The grasses of the fields shorten and thin as you head north, revealing exposed rock. There is little cover across the mostly flat terrain, exposing both you and the gnoll bands that patrol the area.
The Northern Badlands are characterized by open stretches of bedrock giving way to rough gravelly soil and thin grasses. There is little to offer shade or protection from the elements, but the air is cool and travel is mostly pleasant.
Gnolls were once the predominant inhabitants of the badlands, as were the hyenas they kept as guard pets. Their numbers have been dramatically reduced since the pack living in the Towers of Silence was decimated by the Pathfinders.
Points of InterestEdit
- Towers of Silence - These ancient stone towers are monuments to the dead, and were home to a pack of gnolls who dominated the region.
- Nymph's Lake - A small lake with an uninhabited island in the center, protected by a reclusive nymph.
- Chasm - A chasm, several miles long and at least 300ft deep, that appears to have an ancient magical origin.
- Gorgoroth's Bridge - A large cantilevered bridge with two guard towers that spans the chasm, leading to the Open Steppe.
- Jord's Bridge - A rope bridge constructed by the efforts of Jord in order to cross the chasm without needing to use the Gorgoroth's Bridge.
- Barrow Mound - One of two burial sites found in the north, close to the Lichfields.
- Ruins - Nothing of note, save an abandoned camp and a murder victim's body.
- Ettin House - An ettin den found near the edge of the Witch Woods.
Routes and RiversEdit
- Lost Highway - Leads northwest-southeast, crossing over Gorgoroth's Bridge.
- Entrance to the Underdark - A tunnel leading down into the Underdark exists within the gorge near Gorgoroth's Bridge.