Heroes of the Shadow
Hope is the first step on the road to disappointment.
The kingdom of Cheliax is a cursed land of deception, intrigue, suffering and ruthlessness. its former capital Westcrown, in particular, labors under an age old cursed night. It is populated with all manner of loosely moraled individuals darkening its many shadowed streets. Any flame shines all the brighter in the dim Westcrown. Many adventurers of courage and principle find their services greatly needed, and the ability to make a difference draws heroes from all over the land. The citizens of Westcrown often live hard lives, yet they carry themselves with pride nevertheless. By day they poor labor near fruitlessly. At night they cling together in their meager dwellings with hope to survive another night.
Cheliax is primarily a country of humans, but other humanoids of any type can be found in Westcrown and the other large cities. Thrown into chaos after the death of the god Aroden, Cheliax found a new spiritual guide to help tame the resulting lawlessness and destruction—Asmodeus. Dominated today by the “Thrice-Damned” House of Thrune, Cheliax is a land of inflexible order. Order is kept like a rigid steel blade tempered in the fires of Hell. It is a land where nobility and virtue take second place to a ruthlessly imposed harmony. It is a place where talks of past glories are only whispered in the dark, where heroic ambitions are kept to oneself, and where normal people strive to blend into the safe anonymity of the crowd. It is here, in the country’s former capital of Westcrown, that you find yourself.