The Dasaroi were the firstborn of this world, and Shayara their ancestral home. Immortal, gifted with powers that modern man would term psionic, the Dasaroi lived in peace for centuries...
No one knows exactly what caused the fall of the Dasaroi, but the results are well-recorded. They were stripped of their immortality - now to be reborn throughout time, only occasionally remembering who and what they were - and the greater part of their powers.
With the advent of humans, the Dasaroi grew curious; they began to wander the world, interacting with and, eventually, interbreeding with humans. For thousands of years, their ancestry and powers remained half-forgotten, the stuff of myths and fairy tales... but eventually, those with strong Dasaroi blood began to remember, and began to return to their city, to rebuild.
For the past century, however, the Lishaya - the ancestral leader of the Dasaroi, in all lives - has been missing, and Shayara's current regime has become corrupt and decayed. Some say that it's time to defy the current Council and search for the true Lishaya...
The Council, in various incarnations, has been in control of the city for over a century. The decay and rot have fully set in at this point. The only thing that was keeping them from being totally open and seemingly above-board in their control was the lack of a Lishaya; the true Lishaya had been missing for around 150 years. Nonetheless - Lishaya-less - it was generally known that they ran the city.
About 25 years ago, they decided to make their own Lishaya. During the following 5 years, they evaluated bloodlines, strength, and power in an attempt to determine the most likely bloodline for the Lishaya to spring from. Another team, at the same time, was sent to seek out the true Lishaya. Eventually, the searches were narrowed down to the three Tamrani women most likely to produce a child of sufficient power to be passed off as the Lishaya. Katrina Stone was taken into custody and...coerced...to produce a child of the appropriate bloodlines. And the true Lishaya (at that time, a 10-year-old girl) was murdered by the other team.
Nine months later, Alanna was born. She was immediately taken into the custody of the Council. They brought her to Shayara, proclaimed her to be the true Lishaya, and raised her in almost-complete seclusion, training her to be their figurehead, their pawn. And on her 16th birthday, she took power, "assumed the throne", so to speak. Four years passed, during which the Great Houses of the Dasaroi gradually, reluctantly swore fealty to her.
I know I need more. My brain is too tired now - woo, meds! - to handle this. I turn the matter over to you, the audience. I know I have quite a bit to incorporate tomorrow, when I'm thinking straight... but in the meantime, what do you feel you need to/want to know?