|“||Whenever Alias saw Shadow Gap she thought of some weary titan dragging his axe behind him as he stepped over the hills. At least that was how she imagined the creation of the steep-sided, steep-sloped gorge that split the mountains in two. No more than an hour of noon sunlight ever reached the floor of the pass. At all other times, it remained in the shadow of the mountains, hence its name.||”|
Shadow Gap was where the North Ride passed through the Desertsmouth Mountains south of Shadowdale. Shadow Gap marked the spot where the Desertsmouth Mountains end and the Thunder Peaks began. Shadow Gap was also the western end of the Dalelands.
Shadow Gap was a corruption of its original name - Shaddath Gap. The mountain pass was a lonely winding trail that climbed up the side of Shadow Gap from where travelers could observe both Dalelands and Cormyr.
The walls of the gap were huge steel-gray granite slabs that appeared ghostly in the midday sun. The deeper one stepped into the Gap the more day sun became blocked making the travelers move in the dark long before nightfall. Being hidden from the sun and higher in the mountains, it was always chilly inside the gap.
The gap was mostly barren with occasional outcrops of bushes. In the spring, water flowed the same winding trail the travelers moved on, making moving the wagons a slow and laborious process.
North Gate Inn, the lively and popular lone inn on the top of the pass was burnt down in 1357 DR by a horrific kalmari on behalf of the Iron Throne who tried to close the Gap off to restrict trade routes. Just a few months after this even Alias of Westgate with her friends was ambushed but the creature and eventually defeated it.
During the Time of Troubles in 1358 DR the mountains around the Shadow Gap came alive, moving to crush weary travelers as the area filled up with amber-colored poisonous mists that burned their lungs. Heroes traveling through the gap, Midnight, Kelemvor, Cyric, and Adon encountered the phenomena on their quest for the Tablets of Fate.
- ↑ 1.0 1.1 Ed Greenwood, Julia Martin, Jeff Grubb (1993). Forgotten Realms Campaign Setting 2nd edition (revised), Shadowdale. (TSR, Inc), p. 41. ISBN 1-5607-6617-4.
- ↑ 2.0 2.1 Map included in Ed Greenwood, Julia Martin, Jeff Grubb (1993). Forgotten Realms Campaign Setting 2nd edition (revised). (TSR, Inc). ISBN 1-5607-6617-4.
- ↑ 3.0 3.1 3.2 Jeff Grubb and Kate Novak (November 1988). Azure Bonds. (TSR, Inc), p. 119. ISBN 0-8803-8612-6.
- ↑ 4.0 4.1 4.2 Ed Greenwood, Sean K. Reynolds, Skip Williams, Rob Heinsoo (June 2001). Forgotten Realms Campaign Setting 3rd edition. (Wizards of the Coast), p. 138. ISBN 0-7869-1836-5.
- ↑ 5.0 5.1 5.2 Scott Ciencin (May 2003). Shadowdale. (Wizards of the Coast). ISBN 0-7869-3105-1.
- ↑ Eric L. Boyd, Eytan Bernstein (August 2006). Dragons of Faerûn. (Wizards of the Coast), p. 53. ISBN 0-7869-3923-0.
- ↑ Jeff Grubb and Kate Novak (November 1988). Azure Bonds. (TSR, Inc), p. 137. ISBN 0-8803-8612-6.
- ↑ Jeff Grubb, Kate Novak (March 1990). The Wyvern's Spur. (TSR, Inc). ISBN 0-8803-8902-8.
- ↑ Troy Denning (February 1998). Crucible: The Trial of Cyric the Mad. (Wizards of the Coast). ISBN 0-7869-0724-X.
- ↑ Ed Greenwood (November 1992). “The Everwinking Eye: Moonsea Shores”. In Jean Rabe ed. Polyhedron #77 (TSR, Inc.), p. 8.
- ↑ Ed Greenwood (November 1991). Anauroch. Edited by Karen S. Boomgarden. (TSR, Inc.), p. 30. ISBN 1-56076-126-1.
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