The Fangwood is a vast forest steeped in mystery and ancient lore. The forest consists of a mixture of deciduous and evergreen trees—mostly maples, firs, and spruces. In the forest’s deepest reaches, where the firs grow tall and close, the Fangwood takes on a shadowy, primeval feel that chokes the air and sends many skittish creatures into noise-induced panics. As the fir groves give way to sparser mixes of spruces and relatively rare pines, the underbrush thickens even as the feeling of oppressive dread slackens. Most who live in the forest dwell in these moderate belts between the firs and maples.
The entirety of the Fangwood is known for its proliferation of fey—including dryads, nymphs, satyrs, pixies, redcaps, and grigs to name but a few. These fey range from benevolent to malicious, with most falling in the harmless range. Regardless, travelers within the deep wood have best keep an eye on the shadows and winds as well woods themselves.
The southern reaches of the Fangwood has long been unsettled by most civilized people, for the forest is particularly dense with thick undergrowth and dangerous wildlife. Yet as one travels deeper into the woods, the dangers grow worse, for not only do several isolated tribes of orcs rule swaths of the inner woodlands, but somewhere within the verdant depths lies the lair of the green dragon known as Zedoran.
The Fangwood is also known for its groves of súil-ghäel trees throughout its boundaries. Towering above most other trees, the lofty súil-ghäel are widely held as the “first trees.” Lumberjacks superstitiously connect them to the fey races of the woodlands and, despite the strength of the wood, often avoid harvesting them. When wood is harvested from súil-ghäel trees is called silverwood and highly sought after for its amazing properties. Nature enthusiasts revere them. These silver-barked hardwoods grow to immense heights, but never spread to more than a few feet in diameter.
Despite the forbidding and dangerous nature of the Fangwood, their are bands of relative safety that have cultivated many towns, villages, and even a few small cities that thrive on various woodland industries, such as hunting and logging. Most of these towns lie along the River Sein, the major river that splits the Fangwood in two and is a major source of trade for the region. Kassen and Bellis are but two of these towns. Fangwood Keep is an fort old fort that has traditionally kept watch over most of the southern Fangwood.