Princes of the Apocalypse
Minor issues are nothing unusual in the Dessarin Valley. Bands of savage humanoids from the Sword Mountains or the Evermoors occasionally raid here. Human barbarians known as the Uthgardt roam these lands, and the more aggressive tribes can be very dangerous. Bandits sometimes gather in the lonelier parts of the vale to waylay caravans traveling the Long Road or the Kheldell Path. Every now and then reckless or unlucky adventurers manage to stir up some ancient curse in the ruins scattered around the area. Constables of the valley settlements are usually up to the task of restoring the peace under normal circumstances.
Two major discussions are on most peoples lips. Rising tensions between Mirabar and Waterdeep over some tariff that the Lords of Waterdeep have imposed on Mirabar. If war breaks out the Dessarin Valley, being the center point between the two cities, would be a prime spot for any potential battles. This could devastate the settlements and farms of the area which could have far reaching effects considering how much food the area produces.
The other is that recently there has been a rise in banditry, kidnapping, murders and raids all over the valley. The constables used to a more leisurely pace of life are at their wits end and ill equipped to handle this sudden outbreak of chaos.