The War for Carcerem
Jester's Crossing is a small village just south of Coldflood, however it is a rich one. It serves as the joining point of the Eastern and Western roads of the Shattered Empire, and the last stop before the capital. As such, during the days of the Helvan Empire, Jester's Crossing enjoyed vast streams of wealth as visiters stopped to enjoy a stay in a warm hotel, and trade with the locals. Thanks to the small tight knit community, and the abundance of wealth and resources, it was a happy place. Nobody had any needs that weren't fulfilled, guest or local.
After the King and Queen were killed however. Things soon changed. Happiness and luxury were replaced with misery and struggle. During it's time in the Empire, Jester's Crossing had failed to realize just how dependent they had become on the Empire. When the Empire collapsed, people suddenly stopped having a reason to visit the capital…and Jester's Crossing. They stopped getting trade. They stopped getting rich visitors spending money in their village.
They were the last place to officially leave the Empire. Reminiscing on their glory days and the riches they once had. Hoping it was a short term event. Hoping it would soon come back to them. Eventually the realization that they would have to go it alone set in. Eventually their stockpiles dried up. Eventually, people began to starve.