An Empire Forgotten
Harkenwold lies in the southeast corner of the Nentir Vale near Fayrwin, the Dawnforge Mountains, the White River and Harken Forest. Many years ago, a small group of paladins from the Order of the Radiant Lion ventured into the region and set up an outpost. Over time this outpost grew into a town, which was ruled by the Somerset family. Their current leader is Lord Warden William Somerset, who is a proud and honorable paladin that has been overseeing the safety and well-being of Harkenwold for the past 30 years.
Harkenwold has always been a very diverse town, sharing its strong understanding of magic and religion with its inhabitants. It is also home to the Academy of the Cobalt Order, a school for wizards, warlocks, sorcerers and other practitioners of the magical arts. This academy is well-respected throughout the Nentir Vale, and is the destination for those looking to gain knowledge in the arcane.
Harkenwold also remains the base of operations for the Nentir Vale division of the Order of the Radiant Lion. This division serves as the military force for Harkenwold, and consists of paladins, clerics and knights. With the help of wizards and warlocks from the Cobalt Order, they provide Harkenwold with protection from internal and external threats. The current Captain of the Order of the Radiant Lion is Setzer Daven, the champion of Harkenwold and good friend to Lord Warden William Somerset.