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The Backlands was a region in the Western Heartlands known for its sparse population, wild nature, and many monsters. It was called the Backlands mainly by those that dwelt on the Sword Coast.[1][2] The central grasslands were known as Pelleor's Prairie.[3]

GeographyEdit

There were no established borders, but the Backlands were generally described as the lands east of the Serpent's Tail Stream, the Forest of Wyrms, and the Trielta Hills, all the way to the edge of Anauroch. Its southern border was the River Reaching and the northern edge was usually defined as the southern-most Greypeak Mountains.[1][2] This region included the Greycloak Hills even though some maps placed them at approximately the same latitude as the Greypeaks.[4][5]

GovernmentEdit

This region had no government to speak of. In the 1360s DR, there were tribes of wemics living on the prairie.[6] In the 1370s DR, hunting parties from Najara were known to explore the area.[2]

HistoryEdit

In the days of ancient Netheril, this region was a great source of food from fertile farms.[1][2]

Notable LocationsEdit

AppendixEdit

GalleryEdit

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ReferencesEdit

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 Ed Greenwood (1994). Volo's Guide to the Sword Coast. (TSR, Inc), p. 123. ISBN 1-5607-6940-1.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 Ed Greenwood, Eric L. Boyd, Darrin Drader (July 2004). Serpent Kingdoms. (Wizards of the Coast), p. 105. ISBN 0-7869-3277-5.
  3. Donald J. Bingle (April 1995). “The Hill of Lost Souls”. In Elizabeth T. Danforth ed. Elminster's Ecologies Appendix I (TSR, Inc), pp. 3, 31. ISBN 0-7869-0115-2.
  4. Map included in Ed Greenwood, Sean K. Reynolds, Skip Williams, Rob Heinsoo (June 2001). Forgotten Realms Campaign Setting 3rd edition. (Wizards of the Coast). ISBN 0-7869-1836-5.
  5. Map included in Bruce R. Cordell, Ed Greenwood, Chris Sims (August 2008). Forgotten Realms Campaign Guide. (Wizards of the Coast). ISBN 978-0-7869-4924-3.
  6. Donald J. Bingle (April 1995). “The Hill of Lost Souls”. In Elizabeth T. Danforth ed. Elminster's Ecologies Appendix I (TSR, Inc), p. 31. ISBN 0-7869-0115-2.
  7. Donald J. Bingle (April 1995). “Encounter Tables”. In Elizabeth T. Danforth ed. Elminster's Ecologies Appendix I (TSR, Inc). ISBN 0-7869-0115-2.
  8. Ed Greenwood (1994). Volo's Guide to the Sword Coast. (TSR, Inc), pp. 126–129. ISBN 1-5607-6940-1.
  9. Ed Greenwood (1994). Volo's Guide to the Sword Coast. (TSR, Inc), pp. 130–131. ISBN 1-5607-6940-1.
  10. 10.0 10.1 Kim Mohan ed. (2015). Sword Coast Adventurer's Guide. (Wizards of the Coast), p. 82. ISBN 978-0786965809.
  11. Ed Greenwood (1994). Volo's Guide to the Sword Coast. (TSR, Inc), pp. 133–135. ISBN 1-5607-6940-1.
  12. Donald J. Bingle (April 1995). “The Hill of Lost Souls”. In Elizabeth T. Danforth ed. Elminster's Ecologies Appendix I (TSR, Inc), p. 4. ISBN 0-7869-0115-2.
  13. 13.0 13.1 13.2 Kim Mohan ed. (2015). Sword Coast Adventurer's Guide. (Wizards of the Coast), p. 90. ISBN 978-0786965809.
  14. Donald J. Bingle (April 1995). “The Battle of Bones”. In Elizabeth T. Danforth ed. Elminster's Ecologies Appendix I (TSR, Inc), p. 14. ISBN 0-7869-0115-2.
  15. Ed Greenwood, Eric L. Boyd, Darrin Drader (July 2004). Serpent Kingdoms. (Wizards of the Coast), p. 109. ISBN 0-7869-3277-5.
  16. Ed Greenwood (1994). Volo's Guide to the Sword Coast. (TSR, Inc), pp. 137–138, 187. ISBN 1-5607-6940-1.
  17. Ed Greenwood (1994). Volo's Guide to the Sword Coast. (TSR, Inc), pp. 139–140. ISBN 1-5607-6940-1.
  18. Ed Greenwood (1994). Volo's Guide to the Sword Coast. (TSR, Inc), pp. 141–145. ISBN 1-5607-6940-1.

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