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”

Saradush: A City Under Siege

If there were ever a city that can’t catch a break in the Forgotten Realms it would have to be Saradush. For the last 100 years it’s the city that has seemingly been constantly either under siege or caught up in a civil war. Review of Sources Lands of Intrigue and the 4th edition campaignContinue reading “Saradush: A City Under Siege”

Zazesspur: The Other Former Capital of Tethyr

The title of this is in reference to the fact that I’m not sure what the functional difference is between an old bureaucratic centre for a nation’s royalty (Saradush) and it’s former capital (Zazesspur). These seem so similar in terms of their roles. Especially given that it is a monarchy and it has been forContinue reading “Zazesspur: The Other Former Capital of Tethyr”

Amruthar: A City Surrounded by Thay

Imagine if you will a seemingly independent city surrounded militarily by a hostile, authoritarian, tyrannical power controlled by a cabal of powerful wizards. Seems pretty far fetched right? Well if you can break from this unheard of reality for a moment then you have for yourself an understanding of what life must be for theContinue reading “Amruthar: A City Surrounded by Thay”

Trademeet: The City of Merchant’s Peace

Review of Sources The only sources for Trademeet that I could find are Empires of the Sands, Lands of Intrigue, and the Baldur’s Gate 2: Shadows of Amn video game. Rather than focus on the content of the game (which honestly borrows a lot from the book) I’m just going to look over Empires ofContinue reading “Trademeet: The City of Merchant’s Peace”

Candlekeep: Making Libraries Fun

The Fortress of Candlekeep is perhaps best known by a lot of people as being the starting point of Baldur’s Gate 1. Yet in that game (including in the 6th chapter of that game when you return) what you experience is only a small morsel of what has been written about it. Review of theContinue reading “Candlekeep: Making Libraries Fun”