The province of Andrast is the western most region of Gondor. Though the Reunited Kingdom, and its previous rendition, has claimed sovereignty over the region, it is sparsely populated by its subjects. Throughout the Ages there has been no major Númenóreans settlement or inhabitation, with the population consisting mostly of the local, wilder Drúedain and other wild men with no allegiances to the major powers of the area. At most, Gondor maintained few outposts for the stocking and resupply of vessels that once sailed the seas from its southern coasts up along into northern Eriador. However, throughout the Third Age this trade route waned as Arnor collapsed and the strength of Gondor failed.
In the Fourth Age, with the prosperity of Gondor restored, the region saw an influx of economic boom, though the recent Darkening has caused its peoples to become fenced in among themselves, fearing outsiders due to their remoteness. The region is very hilly and mountainous, with the range of the White Mountains bending southwest towards the sea into a great headland known as the Ras Morthil. This separates the Gondorian populations on the eastern side of the mountains from the wild men on the western side, bordering the sea. The mountains are massive and generally assumed to be inaccessible in crossing, making the Ras Morthil the only land route where one can reach the other side of the range of snow-studded peaks. A minor Gondorian fort guards this passage.
With the destruction of the sun and moon, inhabitants of both sides of the mountains reported a falling star having landed in the region, causing a great stir among the local populace of all denominations.