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The Dessarin Valley, also known as the Gateway to the North by its residents, was a valley region situated between the Sword Mountains and the High Forest.[2] It was home to a diverse range of folk, although most inhabitants were either humans or halflings. The main industry of the Dessarin Valley was agriculture,[6] and Goldenfields played a large part in the agricultural economy of the North.[7]

The Dessarin was unlike the rest of the Savage Frontier. While it was largely unsettled, comprising many scattered, remote villages and farmsteads, the valley was much safer that the surrounding area had been years past.[8][6]

GeographyEdit

The region of the Dessarin Valley was bordered on the east by the High Forest and the Forlorn Hills, and on the west by the Long Road.[6]

Geographical FeaturesEdit

Mountains and hills
Rivers and streams

The valley was named for the great River Dessarin, that flowed from the Evermoors in the Savage Frontier, to the Sea of Swords just south of Waterdeep.[2] It was fed by a number of tributaries, including the River Surbrin, Horn Stream, Gaustar's Creek.[1]

Wetlands

HistoryEdit

In −4420 DR, the shield dwarf kingdom of Besilmer was founded. Besilmer was a very atypical dwarf kingdom, built above ground with fields and pastures to support it. For years, Besilmer flourished but then fell under attack by giants and trolls. This led to the construction of Tyar-Besil, an underground city. Besilmer fell a century after its construction. Ruins from the kingdom still stood as late as the 15th century DR, most notably the Stone Bridge that spanned the Dessarin River; and, although in poor condition, the ruins known as the Halls of the Hunting Axe.[10]

In the Year of the Raised Sword, 893 DR, the Knights of the Silver Horn discovered the ruins of Tyar-Besil. The knights set up strongholds in the ruins but came under attack by Uruth Ukrypt. This led to Dessarin Valley being dragged into the Orcfastings War, and the First and Second Trollwars. By the Year of the Circling Vulture, 942 DR, all signs of human civilization had been wiped out.[10]

Around the Year of the Wailing Winds, 1000 DR, following the expansion of Waterdeep, a few small villages started to develop. This led to the founding of Red Larch, Yartar, and Triboar.[10]

Notable LocationsEdit

SettlementsEdit

Thorps
  • Bargewright Inn: Though it began as a single boarding his, this settlement grew large enough to be targeted by the Zhentarim and fall under their sway.[11]
Villages
Towns
  • Goldenfields: Also known as the "Granary of the North", this massive temple-farm provided food for many settlements in the North.[5]
  • Mornbryn's Shield: Located on the western edge of the Evermoors,[17] this town was forced to regularly defend itself from the creatures of the swamp.[18]
  • Triboar: This bustling crossroads town was the meeting place for many merchants that traveled along the Long Road or the Evermoor Way.[19]
  • Womford: This small village featured a mill, a marketplace and riverside docks.[20]
  • Xantharl's Keep: Named after a famous ranger of the North, this fortified village fell under the authority of the northern city of Mirabar.[20]
Cities
  • Yartar: The member-city of the Lords' Alliance,[3] was the commercial center of the region.[21]
Other

LandmarksEdit

Abbeys, Monasteries and Temples
Keeps and Towers
Ranches and farms
Ruins
Bridges
  • Ilikur's Bridge: This grand bridge spanned a stretch of wetlands along the Long Roach, between the Sword Mountains and Dessarin Hills.[1]
  • Ironford: The surrounding village of Womford grew around this bridge, which crossed the Dessarin River at the Iron Road.[29]
  • Stone Bridge: The great stone archway that crossed the Dessarin once connected two regions of the dwarven realm of Besilmer.[30]
  • Zundbridge: While not as remarkable as the valley's other bridges, Zundbridge allowed for crossing of the Dessarin just south of Waterdeep.[31]
Roads
Cairn RoadDessarin RoadEvermoor WayJundar's PassIron RoadKheldell PathLarch PathLong Road

Stone Trail

AppendixEdit

AppearancesEdit

Further ReadingEdit

GalleryEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 Michele Carter, Stacy Janssen eds. (2015). Princes of the Apocalypse. (Wizards of the Coast), p. 32. ISBN 978-0786965786.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 Christopher Perkins (September 6, 2016). Storm King's Thunder. Edited by Kim Mohan, Michele Carter. (Wizards of the Coast), p. 74. ISBN 978-0786966004.
  3. 3.0 3.1 Christopher Perkins (September 6, 2016). Storm King's Thunder. Edited by Kim Mohan, Michele Carter. (Wizards of the Coast), p. 115. ISBN 978-0786966004.
  4. Christopher Perkins (September 6, 2016). Storm King's Thunder. Edited by Kim Mohan, Michele Carter. (Wizards of the Coast), p. 137. ISBN 978-0786966004.
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 5.3 Michele Carter, Stacy Janssen eds. (2015). Princes of the Apocalypse. (Wizards of the Coast), p. 33. ISBN 978-0786965786.
  6. 6.0 6.1 6.2 6.3 Christopher Perkins (September 6, 2016). Storm King's Thunder. Edited by Kim Mohan, Michele Carter. (Wizards of the Coast), p. 81. ISBN 978-0786966004.
  7. Michele Carter, Stacy Janssen eds. (2015). Princes of the Apocalypse. (Wizards of the Coast), p. 19. ISBN 978-0786965786.
  8. Michele Carter, Stacy Janssen eds. (2015). Princes of the Apocalypse. (Wizards of the Coast), p. 18. ISBN 978-0786965786.
  9. Ed Greenwood (May 2003). “Elminster's Guide to the Realms: The Haunted Bridge”. In Jesse Decker ed. Dragon #307 (Paizo Publishing, LLC), p. 56.
  10. 10.0 10.1 10.2 Michele Carter, Stacy Janssen eds. (2015). Princes of the Apocalypse. (Wizards of the Coast), p. 19. ISBN 978-0786965786.
  11. 11.0 11.1 Michele Carter, Stacy Janssen eds. (2015). Princes of the Apocalypse. (Wizards of the Coast), p. 31. ISBN 978-0786965786.
  12. Christopher Perkins (September 6, 2016). Storm King's Thunder. Edited by Kim Mohan, Michele Carter. (Wizards of the Coast), p. 77. ISBN 978-0786966004.
  13. Christopher Perkins (September 6, 2016). Storm King's Thunder. Edited by Kim Mohan, Michele Carter. (Wizards of the Coast), p. 97. ISBN 978-0786966004.
  14. Christopher Perkins (September 6, 2016). Storm King's Thunder. Edited by Kim Mohan, Michele Carter. (Wizards of the Coast), p. 101. ISBN 978-0786966004.
  15. Ed Greenwood (1993). Volo's Guide to the North. (TSR, Inc), p. 79. ISBN 1-5607-6678-6.
  16. Christopher Perkins (September 6, 2016). Storm King's Thunder. Edited by Kim Mohan, Michele Carter. (Wizards of the Coast), p. 113. ISBN 978-0786966004.
  17. Christopher Perkins (September 6, 2016). Storm King's Thunder. Edited by Kim Mohan, Michele Carter. (Wizards of the Coast), p. 99. ISBN 978-0786966004.
  18. 18.0 18.1 Christopher Perkins (September 6, 2016). Storm King's Thunder. Edited by Kim Mohan, Michele Carter. (Wizards of the Coast), p. 100. ISBN 978-0786966004.
  19. Christopher Perkins (September 6, 2016). Storm King's Thunder. Edited by Kim Mohan, Michele Carter. (Wizards of the Coast), p. 53. ISBN 978-0786966004.
  20. 20.0 20.1 Christopher Perkins (September 6, 2016). Storm King's Thunder. Edited by Kim Mohan, Michele Carter. (Wizards of the Coast), p. 114. ISBN 978-0786966004.
  21. Michele Carter, Stacy Janssen eds. (2015). Princes of the Apocalypse. (Wizards of the Coast), p. 16. ISBN 978-0786965786.
  22. Christopher Perkins (September 6, 2016). Storm King's Thunder. Edited by Kim Mohan, Michele Carter. (Wizards of the Coast), p. 89. ISBN 978-0786966004.
  23. Michele Carter, Stacy Janssen eds. (2015). Princes of the Apocalypse. (Wizards of the Coast), p. 36. ISBN 978-0786965786.
  24. 24.0 24.1 24.2 24.3 Michele Carter, Stacy Janssen eds. (2015). Princes of the Apocalypse. (Wizards of the Coast), p. 34. ISBN 978-0786965786.
  25. Michele Carter, Stacy Janssen eds. (2015). Princes of the Apocalypse. (Wizards of the Coast), p. 172. ISBN 978-0786965786.
  26. Michele Carter, Stacy Janssen eds. (2015). Princes of the Apocalypse. (Wizards of the Coast), p. 164. ISBN 978-0786965786.
  27. Michele Carter, Stacy Janssen eds. (2015). Princes of the Apocalypse. (Wizards of the Coast), p. 165. ISBN 978-0786965786.
  28. Michele Carter, Stacy Janssen eds. (2015). Princes of the Apocalypse. (Wizards of the Coast), p. 168. ISBN 978-0786965786.
  29. Dale Henson (as slade), Ed Greenwood, Julia Martin, Steven E. Schend, Jennell Jaquays (as Paul Jaquays), Steve Perrin (April 1996). The North: Guide to the Savage Frontier (The Wilderness). (TSR, Inc), p. 46. ISBN 0-7869-0391-0.
  30. Christopher Perkins (September 6, 2016). Storm King's Thunder. Edited by Kim Mohan, Michele Carter. (Wizards of the Coast), p. 109. ISBN 978-0786966004.
  31. Dale Henson (as slade), Ed Greenwood, Julia Martin, Steven E. Schend, Jennell Jaquays (as Paul Jaquays), Steve Perrin (April 1996). The North: Guide to the Savage Frontier (The Wilderness). (TSR, Inc), p. 50. ISBN 0-7869-0391-0.
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