Draolis is the most populated land in the Steadfast and also one of the wealthiest. Its banner depicts six interwoven spheres, but most people refer to it as the Tiger Banner. Centuries ago, Draolis was home to a powerful queen who ruled the land with a firm hand. Her symbol was that of a roaring tiger, and her armies crushed all those around her. When her line died out, power in Draolis was seized by a council of wealthy plutocrats who didn't want another hereditary monarch to take control. The Council of Spheres, as they were called, abolished the tiger symbology, but many people remember the tales from that time and long for that former glory.
Although the council lacks the flair of the tiger rulers in the past, Draolis hasn't abandoned its ways. The nation still remains a military power, which might be comparable to that of its chief rival, Navarene. In fact, the Order of Truth is the only thing that keeps these two countries from warring out in the open.
A pair of beautiful sisters named Gaera and Funae work as master thieves, one posing as a noblewoman and the other as her servant. They use this ruse to gain entrance to virtually any location. Not merely interested in wealth or the numenera, they murder their victims and remove the spinal columns. Why do they take the spines, and how can the sisters be stopped?
A great many dark green insects have appeared in Kordech, and no one has seen their kind before. These strange insects feed on metal, causing a lot of damage. The Aeon priests believe they have a solution, but it requires a wide variety of rare parts for an elaborate machine whose radiation will drive off the pests.
Retton Balen was an explorer who fell into a vat of strange material in an ages-lost laboratory. His entire right arm is now a biomechanical construct, and worm-like tendrils thread through his body, always growing and spreading. Retton also claims to have gained new memories that aren't his own, and he seeks help in understanding them - or perhaps help in finding a remedy for his unique affliction in the laboratory where he first fell victim.
A wealthy merchant rides across the land in a massive wagon pulled by margr slaves, kept in line by a powerful mind-influencing device.
West of Beoth lies a huge, tower-like machine. If anyone comes close, it sprouts bladed tentacles that top off heads and siphon out brains.
A mighty Glaive , her scarred face covered in a half-mask of gold, rides across the land on a strange creature. She calls it a "horse" and claims to have unfrozen the beast from an ancient tomb.