Tales of the Crystal Sword
Area and landmarks
The surrounding area supports the city in the fact it is a three way split of mountain, plains and forest. The forest is heavily populated by goblins and goblinoids( my name for other creatures like orks, trolls and ogres) most do not go into the forrest unless they know it like an elf.
The plains are full of human bandits, raiders and barbarians. It is a good place to find mercanary work. The plains also have the only path to the castle and have many small towns in it.
The mountains are riddled with dwarven paths.