Fallcrest: Fallcrest stands amid the Moon Hills at the falls of the Nentir River. Here travelers and traders using the old King’s Road that runs north and south, the dwarven Trade Road from the east, and the river all meet.
Fiveleague House: Fiveleague House is more properly known as the Fiveleague Inn. It’s a strongly built innhouse surrounded by a wooden palisade. Fiveleague House caters to travelers and merchants coming or going from Hammerfast, a day’s journey (five leagues) farther east.
Gardmore Abbey: The Gardbury Downs take their name from this striking ruin, a large monastery that has lain in ruins for almost one hundred fifty years. The abbey was dedicated to Bahamut and served as the base of a militant order of clerics who won great fame fighting in Nerath’s distant crusades.
The Sword Barrow: This large burial mound stands near the middle of the Gray Downs, a desolate region. The old human hill-clans who lived in the vale raised teh barrow centuries before civilized folk settled in Fallcrest. The hill-folk are long gone but their grim barrow remains.
Hammerfast: A dwarven hold cut form the rock of a deep vale in the Dawnforge Mountains, Hammerfast is the largest and wealthiest town in the region. The Trade Road runs through the citadel gates and continues eastward beyond the Dawnforge Mountains.
Harken Forest: This large woodland stretches from the Nentir River to the mountains and extends for miles to the south. It separates the Nentir Vale from the more populous coastal towns of the south. Goblins are said to have a keep called Daggerburg somewhere in the southwest reaches. These goblins have been known to sometimes raid the river-traffic moving along the Nentir, or send small parties of marauders to Harkenwold’s borders.
An elf tribe known as the Woodsinger Clan roams the eastern portions of the forest. They occasionally trade with the humans of Harkenwold and keep an eye on travelers along the old King’s Road. They have a long-standing feud with the Daggerburg goblins, and the goblins keep to the western parts of the forest to avoid the swift and deadly elven arrows.
Harkenwold: Half a dozen small villages lie along the upper vales of the White River. Together, they make up the Barony of Harkenwold. The people of Harkenwold are farmers, woodcutters, and woodworkers; little trade comes up or down the old King’s Road. The ruler of Harkenwold is Baron Stockmer, an elderly man who was known for his strong sword arm in his youth. It is said that he is a just and compassionate ruler.
Kalton Manor: Back in the days when Nerath was settling the Nentir Vale, minor lords in search of land to call their own established manors and holds throughout the area. Kalton Manor was one of these, a small keep raised by Lord Arrol Kalton about two hundred years ago. Lord Arrol intended to settle the lower vale of the White River, but it was not to be—monsters from the Witchlight Fens drove off the tenants Arrol had brought with him. At the end, Arrol and a handful of his servants and family lived alone in a half-finished keep slowly falling into ruin until they disappeared as well.
Nenlast: This tiny human village lies at the east end of Lake Nen. The folk here make a meager living by trading smoked fish to the dwarves of Hammerfast. They also deal with the Tigerclaw barbarians of the Winterbole Forest. When the wild folk choose to trade, they come to Nenlast to barter their pelts and amber for good dwarven metalwork.
Raven Roost: This small keep stands at the southern end of the Old Hills. Once it was the seat of a small manor, but it fell into ruin long ago. Passers by avoid the ruins mostly due to superstition as on any given day, one can see scores of ravens perched along the ruined walls of the keep.
Ruins of Fastormel: Once a prosperous town on the shores of Lake Nen, Fastormel was destroyed by the Bloospear orcs and has never been resettled.
The Stonemarch: A rugged land of stony hills and deep gorges cut by rushing rivers, the Stonemarch is home to tribes of dangerous humaniods and giants. Orcs, ogres, giants and trolls haunt the farther reaches of these barren lands. Fortunately for the residents of the vale, these creatures rarely venture east over the Cairngorm Peaks.
Thunderspire: This striking peak is the largest of the Old Hills.
Winterhaven: Hard under the Cairngorms at the west end of the Nentir Vale lies the remote town of Winterhaven. Like Fallcrest, Winterhaven is a small town surrounded by a few miles of farmland and pastures.