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The Desertsmouth Mountains, also known as the Tethyamar Mountains[1][5] and formerly known as the Teshan Mountains,[2][6] were a range of mountains that separated the Dalelands region, to the east, from the great desert of Anauroch, to the west.[7][8][9]

Description[]

The mountains were known far and wide as a range of barren peaks that were infested with monstrous creatures.[3][10]

Geography[]

The mountains marked the western border of Daggerdale in the Dalelands,[4] and the eastern sands of the Anauroch desert.[11] They were bordered to the south by the Stonelands of Cormyr, and to the north by the Border Forest.[8]

The sands west of mountains held within them one known portal, the Cat's Gate,[12] which let to the plane of Cynosure.[13]

Geographical Features[]

The westernmost peak of the mounts was Rausrawna, previously known as Mount Shaddath,[14] and its southernmost peak was referred to as "the Watcher",[15].

History[]

Large amounts of adamantine and iron were found in the Year of Adamantite Ore, −149 DR in the Teshan Mountains, as they were then known. The great dwarven realm of Tethyamar was founded within the mountains a few years later, in the Year of Depths Unknown, −145 DR.[16]

Both Tethyyamar and the The Lost Vale of Tarkhaldale and g once stood in the Desertsmouth mountains, until they both fell some 87 years before the signing of the Dales Compact. They were overwhelmed by the orca and goblinoid army that marched from Hlundadim.[6][17]

In the Year of the Many Mists, 1282 DR,[18] the returned lich Sammaster made his lair within the Desertsmouth peaks, using them as a base of operations to orchestrate the activities of the Cult of the Dragon.[19]

In the mid–14th century, the depths of the mountains became the site of a full-scale war between the native orcs and dwarves of Tethyamar.[20]

Notable Locations[]

Landmarks
Settlements
  • Swrodcrag, a small mining village that was reformed as an orc fortress.[23]
  • Tarkhaldale, the human community that once stood in the western foothills, hidden between the peaks overlooking the Spiderhaunt Wood where the Dracolich Ashazstamn had his lair.[3]
  • Tethyamar, the great dwarfhold that was home to the refugees of ancient Oghran,[6][4] [24] that was later taken over by the Zhentarim.[25]
Roads
Teshenfall Pass

Inhabitants[]

The mountain area was infested by mountain wemics,[26] orcs, ogres, goblinoids, including goblins and hobgoblins,[27] along with other monstrous humanoids.[3] They were even a number of dragons,[28] including the great wyrm Nexus,[29] a number of copper dragons including at least one mated pair,[30][31] along with another pair of gold dragons,whom were bound by the Oath of Concord.[32]

Notable Inhabitants[]

The ogre referred to as Big Mountain Man originally dwelled within the mountains, before moving down to the Tesh Valley[33] as did the hobgoblin raider known as Drag.[34]

Appendix[]

Appearances[]

Adventures
Referenced only
Doom of DaggerdaleThe Sword of the Dales
Novels
Azure BondsSong of the SaurialsFinder's Bane
Referenced only
The Parched Sea

References[]

  1. 1.0 1.1 Ed Greenwood (November 1991). Anauroch. Edited by Karen S. Boomgarden. (TSR, Inc.), p. 48. ISBN 1-56076-126-1.,
  2. 2.0 2.1 Ed Greenwood (November 1991). Anauroch. Edited by Karen S. Boomgarden. (TSR, Inc.), p. 69. ISBN 1-56076-126-1.
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 3.4 Richard Baker (1993). The Dalelands. (TSR, Inc), p. 57. ISBN 978-1560766674.
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 4.3 Ed Greenwood, Sean K. Reynolds, Skip Williams, Rob Heinsoo (June 2001). Forgotten Realms Campaign Setting 3rd edition. (Wizards of the Coast), p. 127. ISBN 0-7869-1836-5.
  5. 5.0 5.1 Greg A. Vaughan, Skip Williams, Thomas M. Reid (November 2007). Anauroch: The Empire of Shade. (Wizards of the Coast), p. 133. ISBN 0-7869-4362-9.
  6. 6.0 6.1 6.2 Richard Baker, Ed Bonny, Travis Stout (February 2005). Lost Empires of Faerûn. (Wizards of the Coast), p. 134. ISBN 0-7869-3654-1.
  7. Ed Greenwood, Julia Martin, Jeff Grubb (1993). Forgotten Realms Campaign Setting 2nd edition (revised), A Grand Tour of the Realms. (TSR, Inc), p. 41. ISBN 1-5607-6617-4.
  8. 8.0 8.1 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.
  9. Bruce R. Cordell, Ed Greenwood, Chris Sims (August 2008). Forgotten Realms Campaign Guide. Edited by Jennifer Clarke Wilkes, et al. (Wizards of the Coast), p. 111. ISBN 978-0-7869-4924-3.
  10. Ed Greenwood, Julia Martin, Jeff Grubb (1993). Forgotten Realms Campaign Setting 2nd edition (revised), A Grand Tour of the Realms. (TSR, Inc), p. 56. ISBN 1-5607-6617-4.
  11. Map included in Ed Greenwood (November 1991). Anauroch. Edited by Karen S. Boomgarden. (TSR, Inc.). ISBN 1-56076-126-1.
  12. Brian R. James, Ed Greenwood (September 2007). The Grand History of the Realms. Edited by Kim Mohan, Penny Williams. (Wizards of the Coast), p. 149. ISBN 978-0-7869-4731-7.
  13. Jeff Grubb and Kate Novak (August 1997). Finder's Bane. (Wizards of the Coast), p. 191. ISBN 0-7869-0658-8.
  14. Richard Baker, Ed Bonny, Travis Stout (February 2005). Lost Empires of Faerûn. (Wizards of the Coast), p. 104. ISBN 0-7869-3654-1.
  15. Ed Greenwood (November 1991). Anauroch. Edited by Karen S. Boomgarden. (TSR, Inc.), p. 5. ISBN 1-56076-126-1.
  16. Brian R. James, Ed Greenwood (September 2007). The Grand History of the Realms. Edited by Kim Mohan, Penny Williams. (Wizards of the Coast), p. 57. ISBN 978-0-7869-4731-7.
  17. Brian R. James, Ed Greenwood (September 2007). The Grand History of the Realms. Edited by Kim Mohan, Penny Williams. (Wizards of the Coast), p. 118. ISBN 978-0-7869-4731-7.
  18. Brian R. James, Ed Greenwood (September 2007). The Grand History of the Realms. Edited by Kim Mohan, Penny Williams. (Wizards of the Coast), p. 130. ISBN 978-0-7869-4731-7.
  19. Eric L. Boyd, Eytan Bernstein (August 2006). Dragons of Faerûn. (Wizards of the Coast), p. 53. ISBN 0-7869-3923-0.
  20. Ed Greenwood (October 1990). Dwarves Deep. (TSR, Inc.), p. 63. ISBN 0-88038-880-3.
  21. Ed Greenwood (August 2001). “Elminster's Guide to the Realms: Shattershree's Rest”. In Dave Gross ed. Dragon #286 (Wizards of the Coast), p. 74.
  22. Jeff Grubb and Kate Novak (August 1997). Finder's Bane. (Wizards of the Coast), pp. 124–125. ISBN 0-7869-0658-8.
  23. Richard Baker (1993). The Dalelands. (TSR, Inc), p. 48. ISBN 978-1560766674.
  24. Bruce R. Cordell, Ed Greenwood, Chris Sims (August 2008). Forgotten Realms Campaign Guide. Edited by Jennifer Clarke Wilkes, et al. (Wizards of the Coast), p. 221. ISBN 978-0-7869-4924-3.
  25. Jason Carl, Sean K. Reynolds (October 2001). Lords of Darkness. Edited by Michele Carter. (Wizards of the Coast), p. 103. ISBN 07-8691-989-2.
  26. James Wyatt and Rob Heinsoo (February 2001). Monster Compendium: Monsters of Faerûn. (Wizards of the Coast), p. 84. ISBN 0-7869-1832-2.
  27. James Butler, Elizabeth T. Danforth, Jean Rabe (September 1994). “The Stonelands and the Goblin Marches”. In Karen S. Boomgarden ed. Elminster's Ecologies (TSR, Inc), p. 28. ISBN 1-5607-6917-3.
  28. Ed Greenwood, Julia Martin, Jeff Grubb (1993). Forgotten Realms Campaign Setting 2nd edition (revised), A Grand Tour of the Realms. (TSR, Inc), p. 7. ISBN 1-5607-6617-4.
  29. Andy Collins, James Wyatt, and Skip Williams (November 2003). Draconomicon: The Book of Dragons. (Wizards of the Coast), p. 59. ISBN 0-7869-2884-0.
  30. James Butler, Elizabeth T. Danforth, Jean Rabe (September 1994). “The Thunder Peaks and the Storm Horns”. In Karen S. Boomgarden ed. Elminster's Ecologies (TSR, Inc), p. 26. ISBN 1-5607-6917-3.
  31. James Butler, Elizabeth T. Danforth, Jean Rabe (September 1994). “Anauroch”. In Karen S. Boomgarden ed. Elminster's Ecologies (TSR, Inc), p. 11. ISBN 1-5607-6917-3.
  32. Andy Collins, James Wyatt, and Skip Williams (November 2003). Draconomicon: The Book of Dragons. (Wizards of the Coast), p. 36. ISBN 0-7869-2884-0.
  33. Wolfgang Baur (October 1993). Doom of Daggerdale. (TSR, Inc.), p. 1. ISBN 978-1560766544.
  34. Jim Butler (1995). The Sword of the Dales. (TSR, Inc), p. 31. ISBN 1-56076-848-7.
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