The Oligarchs of Taern rose to power in 1370 during an incursion by the undead princes of Morgau and Doresh. They declared the city independent of both Wyte and Tele, which had fought over the territory for centuries. The Oligarchs are ruthless leaders who have brought prosperity to the region.

In addition to economic advancement, the Oligarchs have also encouraged the growth of Taern’s culture and fund art and theater projects (most lauding the Glorious Uprising). The Festival of Lights is a carnival that lasts for a whole week, covering the city in flames ranging from tiny candles to raging bonfires and concludes with ceremony in which all gather to release floating lanterns.

The Oligarchs command the Battersea Battalion, an elite mercenary marine force, to defend Taern and keep its citizens in line. While technically a separate entity, the Battalion’s commanders are employed almost exclusively by the Oligarchs and have taken an oath never to serve a rival state.