The Sword Coast

For years, the lands between Waterdeep, a huge city far north of Baldur's Gate, bustling Amn to the south, the Sea of Swords to the West, and the Wood of Sharp Teeth to the East have been thought of as the Empty Lands - a vast, stretch of wilderness folk venture into only to get from one place to another. Legends abound of grisly fates that befell unfortunate travelers at the hands of the orcs, trolls, hobgoblins (and worse!) said to infest the area in veritable armies. In recent times the caravans saw a new menace - raiding parties of humanoids who plundered mainly the miners in the Cloud Peak mountains north of Amn. Thanks to both human and bestial predators, the trip has always been dangerous - hence the name Sword Coast. Down through the ages, many folk have dreamed of founding a kingdom in this verdant valley hidden in the moors. The area is littered with the ruins of failed dreams, abandoned villages, empty towers and dungeons, as well as the occasional town, city, or keep, such as Baldur's Gate, Beregost, Durlaq's Tower, Athkatla and Trademeet.

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