Scales of War
When the human empire of Rhestilor was at its height about five hundred years ago, the Nentir Vale stood as the northernmost extension of that great realm. Would-be settlers navigated the Nentir River through trackless swamp or forged their way through a thick forest that separated this area from the old lands of Bael Turanthi. 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 well traveled roads, and most of the towns flourished over the next two hundred years or so. Then, over two and a half centuries 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 of Rhestilor 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 pressed on to Rhest, they left behind a broken and battered land.
Though today, the Nentir Vale is not under immediate threat of another large invasion, the area still has more than its share of monsters, evil gangs, and otherworldly dangers. Most of the communities that sprang up during the vale’s brief heyday are still present, but greatly reduced in population and influence. Between these points of light lie vast tracts of untamed land and ruined outposts dating back to before the Bloodspear War.