Nidal is one of the oldest surviving countries in Avistan, having been founded during the uncounted years of the Age of Darkness. Even though it is now beholden to the neighboring infernal realm of Cheliax, it retains significant autonomy to pursue its own shadowy goals.
Nidal is run by the sinister Umbral Court, the shadow touched aristocracy who have ruled Nidal almost since Earthfall. In ancient times the rulers made a dark pact with a shadowy deity and ever since then the Umbral Court, the descendants of the ancient nobles who made the original pact, have ruled Nidal using their powers of darkness and shadow to ensure their rule is unquestioned. Few have the courage to stand against the whims of even the most minor member of the Court for to do so normally means death in the most horrific manner. (more)