Pillars of Eternity Engwithan Empire Lore and Screenshots

A new batch of screenshots for Pillars of Eternity has been revealed by Obsidian Entertainment and is available on the company's official forums (part 1 and part 2). The screenshots depict some ruins from the Engwithan empire and are accompanied by some lore snippets that describe what is currently known about the empire in the setting and the significance of the ruins for some of the game's cultures:

Little is known about the long-lost Engwithan empire or its culture. Called the "Builders" by the tribes of Eir Glanfath, the Engwithans are believed to have created strange, elaborate structures over decades using shaped pillars of living adra to support the stone. Their language is barely understood by even the most well-read scholars, leaving many details of their society lost to the ages and hopelessly mired in rumor, folklore, and blatant lies.

Engwithan buildings can be found across most of the Eastern Reach, with a heavy concentration in the Dyrwood and Eir Glanfath. Misunderstandings over the sacred importance of these ruins to the Glanfathans resulted in the Broken Store War early in the Dyrwood's colonial history. Despite treaties between the Dyrwood and Eir Glanfath, fortune-seekers continue to plunder Engwithan ruins. Many of them often pay with their lives. The Fangs, a particularly zealous group of Glanfathans, ruthlessly pursue those who overstep the boundaries of the treaty.