Gullykin: A Halfling? Gnome? Human? Village

Review of Sources Surprisingly, Gullykin only makes it into two official sources. I wish more had been written about this small little halfling village. So often on the Sword Coast we see human settlements (or at least settlements found by humans). It’s so rare and such a treat to see somewhere not founded by humans.Continue reading “Gullykin: A Halfling? Gnome? Human? Village”

Ulgoth’s Beard: More Than Just a Pirate Beacon

Review of Sources Volo’s Guide to the Sword Coast is really the definitive source for knowing about this small town. Most of what it has to say is going to be discussed here. There is also the Baldur’s Gate video game (and specifically its Tales of the Sword Coast expansion), which at times conflicts withContinue reading “Ulgoth’s Beard: More Than Just a Pirate Beacon”

Durlag’s Tower: The Fortress of Doom

Review of Sources Volo’s Guide to the Sword Coast is the most significant source of information on this tower. Along of course with the Baldur’s Gate video game (and specifically its expansion Tales of the Sword Coast), though the 3rd edition campaign setting does briefly mention it. Update: After writing this, I learned that theContinue reading “Durlag’s Tower: The Fortress of Doom”

Huzuz: The Waterdeep of the Far East

Yea I know Zakhara isn’t technically the Forgotten Realms (though it is on Toril). So by writing about it, I’m breaking from the mould a bit. With about 1.6 million people Huzuz is the closest thing the rest of Toril gets to a city that competes with Waterdeep (2 million). Sadly, like with a lotContinue reading “Huzuz: The Waterdeep of the Far East”

Beregost: From Mage Village to City

Anyone who has ever played Baldur’s Gate 1 will likely have taken a step into Beregost. This small town on the Coast Way plays a central role in the game as a place for any party to sell goods, buy magic items, and recruit non-player characters. Review of Sources Most people who decide to haveContinue reading “Beregost: From Mage Village to City”

Ormpetarr: From Spellplague to Ruin

A city that once boasted some 55,000 people was reduced to ruin after the Spellplague. Over 100 years later it’s never really bounced back. Review of Sources I couldn’t find any adventures set in Ormpetarr. The earliest record of the city that I could find was from the 2nd edition sourcebook ‘Vilhon Reach.’ This sourcebookContinue reading “Ormpetarr: From Spellplague to Ruin”

Phandalin: Your First Taste of DMing a Town

I’m sure that many people’s first experience in 5th edition was running through Lost Mines of Phandelver. Not only is the module pretty affordable, coming in as cheap as $13 USD on sale, but as adventures go, it’s also not nearly as intimidating as starting in a place like Waterdeep. Review of Sources There areContinue reading “Phandalin: Your First Taste of DMing a Town”

Darromar: It’s Like the Calimaronn of Ithmong

In case you haven’t guessed it this city has multiple former names. There are reasons provided in the lore for this, but it ends up making it a bit confusing when you are looking it up in some of the older books. It should not be confused with the Ithmong of Lapaliiya. Review of SourcesContinue reading “Darromar: It’s Like the Calimaronn of Ithmong”

Athkatla: The City That Wizards of the Coast Forgot

Or as it is also known as “that city of 122,000 that used to appear on the map.” Anyone familiar with Baldur’s Gate 2: Shadows of Amn will probably have some memories of walking the streets of this distressed city. With it’s strict controls on magic, seedy underworld, and surprising willingness to permit nearly anyContinue reading “Athkatla: The City That Wizards of the Coast Forgot”

Velen: Tethyr’s Bad Breakup

Most people have probably never heard of Velen. It’s not a city that has gotten a lot of attention over the years. Even still I thought I’d take the time to go through and examine the city. Review of Sources Your best sources for this city are Lands of Intrigue and the 4th Edition ForgottenContinue reading “Velen: Tethyr’s Bad Breakup”