High Adventure by the Saltless Sea
Early attempts to colonize the Forgotten Kingdoms met with disaster (entire towns disappearing in the night, building collapsing, sink holes, plagues of vermin, etc.) and the formerly cultivated lands soon reverted to wilderness. Eventually, the winds shifted, and the inland areas largely became a temperate desert inhabited only by scattered tribes of nomads.
Roughly six hundred years ago, a group of refugees fleeing the escalating unrest in the Greater Mercantile Kingdom crossed the mountains marking their land’s Southern Border with the Forgotten Kingdoms. The group eked out a miserable existence centred around a small spring until one of their hunting parties discovered the first of the Junk Pits and their subsequent excavations netted them enough raw metal to establish trade with some of the coastal communities. The town subsequently grew into Knocker, the first if not largest of the Minelands communities.