Gateway to Adventure
The Nentir Vale
With the rise of the human empire of Nerath to the south, settlers began to move up into the Nentir Vale, establishing towns such as Fastormel, Harkenwold, and Winterhaven. A Nerathan hero named Aranda Markelhay obtained a charter to build a keep at the portage of the Nentir Falls. She raised a simple tower at the site of Moonstone Keep approximately three hundred years ago, and under its protection the town of Fallcrest began to grow.
Over the next two hundred years Fallcrest grew into a small but flourishing city. It was a natural crossroads for trade with the Kings Road, Trade Road and Nentir river all crossing through. The Markelhays ruled justly and the people were happy and prosperous.
Around 100 years ago, the empire of Narath began to crumble and for a while Fallcrest and the other towns of the Nentir Vale were unaffected. That was before the orcs came. A fierce horde known as the Bloodspear Orcs descended down from the Stonemarch mountains and swept over the Vale, burning and destroying all it could find. The Army of Fallcrest tired to stop them and the two clashed outside of Gardbury Downs, it was there that the Army of Fallcrest was defeated. The Bloodspears burned and pillaged Fallcrest and moved on to other targets throughout the vale.
In the decades that followed the Bloodspear War, Fallcrest has struggled to reestablish itself. The town is now a shadow of the center of commerce it once was. The countryside for miles around is dotted with abandoned homesteads, manors and other ruins from the days of Nerath. Once again, the Nentir Vale is a thinly settled borderland where few folk live and Fallcrest is a small town built upon the ashes of an old city.