Darkvale is the name for the wasteland that used to be known as the Nentir Vale. Years ago a Tiefling Warlock by the name of Amon Purpose started and all out war against the gods in the Vale and it left its mark. Darkvale is now void of most faith unless you count the demons that run around everywhere. Safety for the innocent is scarce as most people were either killed long ago or have left. The few settlements left consists of the elves of Harken Forest and the former residents of Fallcrest before it was lost. Resources are very limited as well, weapons are highly valued, gold is all but non existent. The land is controlled by no one, each settlement has its own leader and they rarely communicate with each other.
The monster greatly out weigh the population of Darkvale and everyday is a fight for survival. The center of the vale is a large crag that no good being can go near. This crag was torn open by Amon Purpose in his attempt to summon Orcus, the Demon Prince. In this process most of the Nentir Vale was immediately destroyed including the west half of Fallcrest. Citizens tried to hold West Fallcrest but they soon realized it was futile and left before they were overrun with demons.
Presently most survivors of the event reside underground or in a settlement guarded by powerful magic. The heart of Harken Forest is one such example where its residents are able to live a semi comfortable life. The tribes of elves have put together a magical ward that nothing can pass through without several peoples permission.
The other large settlements include the ruins of Harkenwold now know as Vale’s End and a series of underground tunnels built under Hammerfast known as The Barrows.