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The Savage Frontier was a region in the subcontinent of Faerûn that included the lands north of the Delimbiyr river that are not strictly part of the High Forest, the Silver Marches, the Sword Coast or Waterdeep. It is located between the Silver Marches and the Sword Coast, where the cities of Neverwinter and Luskan lie.

Contrary to its name, much of the area was really no more a savage frontier than other parts of the Realms and was quite civilized (Ed Greenwood once compared this to similar naming for cities in the US West). However, broader conflicts, such as those between Luskan and Waterdeep and frequent troubles with the Zhentarim made the area a dangerous one.

Races Edit

The Savage Frontier was a racially diverse region. However, small towns and villages dominated by humans tend to have few if any nonhumans. Most dwarves, elves, and halflings prefered to live in their own settlements, far from human-claimed lands.[1]

Elves Edit

Sun and moon elves lived among human settlements. The wood elf tribes of the neighboring High Forest made little contact with the outside world.[2]

Halflings Edit

Strongheart halflings in the Savage Frontier frequently had homesteads hidden off the beaten paths through the valleys. Small populations of lightfoot halflings could be found in most human-dominated settlements.[3]

Humans Edit

There was no unified human nation in the Savage Frontier. The various towns, city-states, and roaming barbarians traded but also frequently came into conflict.[4] While any human ethnicity could have been encountered in the Savage Frontier, the majority were of Illuskan, Tethyrian, Uthgardt, and Chondathan descent.

Chondathan Edit

Slender, tawny-skinned folk with brown hair ranging from almost blond to almost black and green or brown eyes. Those dwelling in the Savage Frontier were more likely to have blue eyes and a fair complexion. A small number of Chondathans migrated into the region from Sembia after 913 DR.[5]

Illuskan Edit

Also called Northlanders or Northmen, Illuskans were typically tall, fair-skinned folk with blue or gray eyes. Those living in the Savage Frontier were prone to raven-black hair; indicating significant Netherese heritage.[6] Illuskans were considered barbarians in spite of founding the cities that would become Luskan, Neverwinter, and Waterdeep.[7]

Tethyrian Edit

Tethyrians were of mixed ancestry including Calishite, Chondathan, Illuskan, and Low Netherese. They tended to be of medium height and build, with dusky hued skin, brown hair, and blue eyes. Their skintone tended to be more fair the farther north one traveled. Tethyrians emigrated to the Dessarin river valley after 697 DR. [8]

Uthgardt Barbarians Edit

The Uthgardt were a black-haired and blue-eyed folk descended from a mixture of Northmen, Netherese, and a few savage tribes. They were superstitious with a paranoid dislike of magic.[9] The Elk Tribe, Gray Wolf Tribe, Griffon Tribe, and Thunderbeast Tribes claimed territory in the Savage Frontier region.[10]

LocationsEdit

Landmarks Edit

Settlements Edit

The rivers Laughingflow, Dessarin and Surbrin are collectively known as the Three Rivers by locals.[11]

AppendixEdit

Further readingEdit

External LinksEdit

Savage Frontier article at Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia.

ReferencesEdit

  1. Christopher Perkins (September 6, 2016). Storm King's Thunder. In Kim Mohan, Michele Carter eds. (Wizards of the Coast), p. 64. ISBN 978-0786966004.
  2. Michele Carter, Stacy Janssen eds. (2015). Princes of the Apocalypse. (Wizards of the Coast), p. 16. ISBN 978-0786965786.
  3. Christopher Perkins (September 6, 2016). Storm King's Thunder. In Kim Mohan, Michele Carter eds. (Wizards of the Coast), p. 68. ISBN 978-0786966004.
  4. 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. 14. ISBN 0-7869-0391-0.
  5. Reynolds, Forbeck, Jacobs, Boyd (March 2003). Races of Faerûn. (Wizards of the Coast), pp. 84–85. ISBN 0-7869-2875-1.
  6. Reynolds, Forbeck, Jacobs, Boyd (March 2003). Races of Faerûn. (Wizards of the Coast), p. 92. ISBN 0-7869-2875-1.
  7. 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). ISBN 0-7869-0391-0.
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  9. 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. 16. ISBN 0-7869-0391-0.
  10. Christopher Perkins (September 6, 2016). Storm King's Thunder. In Kim Mohan, Michele Carter eds. (Wizards of the Coast), pp. 66–68. ISBN 978-0786966004.
  11. Kim Mohan ed. (2015). Sword Coast Adventurer's Guide. (Wizards of the Coast), pp. 57–58. ISBN 978-0786965809.