In a world almost lost, the forces of good and honor are on the run, splintered and driven into hiding. Your world has been overrun by darkness, gateways to the negative planes are open, and monstrous creatures tear the land apart. You are a Ranger, a scout and warrior leading a band of heroic fighters home, to the city of Essex, where mankind is making its last stand against evil. Hungry, tired, and losing hope, your band is ambushed, pushed back into an overgrown valley deep in a forsaken wood. The howls of enemies all around grow, as the small warband prepares to defend this place to the last. So begins the story of The Vale.