The Chronicles of Aios
It has been nearly a century since the gods left the continent of Aios, an event collectively known as the Forsakening. The gods no longer respond to our prayers, and even the angels that were once the messengers of the gods are now cut off from their astral home. Since then, they have formed the Angelic Council, and have continued to reach the teachings of the gods and bestow their blessings unto the devout from within the ivory Keep of Grail. But their power is waning, and the darkness is slowly encroaching upon the civilized lands.
You are a child of the Grail Lands, the lands surrounding the city of Grail. Though too young to remember the days when gods spoke to the mortals of Aios, you have heard stories told by the longer lived races of what life was like before the Forsakening. Perhaps it is no coincidence then that the undead have become something of an epidemic. While the Praetorians have done an admirable job defending the city from various hordes,the smaller towns beyond the city walls have been left vulnerable to similar attacks. Grail makes every effort to send aid, but there are not enough resources to protect every town and village. Citizens are continually encouraged to move closer to Grail, where the towns are more easily garrisoned by Praetorians.
In response to the ever present threat of the undead, there has been a noticeable increase in the amount of freelance “adventurers” throughout the countryside. While some of the smaller towns cannot regularly afford to pay these adventurers, they usually can provide a hot meal and a warm bed free of charge.
You are one of those adventurers. The undead have been a trouble to everything and everyone you’ve known, and you finally took it upon you to take up arms against the shambling masses. Perhaps you fight in the name of protecting your fellow countrymen, or perhaps having basic needs met is all the motivation you need. Whatever the reasons, you find yourself among a small group of fellow adventurers heading toward the town of Bethrezen. You’ve hard the small hordes of undead have been consistently harassing the town, and Praetorian reinforcement will take at least a week to arrive. This could be an opportunity to gain a bit of notoriety as adventurers, and perhaps a bit of profit as well…