Tales from the Sword Coast
A small town built from the ruins of a larger city, Beregost is the crossroads of the Nentir Vale.
Beregost stands amid the Moon Hills at the falls of the Nentir River. Tired travelers and traders on the Coast Way between Baldur’s Gate and Amn often stop in Beregost. Beregost is located just off the road about a day’s travel on horseback south of where the Way of the Lion that leads to Candlekeep branches off from the Coast Way. It’s within reach of the northern borders of Amn. Merchants of that land often use it as a rendezvous for caravan assembly before attempting the perilous overland runs north to Waterdeep or east to the Sea of Fallen Stars.
The surrounding ridges shelter several small valleys where farmers and woodsfolk live; few are more than six or seven miles from the town. In general the people outside Beregost’s walls earn their living by farming or keeping livestock, and the people inside the walls are artisans, laborers, or merchants. People with no other prospects can make a hard living as porters, carrying cargo from the Lower Quays to the Upper Quays (or vice versa).
Beregost imports finished goods from the larger cities downriver and ironwork from the Nashkel, and exports timber, leather, fruit, and grain. It also trades with the nearby city of Baldur’s Gate.
The surrounding hills hold several marble quarries that once produced a good deal of stone, but the area has little demand for ornamental stone these days, and only a few stonecutters still practice their trade.