The Survivors of Lemuria
As stated previously, the land now known as the Lemurian Sea was once low-lying fertile farmland, occupied by several nations, most prominently the Lemurian Empire. The Lemurian Empire had existed for hundreds of years, when a bitter civil war broke out between two princes who were heirs to the throne and, as they were twins, neither had seniority over the other. The war raged for over a decade, with the forces of Pandu largely dominant, but unable to completely defeat the forces of Khauru, in particular his mightiest warrior, Bhima the Strong.
In desperation, both Pandu and Khauru launched forth powerful magics at one another, but, unknown to either of them, there was a third participant in the war, Elthedoros, King of Tharavashtra, a small nation which had been an ally of the Lemurian Empire prior to the civil war. All three powerful spells were cast at once, and their interactions caused the lowlands to sink beneath the waves (many people today believe that the remaining islands were only saved by the divine intervention of Hydronna the Water Goddess and Gaia the Earth Goddess working together to limit the damage.)
One of the consequences of the bitter war over royal claims has been a profound distaste for anything resembling royalty or hereditary nobility among the survivors. In modern times, the closest any nation comes to having royalty is the power of the great merchant families. The largest political organization is the city-state, of which Kajalla is the most familiar to the party. Kajalla, like many of the city-states, is ruled today by a council representing many of its guilds.
In addition, the history of the events surrounding the civil war were recorded, roughly 50 years later, by an elf named Komnena, in her epic poem the Lemuriad. This poem, in its entirety, has been lost, but fragments continue to exist, and scholars and others continue to search for them.