Ten years ago the Time of Strife has ended. It left in it's wake a continent torn asunder by war and plague. Roughly half the population lay dead in mass graves or out on battlefields. The once proud armies of men, a mere shadow of what they once were, now slink back to their capitals and castles to lick their wounds.
With the military drained old treaties and alliances faltered and eroded. Civilization shrank in response. Bandits and brigands grew more boisterous. The Celestial Churches influence grew as the peasants turned to them for protection the nobles would not give.
Now we find the players heading into the Wild North. To the town of Phandalin.. where adventure awaits.