Nerath was the last of the great empires, falling more than one hundred years before the loss of the Five Cities. Founded by humans, Nerath grew to include populations of all of the civilized races, and its fall left uncounted kingdoms and city-states to struggle and fall in its wake. Memories of Nerath remained strong amongst its successor states, and attempts by various powers to reclaim the name of Nerath in their inevitably futile quests for empire were not uncommon.
The Five Cities were amongst the survivors of Nerath’s collapse, before they eventually fell to the onslaught of the Demonruck. The refugees fleeing from these horrors went on to found the town of Sojourn, where the dreams of Nerath continue.