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The Fire River was a river in the Vast that ran from the Earthspur Mountains to the Dragon Reach.[1][2]

DescriptionEdit

The Fire River was a wide and mostly placid river that flowed west across the southern Vast, north of the Earthfast Mountains, and into the Dragon Reach and ultimately the Sea of Fallen Stars. Along its course, it was joined by a number of springs, which originated in dense stands of trees.[1][2]

The river had its headwaters in the Earthfast Mountains[4] It ran down through the High Country and into the Vast lowlands.[1][2]

The only major cataract on the Fire River was a thundering waterfall near the village of Dragon Falls. There was a rope-pulled ferry across the river for merchant caravans going along the North Road, located a thousand yards above the village.[5][6][2] However, the Dragon Falls themselves were actually a spring that cascaded over a bluff alongside the road and joined the Fire River.[6]

At the town of Mossbridges was the big multi-span bridge where the Coast Road crossed the Fire River.[7]

At its end, the Fire River ran between two large hills and emptied into the Dragon Reach.[8][9] Here its mouth was a small and sheltered natural harbor, upon which both Sarbreen and the city of Ravens Bluff sat.[9][10]

InhabitantsEdit

The waters of the Fire River held some attraction for greater sea hags.[3]

Going down the Fire River, settlements on or beside it were Dragon Falls, Highbank Forest, Mossbridges, and Ravens Bluff.[11]

ActivitiesEdit

Goods were transported up and down the Fire River by barge. Logs were also floated down from forests to mills near Sarbreen.[10] Over a third of the Vast's agricultural exported produce came down the Fire River to Ravens Bluff.[12]

HistoryEdit

Legend had it that the Fire River valley had seen more new and destructive spells hurled down it than any other spot in Faerûn, at least after the days of Netheril.[1]

Malanthus Stormstaern, Magister of 154177 DR, owned a keep near the headwaters of the Fire River, in the Earthfast Mountains, but this was later destroyed in an avalanche.[4]

The rampaging red dragon Halarglautha Firewings inflicted flaming destruction upon dwarf, human and orc settlements along the river, apparently giving the Fire River its name.[6]

ReferencesEdit

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 Ed Greenwood (November 1998). The City of Ravens Bluff. (TSR, Inc), p. 151. ISBN 0-7869-1195-6.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 Ed Greenwood, Sean K. Reynolds, Skip Williams, Rob Heinsoo (June 2001). Forgotten Realms Campaign Setting 3rd edition. (Wizards of the Coast), p. 214. ISBN 0-7869-1836-5.
  3. 3.0 3.1 Ed Greenwood (November 1998). The City of Ravens Bluff. (TSR, Inc), p. 96. ISBN 0-7869-1195-6.
  4. 4.0 4.1 Ed Greenwood (January 2000). Secrets of the Magister. (Wizards of the Coast), p. 31. ISBN 978-0786914302.
  5. Ed Greenwood, Julia Martin, Jeff Grubb (1993). Forgotten Realms Campaign Setting 2nd edition (revised), A Grand Tour of the Realms. (TSR, Inc), p. 73. ISBN 1-5607-6617-4.
  6. 6.0 6.1 6.2 Ed Greenwood (November 1998). The City of Ravens Bluff. (TSR, Inc), p. 150. ISBN 0-7869-1195-6.
  7. Ed Greenwood (November 1998). The City of Ravens Bluff. (TSR, Inc), p. 140. ISBN 0-7869-1195-6.
  8. Jeff Grubb, Ed Greenwood and Karen S. Martin (1987). Forgotten Realms Campaign Set (Cyclopedia of the Realms). (TSR, Inc), p. 56. ISBN 0-8803-8472-7.
  9. 9.0 9.1 Ed Greenwood, Julia Martin, Jeff Grubb (1993). Forgotten Realms Campaign Setting 2nd edition (revised), A Grand Tour of the Realms. (TSR, Inc), p. 75. ISBN 1-5607-6617-4.
  10. 10.0 10.1 Ed Greenwood (November 1998). The City of Ravens Bluff. (TSR, Inc), p. 3. ISBN 0-7869-1195-6.
  11. Ed Greenwood (November 1998). The City of Ravens Bluff. (TSR, Inc), p. 145. ISBN 0-7869-1195-6.
  12. Ed Greenwood, Sean K. Reynolds, Skip Williams, Rob Heinsoo (June 2001). Forgotten Realms Campaign Setting 3rd edition. (Wizards of the Coast), p. 215. ISBN 0-7869-1836-5.

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