A vast empire ruled at its core by humans with Sylvarin blood lines. Though seated in Avalar at its height, during the Age of Illumination, Illuminaria held sway over much of the surface world and had citizenry of virtually every race. Under its flag the Great Alliance was forged that united much of the surface world in the Wars of Darkness against the Dark Lord. Working in conjunction with its sister empire Pelantiria, the two empires managed to push the Armies of Darkness back to Nexar and then lock that land behind the Stormwall. After achieving victory in the Wars of Darkness Illuminaria fell into decline. Seeds of corruption fermented within the nobility and the line of the old kings failed. Vying for dominance in the vacuum left by the failed leadership, various schools of magic rose to power from the ashes of the old Empire. The inevitable conflicts that ensued led to the Wars of Power. At the end of the 3rd age Illuminaria was just a sputtering flicker of the shining light it had once been, its sway limited to an ever smaller section of Avalar.