The mighty Sorcerer King of Vessale rules a realm with no army or navy and dares the worlds empires to try to take it from him.
The tale of the Sorcerer King started almost 70 years ago, when the last hereditary monarch died, leaving only one heir his daughter, named Alexandrine. She was a just and kind woman beloved by the people, but the hidebound and sceaming noble families refused to let a woman rule, each angling for the crown for their own scion.
Those were dark days with the realm on the brink of civil war, then a man in the tattered robes of a mage walked into court. He offered to find a king who would not only be the best candidate, but who all the noble families would accept. His price the hand of Alexandrine in marriage. Alexandrine fearing for the realm if things continued to agree, as did the nobles.
The day after the wedding, he was to proclaim the new king. He walked out before the assembled nobles and named himself Ansgar of the Ardnt king. There was an uproar, and one noble even charged him with drawn sword, with a flash of light the new king blew the daring noble’s head from his shoulders. The other nobles quickly fell into line, and those that didn’t were stripped of their titles and exiled.
Since that day Ansgar has ruled more or less unchanged, and most of the remaining noble families have been disbanded for plotting against the crown, the armed forces were similarly disbanded after a particularly disastrous scheme so now the protection of the realm falls to adventures, mercenaries, and privteers.
In recent years Alexandrine has been doing much more of the day to day work of running the kingdom despite the fact that neither she nor the Sorcerer King seem to have aged at all since the day he was crowned.