From publisher blurb:
The First Ones rule Saggakar with an iron fist. They are uncaring, evil and manipulative to the extreme. The First Ones are black skinned humanoid creatures with a variety of powers: some are great casters, others can control shadows, others have arachnid features and yet others are partially demonic.
The First Ones are found everywhere and they dominate other races through intrigue, force, or assassination. They have no qualms about using any legal or illegal means to achieve their goals.
The system they created has everyone serve them as a slave. Everyone in Saggakar serves someone, and those who chose not to serve have to pay fees and taxes to keep this freedom.
Service is eternal, so they say.