Kor Alanth was a small, but immensely powerful island city-state situated in the center of the inner sea. Their trade-fleet ruled the economy of every nation within reach, and their massive mystical might kept any grumbling from other countries strictly to a minimum. Kor Alanth, in a very real way, ruled the world. All it took was a single artifact to bring it all crashing down.
You are all currently in the employ of Auguste, the eleventh Earl of Halebridge.
The Earldom is quite large, with a good portion of the land the Earl rules given over to farming and grazing. It is this, along with the poverty that blights the realm, that has gained the Earldom the reputation as something of an undesirable backwater.