Kingdom of White River
The White River Valley was once a border region of the human Empire of Nerath. At the height of Nerath’s power, the valley was peaceful and productive, full of farms and pastoral rolling hills. The swamps of the lizardmen and the orc infested northern mountains were never civilized, but their threat was once contained by the vigilance of the Knights of White River.
From the city of Whiteford, the Duke of White Valley ruled effectively (if not always justly) over the entire region. When the Empire of Nerath disintegrated under assault from Gnoll invasions, the Duke declared himself King instead. The new kingdom was short lived, however. Within two years of independence, a cambion warlord and his summoned devils lead waves of orc tribes down out of the mountains and sacked Whiteford and many of the surrounding towns and villages. The Knights of White River, now lacking royal patronage, retreated to the surviving town of Drakeford and took the responsibility of both defending and ruling the remaining civilized peoples of the region upon themselves.
This tenuous balance of power changed when the Eladrin city of Eolemune appeared as if out of nowhere on a hill in the midst of the valley. The scattered elven peoples that inhabited the forested regions of the valley rallied quickly behind the Eladrin banners, the faltering humans joined more hesitantly. Under the leadership of an Eladrin warlord, remembered now only as “the Fairy Prince,” the alliance of civilized folk managed to break the power of the orkish invaders. The Fairy Prince slew the cambion in single combat, and the orkish forces collapsed into small, squabbling tribal bands (which persist to this day in the eastern portions of the valley). For almost a century the Eladrin of Eolemune were the undisputed rulers of the White Valley.