Until recently, the Torne Mountains were a largely ignored area of Esra as they are cold, rocky and inhospitable. The recent discovery of deposits of rare metals in the mountains has sparked a strong interest in the area, bringing people from all over Esra to try their hand at mining.
The closest town to the mountains is Farek, which is itself only now large enough to be called a town because of the new interest in the mountains. People tend to stay at Farek for a few days when they arrive, then make their way north to the camps at the base of the mountains. The Academy of Sciences has a team of researchers and miners at the mountains who have, being the largest group, collected a large amount of ore which they regularly take back to Aerephon in their caravans.