Lacing through Neverwinter Wood, like a stitch holding together the earth’s skin, are the Crags. This series of hills and steppes grows into a small mountain range, terminating in the awesome Mount Hotenow. But Mount Hotenow isn’t the Crags’ only claim to fame. Myths claim that the range’s many caves, chasms, and canyons hide paths to the lost dwarven city of Gauntlgrym. Whether the paths exist or not, the mountains do house the ruins of several of that ancient dwarven city’s outposts — as well as their treasures — and the monsters that overran those sites.
Morgur’s Mound also lies within the Crags. According to the Uthgardt, this is where Uthgar, their deity and founder, died after saving the North from Gurt, Lord of the Pale Giants. The mound is named for Uthgar’s brother Morgur, who is said to be buried there.
Goblins, gnolls, ogres, hill giants, and other creatures have dwelled within this rocky landscape for centuries. So too has the Sky Pony tribe of the Uthgardt barbarians. The hundreds of ancient and now-dead mines that long ago brought humans to the area are now home to various wild animals and monsters.
Over a thousand years ago, humans built a kingdom in the Crags called Grimmantle to guard against orcs. It was overrun by orcs from the Thousand Fangs tribe on their way to attack Neverwinter and Illusk.