The Game of Many Things
Bala'Straal is the ancestral home of the dragonborn, though after a being outnumbered by other races, they were forced to abandon their grip on the country and many fled southwest into the Amber Waste. Although they consider their homelands largely lost to them, a fair number of dragonborn still reside in Bala'Straal.
Consisting mainly of rocky ground, cliffs, and plateaus, most of Bala'Straal's population is along its borders and the trade road, leaving large areas uninhabited except for the most stubborn of settlements. The wilder areas of Bala'Straal are especially harsh; the constant winds, the threat of rockslides, and the lack of fertile soil make it very difficult to scratch a living in the central and southeastern areas of the country. To the north sit the Withered Peaks, a decimated and lifeless mountain range where, according to legend, four ancient dragons fought to the death over what was, at the time, an extremely desirable area. Their battle left nothing behind but barren rock, and only monsters live there now.