Terror of Nagash
This is some simple background information for the town of Fallcrest and the surrounding Nentir Vale, which is where our adventure will begin. As you can tell, my details are pretty light. I was hoping that you guys could help me elaborate on the region and its history. If you have any ideas, bring them up and I can try to work it into the story. After all, this isn`t my story, this is a story with 5 different authors!
Our adventure will begin in the town of Fallcrest, in the region known as the Nentir Vale. Wild, uncontrolled regions abound and cover most of this part of the world. City states and small towns dot the darkness, bastions in the wilderness built amid the ruins of the past. Most of these settlements are points of light in the darkness, a temporary shelter from the wilds outside.
Fallcrest itself is a small town built from the ruins of a larger city. The town is a crossroads for travellers and traders alike. All of the region’s major trade routes cross through the town. An old highway built by previous generations runs east and west, and brings merchant caravans from cities beyond the boundaries of the vale. The dwarven hold of Hammerfast is a week’s travel distant along a dwarven trade route. Finally, a major river runs through the town and runs south to the heart of old empires.
The surrounding ridges shelter several small valleys where farmers and woodsfolk live, few more than a couple of miles from the town. In general the people outside Fallcrest’s walls earn their living by farming or keeping livestock, and the people inside the walls are artisans, labourers, or merchants. The town is also host to a constant parade of traders, caravan workers and mercenaries.
The population of Fallcrest and its surroundings numbers about 5000 people. Each of the good races can be found in the region, although some of them are very few in number.
- Humans: Humans are certainly the most common race in Fallcrest, and indeed in the rest of the Nentir Vale. They are farmers, woodsmen, administrators and traders.
- Halflings: Halflings are second in number only to humans. They perform many of the same jobs as their larger allies.
- Dwarves: A fair number of dwarves also live in Fallcrest, and several visit regularly from their dwarven homeland of Hammerfast
- Half-Elves: A small number of half-elves reside in Fallcrest and the vicinity, and most are either farmers, woodsmen or skilled artisans and jewelers, tailors, or wood workers
- Elves: Elves are scarce in Fallcrest, but small clans of elves inhabit the numerous forests scattered throughout the region.
- Tieflings: A small number of Tieflings live in Fallcrest. There are a few Tiefling families that have taken up residence in the town and act as administrators and merchants.
- Eladrin: Eladrin are rare in Fallcrest, but a few long-lived families moved into the region centuries ago, during the reign of older empires, and now occupy advisory positions to the current town governor.
- Dragonborn: Dragonborn are not native to Fallcrest, but families and individuals often accompany the many caravans that enter and leave the town.
Fallcrest imports finished goods from the larger cities downriver and ironwork from the dwarf town of Hammerfast. In exchange, it exports agricultural products such as timber, leather, fruit and grain to the big cities. It also trades with the small, nearby town of Winterhaven. The surrounding hills hold several marble quarries that once produced a good deal of stone, but the area has little demand for ornamental stone these days, and only a few stonecutters still practice their trade.
Up until a century ago, Fallcrest and the other villages in the Nentir Vale were part of the large and powerful empire of Nerath. Nerath was a vast, sprawling human empire based in the cities to the South. Fallcrest was at the very edge of Nerath’s influence, but it still became a large and prosperous city. Imperial legionnaires guarded the city and its roads, and the good races enjoyed a life of relative peace. However, time passes and empires fall, and even mighty Nerath wasn`t immune to the ravages of time. The once-great empire collapsed almost a century ago, and only memories of its glory remains.
In the decades since the collapse of the Nerath, Fallcrest has struggled to re-establish itself. The town has become a shadow of the former city; little trade passes up and down the river these days. The countryside for miles around is dotted with abandoned homesteads and manors from the days of the Nerath. The Nentir Vale has become a thinly settled borderland where few folk live.