THE NENTIR VALE
When the human empire ofNerath was at its height about
three hundred years ago, the Nentir Vale stood as the
northernmost extension of that great realm. Would-be settlers
navigated the Nentir River through a trackless swamp
or forged their way through a thick forest that separated
this area from the rest ofNerath. At the end of their journey,
they came upon a pocket of rolling grassland and
light woods more than a hundred miles wide and ringed
by mountains and forests-a frontier area that held both
promise and peril for those who braved it.
Several settlements sprang up in the area. Foot paths
between these outposts of civilization turned into welltraveled
roads, and most of the towns flourished over the
next two hundred years or so.
Then, nearly a century ago, chaos and ruin came to the
Nentir Vale when an ore horde called Clan B1oodspear
swarmed down out of the mountains to the northwest. By
this time, the empire ofNerath had begun to crumble, and
the hardy souls of the vale got no help from the south.
Before the Bloodspear War was over, much of the
Nentir Vale had been ravaged. When the orcs finally withdrew,
they left behind a broken and battered land. Now,
for the second time in its history, the vale is a destination
for those of stout heart and great prowess-adventurers
who seek to turn this near-wilderness once again into a
place where peaceful folk can forge a life for themselves.