Company of the Black Fang
The Nentir Vale
— see attached map under the ‘maps’ tab.
Up until four centuries or so ago, the Moon Hills and the surrounding Nentir Vale were thinly settled borderlands, home to quarrelsome human hill-chieftains and remote realms of nonhumans such as dwarves and elves. Giants, minotaurs, orcs, ogres, and goblins plagued the area. Ruins such as those on the Gray Downs or the ring-forts atop the Old Hills date back to these days. With the rise of the empire of Nerath to the south, human settlers began to move up the Nentir, establishing towns such as Fallcrest, Harkenwold, and Winterhaven.
Ninety years ago, a fierce horde of orcs known as the Bloodspears descended from the Stonemarch and swept over the vale. Fallcrest’s army was defeated in a rash attempt to halt the Bloodspears out on Gardbury Downs. The Bloodspears burned and pillaged the city of Fallcrest and went on to wreak havoc all across the Nentir Vale.
In the decades since the Bloodspear War, the Nentir Vale has struggled to reestablish itself. The vale is now mostly empty, with a handful of living villages and towns scattered over this wide area. Abandoned farmsteads, ruined manors, and broken keeps litter the countryside. Bandits, wild animals, and monsters roam freely throughout the vale, threatening anyone who fares more than few miles away from one of the surviving settlements. Travel along the roads or river is usually safe — usually. But every now and then, travelers come to bad ends between towns.
Once again the Nentir Vale is a thinly settled borderland where few folk live. This is a place in need of a few heroes.