White Oyt River Gorge
Over two thousand years ago the Crystalmist Mountains were home to several Dwarven Kingdoms. Overcrowding and over-mining as well as several wars caused the migration of the Dwarven Kingdoms and the destruction of their great halls located in the Joten Pass just over five hundred years ago.
One of these Kingdoms was located in the mountains along the western side of the upper White Oyt River, where the lower Stark Mounds follow the eastern side, forming a deep river gorge filled with rapids, separating the Crystalmists from the lowlands of Sterich.
A small number of Dwarven clans choose to remain behind, primarily the Shieldsens, who are renowned armorers in the region and whose extended family occupies these particular halls.