Thesk is an oligarchian region consisting of 850,000 people, inhabited by humans, gnomes, and orcs, with no official capital; though the city-state of Phsant commonly fills that role. It is economically dependent on the city-state of Telflamm and goods shipped from the far east.
Thesk is most famous for the Golden Way. This well-maintained road starts in Telflamm, crosses Thesk, continues through Rashemen and the Endless Wastes all the way to distant Kara-Tur. The Golden Way is a major overland trade artery. Its existence is the primary reason that Thesk isn’t simply part of the Great Dale or – worse yet – another tharch in Thay.
Thesk lies between the Great Dale to the north and Aglarond and the Sea of Dlurg to the south. To the west is the Easting Reach, while Thay and Rashemen are to the east. The country is nearly 300 miles from north to south and a little less than 500 miles across. Thesk climbs as one travels east; Two Stars is about 2,000 feet above sea level.
The Thesk Mountains (after which the entire country is named) dominate the center of the land, a range of low, rugged, scrub-covered peaks stretching more than 100 miles east from Phent. The mountains are inhospitable enough in their western vales, but as one travels east, they grow higher, more rugged, and more desolate. Snows persist on their northern faces until the end of high summer. The rugged brown peaks are visible from just about every point in the country, and travelers use them as landmarks.
Forest of Lethyr
The Forest of Lethyr lies beyond Thesk’s north and is a natural boundary between that land and the Great Dale. The portion of the forest south of the River Flam is considered Theskian land and has been constantly logged over the years. Few Theskians live along the road from Tammar to Kront, conceding the forests to the Dalemen rangers and druids that guard it; they know that the penalty for trespassing there is often death.
With the exception of the trade-town of Kront at its north end, this plain is completely uninhabited by humanoids. Grassy with rich dark soil and a few small herds of wild oxen and ponies roaming its length, the Ashanath is an untouched breadbasket. Resources are so plentiful in this area that they easily could support a large city-state such as those along the Moonsea, but people do not settle here because of the frequent tornadoes that tear up the earth for miles at a stretch. Regardless of the season or ambient weather conditions, this territory experiences dozens of tornadoes a year – sometimes as often as once a tenday