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Westwood was a forest on the Sword Coast North on the eastern edge of the Sword Mountains.

GeographyEdit

The closest settlement to Westwood was Kheldell which sat on the north western edge of the wood at the bottom of the Sword Mountains.[3] This forest covered part of the eastern slopes of the Sword Mountains south of Kheldell.[4] Amphail lay to the south of Westwood.[5]

Westwood was part of a group of forests that were referred to as the Other Woods. The forests in the Other Woods were Lurkwood, Southkrypt garden, Southwood, Moonwood and Westwood.[6][note 1]

HistoryEdit

Some sages claimed that Westwood was once as vast as the High Forest and stretched as far north asYartar and as far south as the Delimbiyr Route.[2]

In -4420 DR the dwarven realm of Besilmer was founded.[7] The western edges of Besilmer territory ended at Westwood.[8]

In -1100 DR the remnants of the elven empire of Illefarn splinter into the independant realms of Ardeep, Iliyanbruen and Rilithar. Rilithar settles in Westwood and Kryptgarden Forest.[1]

Sages claimed that Westwood had been shrinking after the destruction of Netheril.[2]

Sometime between 936 DR and 941 DR, the Battle of Westwood took place. This battle was part of the Orcfastings War.[9] During the battle King Uruth was killed[10] while wielding the Ettin Axe of Uruth.[11]

Around 1370 DR a group of druids known as the Dusk Circle lived in the Westwood. These druids directed the lumberjacks of Kheldell as to when and where they could chop trees.[3][4]

Notable locationsEdit

Elven Castle
As of 1370 DR, rumor had it that there was an ruined elven castle at the centre of Westwood. The ruins were supposedly racked with magic and inhabited by owlbears and wild trees. The route to the ruin was supposedly marked by floating moonglow symbols that were only visible at night.[2]
Shrine of Mielikki
As of 1370 DR there was a hidden shrine to Mielikki in Westwood. Only rangers are guided to the shrine. Those who left certain offerings at the alter were rewarded with either healing spells of curses depending on their alignment.[2]

AppendixEdit

NotesEdit

  1. The more recent sourcebook The North: Guide to the Savage Frontier says that this group of forests were known as the Moonwoods but one of the woods in the group was the Moonwood. This inconsistency could be due to the group having numerous names, an error or an inconsistency.

ReferencesEdit

  1. 1.0 1.1 Brian R. James and Ed Greenwood (September, 2007). The Grand History of the Realms. (Wizards of the Coast), p. 37. ISBN 978-0-7869-4731-7.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 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. 38. ISBN 0-7869-0391-0.
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 slade (April 1996). The North: Guide to the Savage Frontier (Cities and Civilization). (TSR, Inc), p. 7. ISBN 0-7869-0391-0.
  4. 4.0 4.1 Ed Greenwood (1993). Volo's Guide to the North. (TSR, Inc), p. 50. ISBN 1-5607-6678-6.
  5. slade (April 1996). The North: Guide to the Savage Frontier (Map of Sword Coast, Luskan, and Ten Towns). (TSR, Inc). ISBN 0-7869-0391-0.
  6. Paul Jaquays (1988). The Savage Frontier. (TSR, Inc), p. 48. ISBN 0-88038-593-6.
  7. Brian R. James and Ed Greenwood (September, 2007). The Grand History of the Realms. (Wizards of the Coast), p. 26. ISBN 978-0-7869-4731-7.
  8. Ed Greenwood (1990). Dwarves Deep. (TSR, Inc), p. 53. ISBN 0-88038-880-3.
  9. Brian R. James and Ed Greenwood (September, 2007). The Grand History of the Realms. (Wizards of the Coast), p. 112. ISBN 978-0-7869-4731-7.
  10. Eric L. Boyd (June 2005). City of Splendors: Waterdeep. (Wizards of the Coast), p. 8. ISBN 0-7869-3693-2.
  11. Eric L. Boyd (June 2005). City of Splendors: Waterdeep. (Wizards of the Coast), p. 147. ISBN 0-7869-3693-2.

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