Ponies & Paragons
Great Dragon War
This war has been raging across the known world for the better portion of three years by the time this campaign begins.
Ponies have always had a stressed, uneasy relationship with dragons. It is not, however, until the Everfree Incident that the two races have ever waged open war on each other.
The Great Dragon War was the reason for the creation of the Royal Equestrian Military. Until that point, the only entity even close to military was the Royal Guard. Ponies had not waged open war against any race for many centuries, and therefore had no need for a formal military.
There is no shortage of volunteers or nationalism in this war; everypony is willing to die to see the return of their beloved princesses.
During this time, Princess Twilight Sparkle has been acting as head of the country of Equestria, with Cadence as her adviser and leader of the republic of the Crystal Empire. The process seems to have both aged and wised Twilight greatly, as she has taken on an alicorn form similar to that of the missing Princess Luna.