Direwind Cliffs lie just south of Ashengate, so the dangerous cliffs must be traversed for anyone even attempting an assault upon the treacherous dragon. At the base of the cliffs are foggy valleys infested with disease, which is assumed to be the work of Venril Sathir. The wildlife here has fallen under a deadly affliction, barely surviving off the corpses of other fallen creatures. A malignant breed of fungus men, known as Darkroot, have sprouted up in the area seemingly thriving on the sickly environment. The cliffs get their name from the clan of gnolls that inhabit the area, but they too have not been able to escape the plague that has engulfed the area. The armies, Gray Legion and Black Legion, of Ashengate have set up encampments along the cliffs, making the first line of defense in protecting the reliquary of the scale.