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Thar, also known as the Great Gray Land, was a rocky, broken moor stretching for hundreds of miles with a harsh climate north of the Moonsea. It was inhabited by wild tribes of humanoids such as orcs who were constantly at war with one another.
- 1 Description
- 2 Geography
- 3 Government
- 4 Trade
- 5 Defenses
- 6 History
- 7 Rumors & Legends
- 8 Notable Locations
- 9 Inhabitants
- 10 Organizations
- 11 Inhabitants
- 12 Climate
- 13 Appendix
Flora & Fauna
From −981 DR to −350 DR, the region that would eventually be known as Thar was part of the minotaur kingdom of Grong-Haap, ruled by Haask, Voice of Hargut, during which time the region enjoyed a comparatively high level of civilization.
Rumors & Legends
- Fangjaws Hold: The lair of the Skullsmashers tribe of ogres, located in the hills in central Thar.
- Hulburg: A small city on the southeastern edge of Thar.
- Melvaunt: This city lay near the mouth of the Tormel River, which flowed from a lake in central Thar.
- Rosestone Abbey: A ruined abbey near Hulburg dedicated to the worship of Amaunator.
- Xûl Jarak: An ancient orc citadel containing a passage to the Underdark.
The many humanoid tribes of Thar carried out attacks on caravans heading to or from Glister, the camps in the Galenas foothills, or villages in the Stojanow Vale. In an attempt to keep them in check and bring stability to the area, lords and merchants were known to enter into agreements with the tribes to encourage them not to attack, but these agreements broke down easily. Scouts, hired adventuring companies, and the barbarians of the Ride also ventured into Thar to hunt these tribes and destroy any creatures they encountered.
Thar was bleak and windy, and was highly unsuitable for growing crops.
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