DAYS OF THUNDER (-35 000 to -30 000 DR)
- This earliest days of recorded history begin at the end of a
great Ice Age, some 37,000 years ago, when the last glaciations
largely ended and the great ocean receded to reveal dry land.
None of the dozen or so common races which populate the world today existed
in this distant era. Merrouroboros (the great megacontinent) knew none of the civilized folk —elves, dwarves, halflings, or gnomes. Nor did the savage peoples—goblins, orcs, ogres and
their kin—inhabit the land. Though humans did exist during this
time, they were primitive and apelike, using only simple tools
and living in caves.These were the Days of Thunder, the time
of the Iqua-Tel’Q uessir, the fabled creator races.
DAWN AGES (-30 000 to -24 000 DR)
-The empires of the creator races fade into memory, ushering in the
Time of Dragons and the Time of Giants
- Individual dragons and dragon clans rule large swaths of territory
and battle with their rivals for control of the land, seas, and skies.
During this period of devastating warfare among the dragons of Faerûn,
isolated pockets of formerly dragon-ruled territory fall under giant control.
Over time, such giant-ruled kingdoms come to threaten the hegemony
of dragonkind, leading to great battles between giant kingdoms
such as Darchar, Grunfesting, Helligheim, Nedeheim, Ostoria,
and Rangfjell, and dragon-ruled realms such as Argissthilliax,
Caesinmalsvir, Darastriverthicha, and Tharkrixghontix
c. –29500 DR
Followers of Xymor attack and slay Nagamat, inciting the Dragonfall War,
a conflict between the followers of Bahamut and Tiamat that persists to this day.
c. –27000 DR
Continuing their work to undermine dragon rule, the Fey open new gates
allowing the first elves to immigrate to Toril. These primitive green elves
worship the Faerie gods (not the Seldarine, which were unknown at this time).
Although most green elves are content to remain in small scattered tribes,
one group known as the Ilythiiri negotiates with the dragons and begins to
carve out a small kingdom in the south. The great Ilythiiri capital at Ator-
rnash remains a shining beacon of elf culture for millennia.
*THE FIRST FLOWERING (–24000 DR to –12000 DR)
-–24000 DR to –12000 DR
The great elf civilizations of Faerûn reach their peak during this
age. As a result of the elves’ success against the orcs, dragons,
and giants, the other races thrive in safety and begin the slow
climb to civilization.
During the next several millennia, elf civilizations mark time
by the reigns of their rulers. The Elven word
rysar is used to define a span of important time or a generation, depending on
its context. As a time measurement in this context, one Rysar
encompasses the reign of a particular ruler, or coronal.
THE CROWN WARS (–12000 DR to –9000 DR)
- The Crown Wars of the Elves erupted more than a dozen millen-
nia ago, pitting nearly four generations of elf against elf. The two
greatest events of the Crown Wars that still have impact are the
Dark Disaster and the Descent of the Drow. The Dark Disaster
utterly destroyed the forest realm of Miyeritar, leaving the blasted
plains that are now the High Moor. Perhaps due to the savagery of
the Crown Wars or other factors long lost to time, the dark elves
became corrupt during this era, broke away from their kinfolk, and
after much warfare and cruelty they descended beneath the world’s
surface to become the deep elves, also known as the drow.
THE FOUNDING TIME (–9000 DR to –3000 DR)
- This era signals the rise of all the humanoid civilizations, in a
time when the many dragons and giants were long overthrown
and the elf wars no longer loomed over everyone as a threat. The
elf realms of Evereska and Evermeet grow by colonization along
with other realms, from the human Unther and Coramshan to
the dwarf realms of High Shanatar and Oghrann.
–3859 DR to –3534 DR
- The First Age of the Netheril civilization.
-3611 DR Gharraghaur becomes the first of the great dwarf kingdoms to fall
to orc attacks
AGE OF HUMANITY (–3000 DR to 1000 DR)
-With the elf and dwarf empires in decline, this era marks a
dramatic increase in human expansion on Toril. The mighty human
empires of Calimshan, Mulhorand, and Unther arise during this
era, as well as the now lost empires of Netheril, Jhaamdath,
Narfell, and Raumauthar.
-–2758 DR to –2208 DR
The Silver Age of the Netheril civilization.
The elves of Lethyr use High Magic to stop the spread of the
Great Glacier southward and to regulate temperatures, thereby preserving
their forest home and surrounding lands.
The Nar human tribes and the hobgoblins of the northern mountains and
tundra, pushed south by the expansion of the Great Glacier, come into conflict
with each other and the elves of Lethyr.
–2207 DR to –1206 DR
The Golden Age of the Netheril civilization.
–1205 DR to –697 DR
The Age of Discovery of the Netheril civilization.
After decades of skirmishing and raiding against the Nar humans, the elves of
Lethyr are forced to abandon their holdings in the northern woodlands
of the Riildath and retreat to more defensible settlements to the south.
Enlil decides to leave Toril. His son Gilgeam becomes god-king of Unther.
The First Untheric Empire comes to an end.
— Untheric Calendar begins.
–696 DR to –340 DR
The Shadowed Age of the Netheril civilization.
–696 DR Year of Great Rains
Karsus, the greatest archwizard of Netheril, is born.
–623 DR to –150 DR
The empires of Narfell and Raumathar warred throughout this period. Centu-
ries of warfare culminated in a great decade-long conflagration (beginning in
–160 DR) that consumed both empires and left all manner of summoned beings unchained
upon the face of Faerûn.
–345 DR Year of Good Courage
Arthindol the Terraseer appears for the final time. Upon arriving
in the enclave of Karsus, he warns that the goddess Mystryl is about to face
her greatest challenge—one that could alter the Netherese perception of
magic for all time.
–343 DR Year of Chilled Marrow
The arctic dwarves of Dareth come under attack from Hoarfaern, a realm of
white dragons and their bestial servant creatures, and are forced to flee to
–339 DR Year of Sundered Webs
Ioulaum of Netheril abandons his floating city for his lair in the
depths of the Northdark while civil unrest peaks in Low Netheril.
Fall of Netheril:
Nearly all of the Netherese enclaves fall to the earth and
are destroyed due to disruptions in the Weave brought about by the casting
of the spell Karsus’s avatarand the subsequent death of the goddess Mystryl.
The body of the momentary god Karsus falls to earth in the eastern region of the High Forest.
–329 DR Year of Icefire
Dwarves of Clan Shattered Shield of Citadel Sundbarr flee their mines and
workings in the Ice Mountains due to the approach of a group of renegade
dwarves from Citadel Felbarr, believed to be afflicted with a dis-
ease known as the slaying slumber. They begin a titanic trek eastward across
the High Ice to the kingdom of Dareth.
–327 DR Year of Opened Graves
The shield dwarves of Clan Shattered Shield arrive in Dareth to find
their arctic dwarf cousins beset by the forces of Hoarfaern. They rescue the
surviving folk of Dareth and retreat to a lone mountain which they name
Mount Sundabar in honor of their home in Delzoun. They commence building a fortress
of their own there and elect Embryn Shattered Shield as their
king. He leaves his clan to take the name of Dareth.
–323 DR Year of Unseen Doom
The white dragons of Hoarfaern attack Mount Sundabar with potent magic items of unknown, elder
origin, shattering the peak and laying waste to the dwarf fortress there. The surviving
dwarves commence a guerrilla war against the dragons of Hoarfaern and their servitor creatures.
–318 DR Year of Crying Wolves
The dwarves of Dareth and the white dragons of Hoarfaern destroy each other in a final climactic battle on the broad mountaintop now known as Heroes’ Height, bringing this dwarf kingdom to an end
1 DR Year of Sunrise
The Standing Stone is raised by the elves of Cormanthyr and the Dales-
men, ratifying the Dales Compact between them and starting the Dalereckoning calendar.
262 DR Year of Pages Perilous
Formation of the Eldreth Veluuthra:
Five leading elf houses—Bharaclaiev, Hyshaanth, Rhae-vaern, Tellynnan, and Starym—declare that they cannot support the coronal of Cormanthyr’s liberal attitude toward non-elves
(particularly humans), nor can they allow the continued encroachment of humans
into ancestral elf lands. Rather than battle fellow elves, the five houses depart
Myth Drannor and began to catalog the crimes of humans against both nature and the land they inhabit.
268 DR Year of Cruel Storms
The seemingly unending spread of the great desert Anauroch sees the fall
of the realm of Hlundadim. Its mysterious ruler known only as Great Hlundadim disappears,
and his goblinkin subjects quickly disintegrate into warring, nomadic bands.
0 Kingdom of Damara is founded.
-Beginning of the Damaran calendar.
c. 800 The Great Glacier continues to withdraw, allowing Bloodstone Valley to be settled.
782 (992 Dale Reckoning: Year of the Watching Helm)
Seeing a need for accurate recordkeeping and heraldic arbitration to “anchor”
civilization and maintain clear communications, the Harpers
found the Heralds of Faerûn. The Harpers fight against rulers and
brigands who falsely use the blazons of others to blame them for ill deeds, but
the maintenance of lineages and rolls of blazonry (primarily for purposes of
settling inheritances) is conducted by the Heralds, who become increasingly
widespread and influential because their closely-guarded impartiality wins
trust across the Realms.
790 (1000 DR)
Rage of Dragons: A Rage of Dragons devastates the Heartlands, the lands
around the Shining Sea, and the western and southern coasts of the Inner
King Azoun II of Cormyr retakes the city of Arabel. The Goldfeathers are stripped of their rank and lands by the crown, and the few surviving family members are exiled.
Thay marches on Phsent, but the combined forces of Impiltur and the Theskian
cities defeat the army of the Red Wizards.
-Hulburg, a Moonsea city, is sacked by an unexpected giant attack.
Princess Ilmara of Impiltur founds the fortress-city of Ilmwatch to guard
against the return of the hobgoblins.
— Queen Sambral dies, and after grieving for her, Imphras I soon passes as
well. Their son and eldest child Imbrar takes the Crown of Narfell as the
ruler of Impiltur.
King Imbrar marches into the mountains, accompanied by his Royal Guard—and Imbrar and his men are never seen again.
Imphras II, upon reaching age sixteen, is crowned king by Impilturan law.
Lasheela, wife of King Imphras II of Impultur, dies of a wasting disease.
Imphras II marries his longtime mistress Rebaera Osterhown within months of
his first wife’s death. He soon begins to exhibit the first signs of madness.
— Urdogen the Red claims the Dragonisle and rule of the pirates of
the Inner Sea. Raids against ports and coastal towns begin.
Crown Prince Talryn of Impiltur attempts to have his father declared unfit
to rule, but his brother Prince Lashilmbrar betrays the crown prince, forcing
Talryn into exile.
Rebaera Osterhown, second wife of King Imphras II, dies giving birth to
their fourth son Fylraun.
— Impiltur and Aglarond contribute warships to an allied fleet that defeats a
great pirate flotilla led by Urdogen the Red near the Dragonisle.
Dhalmass assumes the throne of Cormyr.
Crown Prince Talryn returns to Impiltur upon hearing the news of the death
of his father, Imphras II. The king’s death, however, is a ruse engineered by
Prince Lashilmbrar, who succeeds Talryn as crown prince when his brother is
executed for treason and has Talryn’s name stricken from the royal records.
— King Imphras II of Impiltur dies, and the Crown of Narfell passes to
Crown Prince Lashilmbrar.
Dhalmass, the Warrior King of Cormyr, seizes the port city of Marsember.
He and his queen Jhalass die under mysterious circumstances on their
return to Suzail.
- *Daeril Dwin’Anea born in Damara
The Monastery of the Yellow Rose is founded in Damara.
— Anaglathos, a venerable blue dragon, arrives in Turmish and assumes control.
Prince Elphras of Impiltur raises a castle near the
Great Barrow; the castle is mysteriously abandoned soon thereafter, and he
is not heard of again.
Worship of Loviatar gains great popularity. Most of the modern temples to
Loviatar in the North are founded.
The paladin Corwin Freas, leading a band of adventurers, defeats
the dragon Anaglathos. Corwin Freas is declared the new Lord of Turmish.
Plague wracks the northern Inner Sea coast from Cormyr to the Great
Manshoon claims his seat on the Zhent council.
— Halacar of Aglarond dies of poisoning. His sister Ilione, an accomplished
sorcerer, becomes queen.
Fzoul Chembryl steps forward in Zhentil Keep to take up the reins
of authority for the Dark Shrine of Bane.
A bountiful harvest year throughout Faerûn.
Zhentil Keep grants independence to Yûlash. Though officially a free city,
it is still quite secure in the grip of the Zhents.
Imphras III, elder son of King Lashilmbrar and Thelmara Rorntarn, is
born in Impiltur.
— The powers at Zhentil Keep meet with representatives of the other Moonsea
cities and suggest that a joint force man the Citadel of the Raven. The cities of Hillsfar, Phlan, Mulmaster, Voonlar, Melvaunt, Thentia,
Sulasspryn, Yûlash, and Zhentil Keep send forces to repair and occupy
the citadel. Some of these cities use criminals, prisoners, and malcontents to
make up their forces.
1069 1279 DR Year of the Snarling Dragon
In response to the destruction he wreaks on Battledale, Tasseldale, and
Featherdale, the green dragon Dretchroyaster of Cormanthor is attacked and
grievously wounded by an adventuring band known as the Crossed Swords.
After being unable to find his hidden lair, they slay him outright.
Rilimbrar, younger son of King Lashilmbrar and Thelmara Rorntarn, is
born in Impiltur.
Salember, the Red Dragon King, refuses to abdicate the throne of Cormyr
to Crown Prince Rhigaerd II. The young prince gathers an army, the Purple
Dragons, under his standard to fight the Red army. During parlay, Salember
attacks the crown prince but is himself slain by Jorunhast. Thankful for his
life, King Rhigaerd II nonetheless exiles his High Mage for regicide.
The gray dwarves of Underspires wage a five-decade-long war with their
— The human kingdom of Thar is established.
In Impiltur, King Lashilmbrar, Queen Thelmara, and Crown Prince Imphras
III are assassinated. Prince Kuskur, elder son of Imphras II, is named regent
until King Rilimbrar comes of age. Prince Thaum, only child of Regent Kuskur
and Elthinda Balindre of Telflamm, was behind the assassinations.
Prince Thaum gathers a mercenary army and sacks the city of Sarshel. He
then marches on the Tower of Filur and seizes the throne of Impiltur. Regent
Kuskur and King Rilimbrar flee into exile. Kuskur requests aid from Queen
Ilione of Aglarond, who sends her mysterious apprentice, known only as the
Simbul to dispatch Thaum. With Thaum dead, his son Imphras (later Imphras IV) attempts to hold the throne.
King Rilimbrar is restored to the throne of Impiltur. Kuskur never returns to Impiltur,
choosing instead to live out his remaining years in selfimposed exile in Velprintalar.
His grandson Imphras is placed under house arrest in the royal tower of Filur.
- Bàrdur, Son of Gàrdur of the clan Orothiar born in Bloodstone Village.
King Rilimbrar of Impiltur marries Ilbritha Eirlthaun.
Princess Sambryl, eldest daughter of King Rilimbrar of Impiltur, is
The Zhentilar force an army of ogres from Thar eastward, away from the
Citadel of the Raven. The ogres soon overrun the unprepared city of Phlan, which leads to the fall of the human kingdom of Thar.
1096 (Year of Thunder)
Moonsea War: Hulburg and Sulasspryn are defeated by Mulmaster. Mulmaster is later vanquished by an alliance between Sembia,Phlan, Hillsfar, Melvaunt, and Zhentil Keep.
— 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.
— Vangerdahast of Cormyr founds the War Wizards.
— The Dragon Run: An invasion of dragons and their armies sweeps down
from Thar and besieges Phlan. The city’s Moonsea allies, still recovering
from the Moonsea War, are unable to come to its aid. The citizens of Phlan
are quickly massacred, and the city is reduced to ruins.
Azoun IV of Cormyr is born.
The first High Blade, Amdrauth Telsnaer, takes power in Mulmaster, beginning a ruthless and efficient rule that would end with his death in 1114 DR, when he was poisoned by several rivals. Thereafter, six High Blades rule over a score of years, all dying violently.
The rule of kings in distant Sossal (beyond the Great Glacier) ends in bloodshed with the death of its last monarch, Thelessar, at the hands of his twin sons Norlith and Baldraeth.They are banished from Sossal by the land’s spiritual leader, the Great DruidUlthorkh, and rulership of the realm passes to the Circle of the Frozen Sun,
the druid conclave led by him.
Ilione, the last member of Aglarond’s royal line, dies of plague. She leaves
no child but names her apprentice, the Simbul as her heir.
Traveling through Cormyr as Balin the cavalier, young Crown Prince Azoun IV
drives a weretiger from Goldfeather Manor.
-City of Phlan is repopulated and is active again.
-Nonino, daughter of Adalen born in Heliogabalus
-Rothgard, son of Halder born in the village Grottyfield.
Rhigaerd II of Cormyr dies in the waning days of this year.
Azoun IV takes the throne of Cormyr.
In Impiltur, King Rilimbrar, Queen Ilbritha, Prince Verimlaun, and Crown
Prince Imphras IV die in a mysterious fire at Filur. The infant Prince Soarimbrar
the Younger, a descendant of Velimbrar, is crowned king but Imphras’s
wife Sambryl takes the throne as Queen-Regent, moving the
royal court to Lyrabar.
Tyranthraxus, the Possessing Spirit, claims the Pool of Radiance. From the
corrupted body of a bronze dragon, Tyranthraxus assumes control of the
Ruins of Phlan, and rules from beneath Valjevo Castle until he
is defeated by adventurers.
The Golden Griffon Eyes, an all-female adventuring band from Selgaunt, is
chartered by Azoun’s hand.
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
to the Green Isle of Evermeet.
-Kuola, the spawn of Black Fur born in a pigfarm near the village of Virdin.
Village of Grottyfield razed by goblinoid forces.
-Gerald, a druid from Grottyfield slain by giant centipedes (It’s not that everyone dies from the bite, but he did…).
-Zhengyi rises to power in Vaasa.
-Orc and goblin hordes assault norhern Damara.
-Surprise attack to the chalcedony mines of dwarven clan Orothiar by an unknown Terror.
-Raiding parties of orcs, goblins and worgs enter the Bloodstone Valley. Baron Thran assembles his forces. Many skirmishes are fought throughout the winter.
A band of adventurers discover an ancient temple and dungeon complex near the Bloodstone Valley.
- Orcs, undeads and skeletal snakes are encountered. A group of leaders, both human and half-orc clerics, are discovered and eventually defeated. Some survivors of an attack on a large caravan are rescued from the dungeons.
- Dark catacombs and ancient tunnels lead deeper into the mountain, the dungeons are inhabited by mighty Hook Horrors who fiercely resist all attempts to invade their territory.
-Exploration of the icy mountain passes lead into discovery of an ancient and foreboding altar ruins; just recently used as a place for some arcane and quite possibly really evil sacrifices.
- Continuing further into the mountains, the adventurers discover an orc lair whose occupants are responsible for the latest heavy attacks on the caravans.