This river served as a major route for barges from villages south of Eshpurta to Lake Esmel. The banks near the lake were made of the bright red clay of the region, and many villages profited from sales of pottery.
The river began 40 miles east of Trollford, where the River Valashar was joined by the Khalleshyr. After Trollford, it fused with the River Rimril, soon after the Rimril was itself joined by Trifin Creek at Eshpurta.[note 1]
The river was fast and deep both west and east of Trollford. It was impossible to ford for 75 miles (120 kilometers) west of the ford. East of the joining of the Khalleshyr, the Valashar was crossable, but the Khalleshyr was not, so one had to travel even further than 75 miles east if the goal was to reach Eshpurta from the south bypassing the ford. As it approached Lake Esmel, the Amstel became passable again.
- ↑ The map of Eshpurta on page 39 of Lands of Intrigue Book Two: Amn marks the Amstel River as beginning at the convergence of Trifin Creek and the River Rimril, and page 45 describes the river as flowing "from Eshpurta" and being fed by the Khalleshyr and the River Valashar. However, three sources, Empires of the Sands (p. 18), Castle Spulzeer (p. 21), and Lands of Intrigue Book Two: Amn itself (p. 43) indicate that the Amstel River began east of Trollford, the only safe place where it could be crossed for 75 miles. Finally, the wording on page 38 of Lands of Intrigue Book Two: Amn implies that the river began "at Trollford," where the Khalleshyr joined it. It is consistent that Trifin Creek, the Rimril, the Khalleshyr, and the Valashar all fed the Amstel. It seems possible that the north–south fork from Eshpurta and the east–west fork from Trollford were both called the Amstel. It is also possible that the map on page 39 of Lands of Intrigue Book Two: Amn is in error and that references to "from Eshpurta" and "at Trollford" are not meant to be precise but rather as general descriptions of the area, i.e., "near Eshpurta" and "in the region of Trollford." If this latter interpretation is correct, then page 43 of Lands of Intrigue Book Two: Amn would clearly indicate that the River Valashar became the Amstel River when the Khalleshyr joined it 40 miles east of Trollford. According to page 38, then, Trifin Creek flowed into the Rimril at Eshpurta, and it was the Rimril, not the Amstel, that flowed south from Eshpurta. The Rimril then joins the Amstel west of Trollford.
- ↑ 1.0 1.1 1.2 Steven E. Schend (1997). Lands of Intrigue: Book Two: Amn. (TSR, Inc), p. 38. ISBN 0-7869-0697-9.
- ↑ 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 Steven E. Schend (1997). Lands of Intrigue: Book Two: Amn. (TSR, Inc), p. 43. ISBN 0-7869-0697-9.
- ↑ 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 3.4 Steven E. Schend (1997). Lands of Intrigue: Book Two: Amn. (TSR, Inc), p. 45. ISBN 0-7869-0697-9.
- ↑ Scott Haring (1988). Empires of the Sands. (TSR, Inc), p. 18. ISBN 0-8803-8539-1.
- ↑ 5.0 5.1 Doug Stewart (November 1997). Castle Spulzeer. (TSR, Inc), p. 24. ISBN 978-0786906697.
- ↑ Steven E. Schend (1997). Lands of Intrigue: Book One: Tethyr. (TSR, Inc.), p. 30. ISBN 0-7869-0697-9.