Built around the only gate through the Thanewall, Great Gate is a massive market town. Though the entrance itself is protected by dwarven guardians, the sprawling market that lies before it means that strangers don't have to try and gain access to the Vale proper to prosper from it. The road that leads away from Great Gate, through the Frostwood, is said to terminate somewhere in the Cities of the Sea Lords, somewhere to the south and east of the Vale. Merchants with well-protected caravans make the trip, even dangerous as it is, seeking the finest works of the Guilds. Strangers and odd folk are typical in Great Gate, and many Valefolk like to visit the town during market hours just to ogle the strangers.