The Realms of Adventure
The Desertsmouth Mountains form the western border of the Dales and serve as a barrier between them and Netheril. These forbidding peaks are laced with hidden trails and long-forgotten outposts, many dating back to the days before the desert came, when the land was rich and vibrant. Now the area is mostly a monster-haunted wasteland.
The Desertsmouth Mountains were once the home of one of the Mines of Tethyamar. These wondrous mines and caverns were bored by generations of dwarves who looted the earth of her valuables and sold them to humans and elves, sending rafts of riches down the River Tesh to the Moonsea and beyond. The mines were ruled by the Iron House. Tethyamar perished, overrun by fiends and hordes of orcs and ogres. Dwarves in the Inner Sea lands speak of and work towards the day when ‘the king shall take his throne again’.