Points of Light
Much of what was – is now gone. All that is known is this: once there was a great civilization composed of the great races where peace and prosperity were more common than they are today, called Nerath. It is said the age of this empire lasted a thousand years. Life was better, safer, and filled with wondrous inventions. It is said Nerath was brought low by a great calamity. The nature of this great calamity is not known, except that bloodshed and chaos was so great little has survived from that time. Some claim that the vengeance of an angry god brought the empire low for its many sins. Others say a terrible entity from beneath the mountains awoke and destroyed the kingdoms of the great races in rampage whose only purpose was to slake his eternal thirst for destruction. Whatever the cause, the golden age of this old empire is gone. Reason and order no longer reign.
The modern era is a dark and uncertain time where such ideas are best left to other people – whose time is not consumed protecting one’s home and hearth.
The darkest, most feared lands, are located to the north in a region called the Nentir Vale.