Legends of the Nentir Vale
Nearly 200 years ago, a cult of the demon Prince Orcus purposely created a rift, connecting one of Orcus’s unholy Shadowfell sites to the world. Skeletons, zombies, and fouler creatures flooded through the rift into the light of day. A noble champion from lands to the south rose up against the evil threat. He and his men destroyed the undead, sealed the opening, and built a keep to watch over the location and contain the threat. The site is now named after the champion, Beliard Keep.
Decades of peace followed, the village of Winterhaven arose within a days journey to the south of the keep. Eventually, the great fort fell into ruins and it’s grand purpose forgotten. Today, it is seen as a harmless tumble of stone and wood.