Beacons of Hope
Once, the splendor of Nerath lit the world with its culture and accomplishments. It united races and governed prosperously. Nerathi architects raised marvels of engineering; its artists composed works capturing the imagination; and its philosophy formed the foundation of humanity’s ideologies. Yet none of these feats could save Nerath from destruction.
Nerath was a human empire that rose to power after the fall of Bael Turath and Arkhosia. Although it was led by humans, many other races comprised the empire and were brought together under its rule. Under the Nerath empire the Common language became widespread as a means of fostering cooperation between races. Common has persisted as the language of choice for nearly all Nentirians when interacting with those outside of their own race.
Nerath fell after centuries of power, just like the great empires before it. The fall of Nerath has left many ruins across the former empire. However, it has left a legacy of interracial cooperation that many still adhere to.
The boundaries of the ancient empire of Nerath were marked by the tangled depths of the Winterbole Forest to the north, the majestic Dawnforge Mountains to the east, the verdant Golden Savannah to the south, and the rugged Stonemarch mountain range to the west. Only ruins and small, isolated settlements now dot the once-populous area.
To the southeast, beyond the southern tip of the Dawnforge Mountains, lie lands once claimed by both the tieflings of Bael Turath and the dragonborn of Arkhosia. These lands are now a war-ravaged wasteland.
Timeline (NF stands for Nerath’s Founding)
-175 NF – King Magroth founds the city-state of Nera. At fifteen years of age, Magroth founds what will one day be the imperial capital, lights the legendary Flame Imperishable, and leads the growing Nerai legions on decades-long marches of expansion that claim many vassal states under his banner.
-100 NF – Nera’s influence continues to expand, claiming fields and mountains as wise kings bring justice and order to a world still ravaged by Bael Turath’s iniquities.
0 NF – The city-state of Nera, having united much of the known world, for the first time calls itself the Nerath Empire.
25 NF – Nentir Vale occupied by scattered tribes of warring humans and remote clans of dwarves and elves, and settlers begin moving north from Nera. Fastormel and Harkenwold founded.
115 NF – Aranda Markelhay begins construction of the Moonstone Keep at Nentir Falls – Fallcrest founded.
245 NF – Village of Winterhaven founded in the shadow of Daymorn Keep.
321 NF – The Empire of Nerath begins to crumble, the Fall of Nerath involves an invasion of orcs, gnolls, goblins, demons, and perhaps a secret curse. The mysterious Ruler of Ruin leads the hordes. King Elidyr recalls the garrisons from the frontiers, urging them to surrender their posts to shore up the cities against the hordes. Many return to their native lands, but some stay behind to shield the flagging kingdom against the other arrayed enemies as they had since the kingdom first spread beyond its first cities. King Elidyr leads his armies against gnolls marching beneath the Ruler of Ruin’s banner. More than half of Nerath’s strongholds are razed in the war. King Elidyr, along with his heirs and trusted nobles, falls in battle. The battle breaks the Nerath Empire and leads to its downfall.
335 NF – The Bloodspear War began as Orcs from The Stonemarch swept across the Nentir Vale.
425 NF – The current year