The Empire is ruled by the Wytch-King Shasarak by means of fell magic and the fearsome Shadakine army. Particularly important are the Shadakine Wytches, who control each city partly by means of the powerful influence of the Kazim Stones they possess. Shasarak has also called demons to his aid, has opened a portal to the demonic plane and is a powerful magician in his own right.
After the fall of Shasarak, most of the area became a single realm under the rulership of the wizard Grey Star, but Shadakine supporters continued to cause unrest. The free cities returned to their independence.