Orcs have lived in this area since the Horgon Era. They have left dozens of abandoned mines in the area. A half dozen of these are huge, sprawling dig sites, serving as lairs for all manner of beasts and monsters. The orcs have been mining the iron and gemstones from these mountains for thousands of years. In the Black Tide War (1465 - 1504), they supplied the iron weapons and armor to the Dead Council's armies.