The North

Map of the North and the Sword Coast

Northwest Faerûn, generally referred to as The North, is a region of wilderness, difficult winter weather, orc hordes, and barbarian tribes. It is a mostly untamed region that lies west of Anauroch and north of the High Moor. The inhabitants of areas further south, in West Faerûn, describe this area in condescension as “the Savage North,” which is a reference to the Savage Frontier and a time when its inhabitants were less civilized. In spite of this reputation, the region is home to two of the greatest cities in all of Faerûn: Neverwinter, Jewel of the North, and Waterdeep, the City of Splendors.

The Sword Coast North
The wild coast north of Waterdeep contains the cities of Neverwinter and Luskan, as well as the dangerous Mere of Dead Men, small mountainous ranges, and the enchanted Neverwinter Wood. The High Road road runs along the length of the coast from Luskan to far south of Waterdeep. This barely tamed region is protected by a federation of the northern cities and towns known as the Lords’ Alliance.

The Silver Marches
This area was formed from a defensive alliance of humans, elves, and dwarves in the mountainous area to the north of the High Forest. At its center is the city of Silverymoon, a place of learning and magic. It also includes the cities of Sundabar, Everlund, Mithral Hall and Citadel Adbar, amongst others. The rugged wilds to the north are home to threatening hordes of orcs. Somewhere in the Underdark beneath this region is the drow city of Menzoberranzan.

This port is the largest city on the coast, with a population of over a million. It is a bustling metropolis with a vibrant economy and many notable sights and characters. Chief among the features are Castle Waterdeep on the mount at the western edge of the city, and the vast Undermountain dungeon located directly underneath. It is often considered part of the Western Heartlands rather than being truly of the North. It also marks the arbitrary dividing line between the Sword Coast proper to the south and the “Sword Coast North” to the north.

The High Forest
A vast, densely-forested region just to the west of the Anauroch desert. These woodlands are home to elves, centaurs, satyrs, wild creatures and many mysteries. At its southern heart are the towering Star Mounts, from which flows the Unicorn Run.

The Frozenfar
The collective name for the lands north of the Spine of the World mountains, including the Sea of Moving Ice, the Reghed Glacier and of course, Icewind Dale. The Frozenfar is sparsely populated, the people of the Ten Towns and the various barbarian tribes being the only known peoples to thrive in the area.

The Savage Frontier
A general expression used for the parts of this region not generally covered by other names, it stretches from the edge of the High Moor in the south to the Spine of the World mountain range far to the north. It includes the Delimbiyr Vale, the River Dessarin and its tributaries; several hilly regions and wooded areas, and cold, wind-swept plains. The main trade route through this area is called the Long Road, and it joins several small communities with Waterdeep in the south.

The Northdark
No history of the North could ever be complete without considering the Northdark, the region of the Underdark lying beneath it. Once home to the mighty dwarven empire of Delzoun, the Northdark has since become a warren where few dare to tread except in the well defended dwarven holds of the far north.

The North

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