Up until four centuries or so ago, the Moon Hills and the surrounding Nentir
Vale were thinly settled borderlands, home to quarrelsome human hill-chieftains
and remote realms of non humans such as dwarves and elves. Giants, minotaLrs,
orcs, ogres, and goblins plagued the area. Ruins such as those on the Gray Dov’ns
or the ring-forts atop the Old Hills date back to these days, as do stories of the
hero Vendar and the dragon of the Nentir.

With the rise of the empire of Nerath to the south, human settlers began to
move up the Nentir, 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 three hundred ten years ago, and under its protection the
town of Fallcrest began to grow.

Over the next two centuries, Fallcrest grew into a small and prosperous city.
It was a natural crossroads for trade, and the Markelhays ruled it well. When the
empire of Nerath began to crumble about a century ago, Fallcrest continued to
flourish-for a time. Ninety years ago, a fierce horde of orcs known as rhe Bloodspears
descended from the Stonemarch and swept over the vale. Fallcrest’s army
was defeated in a rash attempt to halt the Bloodspears out on GardlJury Downs.
The Bloodspears burned and pillaged Fallcrest and went on to wreak havoc all
across the Nentir Vale.

In the decades since the Bloodspear War, Fallcrest has struggled to reestablish
itself. The town is a shadow of the former city; little trade passes up and down the
river these days. The countryside for scores of miles around is dotted with abandoned
homesteads and manors from the days of Nerath. Once again the Nentir Vale is a thinly
settled borderland where few folk live.
This is a place in need of a few heroes.


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