• 674 DR [Year of the Nomad]
  • Josidiah Starym returns to Myth Drannor to a hero's welcome as he brings not the expected Soldier's Blade but the Akh'Faer's Artblade, retrieved from a deep dragon's lair far beneath the Storm Horn Mountains. Unfortunately, his reward is personal heartbreak as he realizes all he worked for is gone with the passing of both the Coronal and Aravae. Josidiah does not take up his rightful place as Lord-Speaker of House Starym, but he does (by right of the elfblade he restores to Myth Drannor) take over the leadership of the Akh'Faer and thus rise to a seat on the Council of Twelve.

    Josidiah refuses to discuss it, but many notice that he no longer walks with his magnificent cat Guenhwyvar, and some whisper he had to trade the cat's figurine of power for the blade.

    Of his 12 original comrades, only one survived: Onas Ulondarr, an elf bladesinger of House Ulondarr. Returning to the city married to Maira Sheildark, a human wizardess from Arabel, they bring with them four adult half-elf children (three women, one man; all rangers): Alupiira, Vaeala, Shaeia, and Rahsil. »

  • 689 DR [Year of the Eager Executioner]
  • The displaced Archmage Paeris Haladar attempts to slay Josidiah Starym with spells, vowing vengeance for his loss of status. Josidiah survives four assassination attempts but is nearly slain in an Honor Duel called to settle the feud. When Paeris seizes the fallen Artblade, he is found unworthy of its power and responsibility; forever after, dead magic surrounds and permeates Paeris Haladar, making him a pariah to all within Cormanthyr. Josidiah reclaims the elfblade and returns to his post as Spell-Major with honor. »

  • 714 DR [Year of Doom]
  • Kythorn 25 The Battle of Stars Shining (Weeping War: Campaign #12)
    This is the final battle of both the bladesinger Spell-Major Josidiah Starym and the last of the Akh'Faer. Rather than allow Aulmpiter (or any other marauder) to claim the prize of the Speculum (the guild hall of the Wizards, Conjurers, and Enchanters), Josidiah and 17 mages stood atop the ramparts or at the front colonnade and slung spells of devastating effect against the invaders, while others worked frantically inside either to remove or destroy the guild's great magical-items cache.

    As the afternoon fracas lengthened into a night battle, two bold moves by the elves turned the tide of battle such that, while the ground is lost, the moral victory became Cormanthyr's. One Prannith Springheels, a halfling scribe of the guild (whose dream of wielding magic was never quite realized), saw his master die just a few feet from him, and he seized a staff of the magi before it could be claimed by the yugoloth. Drawing a number of mezzoloths about him with taunts and shouts, Prannith leapt off the highest surviving tower of the Speculum and wielded great magic for once in his life. He broke the staff as he fell into the horde of mezzoloths unleashing a retributive strike that broke their ranks and killed more than a quarter of their number.

    Spell-Major Josidiah was soon the last Ally standing in defense of the Speculum. As the fell creatures strained to break his magical barriers and overwhelm his position, a beam of light from the night sky wrapped about him. The Artblade hung high aloft, and Josidiah wields the divine empowered (by Mystra and Sehanine it is said) sword and drop the final standing tower, killing all the invaders inside. Josidiah then rides a mighty lightning bolt down in the midst of a mass of enemies, the blast slaying a few and scattering many. With one last two-handed swing of the blade, he stabbed the blade deep into the flagstones of the courtyard, and white flames and magic burned all that remained of the Speculum, including Josidiah himself and his Artblade. »