The town crier in Holtburg told of dire news. Ever since Asheron first called adventurers to Dereth, tidings of a dark entity called Bael'Zharon had been found. Those who chose the path of murder quested for the altar of Bael'Zharon and swore allegiance to the dark fiend. The Shadows waged war as his minions. Portents indicated the Hopeslayer could be freed to walk among us by an intricate series of arcane events.
And now, it has come to pass.
The rivers run blood red on Dereth. Chaos reigns o'er the island.
Bael'Zharon is free!