The Dire Wood was a part of the High Forest.[1]


It was defined by a ring of completely albino oak trees surrounding the hills in the eastern High Forest. Inside the outer ring of pale oaks stood a thicker ring of blackened and petrified trees. Within the rings, normal trees and heavy undergrowth were mixed with petrified trees, all sprouting from reddish soil.[2]


A single red stone butte at the base of a high cliff was all that remained of the fallen body of Karsus, made gigantic by the divine energy he stole.[3]

Notable locationsEdit

Contained within the Dire Wood was the ruins of Karse, a Netheril settlement.[4]


  1. Ed Greenwood, Sean K. Reynolds, Skip Williams, Rob Heinsoo (June 2001). Forgotten Realms Campaign Setting 3rd edition. (Wizards of the Coast), p. 166. ISBN 0-7869-1836-5.
  2. slade (April 1996). The North: Guide to the Savage Frontier. (TSR, Inc), p. Cannot cite pages from this boxed set. See {{Cite book/The North: Guide to the Savage Frontier}} for a list of citations that may be used.. ISBN 0-7869-0391-0.
  3. Sean K. Reynolds, Jason Carl (November 2001). Lords of Darkness. (Wizards of the Coast), p. 81. ISBN 0-7869-1989-2.
  4. Jennell Jaquays (as Paul Jaquays) (1988). The Savage Frontier. (TSR, Inc), p. 50. ISBN 0-88038-593-6.
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