For a long time one of the wealthiest and most successful of the Wenigzustand, the small nations that lie north of Geldenreich and east of Fanolania, Maelonbourg has fallen on hard times. Governed for generations by elves of somber and intelligent inclinations, an outsider to the land began to sow discontent by insidious means. In the guise of a beautiful and wise woman, the chief counselor to the king was enchanted by a cruel and inhuman usurper. It took years to do, but the woman, known as Colldrenia, eventually succeeded in persuading the chief counselor to overthrow the rightful king, and the unknowing populace initially supported this coup. But they soon enough realized their folly, as the humans of Maelonbourg were rounded up and never heard from again. Demihumans that lived in Maelonbourg were either enslaved, killed, or driven out, and Colldrenia replaced the loyal soldiers of the land with heartless, savage hobgoblins.
The chief counselor, scoundrel that he was, met an unsavory end, same as the other humans of Maelonbourg. The exact details remain a mystery, but the once lovely and picturesque landscape of the realm has been transformed into a nightmarish recreation of hell itself. Dark, evil powers are drawn to Maelonbourg now, and their devilish machinations threaten to spread ruin among the Wenigzustand and beyond. Only the return of the rightful heir to the throne can have any hope of restoring the land to its former glory, although they cannot likely do it alone. The lord of Chute de l’Ombre is a sworn enemy of Colldrenia, and has limited success in foiling a handful of her schemes, but even his passion to see her dethroned is insufficient to the task.
Or Geldenreich can declare war on Maelonbourg, and burn everything to the ground. That works, too.