The Shackled City of Chult
A Brief History of the Realms Part 3
A Brief History of the Realms
This document concludes the timelines requested. I compiled these dates best as I could and cross referenced any dubious inclusions with my colleagues both here in Blue Crater and as stated previously further afield. All dates recorded before this document are subject to the depredations of time and while I strive for their accuracy I can not verify them any more than I have or include that which was not recorded.
1000 DR to Present
This is an age of exploration and discovery, when new continents are discovered to the west and trade is reestablished with the east. This is a time when the Great Glacier retreats, uncovering the realms of Vaasa and Damara.
1090 DR Year of Slaughter
Followers of Malar mount the Great Hunt.
-Battle of the Bones: A horde of 200,000 goblins and orcs arises from the High Moors due to extreme drought and attempts an invasion of the North. The Battle of the Bones marks the spot of the great battle that destroys the horde
- The mage Zagig Yragerne emerged from the Wild Coast and bribed his way into a seat on the Directing Oligarchy of Greyhawk.
1099 DR Year of the Restless
New trade routes forged by merchants of the Shining South. First modern contact with Zakhara.
-The War of the Broken Chains: The grimlock thralls of Suruptik utterly destroy their mindflayer masters. In an impressive display of scorched-earth barbarism, they eat every illithid and burn everything that would burn. Survivors build the community of Reeshov in its place.
- Zagig elected Lord Mayor of Greyhawk by the Oligarchs.
1156 DR Year of the Winged Gift
The red dragon Hookface arrives in the region. His attacks on merchants and cities of the region continue intermittently for a century – no heroes are able to defeat the dragon.
1180 DR Year of Sinking Sails
Diamond Lake founded by the mad wizard, Zagig.
1200 DR Year of the Buckler
Zagig disappears leaving no clues regarding his whereabouts, and no heir to inherit the title of Landgraf.
1213 DR Year of the Night’s Peace
After a series of mishaps results in numerous defeats at sea, Queen Melinith of Dambrath recalls her navy and institutes a policy of isolationism for the nation that continues today.
1215 DR Year of Starlight
Queen Melinith of Dambrath dies of old age, and her daughter Ausitil assumes the throne. This event marks the first peaceful succession in the history of the nation.
1235 DR Year of the Black Horde
The largest orc horde in history masses in the North and besieges countless settlements on its march south through Amn, Tethyr, and Calimshan.
Once again this notes an influx of refugees seeking to escape the wrath of orc hordes ravaging mainland Faerun
-Warlord Khallos Shieldsunder seizes control of Silverymoon while it is besieged by the orcs of the Black Horde and has his rule usurped in turn by the mage Shallos Ethenfrost. A Harper army led by Alustriel [ 875] and Storm Silverhand [ 762] destroys the besieging orcs at the Battle of Tumbleskulls with the unlooked-for aid of the archmage Tulrun of the Tent. Alustriel slays the self-proclaimed High Mage Shallos Ethenfrost in spellbattle. Alustriel
is unanimously chosen by the people of Silverymoon [ 1232] to rule as High Lady Mage.
1246 DR Year of Burning Steel
First recorded use of bombards by Lantan
1256 DR Year of the dusty Throne
Hookface retreats to his lair north of Cauldron with his mate, Taliraxia. The two dragons do not emerge from their lair, although periodically one of their spawn emerges to terrorize the area before being slain or moving on to other regions.
1263 DR Year of the Tressym
Netyarch Zalathorm [ 1262] moves the capital of Halruaa from Halagard to Halarahh for defensive purposes.
1267 DR Year of the Groaning Cart
A bountiful harvest year throughout Faerûn
1275 DR Year of the Blade
Queen Ausitil of Dambrath dies in her sleep. The country is without a queen for thirteen days while Yenandra, the recognized heir to the throne, is magically unreachable at sea. Upon her return, Yenandra slays two cousins who are also active contenders for the throne and is immediately crowned queen.
1277 DR Year of the Beholder
After decades of Zagig’s absence, the Landstadt was therefore abolished, the title of Landgraf permanently retired, and the Free City’s Directing Oligarchy assumed political authority. The new Lord Mayor Paerinn officially proclaimed Greyhawk a free city, though it had been effectively independent of any Kingdom’s rule. Soon thereafter, the city lost its claim on the Wild Coast, as the leaders broke from Greyhawk. This loss of lands sent the Free City into economic decline, a situation that persisted for several decades. Fortunately, the discovery of treasure in the dungeons beneath Castle Greyhawk and other nearby locales set off a gold rush of sorts, and Greyhawk’s economic fortunes recovered substantially.
1281 DR year of the cold soul
Jzadirune is hit with the Vanishing. The gnomes abandon the stronghold and never return.
1290 DR Year of the Whelm
Dragonspear Castle [ 1255, 1305] succumbs to the depredations of a Calishite mage named Ithtaerus Casalia. The wizard binds Daeros’s dragon companion Halatathlaer in magical slumber, and then tricks Daeros into sacrificing his life and activating a portal that leads to Avernus, first of the Nine Hells of Baator. While Daeros’s followers battle an incursion of devils, Ithtaerus loots the dragon’s hoard and then lures three young and ambitious dragons to the castle by having them think that Halatathlaer and his hoard are vulnerable. The dragons destroy Halatathlaer and much of Dragonspear Castle before slaughtering each other. The only survivor, a black dragon named Sharndrel, enraged at the deceit perpetrated against him, seeks out and slays Ithaerus. He then flies away, leaving the castle a shattered ruin. It is eagerly raided by goblinkin and trolls from the High Moor as well as other evil spellcasters and brigands, until all the dwarf followers of Daeros are dead or gone.
1306 DR Year of Thunder
The Thunder Blessing: The great dwarf god Moradin bestows a new blessing upon his people. Miraculously, the birth rate of the dwarf race begins to soar. The new dwarf generation is commonly referred to as the thunder children. Nearly one-fifth of dwarf births after the Thunder Blessing result in identical or fraternal twins.
-Chansreena (Princess) Maerildarraine of Lapaliiya, foster daughter of High Suikh (King) Askulder, slays her father, who was known as the Hand of Tiamat. After proclaiming herself queen, she orders her knights to set the royal temple of the Dragon Queen afire.
1313 DR Year of the Shattered Oak
Valraxaxath, a black dragon dwelling in the Great Swamp, rises and terrorizes the countryside for four days and nights before vanishing again.
1315 DR Year of Spilled Blood
War of the Returned Regent: Nanathlor Greysword, a native of Nimbral, becomes the Green Regent. He attempts to overthrow the rule of Pasuuk Rensha and free Loudwater, thus beginning the War of the Returned Regent.
1317 DR to 1323 DR
The Plague of Dragons: A plague sweeps through the Vilhon Reach. It becomes known as the Plague of Dragons in the area due to its visible effect of causing the skin to flake and the madness brought onto its victims. The plague also takes a huge toll in Chessenta and Unther (not ending there until 1324 DR).
1320 DR Year of the Watching Cold
As a result of the Thunder Blessing, the gold dwarves’ burgeoning population forces them to seek out new caverns to claim and settle across the South, upsetting the long-held status quo of the southern Underdark.
1324 DR Year of the Grimoire
The rainiest winter in centuries results in massive flood damage to the lower reaches of Cauldron. The Flood Festival is founded the next year, and for the next several years, the freakishly wet winters continue before the weather finally returns to normal.
1331 DR Year of the Leaping Dolphin
Numerous high-ranking wizards among all the Guilds Arcane of Calimport, Almraiven, Volothamp, Memnon, and Keltar mysteriously abandon their homes and positions to depart on some mysterious mission within the Marching Mountains. More than thirty in all, they abandon their holdings and responsibilities for this unknown calling.
It is recorded that at least one wizard departed Greyhawk during this year
1332 DR Year of the Sword and Stars
Numerous goblin and hobgoblin tribes are reported on the move among the western Marching Mountains. Some reports have numerous wizards at the heads of these hordes—the same wizards who went missing late last year under some mysterious calling.
-Hansandrar Ilmeth, an archmage of Halruaa, creates the Mighty Rune of the Master, a magic spelltome of Deneir.
1333 DR Year of the Striking Falcon
Amnian Trade War. Founding of the Council of Six, unification of Amn.
-Mulsparkh is founded along the northern bank of the River Memnon in the Duchy of Teshyllal near the end of this year by Calishite mercenaries and monsters
1334 DR Year of the Blazing Brand
Mulsparkh’s army destroys Crown Price Rythan of Tethyr, the brother of King Alemander IV, and his army in the Battle of Nightflames. The armies of Calimshan destroy Mulsparkh itself shortly thereafter. The Sword of Starlight, a Tethyrian sword of state and a powerful magic item, is secreted away by Yuzas Nur yn Yusuf el Tiagar, a military officer who has greater ambitions than abilities.
1344 DR Year of Moonfall
The Retreat: After years of thought and meditation, the leaders of the elf nations agree to withdrawal from the increasingly human controlled lands of mainland Faerûn. Most, though not all, elf communities begin a Retreat [ 342, 1355] to the Green Isle of Evermeet [ 1321].
-Samas Kul arranges the concession of a small Thayan Quarter in the city of Procampur, creating the first of the Thayan enclaves
1345 DR Year of the Saddle
The Coast Plague afflicts Murann, Athkatla, Purskul, and Crimmor in Amn, killing thousands of people. The plague spreads by caravan, infecting folk in Beregost and Zazesspur.
1346 DR Year of the Bloodbird
Rumors of 80,000 dark elves living in the Forest of Mir lead some to panic in Calimport, with many entering the Muzad beneath the city with thoughts of exterminating all they find below. Others more pragmatically arrange slave-trade agreements with known drow agents, lining their pockets with Underdark coin. Most sensibly laugh at the unfounded rumor and at the panic it causes Tethyr and many Calishite holdings.
- Zenith Splintershield disappears into the Underdark on a crusade to cleanse it of evil.
1347 DR Year of the Bright Blade
Hulburg [ 1306] is obliterated by an onslaught of Zhentish forces combined with a horde of orcs. Only a few people remain in the area, mostly in the outlying lands.
1349 DR Year of the Bridle
The Harpers [ 1321] succeed in breaking the Rundeen trade monopoly in Chult and disrupting their activities in Calimshan after slaying three Rundeen leaders and nearly fifty lesser agents.
Events become so frequent in the last five years it would be several more documents to include them. This is as complete as I venture to make them. I hope these three documents are helpful in your endeavors.