Heroes of the Better Age
Over a century ago, the Red King and his armies rose from the crags in the north. Equipped with weapons and armor of metal black as wintertime night. The ensuing war is known as the Darkwar, which lasted for 30 years and ended with the final siege upon the Northwalls, a prison turned fortress as the great enemy repelled the best efforts of the heroes of old to breach the citadel and reclaim the land from the fiends.
In the following years, scouts report growing cities, armies marching across the tundra, and magic crashing unrelenting over the land. The occasional raid leaves lightly defended hamlets in constant fear. Civilized lands keep constant vigil against threats from the Northwalls, but maintaining scouts over a 2000 mile perimeter is all but impossible.