The Dead Empire of Lashnaru
The Imperial Elite
Crucial to the Empire’s success was its progressive outlook on social mobility. In fact, the Emperors had done much to limit their own power to encourage meritocracy in government and elsewhere. Their soldiers were well trained and highly skilled after decades of war with the Orcs on Lashnaru, and similar elites were present in all endeavours.
The mages of the Empire were particularly skilled in their craft. They collaborated a great deal with the other races, the Elves in particular, to make great devices and artifacts. Their perhaps greatest collaborative achievement was the Planetary Barrier Shield that kept unwanted guests off their world.
Over time, the meritocracy that defined the imperial elites was replaced with the privileged descendants of the original visionaries. The sons and daughters of the Empire’s best, well provided for and lacking motivation, failed to contribute significantly to the Empire’s maintenance and expansion. Though it took many generations for the stagnation to truly set in, it was the key force responsible for the exodus of the remaining skilled classes and the subsequent collapse of the Empire.