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The Cloud Peaks were a range of mountains in West Faerûn, and they marked the northern border of Amn.[3][1] Sportsmen and -women who could afford the cost would use the cliffs of the range for rock climbing.[4]

GeographyEdit

While a small mountain range, the Cloud Peaks were very tall. The tallest mountain in the range, Mount Speartop, had an elevation of 14,500 feet above sea level.[5]

Many steep ravines and sudden drops lay along the paths, and the winds were dangerous. The mountains were snow-covered most of the year and quite cool.[4]

FaunaEdit

Many sheep and goats roamed the foothills of the Cloud Peaks, grazing.[4]

ProductionEdit

The mountains were thoroughly mined for iron, gems, and precious metals.[1] The town of Crimmor processed a good portion of the ore and gems coming from the Peaks before shipping them to Athkatla.[5]

InhabitantsEdit

Tribes of ogres and hill giants lived here. A family of cloud giants lived here also until they were eliminated in 1342 DR.[2] Both remorhazes and white dragons inhabited these mountains as well.[1]

One such white dragon was named Icehaupt. He lived on Mount Speartop but preferred to never leave his lair.[6][4][7]

Until 1369 DR, an ancient red dragon also lived in the mountains, but it was slain by the blue dragon Araugauthos, who then returned to her own lair.[8]

Trails and BywaysEdit

The Trade Way goes through Fang Pass in this mountain range.[1]

Notable LocationsEdit

Citadel of Amnur 
This outpost was one of two built to defend against orcs in the north.[9]
Citadel of Rashturl 
This outpost was one of two built to defend against orcs in the north.[9]
The Fangs 
This pair of steep crags guarded the way to the Sword Coast region.[9][4][1]
The Hamlar Hills 
These lightly forested foothills are used by farmers for grazing their animals.[4]
The Mountain of Skulls 
This well-hidden cave is a temple to Bane and later Cyric.[7]
Mount Speartop (14,500') 
The tallest peak in the range, this peak was rumored to be the resting place of several massive, sleeping dragons.[2]
The Ridge 
This was an exposed stretch of fault line nearly 280 feet tall in the eastern portion of the mountains.[10][7]

AppendixEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 1.6 Ed Greenwood, Sean K. Reynolds, Skip Williams, Rob Heinsoo (June 2001). Forgotten Realms Campaign Setting 3rd edition. (Wizards of the Coast), p. 154. ISBN 0-7869-1836-5.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 Scott Haring (1988). Empires of the Sands. (TSR, Inc), p. 4. ISBN 0-8803-8539-1.
  3. Scott Haring (1988). Empires of the Sands. (TSR, Inc), p. 3. ISBN 0-8803-8539-1.
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 4.3 4.4 4.5 Steven E. Schend (1997). Lands of Intrigue: Book Two: Amn. (TSR, Inc), p. 26. ISBN 0-7869-0697-9.
  5. 5.0 5.1 Scott Haring (1988). Empires of the Sands. (TSR, Inc), p. 7. ISBN 0-8803-8539-1.
  6. Scott Haring (1988). Empires of the Sands. (TSR, Inc), p. 17. ISBN 0-8803-8539-1.
  7. 7.0 7.1 7.2 Steven E. Schend (1997). Lands of Intrigue: Book Two: Amn. (TSR, Inc), p. 27. ISBN 0-7869-0697-9.
  8. Steven E. Schend (1997). Lands of Intrigue: Book Two: Amn. (TSR, Inc), p. 30. ISBN 0-7869-0697-9.
  9. 9.0 9.1 9.2 Scott Haring (1988). Empires of the Sands. (TSR, Inc), p. 15. ISBN 0-8803-8539-1.
  10. Scott Haring (1988). Empires of the Sands. (TSR, Inc), p. 18. ISBN 0-8803-8539-1.

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