Shadow of the First Sin
The Twelve Principalities
The Twelve Principalities have settled the entire breadth of the land revealed to the survivors of the Great Warding. Established during the time of the King of Lightning, each of the Principalities was formed by the consolidation of one of the King's conquests and headed by a Governor-General appointed from his army. After the King of Lightning's disappearance, the Governor-Generals agreed to make their positions hereditary and maintain the balance of power as it was rather than declare an all-out war over the vacant throne. It is said that part of their reason for keeping the peace was due to the King disappearing in the same unfathomable manner in which he had arrived, and the Governors worried thar should any of them take the King's seat, he would return once more.