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Gary Dallison
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George Krashos
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Apologies in advance for the formatting. Can't paste in the Tables.

Ardeep

Ardeep was originally founded by the Naerlath moon elven family as a vassal realm of Shantel Othreier, centuries before the Sundering. This realm existed for just over thirteen millennia before being crushed under the heel of the mighty Vyshaan, rulers of the imperious elven empire of Aryvandaar. The last two kings of Ardeep in this time were Ilitharath and his grandson Tarosspur.

The Vyshaan actively hunted the remnants of House Naerlath to the point of extinction, to the extent that when the Vyshaan met their end, there were no males of royal blood to take up the Duskwood Throne. In that time, the surviving elven clans who identified as “of the Ardeep” pledged themselves to House Audark, the rulers of Illefarn, and were absorbed into that ancient elven realm.

When Coronal Syglaeth Audark of Illefarn commanded a Retreat to Evermeet and the dissolution of Illefarn in -1,100 DR, the elves of Ardeep called a Gathering where they elected Ruvym, leader of the Le’Quella clan as Laranlor of the re-formed realm of Ardeep. The rulers of Ardeep from that time are presented below:

Monarch Realm(s) Ruled Birth Death Reigned Notes

Le’Quella Dynasty

Ruvym Ardeep -1402 -794 -1100/-794 Clan elder; Elected Laranlor by acclamation; Dies of old age.

Edrym Ardeep -998 -592 -794/-592 1st son of Ruvym; Dies of old age.

Corym “the Tall” Ardeep -809 -437 -592/-434 3rd son of Edrym; Dies in battle with the Netherese Archwizard Cathalegaunt.

Eallyrl “the Dawnflame” Ardeep -586 -401 -434/-401 1st daughter (twin) of Corym; Dies in battle with the black dragon Brakabalnyth.

Fildaerae “the Nightflame” Ardeep -586 -395 -401/-395 2nd daughter (twin) of Corym; Dies in battle with orcs of the Braeskull tribe led by Gulmuth, "the Hand of Gruumsh".

Imdalace Ardeep -529 ? -395/4 Grandniece of Eallyrl and Fildaerae; Granddaughter of Tannym (slain by Cathalegaunt in -434 DR), older brother of the twins; Disappears on the summer solstice and never seen again.

Aloevan Dynasty

Embrae Aloevan Ardeep -190 - 4/308 Kinswoman of Imdalace; Chosen of Sehanine and Mystra; Driven insane by the silverfire of Mystra, but lives on as a spirit in the Court of Silver Fire.

Ruardh “Lightshiver” Ardeep/Phalorm 180 557 308/557 Nephew of Embrae Aloevan; Slain at the Battle of Blunted Fangs.

Ellatharion Ardeep/Phalorm 403 ? 557/604 1st son of Ruardh; Disappears in the High Forest.

Lathlaeril “Leafspear” Ardeep/Phalorm 417 612 604/612 2nd son of Ruardh; Slain at the Battle of Firetears.

Ardryll Ardeep/Phalorm 418 985 612/615 Nephew of Ruardh and last Laranlor of Ardeep; Commands a Retreat to Evermeet.

-- George Krashos

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Tavaray and Elembar

Elembar was the first human realm of the North to come to an accord with the elves and establish a realm in the interior. Generations of Northmen had established settlements up and down the coast, but were prevented by elven arrows from forging inland.

In the two centuries after the raising of the Standing Stone, the rise of the infamous Shoon Empire far to the south saw a diaspora of Tethyrian humans from the lands of present-day Tethyr and Amn, most of whom travelled north and northeast, seeking lands to settle free from tyranny and slavery. The majority of those settlers founded settlements in what are now known as the Fields of the Dead and the Greenfields (although in bygone eras this region had a plethora of names: the elves called it Askavar which also served as the name of a short-lived realm of moon elves that fled the fall of Keltormir; the dwarves of Shanatar named it Tynnor (literally “field of danger”) when they trekked northwards to found the Lost Kingdoms, disliking its open spaces; and many early humans called it simply Olar, or “the Wide” in the ancient Thorass tongue, for it was the biggest open expanse of territory early humans ever encountered, surrounded as they were by elven forests and dwarven and goblinoid-held mountains). A courageous few, travelled even further north, lured by tales of fallen Netheril and the great elven empire of Aryvandaar, which promised immense riches to those willing to brave the slumbering dangers of these vanished realms.

The founding of the settlement of Tavaray by Clan Aulgaard of Ruathym in the Year of the Phandar (-50 DR) represented a new influx of settlers from the island kingdoms of the Trackless Sea, beset at the time by famine brought on by a series of bad fishing seasons and the depredations of drow raiders from Karsoluthiyl. This fishing and trading port soon assumed significant importance for coastal trade, forming a bridge between the mercantile kingdoms of the south and famed Illusk to the far north.

Beginning in 82 DR, Tavaray experienced an influx of Tethyrians in the form of religious refugees fleeing the persecutions of Qysar Shoon II. Among them were a band of worshippers of the deity Eldath, led by the Archdruid Elembar, who had fled their forest grove home in the foothills of the western Cloud Peaks after repeated incursions from Shoon-sponsored brigands who roamed the Ralamnish Ridings (present-day Amn). Elembar and his followers did not settle in burgeoning Tavaray proper, but established small grove settlements on the fringes of the Ardeep Forest. At first, the elves were concerned and the younger, more intolerant warriors, wishing to prove themselves in battle, urged Laranla Embrae Aloevan to lead them to bloody war, scouring their forest of the intruders and then in turn driving the humans of Tavaray into the sea. The wise Embrae counselled patience, noting that in ages past, other elven lands had sought to war on humans, only to lose or at best obtain détente when the elves could find no answer to humanity’s numbers.

In this regard Embrae was guided by visions received from the goddess Sehanine, showing her that her life and the future of Ardeep were now inextricably linked with humankind. She therefore began to consort with humans in various spellspun guises, manipulating and thwarting those who would do ill to the Ardeep, but forming friendships and growing to love those humans who were of a different bent; those who were committed to peace and harmony and wished to live in accord with the mysterious elves of the woodlands. Of those humans, Embrae learned to love and respect Elembar of Eldath the most. Revealing herself to him in the Year of the Quiet Valley (93 DR), she allowed him and his druid acolytes to travel freely through select areas of the Ardeep Forest (then much bigger and encompassing the open lands between the present-day Ardeep Forest and Forlorn Hills) following the clear forest streams to the site of deep springs which were used as sites of worship in the Eldathyn rite known as the Cleansing.

Within a (human) generation, the elves of Ardeep had established a trademeet in a clearing at the very south-western fringes of their forest and Laranla Embrae had established the Oak Pact with Clanlord Unndor Aulgaard, ruler of Tavaray, which acknowledged their respective territorial boundaries and formalised matters of trade and diplomatic ties. Through all this, the clarity of thought and measured presence of the now venerable Elembar was a boon to both the humans of Tavaray and the Ardeep elves, and his wisdom averted many conflicts as the years rolled on.

However disaster struck in the Year of the Jagged Leaves (114 DR), when the venerable green dragon Draeithimatar, forced out of his High Forest lair after coming to the unwelcome attention of the deadly Imvaernarho of the Star Mounts, descended on Ardeep Forest seeking to claim it as his own. The battle might of Ardeep whelmed swiftly and the great wyrm was laid low in a titanic battle above the trees when Laranla Embrae Aloevan and a host of elven knights and wizards mounted on spectral pegasi assailed the dragon. In its death throes, the wyrm’s venomous breath coupled with the effects of its shimmering spell mantle, thought to be of Netherese origin, devastated the south-central portion of the forest, leaving a desolate, poisoned uninhabitable scar. While the elves mourned the damage to the forest, Elembar of Eldath and his fellow druids, now gathered in the Stillwater Circle, set about healing the land. In a mighty weaving of magic, blessed sages say by the touch of the Green Goddess herself, Elembar brought life back to the blasted soil, crowning the ritual with the willing sacrifice of his own. That area of land, whilst healed, remained treeless and came to be called the Dragonfields by both elves and humans alike.

In the Year of the Prowling Naga (142 DR), the city-state of Tavaray saw the arrival of a fleet of ships from the island realm of Daerimathlor (a realm that took in the isles around the Race, off present-day Tethyr), fleeing the devastation wrought to their homes by the mighty spellbattle between their erstwhile ruler, the Mage-King Thaerdimor and the wizard Flaerivus Grevauldyn, who would become Magister of Mystra in 151 DR. Led by the warrior Caruth Darskul, these Tethyrian refugees were not welcomed by the Northmen of Tavaray, who distrusted them as “southern outlanders”. Despite settling at the fringes of that realm’s holdings, Caruth’s people could not abide the prejudice that they experienced on a daily basis from the folk of Tavaray and looked to Caruth to lead them to new lands where they could live in peace and raise their families. He led them eventually east along the south bank of the Delimbiyr, and when they entered the lands of Artor Morlin, Lord of the Steeping Falls, an initially tense first meeting of armsmen soon saw Caruth fall under the charms of the Baron of Blood. Morlin counselled him that travel further east would take them into dwarven lands and that the Stout Folk jealously guarded their delvings. He suggested that the clear fields between Ardeep and the Dark Hills presented an opportunity for Caruth’s people to claim territory of their own and told him the tale of Elembar and his great sacrifice.

And so it was that in the Year of the Pirate’s Port (145 DR), Caruth and his followers travelled north into ostensibly elven lands, finding the green expanse of the Dragonfields and settling there. The elves of Ardeep were perturbed but unsure of how to proceed, for these lands held no elven settlements or inhabitants as the Ardeep elves preferred to live beneath the tree boughs not under clear skies. In typical fashion, Laranla Embrae dealt with the conundrum in her own unique way. She marched into the human encampment, her spells preventing anyone who would bar her passage from moving a muscle, and called for Caruth to come forth. He warily exited his tent and confronted the elven monarch he had heard so much about. In an eyeblink, her mouth found his and that instant she whisked him away with her wizardry, only a fleeting waft of perfume to mark that she had ever been there.

Caruth was missing for a year. Every attempt by the humans to press on into the lands of the Ardeep elves was firmly rebuffed, although no violence was visited upon them. Spells of misdirection and illusion kept them confined in the Dragonfields and only those who trekked south and west back to Tavaray and the coast were allowed passage. In the first bloom of spring, Caruth returned to his people. Less proud in his bearing and with the first signs of age on his hitherto ebon locks, Caruth wore a hauberk of fine elven mail, bore a sword of exquisite workmanship, and talked of elves, peace and his love for Laranla Embrae Aloevan of Ardeep. Days later, when he planted the scarlet chimera standard of his clan in the turf before his assembled people, he proclaimed the establishment of the Darskul dynasty and the founding of the realm of Elembar, named for the man who had shown the elves that humans could live as one with the People.

The rulers of Tavaray are presented below:

Monarch Realm Ruled Birth Death Reigned Notes

Aulgaard Dynasty

Threlgar, “the Stormborn” Tavaray -112 -11 -50/-21 Clan elder; Leads his people from Ruathym and founds Tavaray at the mouth of the River Delimbiyr; Dies of old age.

Ruulf Tavaray -73 -1 -21/-1 2nd son of Threlgar; Dies in battle with trolls.

Brandur, “the Flamespear” Tavaray -48 12 -1/12 1st son of Ruulf; Lost in an expedition to eradicate the trolls of the southern forests.

Skorgal Tavaray -19 39 12/39 3rd son of Brandur; Dies of winterchill fever.

Framar, “the Grim” Tavaray 7 51 39/51 Son and sole heir of Skorgal; Lost at sea after a great storm.

Halthar Tavaray 30 92 51/92 1st son of Framar; Dies of old age.

Jarulf, “the Ill-Fated” Tavaray 55 92(?) 92 1st son of Halthar; Spell-cursed by the wizard Suul of Illusk to involuntarily change shape at every highsun, Jarulf disappears after a few months on the throne, with most believing him dead by his own hand.

Unndor Tavaray 60 114 92/114 2nd son of Halthar; Dies in battle with trolls.

Lornil Tavaray 89 145 114/145 3rd son of Unndor; Slain by assassins whilst visiting the holding of his vassal Uth Myrmoran.

Helgart, “Longstride” Tavaray 116 ? 145/154 1st son of Lornil; Famed traveller who treks north with a group of retainers and braves the dangers of Undermountain, never to be seen again.

Draagar Tavaray 121 160 154/160 2nd son of Lornil; Dies of winterchill fever.

Ragnar, “the Beardless” Tavaray 142 182 160/182 1st son of Draagar; Slain in the blood feud that erupts between the Darskuls and the Aumars, who are driven out of Tavaray.

Evald, “the Brave” Tavaray 162 242 182/225 Son and sole heir of Ragnar; Rides to war with the elves of Ardeep against the orc horde of Gluthtor and is slain at the Battle of Hungry Arrows.

Ingmar, “the Foolish” Tavaray 191 270 225/270 2nd son of Evald; Dies of old age.

Narthel Tavaray 218 275 270/275 Son and sole heir of Ingmar; Dies after a fall from a horse.

Erundar Tavaray 233 281 275/281 Son and sole heir of Narthel; Dies of plague.

Agundar Tavaray 256 338 281/302 Son and sole heir of Erundar; Orders the abandonment of Tavaray and leads his people north to settle in the lands around Deepwater Harbor.

The rulers of Elembar are presented below:

Monarch Realm Ruled Birth Death Reigned Notes

Darskul Dynasty

Caruth Elembar 102 179 146/179 Clan elder; Leads his people from Daerimathlor in a great sea voyage north and founds the realm of Elembar and its first settlement and capital Delimbiyran; Dies of old age.

Caruth II Elembar 133 209 179/209 1st son of Caruth I; Dies of old age;

Davilarhh I Elembar 164 219 209/217 Son and sole heir of Caruth II; Dies in the Great Fires that destroy the Halangorn Forest whilst out hunting.

Farryd I, “the Fierce” Elembar 191 225 217/225 1st son of Davilarhh I; Rides to war with the elves of Ardeep against the orc horde of Gluthtor and is slain at the Battle of Five Falcons.

Prince Farryd* Elembar 220 228 DNR Son and sole heir of Farryd I; Dies before he can take the throne, some say murdered by his regent uncle.

Narilath [R] Elembar 195 263 [225/228] 228/263 2nd son of Davilarhh I; Regent for his young nephew before he claims the throne; Dies without issue.

Larnorth I, “the Towerlord” Elembar 221 269 263/269 Nephew of Narilath by his sister Jhessail; Hires dwarven stonemasons of Dardath to build Delimbiyran’s first stone walls; Slain whilst leading his armsmen against an incursion of ogres from the Horn Hills; Dies without issue.

Caruth III Elembar 226 294 269/294 Nephew of Narilath by his sister Jhessail; Slain by Malarites in the Watchers of the North whilst travelling to the Mlembryn lands.

Gelidarhh, “the Tormented” Elembar 256 295 294/295 1st son of Caruth III; Born lame and with a withered swordarm; Commits suicide after learning of his wife’s adultery with his brother.

Davilarhh II Elembar 260 330 295/330 2nd son of Caruth III; Marries his dead brother’s wife; Dies of old age.

Davilarhh III, “the Bloody” Elembar 297 342 330/342 1st son of Davilarhh II; Dies in battle with the orcs of the Horde of Black Banners, leading his warriors in a valiant attempt to aid the realm of Athalantar.

Larnorth II Elembar 305 354 342/354 3rd son of Davilarhh II; Dies in battle with barbarians raiding south out of the Dessarin Valley.

Tarilath I Elembar 326 402 354/402 1st son of Larnorth II; Dies of old age.

Tarilath II Elembar 353 422 402/422 Son and sole heir of Tarilath I; Dies as a result of plague.

Harnorth I, “the Blackaxe” Elembar 383 442 422/442 2nd son and sole heir of Tarilath II; Slain by Ghaulantatra, the “Old Mother Wyrm” whilst travelling to Westdelve for the accession of Axelord Emerlyn.

Caruth IV, “the Greybeard” Elembar 409 499 442/499 Son and sole heir of Harnorth I; Dies of old age.

Harnorth II Elembar 470 511 499/511 Grandson of Caruth IV; Dies in battle against the orcs of the Whiteclaw Horde out of the Sword Mountains; The realm of Elembar is laid waste and its dominion is reduced to the environs of the capital Delimbiyran.

* Did not rule; marked for line of succession.
[X/X]: denotes a regency period

-- George Krashos


"Because only we, contrary to the barbarians, never count the enemy in battle." -- Aeschylus

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And a bit more. A slightly more well known realm.

Athalantar

Uthgrael Aumar, grandfather of the famous Elminster of Shadowdale, founded the fabled realm of Athalantar, the Realm of the Stag, in the Year of the Murmuring Dead (183 DR). After a long and prosperous reign, his death in 216 DR saw the realm fall into strife as the “Warring Princes of Athalantar” vied for the throne.

The accession of Beluar in the Year of the Dancing Lights (218 DR) saw the ushering in of the reign of the Magelords until they were cast down by Elminster and his allies, led by the wise and loyal Helm Stoneblade, Knight of Athalantar. Elminster bestowed the Stag Throne upon Helm and his successors, and they ruled benevolently and well until the reign of Onthrar, “the Ill-fated”.

Onthrar suffered the misfortune of rebuffing the affections of the noblewoman Aratanta Orrspear, who swore vengeance and found it in a faded old tome in her family library, recovered from a tomb on the High Moor by her ancestor, the sorceress Arlathra. The “Book of Banes” as the tome came to be known, was a collection of spellcurses and dark rituals, which the increasingly crazed Aratanta studied with feverish and deadly intent. In the Year of Regretful Births (313 DR), Onthrar and his wife Tyril welcomed the birth of triplet daughters. What should have been a joyous celebration was destroyed by the vile sorceries of the now madwits Aratanta, who ensured that instead of giving birth to three human girls, Tyril instead gave birth to three infant hags.

Having to slay his own progeny snapped the reason of Onthrar that day, and he lingered on for a further year, a broken man, until he took his own life. His brother Faeram took up the rulership, but it appeared that the Land of the Stag itself was cursed. Harsh winters, virulent plagues and blighted crops featured with unceasing regularity in the years that followed until the roused orcs of the Horde of Black Banners swept down from their mountain demesnes in the Greypeak Mountains and laid waste to the land, slaying many of its inhabitants.

Most of the survivors fled east to Elembar, while a brave few, led by Faeram’s nephew Dorgild, trekked north into the fringes of the High Forest. There they encountered the Uthgardt barbarians of the Tree Ghost tribe and were taken in, losing all memory of their ancestry and the Kingdom of the Stag. These survivors unwittingly brought with them the Hag Curse of Aratanta however, and in the years and centuries that followed, the Tree Ghosts would be bedevilled by the sporadic birth of these abominations.

The rulers of Athalantar are presented below:

Monarch Realm(s) Ruled Birth Death Reigned Notes

Aumar Dynasty

Uthgrael, “the Stag King” Athalantar 152 216 183/216 Founder of Athalantar; Dies of heartstop.

Beluar Athalantar 189 240 218/240 1st son of Uthgrael; Slain by his nephew Elminster.

Stoneblade Dynasty

Helm Athalantar 181 262 240/259 Knight of Athalantar; Chosen to rule by Elminster; Dies of old age.

Elthryn, “the Young King” Athalantar 242 ? 259/282 Son and sole heir of Helm; Relinquishes the throne to go and live with the elves of the High Forest.

Roreld Athalantar 263 290 282/290 1st son of Elthryn; Slain by orcs of the Norglor tribe led by their chieftain Hurolk; Dies without issue.

Rindol Athalantar 266 309 290/309 2nd son of Elthryn; Dies of disease.

Onthrar, “the Ill-fated” Athalantar 289 314 309/314 1st son of Rindol; Father of the “Hag Princesses”; Takes own life.

Faeram Athalantar 292 342 314/342 2nd son of Rindol; Slain in battle with the orcs of the Horde of Black Banners.

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Nearly done.

Calandor

Calantor was first formed as a duchy of Phalorm when King Javilarhh I bestowed this fiefdom upon his younger brother Faeldath in the Year of Trials Arcane (523 DR). The line of Faeldath took the name of Calantor from the ancestral seat of the Snowswords located in the foothills of the Forlorn Hills. This location was named after the elven ranger Calan of Merinth (a now lost elven village on the southern border of the High Forest, destroyed long ago by orc raiders and which was part of the now vanished realm of Pharren) who built a fortified encampment on one of the outlying hillocks, which managed to survive for a handful of years and became known as Calan’s Tor before a swooping dragon brought death and ruin to the settlement.

The dukes of Calantor gave steady and loyal service to the realms of Phalorm and Delimbiyran, embracing the brotherhood and accord between races that the former land championed and exemplifying the stability and leadership that the latter realm sought to bring to the Sword Coast North in the years after 616 DR.

With the death of King Davyd in the Year of the Triton’s Horn (697 DR), the Kingdom of Man was riven into a seething cauldron of ambition and intrigue. Pre-eminent among the nobles of the Kingdom of Man, Tarralin of Calantor was seen by many to be the logical inheritor of the Shining Throne of Delimbiyran, but his sudden death in 698 DR saw any chance of unity among the humans of the Delimbiyr vanish. Tarralin’s son and successor, the proud and overbearing Baroth, was disliked by most of the established nobles of the region, even where they had strongly supported his father. His brazen attempts to curry favour with gifts and flattery quickly wore thin, and his clumsy attempts to manipulate events to garner him a throne were dashed when one of his chief rivals, Lord Orlen Amanatas, was slain in a “brigand attack” that was all too clearly nothing of the kind, following the defeat of orc raiders in 702 DR. Reviled and shunned from that time, Baroth’s calls for unity fell on deaf ears and his ambitions died with him when he was slain in the great fires that engulfed the city of Delimbiyran in the Year of Doom (714 DR).

Baroth had changed the name of his ducal holding to Calandor, seeking to differentiate his time and rule from that of his predecessors, and the name remained with his passing. Following this, the realm of Calandor remained “first among equals” in the cluster of human lands that were formed in the wake of Delimbiyran’s fall, its rulers wielding not insignificant influence and power throughout the environs of the Sword Coast North.

The realm was eventually re-named the Duchy of Daggerford by Tyndal, son-in-law of the last ruling duke of Calandor, Maeran, when he assumed rulership following Maeran’s death. Tyndal had married Eleesa of Calandor in 945 DR and assumed rule in the Year of the Advancing Wind (947 DR).

The rulers of Calantor/Calandor are presented below:

Ruler Realm(s) Ruled Birth Death Reigned Notes

Calantor/Calandor Dynasty

Faeldath Calantor 482 550 523/550 Brother of Javilarhh I of Phalorm; Dies of old age.

Laernorth Calantor 518 557 550/557 3rd son of Faeldath; Dies at the Battle of Blunted Fangs, fighting against the hobgoblins of the Serpent Hills.

Faedathin Calantor 544 583 557/583 Son and sole heir of Laernorth; Slain by pirate raiders led by the infamous Black Alaric when visiting the holdings of his cousin, Duke Corvan Stoneblade.

Naroth, “the Grimspear” Calantor 565 611 583/611 1st son of Faeldathin; Dies in battle against the Everhorde.

Dornoth Calantor 592 645 611/645 2nd son of Naroth; Dies of disease.

Maernorth, Calantor 617 672(?) 645/672 Son and sole heir of Dornoth; Disappears along with his entire retinue in the vicinity of the Evermoors whilst travelling north to Silverymoon.

Tarralin Calantor 641 696 672/698 1st son of Maernorth; Dies in mysterious circumstances, believed to involve poison and the machinations of his son Baroth.

Baroth, “the Throneseeker” Calandor 664 714 698/714 Son and sole heir of Tarralin; Slain in the magical backlash that results from the destruction of the Warrior’s Gate in far-off Myth Drannor, which sets of a deadly conflagration and razes much of Delimbiyran.

Narothur, “the Ancient” Calandor 688 787 714/787 1st son of Baroth; Dies of old age.

Raenath Calandor 745 807 787/807 Grandson of Narothur; Dies of disease.

Gaerlan Calandor 775 847 807/847 3rd son of Raenath;

Borraur Calandor 804 870 847/870 2nd son of Gaerlan; Dies of old age.

Taroth, “the Terrible” Calandor 834 877 870/877 1st son of Borraur; Slain in battle with orc raiders out of the High Moor led by their chieftain Morog, “the Many-Tusked”; Dies without issue.

Laroth Calandor 837 899 877/899 2nd son of Borralin; Dies of disease.

Haelath, “the Scaleslain” Calandor 852 910 899/910 Son and sole heir of Laroth; Slain by lizardmen when exploring the ruins of Tavaray.

Baeran, “the Bold” Calandor 888 932 910/932 1st son of Haelath; Slain in the First Trollwar; Dies without issue.

Maeran Calandor 890 947 932/947 2nd son of Haelath; Inadvertently slain during a battle between the dragons Teskulladar and the great wyrm Cortulorrulagalargath.

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And last but not least.

Scathril

The duchy of Scathril was bestowed upon Turvan Stoneblade, descendant of the last ruler of long-fallen Athalantar, by his brother-in-law Javilarhh I of Phalorm. Turvan had married Javilarhh’s sister Nareetha in the Year of the Unwavering Glare (510 DR) thereby bringing together two storied lineages of the North.

Turvan was granted rulership over the cleared region between the Lizard Marsh and the Trollbark Forest and his seat of rule was established at Scathril, a now-vanished holding on the coastal promontory north of the long-destroyed Seatower of Ilinyth.

Being of the royal line of Athalantar, Turvan and his successors were victims of the Hag Curse of Aratanta and it is thought that the dukes of Scathril slew at least a handful of hagborn progeny in the years following the formation of the Realm of Three Kings. Legend has it that the Lady Kalra, sister of Duke Turvan, fled Scathril in 548 DR when with child, dismayed at what the portents revealed regarding the impending birth. Kalra was never seen or heard of again, but the rise in hag activity in the northern environs of the Trollbark Forest over the following decades, point to a horrible fate for her and the genesis of the blight on the region that would in time become known as the Haglands.

The dukes of Scathril were warlike and eager for the fray, with at least five lords dying in battles for Phalorm. In the waning days of the Kingdom, with their lands beset, the line of Turvan was undone when three ruling dukes were slain in the space of three scant years and the hoped for heir of Baerild was hagborn. The Stoneblade male line was ended prior to the demise of Phalorm proper, and their holding absorbed by Haryd I into the lands of Delimbiyran, the Kingdom of Man.

The rulers of Scathril are presented below:

Ruler Realm(s) Ruled Birth Death Reigned Notes

Stoneblade Dynasty

Turvan, “the Grey” Scathril 485 555 523/555 Descendant of Rindol of Athalantar; Dies of old age.

Corvan Scathril 517 568 555/568 1st son of Turvan; Slain at the Battle of Silent Arrows.

Naerild Scathril 542 575 568/585 1st son of Corvan; Dies in battle with pirate raiders.

Laenril, “the Firescourge” Scathril 550 592 585/592 3rd son of Corvan; Slain at the Battle of Burning Leaves.

Malgarth Scathril 572 611 592/611 1st son (twin) of Laenril; Dies in battle with the Everhorde.

Talgarth Scathril 572 612 611/612 2nd son (twin) of Laenril; Slain at the Battle of Firetears.

Baerild, “the Accursed” Scathril 575 614 612/614 3rd son of Laenril; Slain at the Battle of Sodden Fields.

Apologies again for the formatting. Anything other than straight text gets butchered here at the 'Keep. Hope its been worth wading through.

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I love it when the realms get a little bit of George lovin. I had just been looking at bits around Phalorm as well.

Excellent stuff as always

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That's awesome stuff, George. And well deserving of it's own place of honour in Alaundo's Library on the main site, I think.

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Let me know if you want a properly formatted MS Word File, Sage.

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If you've already got one file set up, then, sure, send it along. Otherwise, I'll just work it up myself. [And we both know how long that will take. Right?]

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Just amazingly brilliant Lore on the North

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Hey George. Thank you for all the assistance you've given me. As long as I'm not particularly verbose, would it be acceptable for me to email you as well? I don't mean to be that guy piggy-backing off another, yet here I find myself.
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Originally posted by Lukas Kain

quote:
Originally posted by George Krashos

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Hey George. Thank you for all the assistance you've given me. As long as I'm not particularly verbose, would it be acceptable for me to email you as well? I don't mean to be that guy piggy-backing off another, yet here I find myself.



Absolutely. I'm happy to field offline queries. I reserve the right to post anything juicy I might come up with on this thread though!

Feel free.

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Hi George, hope Christmas was nice, I was wondering if you had any thoughts when the destruction of the greater riildath forest began (by the dragon overlords) and was finished by there human and hobgoblin servants.
The reason I ask is it affects my idea on the Spirit Realms I am working on in the running the realms section.
I was thinking the first dracorage would have been a big contender for the forest around ashanath and rashemen to be separated from the riildath as the dragon overlords go nuts and burn it down.
The hobgoblins and humanoid (I figure humans) soldiers of these overlords then deforest the area further.
Also if you have any ideas on who the dragons could be and where they might lair then that would be awesome. I guess the giantsrun mountains would be one dragon realm but im not sure where the others could be maybe somewhere towards thay or the hordelands.
I realise its from so long ago but the history is often the best bit

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Hi george,

Since you gave the information about the previously existing Hobgoblin empire / kingdom in or on impilturs borders, i was wondering.

I have asked ed previously about why hobgoblins do not build realms elsewhere in the realms - and he explained it by their very nature, being satisfied if they can get what they need and them then only defending to maintain this ( frankly interpreted... )
So i wonder why the hobgoblins in this area have been behaving different. First i thought it might have had to do with being ruled by soneillon and she forcing them to their will.
But they acted aggressively etc. And founding realms way earlier than she arrived.

So are they of a different stock? Have they got a completely different mindset than hobgoblins elsewhere in the realms?

Thank you very much for some reply.

Btw happy new year to you!!

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Hi George,

I was looking through the 2E book Prayers from the Faithful and started wondering what types of demihuman prayer books would be like. I was curious if you had given this some thought before. What would you think dwarven versions of holy books would be like?

Thank you and Happy New Year!
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Hi George,

Where would some locations be that shield dwarf and gold dwarf settlements interact, and in general, how do you see each subrace perceive each other as communities rather than individuals?
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Annnd one more question to peg onto that - if there are dwarven vampires, would you consider them to retain the host of standard vampire abilities/strengths/weaknesses, or something more torturous to the core of "being" a dwarf? I swear I read in an old 2nd ed. monster compendium relating to Ravenloft possibly an alternate approach to demihuman vampires.

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quote:
Originally posted by dazzlerdal

Hi George, hope Christmas was nice, I was wondering if you had any thoughts when the destruction of the greater riildath forest began (by the dragon overlords) and was finished by there human and hobgoblin servants.
The reason I ask is it affects my idea on the Spirit Realms I am working on in the running the realms section.
I was thinking the first dracorage would have been a big contender for the forest around ashanath and rashemen to be separated from the riildath as the dragon overlords go nuts and burn it down.
The hobgoblins and humanoid (I figure humans) soldiers of these overlords then deforest the area further.
Also if you have any ideas on who the dragons could be and where they might lair then that would be awesome. I guess the giantsrun mountains would be one dragon realm but im not sure where the others could be maybe somewhere towards thay or the hordelands.
I realise its from so long ago but the history is often the best bit



To begin to answer this query (understanding that my response is exactly that: "my response" - you can take from it what you will), you have to think of the northern reaches of the East in terms of the various inhalations and exhalations of the Great Glacier.

Before -2550 DR, there is no Great Glacier. Sure there is an ice sheet and polar cap, but I've always considered that what existed there was a huge taiga region clustered around the various mountain ranges that are best shown in the map provided by the FR Atlas by Karen Wynn Fonstad on pgs.6-7. This is where the dragons and then the giants mostly established their realms, warred and ultimately brought an end to their respective periods of preeminence. I say mostly because there were indeed giant and draconic presences in more southerly regions and indeed in what was known as the Riildath and is now the two wooded regions known as the Forest of Lethyr and the Rawlinswood.

It is indeed likely that in the dim ages this was one great wooded region, with the icy forests of the taiga giving way to more temperate forests as one travelled south. It is also likely that the wars between the giants and the dragons did deforest portions of the woodlands. As to when that may have occurred, the likely timing is for several thousand years after c. -25,000 DR as Ostoria declined from a cohesive whole to a series of giant sub-kingdoms: sub-kingdoms that the remaining vengeful and most powerful dragons saw as vulnerable to attack. While the "Time of Dragons" is delineated as being for a set period in the FR historical sources, I like to think that the end of that period of draconic mastery did not mean the end of draconic kingdoms, powerful wyrms controlling territory or wyrms receiving the fealty and submission of 'lesser races'. What it means in my book was that for the first time, draconic power was under challenge and that they indeed fell from that position of preeminence that they had previously enjoyed. In simple terms, the dragons no longer ruled all, displayed less open power and authority and were hunted and slain by the lesser races that they had previously dismissed as mere food or useful slaves. In this regard, the giants lead the way by the greatest measure but in holding forth as the dragons' biggest foe (literally and figuratively) they too were weakened and lost the power most readily exemplified by great Ostoria.

So, to the details. The woodlands of the Ashanath were ravaged in c. -18,000 DR with the fall of the realm of the great red dragon Ashanaglathos, whose primary lair was in the present-day Firward Mountains and extended south to the area of present-day Twostars, west and north in an arc to the area of Bezentil and and then northeasterly to his mountain lair. Succumbing to the dracorage he is thought to have been drowned in the Lake of Tears when the waters rose up and took him after he had brought fire and destructions to his own holdings on the western shore as well as the fey-haunted woodlands of the eastern shore (the Ashanwood is named after him when centuries later a draconic tooth of huge size washed up on the eastern shore in the Year of the Dragonstar (99 DR). From there it was taken into the woods by the Witches of Rashemen where they wove a great warding akin to a mythal preventing the "spawn of Ashanaglathos and all who had partaken of his blood" from entering the home of the telthor. Rashemen remains a land rarely troubled by dragons to this day.

Ashanaglathos was known to have hobgoblin servitors and after his death, and it is stated that many of them searched out and slew his wyrmlings, destroyed unhatched eggs and used those eggs to augment their own strength, longevity and mastery of magic. The fall of the dragon's kingdom saw his servants scattered, with the most powerful hobgoblins trekking north to join kin, but some moving west into the forests where they eked out a nomadic existence, avoiding the bigger races.

Other dragons did rule kingdoms in and around the Unapproachable East, but most are dead or disappeared from living memory. One of the most enduring was the green dragon Galaminthautor, who ruled the woodland comprised of the present-day Forest of Lethyr from the time of the dracorage to the coming of the dark elves of Ilythiir (those woodlands extending much further south, to the borders of present-day Thesk in those long ago days). The Ilythiiri are thought to have either slain or enslaved her after a titanic struggle and she was not seen or heard of again after c. -10,250 DR.

The white dragon Norfaerhoern is believed to have ruled from a lair located in the northern most peak of the present-day Icerim Mountains. Less savage than the standard dragons of his ilk, Norfaerhoern is known to have wielded amazing magics including allowing him to alter temperatures and sustain life in otherwise inhospitable polar regions. He is believed to have created several 'hidden valley' lairs throughout the northern reaches of the East where he would stash food (on the hoof - rothe in the main), treasure and lore on rune magic plundered from the giants. Human prehistoric tales talk of the 'Cloud of Claws' and the 'Yellow Eye of Frost', both thought to refer to Norfaerhoern, but his passing was not noted and it is unknown how and when he left the world, if at all.

Perhaps one of the most interesting tales of the dragons of the East is that of a dragon of unknown species known only as Orslinn, or "the Great Slave" in the tongue of the serpentfolk. This dragon is thought to have been taken as a hatchling by the Ba'etith with the advent of the Time of Dragons and nurtured by this mysterious group for purposes unknown. When the Thousand Year War commenced some sages postulate that in an attempt to return to past glories, the final gambit of the sarrukh was realised. Orslinn was unleashed upon the draconic avatar of Garyx and slew him in a huge battle over the skies of the present-day Tortured Lands, preventing the dragons from regaining hegemony over the Realms. With the fall of Ostoria, the sarrukh believed that they could return to their position of power but the departure of most of the sarrukh of Okoth had left that realm too weak to seize its opportunity and the other sarrukh realms were not in a position to take advantage. The fate of Orslinn is unknown but there are some sages who believe that he lives on in stasis, perhaps somewhere deep underneath the Dragonjaw Mountains, awaiting the next sarrukh gambit and attempt to return to power in the Realms.

I hope this has been helpful.

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quote:
Originally posted by Jakuta Khan

Hi george,

Since you gave the information about the previously existing Hobgoblin empire / kingdom in or on impilturs borders, i was wondering.

I have asked ed previously about why hobgoblins do not build realms elsewhere in the realms - and he explained it by their very nature, being satisfied if they can get what they need and them then only defending to maintain this ( frankly interpreted... )
So i wonder why the hobgoblins in this area have been behaving different. First i thought it might have had to do with being ruled by soneillon and she forcing them to their will.
But they acted aggressively etc. And founding realms way earlier than she arrived.

So are they of a different stock? Have they got a completely different mindset than hobgoblins elsewhere in the realms?

Thank you very much for some reply.

Btw happy new year to you!!



No, I don't think they've acted all that differently from standard hobgoblins. Ed's view on hobgoblins applies just as much to the hobgoblins I've talked about and described as to the hobgoblins of the Heartlands or the North. Where they have acted in a warlike or aggressive manner (which is what I presume you are referring to) it has been due to the fact that they have had no choice. Other than when controlled, ruled or manipulated by other more powerful entities (dragon overlords, the Ilythiiri of Narathmault or Soneillon), circumstances have forced them to take on an aggressive mindset for survival. The formation and expansion of the Great Glacier has been the catalyst for most of this, shrinking their living space, destroying their food sources and bringing them into close (and deadly) proximity to racial enemies such as humans, elves and dwarves where previous geographical space had kept them apart save for skirmishing and raiding. The only realm of consequence that they created was Haekrukkha, but it was so close to the elves of Larlotha and the dwarves of Earthfast that it was always doomed. I'd refer you to previous pages in my thread where the history of the East was fleshed out somewhat. That timeline makes it clear that the hobgoblins are reacting to circumstances, not being out and out aggressors.

However, I do consider that my "eastern Hobgoblins" are more warlike than standard hobgoblins, and possessed of a "we'll get you before you get us" mindset. That hasn't seen them become dumb savages though. They remain wily and patient foes, strong in the magics they wield, and always planning and acting with foresight.

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Originally posted by JPDeed

Annnd one more question to peg onto that - if there are dwarven vampires, would you consider them to retain the host of standard vampire abilities/strengths/weaknesses, or something more torturous to the core of "being" a dwarf? I swear I read in an old 2nd ed. monster compendium relating to Ravenloft possibly an alternate approach to demihuman vampires.

Cheers mate!



Indeed, the Ravenloft Monstrous Compendium provided different stats for dwarven vampires as opposed to "standard" ones. I managed to find a link for the write up here:

http://www.lomion.de/cmm/vampdwar.php

I personally like the idea of 'intelligent' undead such as vampires and liches having a few standard basic abilities but variations depending on race and/or class in life that would make them much more interesting to play against and keep an adventuring party on their toes as it were.

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Excellent lore as alway. I picture dragons in the same way. Yes before they had massive empires and were almost unchallenged. Then the madness strikes them and they destroy it all, but as the madness subsides they build it up again (they have hundreds of years to do so) only to destroy it again and again in a great cycle that gradually diminishes their empires and their race over the millenia. I figure the purple dragon of Cormyr and Iyrauroth of the Galenas were probably the last such dragon overlords that ruled a kingdom (and scores of smaller dragons).

I have to disagree slightly about the ice since there is little snippets that point to ice covering the cold lands far back in time, plus giantcraft said Ulutiu was slain before or during the war with the dragons but we can blame all the inconsistencies on Giantcraft. I figure that the tearfall and creation of evermeet can explain away any climate change and ice creep/receding as the meteor impact could have knocked the planet out of its solar orbit slightly and the sundering would have changed the ocean wind patterns both of which would definitely have an effect on climate change.

Cheers for the excellent lore, i never could have come up with anything nearly as interesting. It's a shame i never got to hear your version of the origins of Narathmault.

ps. any verdict on the timeline of Impiltur i sent over, did i miss anything?

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Hi George,

Where would some locations be that shield dwarf and gold dwarf settlements interact, and in general, how do you see each subrace perceive each other as communities rather than individuals?



I can't think of anywhere in the Realms that a shield dwarf settlement and a gold dwarf settlement would be in a position to interact on a large scale. That said, I present to you one of the more peculiar dwarven discoveries of recent times.

In the Year of the Rock (1289 DR), a group of dwarves of Clan Deepshield, a small clan situated in a series of deep caverns beneath the southern Stormhorns east of Proskur and known as Sarndul, came upon a dwarven tunnel complex in the peaks of the neighbouring Sunset Mountains. Unlocking a series of rune doors (doors that opened only after a series of dethek runes were pressed in the correct sequence - pressing the wrong rune caused various magical and mundane traps to be triggered), the dwarves entered a series of interconnected rooms and storehouses and discovered that the complex had been constructed as a safehold for King Bryth Firebeard, blood of Thordbard, last ruler of fallen Oghrann. They found little of note other than magically preserved food, a cache of weapons and armour and a a small mithral sphere, covered in runes, and described by the High One Tol Deepshield as "the merest of baubles, but verily singing with the touch of the Soulforger".

Holding the sphere and pronouncing the word "barast" created a shimmering, silver portal that snatched all who touched or passed through it to another subterranean complex. Little in the way of treasure was found in this further complex but careful exploration of the surrounding region caused the elders of Clan Deepshield to discover that the further complex was located on the northern fringes of Torglor, deep beneath the Snowflake Mountains and once a sub-kingdom of fabled Shanatar. Clan Deepshield used this further complex for storage and for limited exploration but soon considered that the dangers posed by the Middledark meant that the complex, which they named Borontar, had little value other than as a fungi farm for food.

And so it was with some surprise in the Year of the Starfall (1300 DR) that dwarves of Clan Deepshield, making a routine visit to harvest fungi, encountered dwarves of Clan Hundelve of Tarnhall in the Deep Realms surveying their work. What was initially a tense encounter soon gave way to stout converse as dwarven politeness and social graces took hold. As it turned out, Clan Hundelve had been aware of Borontar for over five centuries, they too having come across a mithral sphere identical to the one held by Clan Deepshield, and had also considered the place of little real value. Clan elders had however mandated that the place be visited every 50 years and that was the reason for their presence. And so it was that a scant ten-day later Axelord Ebersar Deepshield, blood of Arn "the Giantslayer", ruler of his clan met with Axelord Rathagos "the Red", son of Tybult, leader of Clan Hundelve to discuss the fate of Borontar. After some careful and shrewd negotiation it was agreed that Borontar would continue to be used as a vast fungus farm, supplying Clan Hundelve with a source of food that it would use to ease its reliance on provender coming out of Daunting. In return, Clan Hundelve provided the Deepshield dwarves with raw metals that were in scarce supply in the North, primarily hizagkuur and a metal known as yaethil (in our world, nickel).

As such, the settlement of Borontar (for a settlement it has become: a small collective of fungus farmers, carters, guards and the everpresent bureaucracy that facilitate the trade between the two clans) has flourished although not without teething problems. As expected, the gold dwarves of Tarnhall find the shield dwarves of the Stormhorns to be lacking in refinement, slow of speech and wit and 'nothing better than farmers'. The dwarves of Clan Deepshield find the gold dwarves to be soft, full of airs and graces and 'in need of a good go round with an orc horde'. Only the patience and growing friendship of the two main administrators Daurant Deepshield and Obar Hundelve has seen matters run smoothly. They have rightly deduced that Borontar was likely a way post between fledgling Oghrann, great Shanatar and the Deep Realm in the very early days of the dwarven settlement of the North, created to speed couriers, high level diplomats and to serve as an emergency refuge. That said, the interactions between the gold and shield dwarves have been cordial and without any major incident. There have even been three marriages, although secrecy has caused elaborate tales to be put in place as to how a gold or shield dwarf has ended up in Tarnhall and Sarndul respectively.

In recent decades, with the arrival of githyanki in the ruins of Torglor, the dwarves of Borontar have put an emphasis on security and greatly reduced their quiet exploration of Borontar's environs.They have built up a small arsenal of weapons and armaments scavenged from the ruins of Torglor that they know are most effective against creatures strong in the Invisible Art but do not intend to hold Borontar to the detriment of their own holdings. If the day comes that Borontar is discovered by any powerful enemy, then it is likely that this interaction between gold and shield dwarves will cease and swiftly so. Until then, this unique situation remains a testament to dwarven commonsense and racial kinship.

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quote:
Originally posted by Eilserus

Hi George,

I was looking through the 2E book Prayers from the Faithful and started wondering what types of demihuman prayer books would be like. I was curious if you had given this some thought before. What would you think dwarven versions of holy books would be like?

Thank you and Happy New Year!



"Prayers From the Faithful" remains one of my favourite FR products of all time and every time I read it, I take more and more from it. It's the Realms gift that keeps on giving!

I've long thought about Ed or someone with the talent (Eric Boyd would be the best alternative) doing a follow-up and wouldn't it be awesome if it included demi-human versions?! Long ago, for the Realms-L, I did a series of posts titled "Khanor's Prayer Stones" which could be described as something of "Prayers From the Faithful" treatment for Moradin. It was the second of two articles I put up to Dragon Magazine (and was told fairly quickly by Jesse Decker that it was an article that "only a Realms fan could love" and was rejected on that basis) and was written up on an old MAC. As such, I don't have an electronic copy and have a sneaking suspicion that my hard copy disappeared in one of my house moves. The Realms-L archives contain a reference to the posting I did but clearly it occurred before the archiving process was put in place.

I've toyed recently with trying to recreate it - much of it remains vivid in my memory from the frontpiece flavour quote to the spells it contained - but I've not got the time just right now to devote to that task.

I've always wondered why Ed omitted such deities as Tempus and Talona from his "Prayers From the Faithful" book (and others such as Lliira and Leira while we're at it) and live in hope that he actually did write up 'tomes' for those deities that might one day see the light of day. Here's hoping.

-- George Krashos

"Because only we, contrary to the barbarians, never count the enemy in battle." -- Aeschylus
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JPDeed
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Most excellent. A meaty chunk of stout folk lore. This fills many gaps for me... and thanks for digging up that dwarf vampire link too... you are a c
champ . Expect more dwarvish (dwarven?) questions to come!
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sleyvas
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quote:
Originally posted by George Krashos

quote:
Originally posted by dazzlerdal

Hi George, hope Christmas was nice, I was wondering if you had any thoughts when the destruction of the greater riildath forest began (by the dragon overlords) and was finished by there human and hobgoblin servants.
The reason I ask is it affects my idea on the Spirit Realms I am working on in the running the realms section.
I was thinking the first dracorage would have been a big contender for the forest around ashanath and rashemen to be separated from the riildath as the dragon overlords go nuts and burn it down.
The hobgoblins and humanoid (I figure humans) soldiers of these overlords then deforest the area further.
Also if you have any ideas on who the dragons could be and where they might lair then that would be awesome. I guess the giantsrun mountains would be one dragon realm but im not sure where the others could be maybe somewhere towards thay or the hordelands.
I realise its from so long ago but the history is often the best bit



To begin to answer this query (understanding that my response is exactly that: "my response" - you can take from it what you will), you have to think of the northern reaches of the East in terms of the various inhalations and exhalations of the Great Glacier.

Before -2550 DR, there is no Great Glacier. Sure there is an ice sheet and polar cap, but I've always considered that what existed there was a huge taiga region clustered around the various mountain ranges that are best shown in the map provided by the FR Atlas by Karen Wynn Fonstad on pgs.6-7. This is where the dragons and then the giants mostly established their realms, warred and ultimately brought an end to their respective periods of preeminence. I say mostly because there were indeed giant and draconic presences in more southerly regions and indeed in what was known as the Riildath and is now the two wooded regions known as the Forest of Lethyr and the Rawlinswood.

It is indeed likely that in the dim ages this was one great wooded region, with the icy forests of the taiga giving way to more temperate forests as one travelled south. It is also likely that the wars between the giants and the dragons did deforest portions of the woodlands. As to when that may have occurred, the likely timing is for several thousand years after c. -25,000 DR as Ostoria declined from a cohesive whole to a series of giant sub-kingdoms: sub-kingdoms that the remaining vengeful and most powerful dragons saw as vulnerable to attack. While the "Time of Dragons" is delineated as being for a set period in the FR historical sources, I like to think that the end of that period of draconic mastery did not mean the end of draconic kingdoms, powerful wyrms controlling territory or wyrms receiving the fealty and submission of 'lesser races'. What it means in my book was that for the first time, draconic power was under challenge and that they indeed fell from that position of preeminence that they had previously enjoyed. In simple terms, the dragons no longer ruled all, displayed less open power and authority and were hunted and slain by the lesser races that they had previously dismissed as mere food or useful slaves. In this regard, the giants lead the way by the greatest measure but in holding forth as the dragons' biggest foe (literally and figuratively) they too were weakened and lost the power most readily exemplified by great Ostoria.

So, to the details. The woodlands of the Ashanath were ravaged in c. -18,000 DR with the fall of the realm of the great red dragon Ashanaglathos, whose primary lair was in the present-day Firward Mountains and extended south to the area of present-day Twostars, west and north in an arc to the area of Bezentil and and then northeasterly to his mountain lair. Succumbing to the dracorage he is thought to have been drowned in the Lake of Tears when the waters rose up and took him after he had brought fire and destructions to his own holdings on the western shore as well as the fey-haunted woodlands of the eastern shore (the Ashanwood is named after him when centuries later a draconic tooth of huge size washed up on the eastern shore in the Year of the Dragonstar (99 DR). From there it was taken into the woods by the Witches of Rashemen where they wove a great warding akin to a mythal preventing the "spawn of Ashanaglathos and all who had partaken of his blood" from entering the home of the telthor. Rashemen remains a land rarely troubled by dragons to this day.

Ashanaglathos was known to have hobgoblin servitors and after his death, and it is stated that many of them searched out and slew his wyrmlings, destroyed unhatched eggs and used those eggs to augment their own strength, longevity and mastery of magic. The fall of the dragon's kingdom saw his servants scattered, with the most powerful hobgoblins trekking north to join kin, but some moving west into the forests where they eked out a nomadic existence, avoiding the bigger races.

Other dragons did rule kingdoms in and around the Unapproachable East, but most are dead or disappeared from living memory. One of the most enduring was the green dragon Galaminthautor, who ruled the woodland comprised of the present-day Forest of Lethyr from the time of the dracorage to the coming of the dark elves of Ilythiir (those woodlands extending much further south, to the borders of present-day Thesk in those long ago days). The Ilythiiri are thought to have either slain or enslaved her after a titanic struggle and she was not seen or heard of again after c. -10,250 DR.

The white dragon Norfaerhoern is believed to have ruled from a lair located in the northern most peak of the present-day Icerim Mountains. Less savage than the standard dragons of his ilk, Norfaerhoern is known to have wielded amazing magics including allowing him to alter temperatures and sustain life in otherwise inhospitable polar regions. He is believed to have created several 'hidden valley' lairs throughout the northern reaches of the East where he would stash food (on the hoof - rothe in the main), treasure and lore on rune magic plundered from the giants. Human prehistoric tales talk of the 'Cloud of Claws' and the 'Yellow Eye of Frost', both thought to refer to Norfaerhoern, but his passing was not noted and it is unknown how and when he left the world, if at all.

Perhaps one of the most interesting tales of the dragons of the East is that of a dragon of unknown species known only as Orslinn, or "the Great Slave" in the tongue of the serpentfolk. This dragon is thought to have been taken as a hatchling by the Ba'etith with the advent of the Time of Dragons and nurtured by this mysterious group for purposes unknown. When the Thousand Year War commenced some sages postulate that in an attempt to return to past glories, the final gambit of the sarrukh was realised. Orslinn was unleashed upon the draconic avatar of Garyx and slew him in a huge battle over the skies of the present-day Tortured Lands, preventing the dragons from regaining hegemony over the Realms. With the fall of Ostoria, the sarrukh believed that they could return to their position of power but the departure of most of the sarrukh of Okoth had left that realm too weak to seize its opportunity and the other sarrukh realms were not in a position to take advantage. The fate of Orslinn is unknown but there are some sages who believe that he lives on in stasis, perhaps somewhere deep underneath the Dragonjaw Mountains, awaiting the next sarrukh gambit and attempt to return to power in the Realms.

I hope this has been helpful.

-- George Krashos



Liking the Ashanaglathos lore. Would need to hear more on the green dragon Galaminthautor, as this makes him about 15 thousand years old when he finally passes.... lot of time to be over the Lethyr forest. The Orslinn lore is very intriguing (and noting the tortured lands where Orslinn and Garyx fought was would be relatively close <west of> to the fire giant kingdom of Helligheim which contained Ironfang Keep). That he was a dragon of unknown origin makes me wonder if he wasn't heavily experimented upon by the Sarrukh. Maybe he had multiple heads, multiple breath weapons, a poisonous bite, a natural carapace similar to a dragon turtle... or who knows what else (and maybe his magic was of an entirely different sort.... maybe he used the giants rune magic, or incarnum or pact magic).

Alavairthae, may your skill prevail

Phillip aka Sleyvas
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Gary Dallison
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Ooh, good idea I was thinking unknown origin meant like Inferno or Garnet but a dragon covered in grafts is much better. I wonder if they could use their alteration abilities on him because a dragon is slightly reptilian in nature.

A 15,000 year old dragon is a brilliant idea, imagine the size and power of him, I bet she wouldn't be able to fly at that age. But if you love your pact magic a 15,000 year old dragon is bound to be a good candidate for a vestige.

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hello george,
First i wanted to say how much i loved your article on Impiltur in dragon 346. I use that article alot for when my D&D group does games in that area. So there were a number of questions Ive sorta saved up about the area i was hoping you could help me with.
The first one that i was wondering about was a grove of trees called Alithyn's copse in the grey forest. If you had any further notes on this grove and if it was linked to the legend in the campaign setting about a number of elves turning themselves in to trees to escape destruction?
Any light you could shed on this would be much awesome.
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sleyvas
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quote:
Originally posted by dazzlerdal

Ooh, good idea I was thinking unknown origin meant like Inferno or Garnet but a dragon covered in grafts is much better. I wonder if they could use their alteration abilities on him because a dragon is slightly reptilian in nature.

A 15,000 year old dragon is a brilliant idea, imagine the size and power of him, I bet she wouldn't be able to fly at that age. But if you love your pact magic a 15,000 year old dragon is bound to be a good candidate for a vestige.



Oooo, I like that idea of it becoming a vestige/spirit creature.

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Eilserus
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Wow indeed! This is great stuff! Totally using this in our current campaign!
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