The Abbor-Alz hills ring the Bright Desert. They are rough and rugged, composed primarily of granite. In the west, they become a small mountain range reaching the Cairn Hills, its northern spur.
Dwarves have several settlements and mines in the west. Orcs and goblins compete with the dwarves for living space. Bordering the Bright Desert, tribes of nomads quarrel with tribes of giants, ogres, bandits, trolls, and other threats. The Mountaineer Militia of Greyhawk patrols this area, or at least spies on it.