Explorers of Barsaive
For hundreds of years, the world of Earthdawn suffered under a reign of terror perpetrated by beings known collectively as the Horrors. Though the world always had magic, the level of ambient magic gradually increased, and so did the activity of the Horrors. Magic eventually reached a level that allowed the Horrors to routinely breach the extra-dimensional barriers between their world and the world of Earthdawn. The time during which the Horrors freely roamed the world, causing terror and destruction, is known by many names, the most common being the Scourge.
During the Scourge, cities and nations fell to the Horrors’ power. Some individuals and communities embraced dark magics to defend themselves, some becoming little better than that which they feared. Now the Scourge is over. Many Horrors remain, but their power is enough diminished that civilization has begun to rebuild. Most people still tremble inside the walls they built to protect themselves and their families, afraid to venture out into the strange, changed world. The few brave enough to face it are the heroes of Earthdawn.