The Unapproachable East is a border region between the northeast Faerûn and east Faerûn. The bounderies are usually defined as Easting Reach (to the west), Sunrise Mountains (to the east), Wizards’ Reach (to the south) and the Icerim Mountains (to the north), right up to the Great Glacier.1 The region sports great adversity; from the scheming Red Wizards of Thay to the boisterous barbarians of Rashemen, it is a place rife with conflict. The region is bordered to the south by the Old Kingdoms, and to the north by the Cold Lands. To the northeast is the Hordelands.
Aglarond is an autocratic kingdom in the southwesternmost part of the Unapproachable East, with the capital of Velprintalar. It is a peninsula bordered on the west by the Sea of Fallen Stars and Altumbel and on the East by Thar. Most of its land is covered by the Yuirwood. Filled with magic and mystery, it is ruled by one of the most potent spellcaster of the Realms, the Simbul, who also has an affair with the immensely powerful archmage Elminster. On the north are the Dragonjaw Mountains. It is mostly humans who make up the 1.3 million inhabitants, though one third are half-elves and a fair number elves.
Altumbel is a “sub-peninsula”; that is, a peninsula’s peninsula, which is located at the western end of the peninsula of Aglarond. Its capital is Spandeliyon, and the inhabitants distrust non-humans, especially elves. It has the reputation of being backward.
Economy: Mostly fishing, but piracy is exceptionally high here and may be counted as part of the economy.
The Great Dale is governed by a druidic hierarchy, under rule of Nentyarch. It is a human land, of 200,000 inhabitants.
According to rumors, The Great Dale is the place from which Dalelanders came.
Impiltur is a kingdom of 1,200,000 inhabitants, mainly humans, but also dwarves and halflings, who are ruled by Queen Sambryl from the capital of Lyrabar.
Rashemen is a magocratic gynarchy, land of the famous Witches of Rashemen. The 650,000 people of Rashemen are almost all humans. It is ruled from the capital of Immilmar, where the ruler called Iron Lord resides. However, the true power in Rashemen are the witches called hathran. One of the most famous denizens of Rashemen is the ranger Minsc (and his hamster Boo), who journeyed out as the cohort of Dynaheir, a Rashemen witch in training. Note, however, that these NPCs are not canon, but merely characters of the Baldur’s Gate CRPG series. In addition to the witches, Rashemen is also known of its berserker warriors and spirits which protect the land.
Thay is the magocracy of the dreaded Red Wizards. It can be considered as the evil pendant of the magocracy of Halruaa, which makes sense, both being practitioners of circle magic. The coastal part of Thay is the Priador. Thay is constantly warring with its neighbors.
Thayans are infamous for being slavers, a practice illegal in most of the Heartlands.
Thesk is an oligarchian region consisting of 850,000 people, inhabited by humans, gnomes, and orcs, with no official capital; though the city-state of Phsant commonly fills that role. It is economically dependent on the city-state of Telflamm and Kara-Tur goods shipped from the far east.
Despite its fertile lands, it is at present mostly unsettled, with few resemblances of the fallen kingdom of capital city Shandaular, which was destroyed in -946 DR.
Telflamm is a large city state and a port near Thesk. Its approximately 23,500 inhabitants apparently are under the rule of a “merchant prince”, though behind the scene it is The Shadowmasters, a thieves guild, who runs the city.
↑ Richard Baker, Matt Forbeck, Sean K. Reynolds (May 2003). Unapproachable East. (Wizards of the Coast), p. 4. ISBN 0-7869-2881-6.
↑ Richard Baker, Matt Forbeck, Sean K. Reynolds (May 2003). Unapproachable East. (Wizards of the Coast), p. 105. ISBN 0-7869-2881-6.
Rand Sharpsword (2002-03-13). More of the Unapproachable East!. Rand’s Travelogue. Wizards of the Coast. Retrieved on 2010-10-31.
Ed Greenwood, Sean K. Reynolds, Skip Williams, Rob Heinsoo (June 2001). Forgotten Realms Campaign Setting 3rd edition. (Wizards of the Coast), pp. 199–210. ISBN 0-7869-1836-5.
Richard Baker, Matt Forbeck, Sean K. Reynolds (May 2003). Unapproachable East. (Wizards of the Coast). ISBN 0-7869-2881-6.
Unapproachable East, introduction
Monsters of the Unapproachable East