Mothers shall but smile when they behold/Their infants quarter'd with the hands of war...
Carrion Lands—a D&D 4th Edition Campaign
The fall of the old Empire left its conquered territory fragmented and vulnerable. Lands conquered swiftly by the blunt fist of the Imperial Legions soon reverted to savage wilderness, a brutal landscape interrupted only here and there by bastions of civilization. Old menaces gnaw at their roots: barbarian tribes, hordes of ravening monstrosities, beasts out of legend, the demon-haunted legacy of Bael Turath, and lesser threats, like the bands of brigands and mercenaries that ravage the old Imperial highways and prey upon the unwary traveler.
They say that in many cities, nameless hands have gouged the eyes out of statues of Erathis, for in such dark times the goddess of civilization and the mother of Law is truly blind.