The lands of interior Faerûn consisted of the nations, city-states and realms located along the irregular western coastline of the Sea of Fallen Stars and the Shining Plains further south. In the north the Dragonmere arm of the sea extended far to the west, ending close to the Western Heartlands. The lands of the Vilhon Reach formed around a second arm of the sea that led to the southwest.[1]

Regions[edit | edit source]

Eastern Heartlands[edit | edit source]

Main article: Eastern Heartlands

This region comprised civilized lands on the western and northern coasts of the Sea of Fallen Stars and those surrounding the Dragonmere. It was home to many powerful human nations, along with power groups that held great influence over the Realms.[2][3][4]

Pirate Isles[edit | edit source]

Main article: Pirate Isles

This rocky archipelago was located in the middle of the widest stretch of the Sea of Fallen Stars, between Sembia to the west and Aglarond to the east. The largest of these islands, named Dragonisle, had natural harbors that were home to fleets of pirates.[9] When the waters of the sea receded during the 15th century DR, the isles were formed and renamed to the singular Pirate Isle.[10]

Shining Plains[edit | edit source]

Main article: Shining Plains

This expansive region of grasslands, south of the Dragon Coast, was home to intelligent, four-legged creatures including centaurs and wemics.[11] These flatlands were largely reshaped by the Spellplague,[7] but returned to normal by the end of the 15th century.[12]

Vilhon Reach[edit | edit source]

Main article: Vilhon Reach

Named after the body of water that extended from the Sea of Fallen Stars, this stretch of coastland held the independent barony of Sespech, the mercantile country of Turmish,[13] the once-glorious assembling of city-states known as Chondath, before their destruction during the Spellplague,[14][15] and the serpentine realm of Hlondeth.[16]

In the 15th century, this region came to be known as the Vilhon Wilds. It was rough-traveled, frontier land that grew over the destruction caused by the Spellplague.[15]

  • Chondath: This belligerent nation was comprised of allied city-states including Arrabar, Reth, Hlath, and Iljak. Their people were generally manipulative, inscrutable and distrusting of magic.[17] After being largely transplanted to the world of Abeir in 1386 DR, the remnants of Chondath were largely ravaged during the Wailing Years.[18]
  • Hlondeth: South of the Orsraun Mountains, this coastal city-state had long been ruled by the Yuan-ti of the Extaminos family.[16]
  • Sespech: This militaristic barony became a minor naval power after gaining independence from Chondath. Its capital was the metropolis of Ormpetarr,[19] which greatly waned in population following the Spellplague.[15]
  • Turmish: Prosperous and friendly for most of its history, the merchant nation became rather suspicious and xenophobic during the 15th century.[20] The largest city and capital of this land was the port of Alaghôn.[13]

Appendix[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]

  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.
  2. Jeff Grubb and Ed Greenwood (1990). Forgotten Realms Adventures. (TSR, Inc), p. 71. ISBN 0-8803-8828-5.
  3. Ed Greenwood, Julia Martin, Jeff Grubb (1993). Forgotten Realms Campaign Setting 2nd edition (revised), A Grand Tour of the Realms. (TSR, Inc), p. 85. ISBN 1-5607-6617-4.
  4. Bruce R. Cordell, Ed Greenwood, Chris Sims (August 2008). Forgotten Realms Campaign Guide. (Wizards of the Coast), p. 84. ISBN 978-0-7869-4924-3.
  5. Ed Greenwood, Sean K. Reynolds, Skip Williams, Rob Heinsoo (June 2001). Forgotten Realms Campaign Setting 3rd edition. (Wizards of the Coast), p. 111. ISBN 0-7869-1836-5.
  6. Bruce R. Cordell, Ed Greenwood, Chris Sims (August 2008). Forgotten Realms Campaign Guide. (Wizards of the Coast), p. 116. ISBN 978-0-7869-4924-3.
  7. 7.0 7.1 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.
  8. Bruce R. Cordell, Ed Greenwood, Chris Sims (August 2008). Forgotten Realms Campaign Guide. (Wizards of the Coast), p. 176. ISBN 978-0-7869-4924-3.
  9. Ed Greenwood, Sean K. Reynolds, Skip Williams, Rob Heinsoo (June 2001). Forgotten Realms Campaign Setting 3rd edition. (Wizards of the Coast), p. 142. ISBN 0-7869-1836-5.
  10. Bruce R. Cordell, Ed Greenwood, Chris Sims (August 2008). Forgotten Realms Campaign Guide. (Wizards of the Coast), p. 172. ISBN 978-0-7869-4924-3.
  11. Ed Greenwood, Sean K. Reynolds, Skip Williams, Rob Heinsoo (June 2001). Forgotten Realms Campaign Setting 3rd edition. (Wizards of the Coast), p. 216. ISBN 0-7869-1836-5.
  12. Kim Mohan ed. (2015). Sword Coast Adventurer's Guide. (Wizards of the Coast), p. 5. ISBN 978-0786965809.
  13. 13.0 13.1 Bruce R. Cordell, Ed Greenwood, Chris Sims (August 2008). Forgotten Realms Campaign Guide. (Wizards of the Coast), p. 184. ISBN 978-0-7869-4924-3.
  14. Ed Greenwood, Sean K. Reynolds, Skip Williams, Rob Heinsoo (June 2001). Forgotten Realms Campaign Setting 3rd edition. (Wizards of the Coast), p. 215. ISBN 0-7869-1836-5.
  15. 15.0 15.1 15.2 Bruce R. Cordell, Ed Greenwood, Chris Sims (August 2008). Forgotten Realms Campaign Guide. (Wizards of the Coast), p. 193. ISBN 978-0-7869-4924-3.
  16. 16.0 16.1 Ed Greenwood, Sean K. Reynolds, Skip Williams, Rob Heinsoo (June 2001). Forgotten Realms Campaign Setting 3rd edition. (Wizards of the Coast), p. 216. ISBN 0-7869-1836-5.
  17. Ed Greenwood, Sean K. Reynolds, Skip Williams, Rob Heinsoo (June 2001). Forgotten Realms Campaign Setting 3rd edition. (Wizards of the Coast), p. 217. ISBN 0-7869-1836-5.
  18. Brian R. James (2008-02-27). Spellplague: The Wailing Years. Dragon Features Archive. Wizards of the Coast. Retrieved on 2008-04-14. (Registration required to view.)
  19. Ed Greenwood, Sean K. Reynolds, Skip Williams, Rob Heinsoo (June 2001). Forgotten Realms Campaign Setting 3rd edition. (Wizards of the Coast), p. 218. ISBN 0-7869-1836-5.
  20. Ed Greenwood, Sean K. Reynolds, Skip Williams, Rob Heinsoo (June 2001). Forgotten Realms Campaign Setting 3rd edition. (Wizards of the Coast), p. 221. ISBN 0-7869-1836-5.
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