Blight of the JethRamar
During the first age, a great blight befell the northern lands of Ilkarsa. An evil Archlich by the name of Jeth’Ramar waged war against the free races in an attempt to gather souls for Nerull. Jeth’Ramar’s mastery of necromancy was fueled further by the power of Nerull, and his ever growing undead army swarmed the north. Many lost their lives, only to join the ranks of the scourge. Much of the northern lands of Ilkarsa were ravaged, and the free races were at their darkest hour. Then suddenly, without any explanation, the undead horde fell as though the evil energies which animated their flesh had left them. Some still walked, but those were quickly cut down. Historians of present day believe that the reason for this sudden end to the war was related to the Raven Queen overthrowing Nerull as ruler of the dead. The free races were safe, but no one really knew where the Blight truly started, thus Jeth’Ramar was never found.
Only a few texts remain that detail exactly how the scourge of Jeth’Ramar rose to the masses that they became, and those have been scattered in several locations across Ilkarsa in order to prevent any other dark wizards from discovering the dark necromancy they contain. Only a handful of scholars know the locations of these texts, but one has gone missing, and these texts are highly coveted by the greatest wielders of the dark arts.