The Bloodstone Lands
Ravens Bluff straddles the mouth of the Fire River, the eastern shore of the Dragon Reach, that most northerly arm of the Sea of Fallen Stars (the Inner Sea). Ravens Bluff stands just north of a spur of the Earthfast Mountains, on the site of the onetime dwarven city of Sarbreen. It commands access to the rich agricultural coastlands known as The Vast, its only rivals in this role being the cities of Tantras and Calaunt. All too close to the rich lands of Sembia, Ravens Bluff has always walked a delicate line between the interests of the rich Realm of Merchants across the Reach, the might of Mulmaster to the north, and the desires of the pirates of the Fallen Stars to control a secure mainland port
Folk of all races and origins rub shoulders in Ravens Bluff; an annual average of about forty thousand of them. The city boasts a good and very busy harbor, defensive walls, and bustling commerce. The first-time visitor should know that rich, semi-wooded agricultural lands surround the city on its landward sides. These are home to rich estates, many of them belonging to nobles and to successful adventurers with an eye towards eventual ennoblement. The Vast’s major coastal road crosses the Fire River near the Bluff. The city walls enclose several distinct major districts: Southside (that part of the city south of the river), Crow’s End (a run-down but thriving area on both banks of the river), Harbor (the dock area on the Dragon Reach itself), and the sprawling Uptown district (which encloses the distinct Temple and Market neighborhoods). A small seaward area, with its own walls, houses the Foreign Section, given over to embassies and consulates of outland realms and cities.
Adventurers are more a part of everyday life in Ravens Bluff than they are in any other city of Faerun. Some think those who willingly head for Ravens Bluff are dangerous fools. Others, of course, already define adventurers as dangerous fools, even “walking dead fools.” So far, Ravenians have proven them wrong, and their town has thrived on what looks from afar like chaos. So far …
- Ravens Bluff stands on the site of the old dwarven city of Sarbeenar. Sarbeenar was a largely underground city lost centuries ago.