Nehwon has remained unchanged for as long as anyone can remember. The merchants rule the cities through their politicians of choice and the strong rule pockets of the wilds between by right of might. Rule of law exists on paper, but the reality is laughable. Political and economic factions war in public and in secret, and the truest power is wealth. Predominantly urban; the societies of this world are jaded and cynical, with optimists more often regarded as fools. Mercenaries and other sell-swords are common, and the protection they provide is tied very closely to how expensive they are. Loyalty is not a common or admirable trait. Drugs and drink are common, and all levels of society enjoy a festival. The wealthy will often throw city-wide events to garner public support when trying to force through legislation or legitimize their transgressions.
Legends tell of strange creatures, like dragons and undead, but they are just that, legends. The few adults that speak of them are frightening their children or entertaining a crowd. Weak mages are common among the moneyed elite who can afford the time for such extensive training, but the truly powerful are few and far between. Powerful magic weapons are rare, and the people who make them are rarer still; they do exist although many of them are objects of legend themselves. Custom armor and weapon work is a frequent profession and prices are competitive, though not always in coin. Street crime is common as any non-partisan constabulary is commonly corrupt and/or underpaid. Bribery is more common than honesty, and an unguarded house is a hovel, a burned out husk, or occupied.
The wealthy are royalty, and gossip is a common pastime among those less fortunate. Religion is truly the opiate of the masses; shrines, cults, gods and worshipers spring up like weeds with the changing of the seasons. Anything can become real if enough people believe in it, and the main streets of every city have their busking prophets and seers. The vast majority of the population are too poor and beat down to spare much time for faith, unless they are truly desperate. Slums are universal and comparable in their scent and occupants. Crime, disease and violence are common and few that are not wealthy live past fifty.