Shadow of Orcus
The Nentir Vale is a thinly settled borderland, that in itself is just a small portion of the larger World. It mostly lay undeveloped and unsettled until about 400 years ago when the rise of the Nerath Empire south of it enabled Human settlers to move northward into the Vale. This brought upon the development of many towns and villages, including Winterhaven and Harkenwold. And it eventually saw the rise of larger cities, including Fallcrest and Hammerfast. The Vale grew and prospered for a good part of three centuries. Then about 90 years ago, a marauding horde of Orcs called the Bloodspears rampaged through the Vale, pillaging and destroying everything in their path. Since then, the small settlements that have survived have struggled to reestablish themselves.