Shadows of the Past
Welcome to Faerun
« Welcome to the world of Faerun, a place of great heroes and stark evil, encompassing lands of magic, mystery, and high peril.
Bold knights dare the crypts of dead monarchs, seeking glory and treasure. Insolent rogues prowl the dark alleyways of ancient cities, plotting their next exploit. Devout clerics wield mace and spell, questing against the terrifying powers that threaten the land. Cunning wizards plunder the ruins of fallen empires, delving fearlessly into secrets too dark for the light of day. Dragons, giants, black-hearted villains, demons, savage hordes, and unimaginable abominations lurk in horrible dungeons, endless caverns, ruined cities, and the vast wild places of the world, thirsting for the blood of heroes.
This is the land of Faerun, a continent of heart-stopping beauty and ages-old evil. Welcome to the FORGOTTEN REALMS. »
— Taken from the introduction of the 3rd edition of the Forgotten Realms campaign setting