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The Ridge was a long stretch of cliffs found in the eastern Cloud Peaks.[1][2]

DescriptionEdit

The Ridge was an exposed stretch of fault line nearly 280 feet tall at its center point and extending for more than 50 miles from the Cloud Peaks. The cliffs were climbable but challenging.[1] They abruptly appeared out of the surrounding ground.[3]

Walking along the Ridge was difficult, as it was a craggy surface and covered with sparse vegetation.[2]

The Ridge was the most extensively mined area in Amn,[2] being rich in minerals, including gems, precious minerals, metals, and salt.[4][1][2] Blue-purple diamonds were the most common gem found here,[2] but some even claimed that adamantite could be found in the Ridge.[4]

GeographyEdit

The Golden Creek and the Vudlur, tributaries of the Splendarrllur, began from the heights of the Ridge.[5][6]

HistoryEdit

The Ridge had once been covered in forest. During the Thousand Year War between dragons and giants, the trees were either burned to the ground or clear-cut.[7]

Tethir, the great elven dragonslayer, died while killing two ancient red dragons who laired in the Ridge.[7]

The fault was inactive throughout all of Amn's history.[1]

Gold and iron were first discovered in the Ridge by the Keczull clan. Hundreds of years later, in 1355 DR,[8] a simple bookkeeper from Keczulla, Pulth Tanislove, discovered a ruby mine in the Ridge that quickly earned him almost half a million danters. This led him to the founding of Tanislove Mines, the largest mining company in all of Amn.[4]

Notable LocationsEdit

The mining town of Keczulla was located south of the Ridge.[4] Between Amnwater and Keczulla was found an ancient ring of stones called the Giants' Dance.[9] The ruined town of Orlsfall was located on the northern side of the Ridge.[10]

AppendixEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 Scott Haring (1988). Empires of the Sands. (TSR, Inc), p. 18. ISBN 0-8803-8539-1.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 2.5 Steven E. Schend (1997). Lands of Intrigue: Book Two: Amn. (TSR, Inc), p. 27. ISBN 0-7869-0697-9.
  3. Steven E. Schend (1997). Lands of Intrigue: Book Two: Amn. (TSR, Inc), p. 47. ISBN 0-7869-0697-9.
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 4.3 Scott Haring (1988). Empires of the Sands. (TSR, Inc), p. 11. ISBN 0-8803-8539-1.
  5. Steven E. Schend (1997). Lands of Intrigue: Book Two: Amn. (TSR, Inc), p. 38. ISBN 0-7869-0697-9.
  6. Steven E. Schend, cartography by Diesel (1997). Lands of Intrigue (Map of Lands of Intrigue). (TSR, Inc). ISBN 0-7869-0697-9.
  7. 7.0 7.1 Steven E. Schend (1997). Lands of Intrigue: Book One: Tethyr. (TSR, Inc.), p. 19. ISBN 0-7869-0697-9.
  8. Steven E. Schend (1997). Lands of Intrigue: Book Two: Amn. (TSR, Inc), p. 41. ISBN 0-7869-0697-9.
  9. Steven E. Schend (1997). Lands of Intrigue: Book Two: Amn. (TSR, Inc), p. 34. ISBN 0-7869-0697-9.
  10. Steven E. Schend (1997). Lands of Intrigue: Book Two: Amn. (TSR, Inc), p. 35. ISBN 0-7869-0697-9.

ConnectionsEdit

The Fangs • The Hamlar HillsThe RidgeMount Speartop

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