is a small barony in the southeast reach off the Nentir Vale
. Several tiny hamlets and a number of steadings (isolated farms) are scattered across the broad dale off the White River
. The great Harken Forest surrounds the realm, isolating it from the lands nearby. In better times this quiet backwater country avoids major trouble.
At present, Iron Circle mercenaries are plundering the land. Baron Stockmer, the rightful lord, is a prisoner in his own keep, a villainous usurper rules in his place. The Harkenwold folk are down to their last hope-that brave Heroes will answer their calls for help and break the Iron Circle.