Tales of the Nentir Vale
Fallcrest: A small trading town straddling the Nentir River. Its steward, Lord Markelhay, hopes to unite the settlements of the valley- not in an empire, but in a coalition of allied independent holdings. Empires fall, he reasons, but with the grace of Erathis he can make the Vale safe for civilized folk again.
Unknown to him, however, fell forces seek to uncover the secrets of the Vale, and use them for dark ends. Can the heroes he recruited to be his champions stand against this unsuspected evil?