The Stockwood Scrolls
The Western Heartlands is an agricultural region of gently rolling hills centering on the Chionthar River, located in the west of Faerûn. The Western Heartlands stretch west from the Sunset Mountains in the east, and slowly blend into the coastal Sword Coast region at the Sea of Swords. The Cloud Peaks mark the southern border it shares with the nation of Amn. The city of Baldur’s Gate is the largest in the region.
To the caravan drivers of Amn and Sembia, the Western Heartlands are known as “miles and miles of miles and miles” — windswept, grassy flats skirting impassable bogs, badlands, rolling hills, high moors, and lonely forests, all of which are filled with monsters. The farmers, frontier folk, walled-city dwellers, and other hardy souls who live here are strong and independent enough to carve successful lives out on the frontier where skill and intelligence count for more than one’s bloodline. The Western Heartlands are home to dozens of separate walled cities, racial enclaves, farm towns, monasteries, fortified strongholds, and armed domains.
Inhabitants of the Western Heartlands outside of the big cities live in scattered wilderness settlements. The people of the west tend to be stubborn, independent, and proud of their ability to thrive in a challenging environment. Their frontier spirit is complemented by a trader’s willingness to greet strangers as potential friends rather than potential enemies. Unlike some civilized people of the eastern nations, the folk of the west look upon adventurers favorably, viewing them as potential customers, good allies in a fight, and possibly even as neighbors.