At times, a star or three can shine through the grey night sky, and many nights are lit by a sickly yellow moon. As the winds of the day fall still, the temperature drops to a chill, and both forest and town fall into the silence of a winter night.
The history of Sombra is the history of the Lady of Shadows. Sombra began simply as a place for the Lady of Shadows to call her own. The malicious will of the Nightfall has twisted this place and marred its landscape. A few of its inhabitants, those with the most influence, are those who were deceived or enticed into her service. They cannot leave, but they are still better off than those poor, unfortunate souls who fell into the Lady's disfavor in the past. These are the greater multitude of the shadows who inhabit the little villages and towns along the Asom and its tributaries.
Were it not for the Lord August, this would be the story of Sombra - a place lost to evil, darkness, and horror. August came to rid the worlds of her evil, but found it daunting even for his noble soul. Centuries later, he sat as a broken man on a shining throne; still determined, but thwarted at every turn by the schemes of the Lady of Shadows and the unknowable machinations of the Nightfall. As it often is in Solenset, then came darker days.
After six years of constant war, with each side brought nearly to ruin, a power greater than eithers' might came to Sombra. They called it the Devouring Dark, and its true form is shrouded in mystery. Unlike the Dark found in other realms (such as the Ashva), the Devouring Dark is intelligent, malicious, and seeks to suck all into its grasp – forever.
Both the Lady of Shadows and the Lord August knew they could not stand against this new shadow. As it advanced and surrounded the last bastions of civilization, they met - for the first, and last, time. The Lady's mastery of darkness combined with the holy flames of August's power to drive the Devouring Dark back to the borders of Sombra.
Even as they united, though, August's mistrust and the Lady's treachery fed the evil of this place. Their tenuous alliance threatens to break with every day, and as August nears the end of his days, he may be losing faith in his ability to hold back the night. If that were to happen, it would be the end of Sombra as we know it.