It Started With a Kidnapped Pig...
The Sumber Hills are windswept balands sparsely covered in dry grass. Many of the hills have exposed rock faces or steep escarpments. While the hills are dry, countless tiny streams rise from hidden springs (usually clean and drinkable), then flow down to join the Dessarin River, which cuts the Sumber Hills in half.
Most locals only think of the wilder, higher hills west of the river when they think about the Sumber Hills, because it’s there that once had rich stone quarries and good hunting. Some hunting lodges and keeps owned by wealthy Waterdhavians (people from Waterdeep) or adventurers remain – and in recent times have become home to bandits and monsters. Those who quarry the Sumber Hills for building stones and gravel often trade tales of finding gemstones and rich veins of ore in the hills – but for the most part, these persistent tales have never been more than talk.
In the last few years the infamous “Haunted Keeps” in the western Sumber Hills have all been reoccupied. Sightings of strange beasts and menacing figures have increased as well.