Twilight of an Age
Despite its ominous name, the Bitter Wood is actually relatively safe, at least compared to some of the other forests of the Empire. With the mercantile hub of Glitterhaegen so close by, the Empire makes a point of regularly patrolling the area and delving into the forest to wipe out any bandits, goblins, or other threats that might have nested in the woods.
That’s not to say that the forest is entirely carefree and pleasant; rather, anything that’s both dangerous and intelligent has long since learned to evade Imperial patrols by fleeing deeper into the forest. Rumor has it that a wood elf vampire cult hides in the bowels of the forest, and that at least one dragon bides its time in the ruins of the high elf city that no longer stretches above the leafy canopy.