The Shadow of Nerath
Nerath’s various enemies shared one common trait, a belief that they had been persecuted or marginalized in some way by the empire and it’s human leaders. But for centuries this one common thread was not enough to tie together the various races and groups who sat on the fringes of Nerathi society. This changed during the final years of the empire. A series of small regional conflicts broke out throughout the empire. The Goblins renewed their millenia old feud with the Dwarves, The Drow struck out at the Elves for the first time since the Elves had joined Nerath’s Alliance, and the Orcs began launching renewed raids against the empire’s southern border. At first the legion could quell these various uprisings, but as they dragged on and spread more and more, the legion was stretched too thin to cope. At this point, the Orcs broke through the Latoran Wall, and began to march into the heartland of Nerath. Seeing the other wars going on, representatives from the Orcs approached the Goblins and Drow with a proposition. All of them would benefit from the fall of Nerath, so the three nations should ally with each other until that goal was accomplished. Thus the Coalition was formed. As the war continued to go well for them, other races and tribes joined in. Even some fringe groups of humans who felt they could benefit from the fall of the empire joined the Coalition. After nearly a decade of war, the Coalition laid siege to the city of Nerath itself. Exhausted by the war, the final Legions offered no real resistance, and the Imperial City was burned. However, what should have been a time of triumph quickly became a bloody mess. Within weeks of the fall, the three founding nations of the Coalition were at each others throats over how to divide up the land and treasure they had seized. No two accounts of this period agree on exactly who struck first and why, but within the year all traces of alliance were gone between them. Years of war with Nerath had left them all tired and unable to contemplate another continent wide war. In the end, the armies of the three nations returned to their homelands, leaving most of the former empire free from their influence.