Shortly after the defeat of Algeron's high priest Erwan, who was found to be a practitioner of the dark arts, peace and prosperity settled throughout the land. The Humans and the Elves formed a council to consolidate their alliance and to make sure that evil does not rear its ugly head on their lands once more. King Garin, like his father before him, became a wise and just ruler of the Human kingdom. Lord Osric of the Elves had appointed his son, Sylvane, to be his premier ambassador to the Humans and is offered his place of honor in the council. On the other hand, Lylandra, sister to Sylvane, had become indifferent to her father and to the affairs of the state. Since her ordeal with Erwan, she has been plagued with terrible nightmares of a dark figure that aims to consume her. She is often found wandering the forests alone. Her savior, Aramith, has chosen to retire as captain of Algeron's Royal Guard. He has begun to live in a lonely cabin near the peaks of Mount Garrison, where he seeks peaceful solitude for reasons yet unknown. But now, less than a year after Erwan's demise, there is unrest brooding in the shadows once again. There are many in the populace that are not willing to accept Erwan's alleged involvement in the dark arts. Sympathizers rioted; cults of supporters formed. Most cried for justice and blamed Aramith and the Elves for the fall of their most gracious spiritual leader. And as if things could not get any worse, there is a growing rumor of a new dark force; a shadow of a forgotten evil that roams the night, bringing death wherever it passes?