The range was about 250 mi (402 km) long and not more than about 25 mi (40 km) wide, forming a ring around Vaasa from the west to the east in an anti-clockwise direction. The range was extremely jagged and permanently topped with ice and snow.
The mountains were rich in bloodstone, iron and silver. Despite the danger from their hostile inhabitants, people came to the mountains in the hope of mining their way to riches, especially the dwarves, who had set up the Bloodstone Mines, Hillsfar Hall and Ironspur in the area in order to cultivate the ores. There was an ever-present danger of tunneling into the Underdark beneath the mountains and unleashing the evil creatures within.
Due to the extremely impassable terrain that constituted the majority of the mountain range, Bloodstone Pass was the only realistic crossing point for humanoids, and lead east into neighboring Damara.
The Galena Snake was a winding river that flowed down the mountain range. Its origin was near to the eastern edge of the range, close to Justin's Mine, and it flowed south through Kinbrace before turning southeast and joining the Icelace River. There was a meltwater surge every spring but it was otherwise unnavigable.