The Despotates are the last remaining cities in the Marches that are aligned with the Silver Empire as it pulls its armies out to defend its homeland. The despots of the cities of Bezant, Epirus and Moira each rule their own shrinking provinces, and fight ceaseless amongst themselves like squabbling siblings.
Most recently, the city of Moira has been virtually abandoned after a vast flotilla of pirate ships from the citadel at Malfi sacked it. The Despot of Moira is desperate to hire an army of mercenaries to take his retribution out on the pirates, but he lacks the gold to do so. Sensing his weakness, his neighbors have begun to close in for the kill. It may not be long before the entire province is conquered and carved up between its enemies.