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  • The Tuigan Empire

    The Tuigan Empire is the territory conquered by [[:jebe-khan]] and ruled, after his death in 1417, by his descendants [[:kublai]] and [[:timur-1 | Timur]]. The Empire consists of nine distinct realms, each of which includes a variety of very different …

  • The Tuigan March

    The center of [[The Tuigan Empire]], and most important of its nine realms, is the Tuigan March. This territory includes the first conquests of [[:jebe-khan]], from [[The River of Swords]] to [[Azulduth]] and across the northern edge of [[The Shaar]] to …

  • Demonblood Dam

    Demonblood Dam is an enormous dam that stretches across the mouth of a valley where [[The River Angol]] emerges from [[The Unthangol Mountains]]. The site was selected by [[:jebe-khan | Jebe Khan]] and the work done by local stone [[Giants]], in repayment …

  • Geography

    There are huge numbers of places in the _Forgotten Realms_, including many unique to my campaign area that simply don't exist in the core books and supplements. For a complete list of places that exist in my campaign area, or at least those I've created …

  • The Endless Waste

    One of the nine realms of [[The Tuigan Empire]], the Endless Waste is the term common in [[The Western Realms]] for the vast areas of steppe, desert and mountain that stretch from the easternmost realms of [[Faerun]] all the way to the westernmost borders …

  • Mulhorand

    Mulhorand is an ancient country located on the easternmost shores of the [[Sea of Fallen Stars]] in [[The Eastern Realms]] of [[Faerun]]. Considered one of the daughter states of [[Imaskar]], Mulhorand was an enormous empire at one time but has shrunk to …

  • The Shaar

    The Shaar is the vast plain that divides [[The Western Realms]] from [[The Shining South]]. Historically the home of tribal nomads, the Shaar is today one of the nine realms of [[The Tuigan Empire]]. The Shaar is described in much more detail in the …

  • Raurin

    The Raurin Sheikdom is one of the nine realms of [[The Tuigan Empire]] and one of only three not ruled by [[The Golden Family]]. Rather, this vast desert realm is the domain of one of the only surviving Loyal Noyan of [[:jebe-khan]], the ancient but …

  • The Vale of Poison

    Somewhere on the steppe is a well-watered patch of land at the nath of two streams, called the Vale of Poison. The ground here is carpeted by a profusion of wildflowers in every conceivable size, shape and color, as well as shrubs and small trees. There …

  • Gezer

    *The Gezer Region* _Automatic Languages_: [[Gezerite]] _Bonus Languages_: [[Mulhorandi]], [[Durpari]], Celestial, [[Shaaran]] _Regional Feats_: Education, Luck of Heroes, Militia _Equipment_: (A) masterwork _Shotel_ and _Ishilunga_; (B) any two 2nd …

  • Ulgarth

    One of the nine realms of [[The Tuigan Empire]], Ulgarth is the nation on the eastern shore of [[The Golden Water]], across the bay from [[The Shining Lands]]. Not truly a part of [[Faerun]] or [[Kara-Tur]], Ulgarth is considered the gateway to [[The …

  • Sea of Fallen Stars

    The Sea of Fallen Stars is the vast inland sea at the center of [[Faerun]], which links [[The Eastern Realms]] with [[The Western Realms]]. The Sea of Fallen Stars is described in much more detail in the _Forgotten Realms_ core books and supplements. …

  • Faerun

    Faerun is the western third of the largest continental landmass on the surface of [[Toril]]. East of Faerun, [[The Endless Waste]] leads to [[Kara-Tur]]. [[Zakhara]] is a peninsula connected to southeastern Faerun by a strip of land called [[The Utter …

  • Toril

    Toril is the planet on which the _Forgotten Realms_ campaign setting take place. The continental landmass which includes [[Faerun]], [[The Endless Waste]], [[Kara-Tur]], [[Zakhara]], and [[The Utter East]] is the home and focus of the campaign area. …

  • The Western Realms

    The northern, western and central lands of [[Faerun]] so familiar to adventurers are called the western Realms. One can imagine this to include everything north of [[The Shaar]] and west of [[Mulhorand]], [[Unther]] and [[The Endless Waste]]. The western …

  • The Shining South

    This is the term for the southern tier of nations on the coast of [[Faerun]] facing [[Zakhara]], comprising [[The Golden Water]], [[Luiren]], [[Dambrath]], [[Halruaa]], and [[The Shaar]]. The various nations of [[Chult]] are culturally distinct and not …

  • Zakhara

    Zakhara is a southern continent of [[Toril]], a peninsula connected to [[Faerun]] by a strip of land called [[The Utter East]]. Zakhara is the area in which the _Al Qadim Campaign Setting_ takes place. This material is not used in *The Widow Harun*. …

  • The Utter East

    The Utter East is a strip of land which connects the western continent of [[Faerun]] to the southern peninsula of [[Zakhara]] and the eastern continent of [[Kara-Tur]]. As such, the area is a melting pot very little known to anyone in the Realms. The …

  • Kara-Tur

    Kara-Tur is the eastern third of the largest continental landmass on the surface of [[Toril]], bordered on the west by [[The Endless Waste]] and on the southwest by [[The Utter East]], gateway to [[Zakhara]]. Kara-Tur is the area in which the _Oriental …

  • The Golden Way

    The Golden Way is a caravan road connecting the empire of [[Shou Lung]] in [[Kara-Tur]] with the nation of [[Thesk]] in [[The Western Realms]] of [[Faerun]]. The road is the primary artery connecting east and west, though there is a southern spur which …

  • Shou Lung

    Shou Lung is one of three large empires on the mainland of [[Kara-Tur]]. [[Tu Lung]] is the more southerly sister realm. Shou Lung is bordered on the west by [[The Endless Waste]], one of the nine realms of [[The Tuigan Empire]]. Historically, the [[Shou …

  • Tu Lung

    Tu Lung is one of three large empires on the continent of [[Kara-Tur]]. [[Shou Lung]] is the more northerly sister realm. To the southwest of Tu Lung are the towering mountains and high plateaus of [[Tabot]]. Some aspects of Tu Lung are described in …

  • Tabot

    Tabot is one of three large empires found on the mainland of [[Kara-Tur]]. [[Tu Lung]] and [[Shou Lung]] are the better known realms. Tabot is bordered to the west by [[The Utter East]], giving it a land border with areas controlled by [[The Tuigan Empire …

  • The Yehimal

    The Yehimal is a mountain range found in [[Tabot]], whose foothills form the valleys of [[The Utter East]]. Some aspects of the Yehimal are described in much more detail in the _The Horde Campaign Setting_. Please consult this material if you wish to …

  • Chomolungma

    Chomolungma is the highest peak on the surface of [[Toril]], home of [[The Dock]]. The peak is permanently obscured by blowing snow and cloud and invisible from the lowlands. The inhabitants of [[Tabot]] and the valleys that make up [[The Utter East]] …

  • Narfell

    The modern realm of Narfell is one of the nations of [[The Unapproachable East]], located in the shadow of [[The Great Glacier]] just west of [[Rashemen]]. Historically, Narfell was an enormous sorcerous empire contemporary with [[Raumathar]], against …

  • The Unapproachable East

    Not to be confused with [[The Utter East]], this is a term for the eastern tier of nations that form a border march between [[Faerun]] and [[The Endless Waste]]. It is generally held to comprise [[Narfell]], [[Rashemen]], [[Thay]], [[The Great Dale]], [[ …

  • Rashemen

    Rashemen is one of the nations of [[The Unapproachable East]]. The sparsely populated [[North Country of Rashemen]] is a flat, nearly empty border march on the edge of [[The Endless Waste]]. Rashemen is described in much more detail in the _Forgotten …

  • North Country of Rashemen

    This sparsely populated northern area of [[Rashemen]] is a border march on the edge of [[The Endless Waste]]. It is the location of a number of ancient ruins from the era of [[Narfell]] and [[Raumathar]]. The north country of Rashemen is described in …

  • Raumathar

    Raumathar was a vast empire which controlled [[The Endless Waste]] and surrounding areas millennia ago, dominating and influencing the northern half of the campaign area in much the same way that ancient [[Imaskar]] has influenced the southern area. The …

  • Imaskar

    Ancient Imaskar was a human empire that dominated the area of modern day [[Raurin]] as well as much of [[The Eastern Realms]] and [[The Endless Waste]] many thousands of years ago. At their height the [[Imaskari]] were in competition with [[Shou Lung]] …

  • The Land of the Yak-Men

    This desolate, rolling badland is a border march between [[Zakhara]] and [[The Utter East]], as well as the home of the evil, magic-rich shapechangers known as [[Yak Men]].

  • Thay

    Thay is one of the nations of [[The Eastern Realms]], a magocracy that is considered one of the daughter nations of [[Mulhorand]]. Historically, Thay has threatened all its neighbors with conquest; in more recent times, the nation became an exporter of …

  • Thesk

    Thesk is a nation in [[The Unapproachable East]], west of [[Thay]] between [[Aglarond]] and [[The Great Dale]]. Theskians are a nation of merchants, but their main relevance to the campaign is that Thesk was the site of [[:yamun-khahan]]'s death in battle …

  • Tammar

    The city of Tammar in central [[Thesk]] is the site of the last organized resistance by [[Tuigan]] raiders in [[The Western Realms]] after the death of their leader, [[:yamun-khahan]], in battle in 1360. From then until 1362, many riders from his …

  • The Sunrise Mountains

    The Sunrise Mountains form the eastern border of [[Thay]], a jagged and forbidding range that fences off the magocracy from [[The Endless Waste]]. Two passes lead into [[Thay]] from the east, at the fortresses of [[Chur Gathos]] and [[Thazar Keep]]. …

  • Chur Gathos

    This is the northernmost of two nearly impregnable fortresses that guard the passes over [[The Sunrise Mountains]] into [[Thay]]. Since [[The Fencing of Thay]], Chur Gathos is now in the hands of [[The Alliance]]. Chur Gathos is discussed in detail in …

  • The Eastern Realms

    This is the term for the eastern tier of ancient nations separating [[Faerun]] from [[The Endless Waste]], primarily [[Thay]], [[Mulhorand]] and [[Unther]] and adjoining regions. The nations of the eastern realms are older, more theocratic, more unequal …

  • Unther

    Unther was until recently a powerful ancient empire, one of the the theocracies that made up [[The Eastern Realms]], and traditional rival to [[Mulhorand]]. The land once called Unther faces [[Mulhorand]] across [[The Sea of Fallen Stars]] to the east, …

  • Ormpur

    The City of Saffron is the westernmost point in [[The Tuigan Empire]], a city once nominally under the rule of [[Lapaliiya]] until the coming of the [[Tuigan]]. Unlike nearby [[Sheirtalar]], which was razed to the ground, Ormpur was not attacked by the [[ …

  • Shaarmid

    Shaarmid is a trade town on the plains of [[The Shaar]], the only settlement of any size in the interior east of [[Ormpur]]. Populated by settled [[Shaaran]] tribesmen and the descendants of various immigrants, the city was spared by the [[Tuigan]] riders …

  • Chessenta

    Chessenta is the human realm just west of [[Unther]], a place of many city-states each with their own hoplite military forces. These include the city of Luthcheq, home to large numbers of Forsaker cult barbarians. Chessenta is discussed in much more …

  • The Shining Sea

    The Shining Sea is the body of water at the western end of [[The Shaar]]. [[Lapaliiya]] and [[The Border Kingdoms]] also have shores on the Shining Sea. In former times most of the ship traffic here was bound for [[Sheirtalar]], but since that city's …

  • Sheirtalar

    Sheirtalar was until recently the more southerly sister city of [[Ormpur]], the capital of [[Lapaliiya]] and busiest port on [[The Shining Sea]]. The riches of the city proved too tempting to the [[Tuigan]] and their [[Shaaran]] allies, who razed …

  • Lapaliiya

    Lapaliiya is a human nation located on the southwestern edge of [[The Shaar]], on [[The Shining Sea]]. Its people are primarily [[Shaaran]] and [[Tashalan]] and until recently its capital was [[Sheirtalar]], now destroyed by the nomads. Lapaliiya does …

  • The Dun Hills

    The Dun Hills are a range of low mountains in the southwestern Shaar near [[Ormpur]]. They produce olives and provide good grazing for goatherders. The Dun Hills are discussed in more detail in the _Shining South_ supplement. Please consult this …

  • The Golden Water

    The Golden Water region includes the southeastern lands of [[Durpar]], [[Estagund]], and [[Var the Golden]], as well as the now-destroyed land of [[Veldorn]]. The Golden Water is discussed in great detail in the _Shining South_ supplement and more …

  • Yal Tengri

    Also called the Great Ice Sea, Yal Tengri is the wide ocean gulf that borders [[The Endless Waste]] to the north, separating [[Kara-Tur]] from [[Sossal]] and [[The Great Glacier]]. The Yal Tengri is covered more extensively in _The Horde_ and other …

  • The Shining Lands

    The Shining Lands refers collectively to the lands bordering [[The Golden Water]], including [[Durpar]], [[Estagund]], [[Var the Golden]] and [[Veldorn]] but not [[Ulgarth]]. The Shining Lands are covered more extensively in _Shining South_ and other …

  • Halruaa

    Halruua is a magocracy located west of [[Dambrath]] and south of [[The Shaar]]. Halruua is discussed in much more detail in _Shining South_ and other _Forgotten Realms_ core books and supplements. Please consult these for more information.

  • The North Wall

    The North Wall is a monster-infested and bandit-ridden mountain range that divides [[Halruaa]] from [[The Channath Vale]], on the southern border of [[The Shaar]]. The North Wall is covered more extensively in _Shining South_ and other _Forgotten …

  • The Channath Vale

    The Channath Vale is the lands on the southern border of [[The Shaar]], in the region of [[The River Talar]] and [[The River Channath]]. The Channath Vale is covered more extensively in _Shining South_ and other _Forgotten Realms_ core books and …

  • The River Talar

    The River Talar is one of the rivers whose basins form [[The Channath Vale]]. It begins in [[The Shaareach Forest]] and continues to [[The Shining Sea]] just south of the ruins of [[Sheirtalar]]. The River Talar is covered more extensively in _Shining …

  • The Shaareach Forest

    The Shaareach Forest is one of three woodlands found in [[The Channath Vale]] on the southern border of [[The Shaar]]. The Shaareach Forest is covered more extensively in _Shining South_ and other _Forgotten Realms_ core books and supplements. Please …

  • The River Channath

    The River Channath is one of the rivers whose basins form [[The Channath Vale]]. It rises in [[The Rathgaunt Hills]] and flows to [[The Shaareach Forest]]. The River Channath is covered more extensively in _Shining South_ and other _Forgotten Realms_ …

  • The Rathgaunt Hills

    The Rathgaunt Hills are one of three ranges of low mountains found in [[The Channath Vale]]. The Rathgaunt Hills are covered more extensively in _Shining South_ and other _Forgotten Realms_ core books and supplements. Please consult these if you wish …

  • Dambrath

    Dambrath is a land of grassy plains and world-famous horse ranches, ruled by half-[[Drow]] who keep a large native human population, the [[Arkaiun]] ethnic group, in indentured servitude. It is located east of [[Halruaa]] and south of [[The Shaar]]. …

  • The Wyrmbones

    The Wyrmbones are one of three ranges of low mountains found in [[The Channath Vale]]. The Wyrmbones are covered more extensively in _Shining South_ and other _Forgotten Realms_ core books and supplements. Please consult these if you wish to learn more.

  • Aglarond

    Aglarond is a nation to the west of [[Rashemen]], considered part of [[The Unapproachable East]]. Aglarond is covered more extensively in _Unapproachable East_ and other _Forgotten Realms_ core books and supplements. Please consult these if you wish to …

  • The Great Dale

    The Great Dale is a nation south of [[Narfell]] and north of [[Thesk]]. It is considered part of [[The Unapproachable East]]. The Great Dale is covered more extensively in _Unapproachable East_ and other _Forgotten Realms_ core books and supplements. …

  • The Dragonsword Mountains

    The Dragonsword Mountains are a high, craggy range dividing the populated western half of [[Mulhorand]] from the desolate regions that formerly made up its eastern provinces. The range stretches from [[Murghom]] south to [[Azulduth]]. The Dragonsword …

  • The Plains of Purple Dust

    The Plains of Purple Dust are the northerly half of the twin wastelands commonly called the [[Raurin]] desert, which today make up the [[Raurin]] Sheikdom, one of the nine realms of [[The Tuigan Empire]]. The plains are so named because of the faintly …

  • The Stone of Kest

    The Stone of Kest is an ancient [[Mulhorandi]] obelisk found in the northern slopes of [[The Dragonsword Mountains]], near the boundary of [[Gezer]]. The Stone of Kest is discussed more extensively in _Lost Empires_. Please consult this if you wish to …

  • Gondar

    The city of Gondar is the capitol of the empire of [[Gezer]], one of the nine realms of [[The Tuigan Empire]]. Gondar is a vast city of buildings hewn from stone, perched on a series of hilltops rising from the high-altitude plateau of [[Gezer]]. Numerous …

  • Azulduth

    Azulduth, or the Lake of Salt, is the inland sea south of [[Rurikan]] that for many years formed the southeastern border march of [[Unther]] and [[Mulhorand]]. The towns that once stood on the shore have long since been destroyed by the [[Tuigan]], though …

  • Okoth

    Okoth is one of several ancient empires founded in the dawn of time by the [[Sarrukh]], one of the so-called 'creator races' of [[Faerun]]. Okoth was centered on modern-day [[Azulduth]], where a few [[Sarrukh]] still linger deep underground. Okoth is …

  • Sekras

    Sekras was an ancient city of [[Mulhorand]] located in the nath of land between [[The River of Swords]] and its south branch, the present day location of [[The Forbidden Steppe]]. The city was devoted to Sebek, the crocodile god of [[Mulhorand]], and many …

  • The River of Swords

    Long considered the border between [[Unther]] and [[Mulhorand]], even when the southern marches of both nations were uninhabited waste, the River of Swords now divides the [[Mulhorandi]] barony of [[Rurikan]] from [[The Tuigan March]]. The River of …

  • The Uthangol Mountains

    The Uthangol Mountains are a scrubby desert range on the southern border of the former [[Unther]], dividing that land from the plains of [[The Shaar]]. Prior to the rise of [[:jebe-khan]] this range had marked the northernmost extent of the Underdark …

  • The River Angol

    The River Angol emerges from [[The Uthangol Mountains]] on the southern border of what was once [[Unther]]. The headwaters of the Angol are a narrow, winding lake at the top of a long valley in the foothills of the Uthangols, from which the river emerges …

  • The Chondalwood

    The Chondalwood is a vast and ancient woodland that lies between [[The Shaar]] and the former [[Unther]]. The wood is the haunt of wild elves, uncontrolled werewolf tribes worshipping Malar, ghostwise halflings, and savage druids. Tension with these …

  • The Firepeaks

    The Firepeaks are an isolated range of volcanic peaks in the middle of [[The Endless Waste]], home to a sundered branch of [[Dwarves]] called the Siremun. The Firepeaks are discussed in more detail in _The Horde_ and various other _Forgotten Realms_ …

  • The Great Rift

    The Great Rift is the most notable landmark of [[The Shaar]], a vast canyon which resulted from the collapse of an enormous cavern in the Underdark. This region was home to the first great dwarf nation in [[Faerun]], then fell to the drow before the …

  • Inupras

    Inupras was the capital of ancient [[Imaskar]], site of the royal complex known as [[The Palace of the Purple Emperor]], the ruins of which can still be found today in [[Raurin]]. Inupras is covered more extensively in _Lost Empires_ and the other …

  • Shabab

    The Shabab Monastery is one of the few [[Dedeism | Dedeist]] monasteries remaining outside the borders of [[Gezer]], the others having long ago been destroyed, abandoned or fallen to various Faerunian religions. Shabab is located in a quiet section of [[ …

  • Delzimmer

    Delzimmer was a small free-trade city in the border march between [[Dambrath]] and [[The Shaar]], just west of [[The Toadsquat Mountains]] and [[The Luirwood]]. The city was sacked in 1410 and destroyed completely in 1418, in the second and third of [[The …

  • Addis

    Addis is a squat, dusty church and a few surrounding huts in the south of [[Gezer]], southeast of [[Axum]]. This is the southernmost settlement of [[Gezer]] and one of the stops on the pilgrim trail for followers of [[Dedeism]]. Addis is within the fief …

  • Axum

    Axum is a tiny 'trade town', really just a village, in the south of [[Gezer]], northwest of [[Addis]] in the fief ruled by [[:adam-of-gezer | Adam of Gezer]]. The town is a few dozen round huts clustered around several mud-brick buildings occupying a sun- …

  • The Shaarwood

    The Shaarwood is a dry, scrubby open woodland along [[The River Shaar]], notorious for its undergrowth of saw grass and cactus. Nonetheless, the nomads often stop here to gather [[Tashalan]] peppers, a type of chili pepper native to the jungles south, …

  • The River Shaar

    The River Shaar rises in [[The Great Rift]] and flows underground for many miles before emerging onto the plains at [[The Landrise]], from whence it passes south of [[The Shaarwood]] on its way to [[The Channath Vale]]. The river's ice-cold, clear water …

  • The Landrise

    The Landrise is an escarpment that winds across [[The Shaar]] from north to south, four hundred feet high in some places and merely a gradual rise elsewhere. At such places it can be easily crossed by nomads and caravans. The ruined city of [[ …

  • Pelevaran

    Pelevaran is an ancient city, about which very little is known, that comprises a series of cliff dwellings built into the face of [[The Landrise]] many hundreds of feet above the plains of [[The Shaar]]. The dwellings have almost never been explored …

  • The Toadsquat Mountains

    The Toadsquat Mountains are an old and worn range that divides [[The Shaar]] from [[Luiren]]. The [[Ogres]] that once infested this area have now been largely civilized by the coming of the [[Tuigan]]. On the north slope the monastery of [[Shabab]] is …

  • Luiren

    Luiren is a land of [[Halflings]] in [[The Shining South]], between [[Dambrath]] and [[The Golden Water]]. Luiren is discussed in much more detail in _Shining South_ and other _Forgotten Realms_ core books and supplements. Please consult these if you …

  • Hardcastle

    Founded in the days of the kingdom of [[Pelevaran]], Hardcastle was a small town and fortified trading camp in the border march north of [[The Shaar]], south of [[The Chondalwood]] and west of [[The Uthangol Mountains]]. The city was sacked in 1395 and …

  • The Rift River

    The Rift River rises in [[The Toadsquat Mountains]] and winds its way over the plains into [[The Great Rift]]. There is a stone bridge, but it is long ruined, having been cast down during the fall of the demon-ruled empire of [[Eltabranar]] in 204 DR. The …

  • The Toadsquat River

    The Toadsquat river rises in [[The Toadsquat Mountains]] and flows north over the plains of [[The Shaar]] until it joins [[The River Shandaular]] to form [[The River Angol]] just south of [[The Forbidden Steppe]]. In the foothills it is crossed by a rope …

  • The Luirwood

    The Luirwood is a long woodland just south of [[The Toadsquat Mountains]], which forms the northern border of the halfling nation of [[Luiren]]. In the northern reaches it is a dry, open wood that conceals numerous streams, dry washes and box canyons that …