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The Nether Mountains were a chain of dark peaks that once marked the boundary between the ancient empires of Netheril and Delzoun.[3]

HistoryEdit

Many travelers avoided these peaks, because several orc tribes laired in the region, such as the Thousand Fists and the Ripped Gut tribes who fought ferociously over the Moon Pass, a large gorge that split the mountains into its eastern and western ranges. Around 1372 DR, the orcs made an uneasy truce, making them an even greater threat to anyone traveling the region.[3]

GeographyEdit

The greatest danger within these mountains were an entire clan of blue dragons known as the Morueme which resided in Morueme's Cave on the high slope of the mountain peak aptly named Dragondoom. The dragons' threat was only enhanced by the servitude of a large tribe of hobgoblins called the Red Flayers, who maintain the Doomspire, a citadel carved into the rock, and protect their masters with an almost deific reverence.[2]

Geographical featuresEdit

MountainsEdit

Dalagar's Dagger 
The highest peak in the northeast.[4] Also known as a Dragon's Graveyard.[citation needed]
Dragondoom 
Located in the eastern end of the Nether Mountains; Morueme's Cave and the Doomspire were located here.[2]
Ladypeak 
Located at the westernmost end of the mountains.[4]
Mount Ieldroun 
One of the tallest mountains east from the Moon Pass.[5]
Mount Thorog 
The other of the two tallest mountains east from the Moon Pass.[5]

Caves and cavernsEdit

Morueme's Cave 
Home of the Morueme clan of blue dragons.[2]
Thousand Maws 
Home to the Thousand Fists orc tribe.[6]

ValleysEdit

High Thorog
A valley located between Mount Thorog and Mount Ieldroun.[7]
Moon Pass 
An ancient gorge through which the River Rauvin flowed splitting the eastern and western section of the Nether Mountains.[2]
Silverymoon Pass 
This pass separated the two sections of the western end.[6]
Turnstone Pass
The pass which the road from Sundabar to Ascalhorn, but around 1372 DR, it was a wilderness area.[5]

Notable locationsEdit

SettlementsEdit

Baraskur 
Main settlement of the Ripped Gut orc tribe.[4]
Doomspire 
A hobgoblin village guarding Morueme's Cave.[6]
Rauvincross 
A small village within the Moon Pass.[2]
Hilltop 
A tiny settlement located west of Ladypeak.[8]

Other locationsEdit

Lady's Hand Monastery 
A temple dedicated to Loviatar on Ladypeak.[4]
Telkoun's Tower 
A wizard stronghold.[6]
Tombs of Deckon Thar 
Seven tombs named after the first bandit chieftain buried here.[1]

InhabitantsEdit

The peaks were also home to dozens of other dangerous monster species making them one of the most inhospitable wild regions in all Faerûn. There were even suggestions that portals or deepspawn were responsible for the amazing abundance of monsters roaming the higher slopes of the Nether Mountains. For those daring enough to brave the dangers, gold, silver, and copper could be mined in quantity. Finally, many adventurers hunted the mountains in search of the legends of lost caches of Netherese magic.[4]

Blood of Morueme 
A clan of blue dragons that laired in the easternmost peaks.[2]
Ripped Gut 
An orc tribe which lived on the northern slopes.[4]
Thousand Fists 
The orc tribe who resided on the southern slopes.[6]

AppendixEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. 1.0 1.1 Bruce R. Cordell, Ed Greenwood, Chris Sims (August 2008). Forgotten Realms Campaign Guide. (Wizards of the Coast), p. 147. ISBN 978-0-7869-4924-3.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 2.5 2.6 Ed Greenwood and Jason Carl (July 2002). Silver Marches. (Wizards of the Coast), p. 13. ISBN 0-7869-2835-2.
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 Ed Greenwood and Jason Carl (July 2002). Silver Marches. (Wizards of the Coast), p. 11. ISBN 0-7869-2835-2.
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 4.3 4.4 4.5 Ed Greenwood and Jason Carl (July 2002). Silver Marches. (Wizards of the Coast), p. 12. ISBN 0-7869-2835-2.
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 Ed Greenwood and Jason Carl (July 2002). Silver Marches. (Wizards of the Coast), p. 15. ISBN 0-7869-2835-2.
  6. 6.0 6.1 6.2 6.3 6.4 Ed Greenwood and Jason Carl (July 2002). Silver Marches. (Wizards of the Coast), p. 11. ISBN 0-7869-2835-2.
  7. Ed Greenwood and Jason Carl (July 2002). Silver Marches. (Wizards of the Coast), pp. 14–15. ISBN 0-7869-2835-2.
  8. Philip Athans (2008). A Reader's Guide to R. A. Salvatore's the Legend of Drizzt. (Wizards of the Coast), p. 138. ISBN 0-7869-4915-5.

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