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of Waterdeep - Age 0, Tuabemoots and Pioneers
now know the true history of this great city, which had its beginnings
over a thousand years ago, when the North was truly what Southerners still
sneeringly call it: "the Savage North." In those days, most of the North
was covered with vast, tall forests of ancient green, and inhabited by
dwarves and goblinkind (in the most northern mountains and foothills)
and elves (in widely scattered forest enclaves everywhere else). A few
primitive human tribes lived along the Sword Coast, fishing and hunting
and gathering in spring and fall to trade their furs for the merchants'
jewelry and metal tools, or the occasionally-available weapon or two,
with vessels sailing in from the South. In the spring, these vessels came
primarily to cut and take huge trees for shipbuilding, trees being no
longer available in such large sizes farther south.
In the fall, the vessels came in to cut timber for their own repairs,
or to take on a cargo of wood if the misfortunes of trading had left their
holds low or empty. Most of these trademoots were at a certain place where
there was a great natural deepwater harbor, protected from the sea by
a rocky spur of land, an arm of an isolated coastal crag, and a rocky
island beyond it.