Magic suppressed. Magic exiled. Magic murdered.
During the Great Purge, all magic was destroyed and those who could wield it were driven into exile. From that time on, the world of Gaia churned on in relative peace and prosperity.
When the emperor of the central Citadel suddenly dies, his apprentice takes his place.
Benevolent and loved, the new emperor is a benign ruler, bridging the age-old conflicts between the provinces. The citadel is a symbolic as well as a physical barrier to maintaining the fragile peace.
The brazen kidnapping of ten young women shatters the accord, and the provinces gather to demand that justice be served. It is a flame dropped into dry tinder. Rife with suspicion and hatred, each province accuses its neighbour of treachery.
But the emperor has other plans. He alone knows who is responsible and he has no intention of sharing that knowledge.