The Iron Principalities
Precis: Petty kingdoms constantly at war, with Borgias-esque families and mercenary kings; Warhammer's Border Princes meets The Castle of Otranto meets Black Adder.
Conspectus: Comprised of many small fiefdoms, each ruled by a backstabbing family of schemers and poisoners; brisk mercantile activity because there are few (if any) trade restrictions; gigantic bazaars; mercenary bands that serve Khorne (the demon god of bloodshed) or Arioch (chaotic god of stratagems); The Guild of the Red Hand (assassin's guild); Tiamat worshiped as the goddess of prosperity; artistic renaissance and enchanted paintings; famed mask makers and grand balls; sacred murderers of the cult of Khaine (which may be connected to the worship of Khorne); the drowned city of Karmodia
Taste, Sound, Image: Red wine, “Mars, the Bringer of War” from Gustav Holst's The Planets, Paumgartner altarpiece
Tomorrow I'll post a monster from the Iron Principalities that you can gank for your own games.