Telyre is a theocratic “empire” ruled by Emperor Talinar XIV from his high seat at the High Palace in Telarin. Its crown jewel is the Sun Tower, a great spiral of the High Palace whose top bears The Light, a great artifact that bathes the entire city in a cool glow. Many pilgrims come to worship this unmatched artifact, even from cultures that completely misappropriate its nature to their own deities and gods. The light is known to empower all divine magic within the city’s walls.
Talinar XIV claims divine birthright to the lands of Telaira, by direct descend from the line of emperors leading back to Talinar I, God Emperor and founder of the empire. Despite this, the emperor possesses very little authority beyond his own city. The empire is divided into four states: and though Silvyor and Falktorth still maintain an occasional facade of fealty, Brookstonearms its walls as tensions between it and the capital grow.