Guardians of Grandfather Tree
Realms of the High Forest
In far older days, when the High Forest spanned much of the land from the River Dessarin to the Graypeaks, numerous elven and dwarven realms rose to prominence. Dwarven kingdoms grew mighty by working metal and stone, while elves nurtured great civilizations. For many ages these realms flourished, enduring repeated invasions by orcs, ears among the elves, and incursions from the Underdark. Ultimately, however, all of these civilizations were doomed to fall.
A single act of fiendish summoning that took place nearly five hundred years ago led to a demonic conflagration that devoured the elven kingdoms of the High Forest and neighboring Ammarindar, leaving the North forever changed. The High Forest and its mountains reverted to a savage and lush wilderness in which lost wonders from these bygone civilizations lie concealed.
The High Forest is littered with the ruins of the three elven civilizations that succeeded ancient Aryvandaar. Here in the deep woords, far removed from the more famous ruins of Cormanthyr, lie the age-old remains of great woodland societies that once dwelled under the trees. The graceful architecture of these forgotten elven cities is still amazingly well preserved. Delicate spires, beautiful towers, and ancient temples offer fantastic places for adventurers, antiquarians, and treasure seekers to explore. The magic of the mythals that protect these places has diminished greatly with the elves’ departure from the High Forest, but these ancient defenses still embody considerable power.