Shadows Over Arantor
On one dark night, the earth shook, the sky tore, and the seas ran red – this was the night of the Sundering. After a shipment of the extremely rare "Phelan Brand Brandy" was delivered to the royal court of Freehold, some of the inhabitants were tainted and became undead. Various portals and openings to the Shadowfell opened, and the entire city was soon infested with undead and other dark creatures. Across Arantor, these minions of darkness – answering to one only known as "The Overlord" – began various rites on long-dead heroes of Arantor to resurrect them in service to their evil cause. Entire stretches of land were burned whole or thrown into the sea. The northern cities were quickly overtaken, and tales of dark deeds began to crawl across the world. One group, the Vanguard, took up arms quickly after the Sundering in an effort to repel the invaders from the north. Based in the newly formed fortress ofArgent, they are quickly becoming one of the largest fighting forces the world has seen since the Empire. Another group, the Redeemed, began occupying cities and raising militias to protect the people and weed out any suspicious subjects. Their effectiveness and methods are debated amongst survivors, but they have been safe so far.