The Fall of Avalon
More than a century ago a fortified town, Fort Kare, was built in the hinterlands of Freehold. The fort-town housed an army garrison tasked to protect the valuable resources and trading routes running through this area. The land bordered on mountains rich in precious ore, on forests holding valuable timber, and on a river that provided fresh water.
Unfortunately, the land also held terrible dangers, the greatest of which was the powerful white dragon Frystiomagythant which the locals referred to as ‘Icefyre’. As soon as the fort-town grew large enough to draw his attention, the dragon destroyed it. Failing to understand the scope of the problem, troops rebuilt the fort; the town within the fort would thereafter grow anew, only to suffer the wrath of the dragon once again. This devastation happened numerous times over the centuries, killing scores in the process.
During the War, just as the fort-town – nicknamed Fort Caretaker by the unlucky inhabitants – grew large enough to be doomed to another dragon attack due to fortification, all the troops within the fort braved Icefyre’s icy lair and slew the dragon, suffering heavy losses. With the threat gone, the fort-town was free to grow more prosperous than ever before. Miners, loggers, traders, and craftspeople quickly learned of the opportunities offered in the rich lands around Fort Kare. The once-doomed town was now seen as a place to make one’s fortune.
Two years have passed since the vanquishing of the dragon, and Fort Kare has quickly turned into a place where even garrison troops finally see being stationed there as something more than just a death sentence. The locals who survived the dragon’s attacks have started to forget the past troubles, but a new threat grows.