The dragons are all but gone from the world. In the waning days of the dwarven empire, when Ember
became scarce, the noble beasts were hunted, enslaved
, and harnessed, so that the dwarves
could siphon off their energy to power their machines. Then, after the dwarves died out, an ancient cult of Estherian zealots found the enchained dragons, and worshipped them as captive gods, feeding them tainted Ember, until they were mad with corruption. The dark Estherians
slaughtered the dragons when they became too dangerous, but it was too late: Their Ember-fouled spirits lingered on as Spectral Dragons--maniacal, feral spirit-dragons, with an insatiable hunger for magic ... and for those who use it.