The North

Despite settlements and civilizations that have endured for a thousand years, the constant orc invasions, harsh weather, and unyielding wilderness prove that the North is still a frontier. “The North” is a term Cormyrians and Dalesfolk use to refer to the lands west of Anauroch and north of the High Moor.

Compared to the well-cleared lands of the south, much of the Savage Frontier is either rugged mountains or virgin forest. Non-human races still hold sway here, and vast regions are virtually untraveled by humans. The elves and dwarves who occupied this land before the humans still make their presence felt – in songs, in attitudes, in place names… and in deeds. Many elves and half-elves remained in the North instead of retreating to Evermeet, and the dwarves are reclaiming their ancient kingdoms.

And the orcs? As the folk of the North say, “The orcs are always with us.” Centuries of assaults from the Spine of the World do not appear likely to end any time soon.

The Savage Frontier is home to rough-and-tumble free cities, armed mining camps, trading outposts, fiercely independent freesteads, and wandering tribes of barbarians. This is a wilderness only lightly touched by human settlement, home to bloodthirsty marauders and terrible beasts that can descend on a settlement with no warning whatsoever. All able-bodied folk go armed here, even in sight their stockades and city walls.

The folk of the frontier are alert, serious, and self-reliant. Most owe fealty to no lord and prize their hard lifestyle. The lands of the North temper folk to steel. The comforts, vanities, and decadence the southern cities have no place in this cold, hard realm.

While some settlers come to these lands in search of territory to call their own, most are drawn by the great wealth of the frontier: valuable furs, vast forests, and rich ores in the snowy mountains. Ore and timber flow down the vast rivers of this land to the cities of the Sword Coast, or over the Black Road of the Zhents and across Anauroch to the Moonsea and the Dales.

BENEFITS:

Languages:

Illuskan, Dwarven, Orc, Draconic

Equipment:

Weapons: Battle Axe, Footman’s Mace, Longsword, War Hammer
Armour: Studded Leather, Chain Mail, Banded Mail
Mount: Horses, Riding Goat, Dire Wolf (rare)

Spells:

Armour
Frost Shroud

Combat Styles:

Weapon & Shield Fighting Style; Two-Handed Weapon Fighting Style

Favoured Deities:

Auril, Bane, Deneir, Eldath, Lurue, Malar, Mielikki, Mystra, Oghma, Selune, Silvanus, Talos, Tempus, Dwarven Pantheon, Orc Pantheon, Draconic Pantheon.

The North

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