Heroes of the Better Age
Over a century ago, the Red King and his armies clawed their way up from the crags in the north. Equipped with weapons and armor of strange metal, black as winter night. The ensuing war is known as the Darkwar, which lasted for 30 years and ended with the final siege upon the Oldwalls, ancient structures of the old Northern Kingdoms, now equal parts fortress and prison of the fiends. as the great enemy repelled the best efforts of the heroes of old to breach the citadel and reclaim the land from the fiends. The best the civilized nations can muster is to ensure that no army marches south, though the Oldwalls have remained quiet for years.
In the following years, scouts report growing cities, armies marching across the tundra, and magic crashing unrelenting over the land. The occasional demonic raid leaves lightly defended hamlets in constant fear. Civilized lands keep constant vigil against threats from the Oldwalls, but maintaining scouts over a 2000 mile perimeter is all but impossible.