World is gripped in middle of Ice Age. Orcs, Ogres and Giants are dominant humaoids. Dwarves and Vikings get along and mingle communities. Elves and Romans live in the East but do not mingle. Romans are fighting the Dragon Empire. Roman Capitol lost to war. Humans live along equator. Orcs, Ogres and Giants have similar intelligence to Humans.
In general, remember this is a brutal world. Humanity is dying. Civilization is dying. Technology/higher magics are being forgotten. The evil in this world are generally other races that want to kill off all humans/elves/dwarves. Elves are thinking of giving it all up and leaving for Elfheim. Dwarves want to close all their doors. Humans are hanging on by their fingertips. The Roman country is there, but the capitol is gone. Vikings are like the klingons. Saxons are the farmers and peaceful buffer between empires. There is an Ice age advancing down from the North. Human cities have been abandoned from the cold. Some have been taken over by the Giants/ogres/orcs. Lastly Giants/ogres/orcs are not that dumb. They can forge weapons and armor for themselves. They can make ships and cities.