From the introduction:
It has been over a decade since orc raiders from the Twisted Nail tribe overran the village of Roslar’s Coffer, forcing the local inhabitants to flee and razing much of the fortified Sarenite temple, known as the Bastion of Light, located just outside the village. During the intervening years, a powerful magical beast known as a red reaver moved into the church and has prevented orcs and humans alike from settling the areas nearest to the temple. Red reavers form a unique bond with the territory they inhabit, but over the years, the reaver of Roslar’s Coffer has formed an unusually potent bond with the Sarenite church it has claimed. This bond has made the reaver unusually resilient and difficult to defeat. Because of the beast’s unusual strength and ferocity, Roslar’s Coffer remains sparsely populated, for few citizens of Lastwall are willing to risk the reaver’s wrath.