People of Fallcrest, I implore you!
The Cloak Wood is a small forest in the southwestern Nentir Vale, about fifteen miles west of Fallcrest. In the wake of the Bloodspear War, when the civilized races retreated behind their walls, the Cloak Wood became infested with kobolds, whose various tribes, including the Skull Kickers, the Fire Starters, and the Kneecappers, maintained a perpetual state of war with one another. In early 588, however, the Skull Kicker tribe achieved dominance, after the leaders of its rival tribes were all slain in rapid succession. The rival tribes fled to the west, south, and north, and the Skull Kickers turned their violence outward from the Cloak Wood for the first time in a century, systematically plaguing trade between Winterhaven and Fallcrest.