Somewhere in the large, chaotic world of Asnia, is a region called Summerfrost, nestled between the Eskin Sea, the Iron Hills and vast Badurian Woods. Summerfrost is a rather remote and seemingly irrelevant district of the Monakin Empire.
In this quiet, unexciting region, our adventure begins as the flapping of the wings of a butterfly that can cause hurricanes that may one day roam the world…
Summerfrost is a region that on the one hand has always been there and on the other hand has never really existed. The people who live there, live there because their parents lived there. And their parents lived there because their parents lived there. And so it goes on for generation upon generation, until the point in history that nobody can remember.
It was only 40 years ago, that this region that never really was, suddenly turned up in history. It became a name in administrations and on maps. The emperor of the powerful Monakin Empire had set eyes on the resource-rich regions that are called the Borderlands and soon sent forth his armies to take what didn’t really belong to anybody yet.
The Borderlands is an undefined area which – if you’d really want to – could best be defined as the lands east of Urk’s Crossing up to the point where no one dares to go. The people of Summerfrost never knew they lived in the Borderlands, just like they didn’t know they lived in Summerfrost. They just happened to live in a place where the Monakin
army passed through on their way to the Iron Hills. This apparently happened on the coldest morning of the summer of 1327, when Emperor Jonakin 3rd opened his luxurious tent and stepped out on the grass that was covered with a thin layer of frost crystals. A district was born…
Jonakin 3rd’s army left and captured the Iron Hills from whatever creatures dwelled in those hills. On their way back, the army stayed for a few days just outside the town of Nitherport on the banks of the river Ilvan. For no other reason than that Jonakin happened to be there when he was asked to appoint a capital of this newly founded district, Nitherport received this title and the Royal Mapmaker quickly altered the southern border of Summerfrost because he was too afraid to inform the emperor that the city wasn’t really part of the district yet. And so it came to be that on the first day of summer 1367 you and your group are on your way to Nitherport, for the town has since then expanded to a relatively large city, full of wealthy people and even fuller of people seeking wealth. You are pretty sure you will fit right in!