The Nentir Vale
The Nentir Vale was the frontier of the Nerath Empire, the northernmost portion of the empire right up to the empire’s collapse about a century ago. Now the vale is mostly empty, with a handful of living villages and towns scattered over a wide area. Abandoned farmsteads, ruined manors, and broken keeps litter the countryside. Bandits, wild animals, and monsters roam freely through the vale, threatening anyone who fares more than a few miles away from the one of the surviving settlements. Travel along the roads or river is usually safe-usually. But every now and then, travellers come to bad ends between towns. What was once the borderland of the old empire has become a fallen land.
The “clear” parts of the map are covered in mixed terrain-large stretches of open meadowland, copses of light forest, gently rolling hills, and the occasional thicket of dense woodland and heavy undergrowth. The downs marked on the map are hilly grassland, with little tree cover. The hills are steeper and more rugged, and include light forests in the valleys and saddles between the hilltops.