Tilea is the region of The Old World roughly corresponding to Italy. Tilea is made up of a number of city states ruled by wealthy Merchant Princes, who constantly bicker among themselves, the most important of which being the Republics of Remas and Verezzo, and the Principalities of Luccini, Trantio, and Parvona. Many of these cities were founded on the ancient ruins of High Elf settlements, abandoned after the end of the War of the Beard. Tilea enjoyed a classical age long before the Empire became a powerful nation, and the religions of Morr, Verena, Ranald, Shallya and Myrmidia were said to have been founded here.
The lack of a unifying nationality means that the city-states of Tilea rarely employ a regular standing army of their own, preferring to rely on mercenaries when they need to resort to warfare to settle their differences (which can be often). Mercenary companies are common in Tilea, and they are usually known as Dogs of War. Many of these companies look for work in the Empire and the other nations of the Old World, finding employment wherever and whenever there is a need for professional soldiering.