IT IS A TIME OF MAGIC AND MONSTERS, A TIME WHEN ONLY A FEW SCATTERED POINTS OF LIGHT GLOW WITH STUBBORN DETERMINATION AMID ARISING TIDE OF SHADOWS. IT IS A TIME WHEN ONLY THE BRAVEST HEROES DARE TREAD THE WILDS OF THE UNKNOWN.. .
Magroth the Mad an erstwhile emperor and tyrant from the time of Nerath, the world's last empire -- yearns to be free of his eternal prison in the Shadowfell. And Orcus, the Demon Prince of Undeath, has a plan to help him.
Falon of Nenlast, a small trading village in the northern reaches of the Nentir Vale, is a novice priest of Erathis, mostly content, mostly ignorant of the dark corners of the world.
With fear and dread loose in the world like hounds in a hunt, Falon and a ragtag company of adventures must venture forth and confront the forces that threaten to extinguish the delicate light of civilization forever.