From the back of the book:
The Age of Legend
Before science, before history, there was an Age of Legend...
For years humanity huddled in underground kaers, as the astral beings known as the Horrors ravaged the land in an orgy of terror and destruction. Now the long, dark age of the Scourge has passed, and brave adventurers emerge to reclaim their world.
Elf, ork, t'skrang, human, and other wondrous races explore a world that teems with strange creatures and unseen dangers; a world of lost cities, of ancient, long-forgotten treasures and indescribable wonders; a world where the very earth and sky vibrate with magical energies.
In this age of legend, heroes rekindle the glory of days past and become the legends of tomorrow.
Join these brave souls and begin roleplaying in Earthdawn, the Age of Legend.