The great human empire which covered vast amounts of territory under a largely benevolent rulership. For a time, it was thought that the Empire of Nerath would bring peace to the world. This hope failed when the hordes of Gnolls backed by demons overwhelmed the Empire’s defenses and destroyed its last king, all of his heirs, and most of his trusted nobles.
With the destruction of its heart, the once great and unified empire disintegrated into squabbling petty kingdoms, most of which have fallen to the rising tides of chaos and monsters. The civilization which Nerath represented is once again sparse and threatened.
More recently, some of the tribal Humans of the White River Valley have begun actively identifying themselves as “Nerathian”, and appear to be actively pursuing the resurgence of Human power in the region. This is directly in contrast to the power structures as the currently exist.