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Faerûn is a major continent on the planet of Abeir-Toril.


The continent includes terrain that is as varied as any other. Besides the exterior coastline to the west and south, the most dominant feature on the continent is the Sea of Fallen Stars. This is an irregular inland sea that keeps the interior lands fertile and serves as a major trade route for many of the bordering nations.

Next in significance is the Shaar, a broad region of grasslands in the south that, together with the Lake of Steam, separates the area around the inland sea from the coastal nations at the southern edge of the continent. To the east, Faerûn is bordered by a vast regions of steppe from Kara-Tur, and in the north are massive glaciers (Pelvuria and Reghed) and tundra. South of the continent, separated by the Great Sea, is the sub-tropical land of Zakhara. The continent includes the following geographic and political regions:


Main article: Northwest Faerûn

A region of wilderness, difficult winter weather, orc hordes, and barbarian tribes, this region is generally referred to as "The North". It is a mostly untamed region that lies between the large Anauroch desert in the east and the expansive Sea of Swords to the west. This area is one of the most popular regions for role-playing campaigns set in Faerûn, and has been the setting for a number of popular computer role-playing games. This area contains:

  • The High Forest—a traditional home of the elves.
  • Icewind Dale—site of Ten Towns and the setting for the Icewind Dale computer game.
  • Mithral Hall—the ancient dwarven stronghold rediscovered and reclaimed by Bruenor Battlehammer in the writings of Drizzt creator R.A. Salvatore.
  • Neverwinter—a northern town and the initial setting of the Neverwinter Nights computer game.
  • The Silver Marches—a confederation of humans, dwarves and elves, with the city of Silverymoon at its heart.
  • The Sword Coast—a rich coastline of trade, piracy and adventure.
  • Waterdeep—the "City of Splendors": a huge and richly detailed city on the Sword Coast.


Main article: North Faerûn

This region stretches from the wide Anauroch desert in the west to the eastern edge of the inland Moonsea, in the northern region of the continent. It is a region of contrasts, containing:

  • Anauroch—a huge desert, setting of the expansion Neverwinter Nights: Shadows of Undrentide.
  • The Dalelands—an area of rich farmland and human civilization. Home to the famous wizard Elminster.
  • The Moonsea—a large northern body of water with shores in many politically unstable areas.
  • The Ride
  • The Vast


Main article: Northeast Faerûn

This remote area begins in the cold, forbidding lands along the great ice sheets and continues south toward the northeastern shores of the Sea of Fallen Stars. It is bordered on the west by the mountain-hemmed land of Vaasa and stretches east to the vast steppes of the Hordelands. This region also contains:


Main article: West Faerûn

This region includes the nations south of Waterdeep and north of the Shining Sea, that border along the Sea of Swords. The west includes:

It also includes the multitude of islands that lie to the west in the vast ocean called the Trackless Sea, collectively named the Nelanther Isles.


Main article: Interior Faerûn

With the exception of the Shining Plains, these lands lie along the irregular coastline of the western Sea of Fallen Stars. In the north, the Dragonmere arm of the sea extends far to the west, ending close to the Western Heartlands. To the south, the Vilhon Reach forms a second arm leading to the southwest. The notable areas within this region include:


Main article: East Faerûn

Most of the nations in this region border the eastern expanses of the Sea of Fallen Stars. Here the sea forms a long arm that travels to the east before turning south to become the Alamber Sea. The northern nations of this mysterious area are termed the Unapproachable East and the southern nations the Old Empires. This region includes:

Many of these nations allow slavery, and depend on slaves for much of their economy.


Main article: Southwest Faerûn

This region lies along the great Chultan peninsula that juts out toward the west. The waters to the north are named the Shining Sea, a body bounded by Calimshan to the north and joined to the Lake of Steam through the Straits of Storm. To the south of the land is the Great Sea. Located in this area are:

  • Chult
  • Lapaliiya
  • Samarach
  • Tashalar
  • Thindol


Main article: South Faerûn

This land lies to the south of the regions around the Sea of Fallen Stars, being somewhat isolated by the Lake of Steam in the west, and the vast length of the Shaar. It is bordered along the south by the Great Sea; to the west by the Chultan peninsula region, and in the east by Luiren. The south includes:


Main article: Southeast Faerûn

These lands lie to the south and east of the grassy plains known as the Shaar, along the shores of the Great Sea opposite the land of Zakhara. The region includes:

  • The Shining Lands
    • Durpar
    • Estagund
    • Var the Golden
  • Luiren
  • Ulgarth
  • Veldorn


Main article: Underdark

The immense complex of caverns and passages that lie beneath many parts of the continent of Faerûn. It contains:

It also contains the almost unpronounceable cities of kuo-toa, illithids, and beholders.