The Nentir Vale
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Fallcrest: This is your haven when you are not battling in the dungeons. Fallcrest provides you with inns to sleep in, taverns to frequent, merchants to barter with, and contacts who can point you to your next adventure. Population is 1,350, with another 900 or so living on the countryside within a few miles of the town. The human noble Faren Markelhay is the Lord Warden of the town. He is in charge of the town’s justice, defences, and laws. The defence of Fallcrest is the Fallcrest Guard, sixty warriors, who also serve as constables. Moonstone Keep is their barracks. The Lord Warden can call up 350 more warriors at need.
The Nentir Vale: Up until four centuries ago, the Moon Hills and the surrounding Nentir Vale were thinly settled borderlands, home to human hill-chieftains and remote realms of nonhumans such as dwarves and elves. Giants, minotaurs, orcs, ogres, and goblins plagued the area. Ruins such as those on Gray Downs or the ring-forts atop the Old Hills date back to these days, as do the stories of the Hero Vendar and the dragon of Nentir. With the rise of the empire of Nerath to the south, human settlers began to move up the Nentir, establishing towns such as Fastormal, 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 the 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 the 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 the Bloodspears descended from the Stonemarch and swept over the vale. Fallcrest’s army was defeted in a rash attempt to halt the Bloodspears out on Gardbury Downs. The Bloodspears burned and pillaged Fallcrest and went on to wreck 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 a 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 the 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.