Deep, dark, and enigmatic, the High Forest is inarguably the greatest forest in Faerûn, since it has resisted the woodsman’s axe for untold centuries. The sylvan wood’s expanse covers more than 500 miles from its southern edge near Secomber to its northern reaches at the foothills of the Nether Mountains. In fact, the forest accounts for nearly 20% of the total land area of what is considered the Savage Frontier (see the campaign map). Many rumors and mysteries abound in regards to the High Forest and the secrets it holds within the shade of its trees. Folk talk of enclaves of druids, tribes of Elves, and hordes of Treants, (see also Treant Organizations), as well as dryads, and other sylvan races alike. Legends older than Waterdeep talk of ruined elven cities from the days of Netheril within the bowers of its trees and ancient mines within the lofty Star Mounts at the forest’s center. Truth be told, no one truly knows what lurks inside the tree line of the High Forest. Few in recent memory have entered the forest and returned to tell tales of it. Those who dwell near its borders respect the forest, as it seems to emanate some suggestive force that keeps them from plundering its timber or other natural resources. Whether the powers that preserve the High Forest are mortal or divine in nature, there is something about this forest that warns human civilization away. As a result, the High Forest remains a mystery to all those who do not dare enter it.