The Troubled, and the Secret Hoard
The Sword Coast
The Sword Coast is the western shore of Faerûn, running from Candlekeep and the Cloak Wood in the South, to Luskan and Icewind Dale in the North.
From the notes of the sage Elminster: "The Sword Coast is a rough, brawling area dominated by the City of Splendors, Waterdeep. The coast itself is treacherous, filled with undersea reefs, rock-outcroppings, and soft, murky bottoms that extend out for miles. True ports are few and far between on the Coast, which is the reason that the best harbour capable of handling sea vessels, Waterdeep, has grown into one of the most important cities of the North.
“Scholars and sources disagree on the effective length of the Sword Coast, and some extend it further south, into the lands of Amn, Tethyr, and Calimshan, to Calimport. The southern kingdoms resent this categorization, for they consider the lands of the Sword Coast dangerous wilderlands, and its people little better than barbarians.”