In the year 8270 of the Liberation Calendar, the world of Erathia stands on the brink of change.

The Imperium Hominus stands a shadow of its former glory, struggling to maintain the ruins of a failing empire. The ancient keeps of the Dwarven kings quake as dark and mysterious powers stir beneath the earth. The Elven city-states seem scattered and weak in the face of the perpetual threat the Eladrin pose in the Deep East. The Shadowfalls of Korendos seem choked with carrion as the Dark Lords swell their undead armies. All this and more stand ready to test any who would dare try to make a name for themselves in these dangerous times.

This is the era of upheaval.