Fallcrest stands amid the Moon Hills at the falls of the Nentir River, in the northern part of the human nation of Casparia. Here travellers and traders using the old King’s Road that runs north and south, the dwarven Trade Road from the east, and the river all meet. The surrounding ridges shelter several small valleys where farmers and woodsfolk live; few are more than six or seven miles from the town. In general the people outside Fallcrest’s walls earn their living by farming or keeping livestock, and the people inside the walls are artisans, labourers, or merchants. People with no other prospects can make a hard living as porters, carrying cargo from the Lower Quays to the Upper Quays (or vice versa).
Fallcrest imports finished goods from the larger cities downriver and ironwork from the dwarf town of Hammerfast, and exports timber, leather, fruit, and grain. It also trades with the nearby town of Winterhaven. The surrounding hills hold several marble quarries that once produced a good deal of stone, but the area has little demand for ornamental stone these days, and only a few stonecutters still practice their trade.
Up until four centuries or so ago, the Moon Hills and the surrounding Nentir Vale (the area around the Nentir River) were thinly settled borderlands, only considered part of Casparia because of the natural border of the river. They were home to quarrelsome human hill-chieftains and remote realms of nonhumans such as dwarves and elves. Giants, minotaurs, orcs, ogres, and goblins plagued the area. Ruins such as those on the Gray Downs or the ring-forts atop the Old Hills date back to these days, as do stories of the hero Vendar and the dragon of the Nentir.
With the rise of the empire of Nerath to the south, human settlers began to move up the Nentir, establishing towns such as Fastormel, Harkenwold, and Winterhaven. A Nerathan hero named Aranda Markelhay obtained a charter to build a keep at the portage of the Nentir Falls. She raised a simple tower at the site of Moonstone Keep three hundred ten years ago, and under its protection the town of Fallcrest began to grow.
Over the next two centuries, Fallcrest grew into a small and prosperous city. It was a natural crossroads for trade, and the Markelhays ruled it well. When the empire of Nerath began to crumble about a century ago, Fallcrest continued to flourish—for a time. Ninety years ago, a fierce horde of orcs known as the Bloodspears, emboldened by the patronage of a red dragon, descended from the Stonemarch and swept over the vale. Fallcrest’s army was defeated in a rash attempt to halt the Bloodspears out on Gardbury Downs. The Bloodspears burned and pillaged Fallcrest and went on to wreak havoc all across the Nentir Vale.
In the decades since the Bloodspear War, Fallcrest has struggled to reestablish itself. The town is a shadow of the former city; little trade passes up and down the river these days. The countryside for scores of miles around is dotted with abandoned homesteads and manors from the days of Nerath. Once again the Nentir Vale is a thinly settled borderland where few folk live. This is a place in need of a few heroes.
Places of Note
Districts and Landmarks
- Hightown – the area to the north above the falls and the bluff in the middle of town
- Lowtown – the area to the south, below the falls and the bluff
- Moonwash Falls (location 21) – the small river that flows through Fallcrest to join the Nentir
Towers, Keeps and Manors
- Moonstone Keep (location 8) – seat of the Lord Warden of Fallcrest, Faren Markelhay
- Kamroth Estate (location 20) – home of wealthy landowner lord Armos Kamroth
- Septarch’s Tower (location 22) – the old seat of Fallcrest’s mages’ guild from before the fall
- Tower of Waiting (location 1) – an abandoned keep, longtime home of the Lost Ones
Inns and Taverns
- Nentir Inn (location 4)
- Silver Unicorn Inn (location 6)
- Blue Moon Alehouse (location 23)
- Lucky Gnome Taphouse (location 28)
- Halfmoon Trading House (location 7)
- House Azaer (location 11)
- Fallcrest Stables (location 17)
- Naerumar’s Imports (location 19)
- Teldorthan’s Arms (location 19)
- Upper Quays (location 2)
- Lower Quays (location 29)
- Moonsong Temple (location 16) – Fallcrest’s largest and most prosperous temple, devoted to Sehanine, with shrines to Corellon, Melora and Avandra
- House of the Sun (location 10) – a recently reestablished temple of Pelor, with shrines to Kord and Bahamut
- Temple of Erathis (location 13) – the newest and most influential temple, with shrines to Ioun and Moradin