The Adventure Begins
Fallcrest lies near the middle of the broad border-land region known as the Nentir Vale. The vale is now mostly empty, with a handful of living villages and towns scattered over this wide area. Abandoned farmsteads, ruined manors, and broken keeps litter the countryside.
Bandits, wild animals, and monsters roam freely throughout the vale, threatening anyone who fares more than few miles away from one of the surviving settlements. Travel along the roads or river is usually safe—usually. But every now and then, travelers come to bad ends between towns.
The Nentir Vale is a northern land, but it sees relatively little snow—winters are windy and bitterly cold. The Nentir River is too big to freeze except for a few weeks in the coldest part of the year. Summers are cool and mild.
The vale is full of open meadowlands, copses of light forests, gentle rolling hills, and the occasional thicket of dense woodland and heavy undergrowth. The vale rests in the valley between the Cairngorm Peaks and the Dawnforge Mountains.