Trade dominated the local economy, as it did all around the Golden Water. Fiertallin, a popular cosmetic substance, was gathered from the river Xon some 20 miles (32 kilometers) up the bay, and exported out of Suormpar.
The barony of Suormpar was granted by the king to Maelin Rascalin, a convicted bandit who rose to become the kingdom's greatest general, in reward for defending the realm against barbarians.
By 1358 DR, warnings circulated that the gray orcs of the Dustwall Mountains were gathering in preparation for a major assault or raids into Ulgarth. In preparation, Baron Rascalin, began recruiting solders, even mercenaries, to bolster the city's defenses, as well as armorers, weaponsmiths, and anyone else who could lend a hand.