People, ultimately, are the basic building blocks of stories. The characters of the Tattered Realms serve as example characters, those which a player of Song of Swords might base their own character on, or who a story teller might draw upon as stock characters when he needs one and doesn't care to reinvent the wheel. Some of them play important roles in the history of their nations, and some are scarcely more than brigands. A few are both. But all have some manner of story behind them, and all could find their way to a role in a story of great import in someone else's life.