To Tame a Land
Up until four centuries or so ago, the Moon Hills and the surrounding Nentir Vale were thinly settled borderlands, home to quarrelsome human hill-chieftains and remote realms of nonhumans such as dwarves and elves. Giants, minotaurs, orcs, ogres, and goblins plagued the area. Ruins such as those on the Gray Downs or the ring-forts atop the Old Hills date back to these days, as do stories of the hero Vendar and the dragon of the Nentir. With the rise of the empire of Nerath to the south, human settlers began to move up the Nentir, establishing towns such as Fastormel, Harkenwold, and Winterhaven. A Nerathan hero named Aranda Markelhay obtained a charter to build a keep at the portage of the Nentir Falls. She raised a simple tower at the site of Moonstone Keep three hundred ten years ago, and under its protection the town of Fallcrest began to grow.
While the Nentir Vale was made relatively safe by settlement, a threat loomed in The Stonemarch. The humans had indeed rid the Vale of goblins, orcs and the like however the survivors fled north where they were quickly assimilated into one of the strongest hordes in the world; The Bloodspears. Ninety years ago, the Bloodspears decended on the Nentir Vale in a storm of violence know as the Bloodspear Wars. The Fallcrest army rashly attempted to halt their advance on the Gardbury Downs. The army of Fallcrest was routed and hundreds were killed in the horrific battle. The Bloodspears then rampaged throught the Vale only brought to a halt by the stalwart defiance of the Hammerfast Dwarves in the east and the Princes of Noria in the west. The Nentir Vale was shattered by the Bloodspear Wars and although most of the major survived the onslaught never again would Nentir return to its former state.
Today the Nentir Vale is a borderland region all but forgotten by the rest of the world. Very little trade passes through the area and few dare venture beyond the relative safety of towns. Abandoned homesteads and farms litter the landscape whispering tales of its former glory.