Ah, my bad.
Setting's history shall be revealed during exposition and gameplay. The important factors are thus:
Characters will start play in West Laddra. Currently, West Laddra holds the highest seat of power in the northern continent. The reigning government is a tribunal composed of the heads of the three major families who have the most invested in West Laddra. It's been a problem for the citizens for decades, as the three ruling families are currently the largest crime syndicates in existence. This has lead to an increase in formerly illegal activities, such as slavery, sale of exotic beasts, and cultivating of dangerous magical substances. The families keep the peace through bought-off mercenaries and trained family enforcers. Unfortunately, most of the populace don't realize the danger of the tribunal's policies. They're high on the freedom and the enormous amounts of currency flowing into the country.
West Laddra is known for its export of precious metals and gems, as well as an enormous pool of talent in the studies of magic.
Characters would preferably be one of the standard PH races, although you're not banned from something more exotic. Pass it by me first and I'll approve or not.