An area through which the Lumberline passes, the Upper Paths lie close to Gridania in the northern tip of the South Shroud
— In-game description
The Druthers is run by a disenfranchised ex-sentry-turned-tavernkeep and welcomes all manner of folk, from upstanding to unsavory, so long as they follow Buscarron Strongarm's simple rules of etiquette: sit down, forget your worries, and savor your ale.
In a thicket some distance from the path, the way to Issom-Har was opened by a rock that fell from the sky during the Calamity. Within the gaping hole slumber untouched Gelmorran ruins. What they contain, however, is a matter of no small speculation, as someone has placed a powerful ward upon the entrance.
No Man's Hovel
Once the village of Boughbury, the original residents fled their homes during the Calamity. A notorious band of outlaws known as the Redbelly Wasps have since taken the place as their own. Now, Redbelly Hive is the site of many a skirmish between the bandits and the Wood Wailers, who attempt to reclaim it for the rightful owners.
Following the Calamity, Gridania shifted the focus of its surveillance network. Thus, though it was once manned by a sentry named Buscarron, this lookout post has long since fallen into disuse and disrepair.
Named after a man-eating creature from Padjali folklore, the Thousand Maws of Toto-Rak was built on the site of a natural cave system beneath Silent Arbor. Until recently, it held all of Gridania's foulest criminals, from arsonists to poachers, but the completion of a new gaol closer to the city heralded its abandonment.