The Silver Kingdoms
The traditionally loose affiliations between dwarf, elf and human in the northern lands of Olessinus had little reason to change throughout the ages, until rich mithril veins were discovered within a span that stretched through many of the shared regions. In an effort to quell fighting amongst the different peoples, as well as more effectively manage the acquisition and trade of the precious metal, the three races, with many leaders from respective domains and principalities forged what began as a regulatory alliance. This commission of sorts was dubbed the Silver Kingdoms, in an obvious nod the newly shared resources. As time passed, the mithril trade grew to include other goods and services, and the impersonal business element grew into strengthened socio-political bonds as the merchant circles began to intermingle with the different levels of society all around. As the recognized connections continued to develop, the gnomes, which continually blend in on the fringe, also received a noticeable boon from the enlivened Kingdoms. With their technological and magical tinkering fueled by an influx of steady resources from across the lands, eventually the gnomish presence worked its way into the fold on a special level.