A broken land, a wary people
With the rise of the empire of Nerath to the south, human settlers began to move up the Nentir, establishing towns such as Fastormel, Harkenwold, and Winterhaven. Hundreds of years ago a Nerathan hero obtained a charter to build a keep at the portage of the Nentir Falls which came to be called Fallcrest.
Many years ago, a fierce horde of orcs known as the Bloodspears descended from the Stonemarch and swept over the vale. The vale’s brave towns united but were defeated in a rash attempt to halt the Bloodspears out on Gardbury Downs. The Bloodspears burned and pillaged the portage at Nentir Falls and went on to wreak havoc all across the Nentir Vale.
In the decades since the Bloodspear War, towns and villages have struggled to reestablish their communities. These towns are a shadow of their former selves; little trade passes up and down the Vale river these days. The countryside for scores of miles around the Nentir Falls is dotted with abandoned homesteads and manors from the days of Nerath. Once again the Nentir Vale is a thinly settled borderland where few folk live.
Narrow and Dangerous is the Path…