Ottanghild was founded by goliath settlers from Hel. It was built at the bottom of a glacier with its harbor facing north into the Ognar fjord. It is difficult to reach Ottanghild by land, with a descent of a day to reach it from the surrounding cliffs. The sea is the most used route with a few hazards of its own like icebergs and a few predators dwelling in Ongar's icy deeps.
Ottanghild has long been a haven for pirates, and because of this it is multi-cultural and has a population of many races. The frost giants of the town are probably the most unusual with those that dwell here favoring the open ocean over mountains. Most of these giants can trace their bloodlines to two families that came to Ottanghild from Netheram. They came here seeking a new home away from the seemingly endless warmongering of the Netheram's jarls.