After my disastrous visit to the Vale Southwest District, I only very hesitantly braved the northwest one, which has even worse reputation. It is well known that the Eboncloaks operate heavily here, indeed it is rumored to be their center of operations (if they have any headquarters at all, being so decentralized a group). Despite this, I was completely unmolested as I walked through, and although I found it to be seedy and uncomfortable it was entirely without merit. Some of the taverns I visited had a healthy assortment of locals and ale that was too watered-down.
Still, as someone who has been trained to watch and see, I was well aware that I was followed the entire time I was there. One can assume that, had I put a single trembling toe beyond their line, well I might not be writing this now!