The town of Fallcrest, once the shining jewel of the kingdom of Nerath’s northern defenses now struggling to survive in the aftermath of the Bloodspear War. However the orc raiders have left the Nentir Vale and Fallcrest begins to rebuild.
The vale is a dangerous place and is the home of bandits and worse, but despite this several beacons of light still remain in Fallcrest, Hammerfast, and Winterhaven. The Lord Warden of Fallcrest has been receiving news of increased bandit activity around Fallcrest. More troubling still is that the bandits seem to be made up of kobolds. Kobolds are known for two things, trap building and cowardice. As bandits they usually would stick to attacking during the night, and then only solitary travelers or small groups. However recently the reports indicate that the kobolds have grown bolder, including attacking a trade caravan from Winterhaven during the day.
Nimozaran the Green has visited the Lord Warden’s chambers several times with signs and portents that a great evil has invaded the vale and imploring that the town’s coffers be opened to fund more magical defenses. While the Lord Warden values Nimozaran’s council he knows that he cannot spare any more gold for such defenses without proof.
Of equal concern was reports that dwarves from Hammerfast had started excavating a mine nearby, and while his reports indicate that the dwarves were heavily armed there has been no new trade with the miners in some days. Fallcrest had welcomed the influx of money that the miners had brought with them and the leader of the expedition had pledged that the new dwarven hold would help defend Fallcrest in times of need. The lack of news from the miners has worried the Lord Warden and he has sent two of his best scouts out to the mine to see what has befallen it. They have not returned, and now it seems that the Lord Warden must turn to others to investigate what has happened to the dwarves.