Empire of the Gear
This includes the entire spectrum of sentient races except for pure-blood humans. These are the individuals whom lived within the borders of the Empire of the Gear and were either exiled or voluntarily left before the armies of the emperor reached them. The former are particularly meager and without possessions, while the later may retain much of their former wealth and status in their cohort.
All refugees are determined to head to the west, although many disagree as to just how far they should go.