The Midlands is only one of the many provinces that make up the Helmic Commonwealth, formerly called the Helmic Imperium. The Imperium was founded many centuries after the collapse of the storied Unified Kingdom, which came into being following Alric the Great's (first of his name and one of the final kings of the Balenthrone) conquest of the Kingdom of Corus in 4381 of the Age of Thormir.

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The capital of the Commonwealth, Corus Cunae, lies to the south-east of the predominantly gnomish province of Redfeld