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of the Western Heartlands
history of the Western Heartlands is a history of endless battles and
destroyed empires. In ancient times these were the lands of the Fallen
Kingdom of Illefarn, the Lost Kingdom of Man, and rumored Netheril. In
more recent history, the land has been fertilized with blood and bone
as forces from the Empires of the Sands surged northward, the evil peoples
within Dragonspear and the Goblin Marches spilled forth, and mercenary
companies moved to and fro in the service of one petty warlord after another.
Recent battles leveled the Way Inn and threatened Daggerford. Even the
Time of Troubles did not leave this desolate land unmarked - Bhaal himself
perished at Boareskyr Bridge, and the waters it passes over have remained
poisoned to this day. The cities of the Western Heartlands are strong,
independent, and varied. They are also strongly motivated by trade, and
listen harder to the ringing of gold than the call of battle. But something
else prospers in the open land - freedom and opportunity.
No nation lays claim on the Westem Heartlands to land beyond that which
their armies can control, and no warlord can make demands beyond the swing
of his axe. Small holds and castles regularly spring up, only to be knocked
down by invading forces, or abandoned after a generation or two. Lost
dungeons and secret citadels lie scattered throughout the land, and this
rugged frontier presents more than enough opportunities for adventurers.