Seems to be a pretty big overhaul to the Midnight setting, a far more optimistic version, unless of course the heroes of these past two years just get corrupted and turned into night kings themselves and it turns into a much worse situation.
I will say that the knight kings have always been my favorite thematically because the represent the idea of corruption that is midnights running theme. That evil managed to corrupt the best of us by using these heroes best qualities against them. Ardherin own bravery and love were used to make him take unreasonable risk. Sunulael's own faith in a higher power gets twisted. Jahzir knew he was the best person for running the kingdom, and it was probably true. I'm sad to see them go and I wonder if you will replace them with equally compelling knight kings.
I hope this setting retains the theme and feel of midnight.
Sounds like a lot has changed in just 2 years. Humans will be suffering big time from all of this. Without Ardherin or Sunulael there will only be two big powers. The Cabal and Jahzir. If they team up then the humans are seriously boned.
The shadow plotting against each other has always been its biggest weakness, taking out Sunulael might have been a bad idea. If they're united and focus down their problems they can fix a lot of loose ends like Badens Bluff, just set enough cablalist to divine out the problem. Jahzir could finally get serious about wiping out the free riders or focusing down the dwarves.