Alderness Caverns is a rocky landscape, covered with rolling hills, towering cliffs, and rocky mountains alike. The cities are all built underground, in sprawling networks of tunnels and caves. Originally founded by dwarves and gnomes, Alderness is a major producer of metalwork of all types; weapons, armor and jewelry are all produced by families of skilled metalworkers. Alderness has major trade routes set up with Kindervale, trading the finely crafted metalwork of Alderness for the rare ores produced in the ever-flowing rivers of lava in Kindervale. Apart from metallurgy, Alderness also has a highly respected school of magic, where folk come from all over to study the arcane arts. The people of Alderness mostly worship the gods of Earth and Magic, who provided them a home and safeguard their arcane studies.