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The Purple Rocks were an archipelago in the Trackless Sea located west of Gundarlin beyond the warm water of The River.[5] They appeared as rocky outcroppings, but verdant valleys were sheltered from the storms behind their sparse forested peaks.[6]

The dragon Galadaeros considered the Purple Rocks its territory, and it is believed that Flamehome Isle, as he called its lair, was actually one of these two islands.[7]

Islands Edit

  • Trisk (western)
  • Utheraal (eastern)

Climate Edit

The Purple Rocks, along with Tuern, Gundarlun and Ruathym, live at the mercy of far harsher sea storms than those on the mainland, and have a winter spanning nearly eight months a year. The Aurilsbreath (as the islanders call the bitter and constant winter winds), frozes everything not built on the lee side of the islands. When not frozen by the Aurilbreath, the islands are shrouded in a dense fog that last through the day, and its summers are even cooler than subarctic ones.[8]

Society Edit

Here, like in rural communities all over the North and other outer islands like Tuern, magic use was punishable by death. People of the Purple Rocks appeared to worship Tempus (called Tempos), Auril and Umberlee, the usual Northman deities, but their idols of those gods all showed many tentacle-like arms.[3]

History Edit

The Rocklanders, or the people of the Purple Rocks, were originally a colony from Gundarlun Island.[4] Later, both the western island Trisk and its eastern neighbor Utheraal grew into independent island-nations, with the later paying Trisk a steep sum of gold to avoid war. This situation ended abruptly in the 1368 DR, when the longships of King Selger landed upon the shores of Utheraal and the battle for control of Vilkstead took place, resulting in the deaths of King Bromm and 200 of the island's best warriors.[2]

Locations Edit


Ulf of Thuger 
The capital city of the nation of Trisk. Its inhabitants fished and farmed barely enough to put food in their mouths, and additional needs were satisfied by piracy on other Northmen and pirate ships. Their main activity was recording and cataloging the flux of information that filtered into the island through the Kraken Society spy network.[6][1] In 1361 DR, King Selger dwelt here as the nominal ruler of Trisk.[1]


With richer fishing water than its neighbour, the throne city of Utheraal had enough catches to satisfy its own needs and make a living by exporting large amounts of dried, smoked, salted, and pickled fish to Gundarlun, which in turn shipped it to cities all across Faerûn. It also produced a pungent, salty, herbal goat cheese called Vilksmaarg, popular in Sword Coast taverns.[6]


The Sunken City was an underwater elven city as large as Waterdeep.[6] Destroyed by the drow, it lay in ruins off of Trisk's northern shore, where it was used by Slarkrethel as headquarters for the Kraken Society.[9]

Travel Edit

Estimated caravel travel times by sea (assuming good weather and strong breeze):[10]




  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Elaine Cunningham (May 1998). Tangled Webs. (Wizards of the Coast), p. 143. ISBN 0-7869-0698-7.
  2. 2.0 2.1 slade, Ed Greenwood, Julia Martin, Steven E. Schend, Paul Jaquays, Steve Perrin (April 1996). The North: Guide to the Savage Frontier (The Wilderness). (TSR, Inc), p. 41. ISBN 0-7869-0391-0.
  3. 3.0 3.1 Paul Jaquays (1988). The Savage Frontier. (TSR, Inc), p. 19. ISBN 0-88038-593-6.
  4. 4.0 4.1 Paul Jaquays (1988). The Savage Frontier. (TSR, Inc), p. 20. ISBN 0-88038-593-6.
  5. Elaine Cunningham (May 1998). Tangled Webs. (Wizards of the Coast), p. 11. ISBN 0-7869-0698-7.
  6. 6.0 6.1 6.2 6.3 Paul Jaquays (1988). The Savage Frontier. (TSR, Inc), p. 37. ISBN 0-88038-593-6.
  7. Ed Greenwood and Sean K. Reynolds (2002-08-28). Galadaeros, "Sunset Flame". Wyrms of the North. Wizards of the Coast. Retrieved on 2010-11-09.
  8. Paul Jaquays (1988). The Savage Frontier. (TSR, Inc), pp. 13–14. ISBN 0-88038-593-6.
  9. Sean K. Reynolds, Jason Carl (November 2001). Lords of Darkness. (Wizards of the Coast), p. 154. ISBN 0-7869-1989-2.
  10. Paul Jaquays (1988). The Savage Frontier. (TSR, Inc), pp. 35–36. ISBN 0-88038-593-6.

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