweeping the lands. Transformed into loosely-joined bands of Condottieri mercenaries, they are powerful, but their infighting keeps them occupied and disorganized, preventing them from regaining their former glory.
The fighting between two of the most powerful Condottieri factions, the Forzi and the Montuchio, has reached a stalemate. The Forzi want to restore peace and order to Condottieri and are eager to embrace the technological advancements that have been made, but the Montuchio want to reinstate the rule of the Vinci Empire, restoring its former glory and to ban all new technologies from the land.
Montuchio exploit any nearby states, forcing them to pay outragous fees and protection money so that they can to keep their war going. Montuchio controls the Great Castle, the cornerstone of all the fighting in Condottiere, but if the Forzi can take over the Great Castle, the Montuchio rule will be broken and the people of Condottiere can finally build a new future for themselves.