Rogues of the Borderlands
West of the lands of Arthedain lies a great expanse of territory known as Numeriador (S. “The Empty Western Land”). This open and rugged terrain is wrinkled by a series of rolling foothills that rise up from the river Lhûn to become the mighty Ered Luin, the Blue Mountains. The peaks serve as a barrier between the lands of the Lhûn river valley and the Elven Kingdom of Lindon to the West. Within the range’s roots lie the ruins of the ancient Dwarven cities of Nogrod and Belegost. The mountains hold many wonders and dangers for those who wish to brave their heights and depths.
Numeriador is often forgotten in the books of Men and Elves (which describe it merely as “wild lands”), but the foothills of the Ered Luin are not so much wild as they are uncluttered by the roads, hedgerows, stone walls, and farmsteads that dot the countryside of more civilized regions. The foothill’s slopes support a myriad of plant and animal life, some of which are found only in Numeriador. Great expanses of forest, yawning valleys, and spectacular cascades of water are but a few of the sights. In fact, those who travel through the region are sometimes so captivated by its beauty that they take up residence in one of the small villages that dot the virtually untouched landscape. Primarily composed of Elven territories surrounding the Dwarf-mines of the Nan-i-Naugrim, the scenery retains the pristine character of lands dominated by the Eldar.
This land, since the end of the First Age rarely touched by the ravages of war, was the border on which the great realm of Beleriand once stood. The people are a simple and pacific folk; even the Dwarves that remained behind after the destruction of Nogrod and Belegost find an unhurried repose in the great splendor of the area. And the Silvan Elves indulge their medatative natures
more fully than is practical in more war-torn regions. Individuals of all races are content to wander Numeriador, braving the wild animals and the threat of the region’s sometimes unpredictable weather.
Far from uninhabited, tribes of Rivermen comprise the bulk of the scattered population in Numeriador. Dwelling in small villages and encampments that dot the river’s edge, these folk make their living by hunting, trapping, and trading with the people in neighboring lands. In smaller numbers, Dwarves live at the source of the Annúduin, within the Nan-i-Naugrim (S. “Valley of the Dwarves”), at the foot of what were once the great cities of Nogrod and Belegost. Some of the Dúnedain from Arthedain dwell on the river’s shores, trading with both the Elves of Mithlond and the Rivermen of the northern waters. In even fewer numbers still, some small villages of Elves remain isolated at the very foot of the Blue Mountains, close to their home kingdom of Lindon to the West.
An expanse of simple but spectacular beauty, Numeriador has remained peaceful and unthreatened by the forces of darkness for several millenia. The Dark Lord is not unaware of the foothills
however, for sometimes, things are not always as peaceful as they seem…
Source: Rogues of the Borderlands