Reconstructing the Past
History and Social Organization of the American South
The plantation owning class is primarily divided between two races: the drow, who were the first to establish themselves as wealthy land and slave owners and who make up what would be thought of as the grand old gentry in the Gone With the Wind sense; and the damphir, an unsettling vampiric race who surged west to clear new fertile farmlands. With the advent of the cotton gin, the rise of these new plantations (where humans were needed both as a source of labor and as a source of food), increased steamboat commerce on the Mississippi, and increased demand for cotton in the textile factories of the northern states and of England, demand for slaves grew exponentially in the early to mid 1800s, eventually pushing a nation increasingly divided on the question of abolition to a breaking point.
While the south relied heavily on slave labor, the southern states, being ruled by the elite matriarchal drow, consider women equal or superior in legal and economic matters. The southeastern, drow-controlled states tend to favor women in legal matters, while the damphir retained this attitude only to a point of equality with men in the south central states. Women in the north are treated in the traditional European style of having few to no rights to vote, own property, or determine their own destinies. For this reason, even as so many slaves sought their freedom in the north, northern women with a taste for independence often made their way south, and the women amongst the western pioneers often pushed for legal codes resembling those of the southern states in their recognition of gender equality. Women of the enslaved African races therefore faced an inevitable trade-off in migrating northward, as even when their fathers, husbands, and brothers saw them as equals, the government most certainly did not.
At the end of the civil war, the union army and federal government were eager to punish the south whenever the opportunity presented itself. Imposing the oppression of women was one opportunity to do this, as all drow plantation-owners were women. Most drow-owned properties, therefore, were confiscated by the army and overnight the drow went from the most powerful group in the south to one of the most destitute. The confiscated lands were redistributed in some cases to freed slaves who jumped through the necessary legal hoops in time, and the rest was auctioned off to carpetbaggers flocking in from the north. The damphir were not hit nearly as hard by the new order imposed upon them, losing their slaves but retaining their lands and therefore able to impost the tenant farming system that kept many humans in a state of pseudo-slavery, thereby retaining much of their wealth and power.
Military Organization For the Civil War
The majority of the army was made up of draftees who had little or no military training. This means that most of the people would have had ranger and fighter classes, who while could use firearms were not trained to be experts with firearms. Some Rangers might have had more firearms experience from hunting for their livelihoods than the fighters but still not as mechanically proficient as the northern army was at the same time. The army was lead by Cavaliers usually of the musketeer archetype, who were pulled from the social elite and the wealthy, i.e the Drow and the Damphir. Typically this was a way for the Drow matriarchs to find jobs for their sons. While the union hired wizards and alchemists for spellcasters to support their forces, these roles were instead held by sorcerers and clerics, pulling instead from magic that is innate to them and from the powers given them by their faith.