A brief intro / refresher on the world….
The world is made up of two main continents: Ladros and Helcaraxë they are connected by a thin land bridge called Nevernstare Bridge. The Nevernstare separates the Gulf of Nevernstare to the north from the Southern Sea to the south.
That crossing point is a natural compass for travelers to guide and direct others.
Thousands of years ago the world was in a Golden Age. Great Kingdoms dotted the landscape. Elder forests stood impressive and stretched for miles. This is not to say there wasn't occasional wars between kingdoms or attacks from monstrous beings. But the Golden Age's prosperity out weighed the sorrows. Then a mighty Ancient Red Dragon, Beihlorvelthian, rose to godhood through his own malicious means.
His wrath was unparalleled.
All the world had one choice: be destroyed and or enslaved to his will… or stand together and fight. Noble heroes rallied every force they could to meet the dragon god in battle: ancient worms, goblins, orcs, gnolls, and other beasts, all stood by elves, men, dwarves and gnomes… the loses were devastating.
Beihlorvelthian was defeated. The resources needed to win, both in blood and materials, drained the world and it plunged into the Dark Age. It has been a long struggle to recover, an accomplishment even now that is not yet achieved.
For a long time, the once great kingdoms were smaller, tensions were high as folk defender their own trying to survive.
Centuries later, tensions are lower and things have started to stabilize, but noting is like it was during the Golden Age. Some now call this the Bronze Age- as it is better than the dark times and hopefully promising its way back to greatness.
During the Dark Age many things changed. Great kingdoms fell, the lands suffered, and ultimately the maps needed to be redrawn.
One major change is of importance to you: the rumors and talk about the Feybright Forest.
In north central Helcaraxë was one of the greatest kingdoms of all time back in the Golden Age: the mighty Eleven lands of Elidyr. A huge forest stretching from coast to coast and acting as a natural wall against the dead lands of Kelfar to the north.
The elves suffered great loss during the War of the Dragon God. They were pinched between the undead's evil forces of the north and the draconic might of their opponent. Elidyr fell to a sliver of its former glory.
During the Dark Age the south eastern parts of the forest still prospered. It became known as the Feybright. No one knew why or how it faired so well.
It was not far from the coastal kingdom of Tyrrhene. Tyrrhene suffered less than most kingdoms as the fighting was more inland. They also benefitted from ocean trade and their unburnt farmlands to the west.
Centuries ago towards the end of Dark Age the Feybright changed into the Everdark. It became a sick forest surrounded by stories of evil.
Now that sickness seems to be spreading. The farmlands are suffering, the water supply from the mighty River Tildaruin is tainted and flowing right into Tyrrhene, Synoc, Paradore and more.
This change (of the creeping death) is bringing new talk and a lot of interest in the Everdark. This is where the rumors come from (see Shards of Everdark teaser).
Those living farther from the East are listening quietly hoping that whatever plagues the east won't travel west. The world is holding its breath. After a lot of hard work, the last thing it needs is a spreading darkness.
Those in the west have another problem. A local one the eastern folk don't know about. The glimmering emerald isles of the north have lost their glow. Telumendil has gone dark. Strange things are happening along the channel and the northern sea. The elves of Tangwen have closed their boarders fearing their forest is next.