Legend holds that the Dawnforge Mountains arose when Torog nearly erupted from the Underdark through to the surface of the world, and the peaks’ steep slopes and rocky, forbidding facade support the tale. They stand against the sky, a wall of rock and stone bounding the Nentir Vale’s eastern border. Most ofthe mountains are covered with evergreen forests, although the three most notable peaks in this region, the Sentinel, Mount Starris (named for the Wizard), and Forgepeak, rise above the tree line.
To the east of the mountains rise wooded foothills. It is home to goblins and orcs, although the monsters tend to stay clear of the Trade Road. Away from the road, travelers must take care. The humanoid tribes in this area are in a constant state of war with one another, and grisly markers (such as severed heads or piles of bones) layout each tribe’s boundaries. Traveling further down the Kings Road eventualy leads to the ancient ruins of the Tiefling city Vol Rukoth and the Coast.