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The River Valashar was a river in Amn,[1] in the region of the former kingdom of the same name.[2]

GeographyEdit

The river started in the lower peaks of the Snowflake Mountains in the east of Amn, within the forest of Shilmista. The headwaters included three sets of waterfalls, as they poured over cliffs to end in a deep forest pool. From this pool the river continued to the west, leaving the forest and growing larger and faster. It became the mighty Amstel River near Trollford,[1] after being joined by the Khalleshyr.[3][note 1]

DescriptionEdit

The Valashar was a wide river that was shallow and calm for up to 20 miles after leaving Shilmista. It picked up volume from springs along its course and deepened. By within 40 miles of Trollford its speed picked up before joining the Amstel River, which was uncrossable.[1]

Rumors & LegendsEdit

The pool near the headwaters of the River Valashar was said to be inhabited by nereids.[1]

AppendixEdit

NotesEdit

  1. The map of Eshpurta on page 39 of Lands of Intrigue Book Two: Amn marks the Amstel River as beginning at the convergence of Trifin Creek and the River Rimril, and page 45 describes the river as flowing "from Eshpurta" and being fed by the Khalleshyr and the River Valashar. However, three sources, Empires of the Sands (p. 18), Castle Spulzeer (p. 21), and Lands of Intrigue Book Two: Amn itself (p. 43) indicate that the Amstel River began east of Trollford, the only safe place where it could be crossed for 75 miles. Finally, the wording on page 38 of Lands of Intrigue Book Two: Amn implies that the river began "at Trollford," where the Khalleshyr joined it. It is consistent that Trifin Creek, the Rimril, the Khalleshyr, and the Valashar all fed the Amstel. It seems possible that the north–south fork from Eshpurta and the east–west fork from Trollford were both called the Amstel. It is also possible that the map on page 39 of Lands of Intrigue Book Two: Amn is in error and that references to "from Eshpurta" and "at Trollford" are not meant to be precise but rather as general descriptions of the area, i.e., "near Eshpurta" and "in the region of Trollford." If this latter interpretation is correct, then page 43 of Lands of Intrigue Book Two: Amn would clearly indicate that the River Valashar became the Amstel River when the Khalleshyr joined it 40 miles east of Trollford. According to page 38, then, Trifin Creek flowed into the Rimril at Eshpurta, and it was the Rimril, not the Amstel, that flowed south from Eshpurta. The Rimril then joins the Amstel west of Trollford.

ReferencesEdit

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 Steven E. Schend (1997). Lands of Intrigue: Book Two: Amn. (TSR, Inc), p. 43. ISBN 0-7869-0697-9.
  2. Steven E. Schend (1997). Lands of Intrigue: Book One: Tethyr. (TSR, Inc.), p. 30. ISBN 0-7869-0697-9.
  3. Steven E. Schend, cartography by Diesel (1997). Lands of Intrigue (Map of Lands of Intrigue). (TSR, Inc). ISBN 0-7869-0697-9.

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