Battlerise was named for a local hill on top of which was the ruined Battlegate Castle. This castle was the seat of the extinct Auantiver noble family. The hamlet itself was once a larger village, but its population was greatly reduced after it was attacked by monsters raiding out of the Vast Swamp, including lizardfolk.
Besides a small population of turnip farmers, the Margar family owned a waystable that was fortified with its own palisade. There the family traded fresh horses to travelers in exchange for their road-weary ones, or sold them outright.
Various nobles attempted throughout the years to rebuild the castle on the hill in order to use it as a base for trade with neighboring Sembia. However, their efforts were defeated by the presence of the Cult of the Dragon, who had already been using the vaults below the castle as a headquarters for their own sorcerous, clandestine operations. Unbeknownst to the Margars, the Cult also had an agent installed as one of the hired hands working for the family.