The Coalition (CS):
It is said that when Sam Colt was still a child, he stumbled upon an adventurer taking out a wendigo with a single shot of his pistol. The adventurer took notice of the boy, and decided to let him watch as he serviced his weapon. Sam was so enthralled that he immediately ran home to tell his friend Tom Savery. Both boys had a fierce hatred of magic, as their parents were killed by it, and so they were eager to learn of a powerful non-magical device that didn’t require extreme strength.
Likely there was some exaggeration here, but the two eventually organized a giant collaborative research and development effort between dwarves, gnomes, humans, elves, half-elves and halflings. Some amazing discoveries came in the years to come. Colt’s firearm division came up with a completely new design of firearm, providing greater reliability and reloading speed. His discovery was surpassed only by the steam engine, a product of Tom’s mechanical division. The steam engine itself was fairly impressive, but it only took the dwarves a matter of weeks to begin building custom shells around it. Tanks, Power Armor, Airships – the possibilities were limitless. At least until the gates opened, and the hordes came crashing down…
Many looked to the Colt and Savery collaborative (often abbreviated to CS) for protection from the beasts that spewed forth, and so they formed a coalition of organized defense against these planar beings (PBee’s for short?). It didn’t take long for them to remember their hatred of magic (including magic items), and for it to grow to a fierce bigotry against any race not in their coalition. No magic is allowed in any CS controlled area, magic users and magic items are destroyed on sight, and non-coalition races are treated as second class (if allowed at all).