• -1899 DR
  • Chever of Opus leaps into a sphere of annihilation after casting one of the spells he had created, contact other plane (which he created to sait his thirst for knowledge. He had created many other new spells, including his simulacrum, which many other arcanists used), and going insane.
    Apprentices claimed his final days were ones of desperation. He spent ever-increasing amounts of time in study, discussing matters of importance with whatever extra-planar creature he was in contact with. His notes, which were usually well organized and complete, were nothing but gibberish when they were finally collected.

    Opus continued to produce some of the best bards, musicians, poets, and scholars ever known in Netheril. »

  • -390 DR [Year of Enchanters]
  • Lord Shadow becomes involved with the beautiful bard, Alashar Crywinds of Xinlenal. As the two planned to get married, Alashar reveals that she was actually an assassin sent to slay the arcanist for his work on demiplanes (despite the fact that the death mark had been lifted years earlier) by the arcanist Grenway. Since neither could stand the thought of killing the other, they came up with a different plan.

    Shadow's research had provided him with the knowledge he needed to transfer himself into the Demiplane of Shadow, leaving his physical form behind on the Prime Material Plane. Creating a simulacrum of Alashar, they sent her duplicate back to Grenway to report her success (where she was promptly executed). Karsus oversaw the marriage of the two in a secret ceremony, and Shadow cast his spell that drew them both into the Demiplane of Shadow forever. »

  • 714 DR [Year of Doom]
  • Kythorn The Final Fall of Myth Drannor (Weeping War: Campaign #12)
    A.K.A.: The Light's Last Stand
    Despite the fact that Aulpiter had always been a slow, methodical, almost elflike commander and strategist, the Final Fall was a cacophonous rampage fueled more by anger and hatred than any plan, unless that scheme limited itself to destruction of all in its path. In all, there were more than 20 battles that shook the city of Myth Drannor to its very roots, though many have never been reported; the details on subterranean battles of baelnorns and the like in their crypts against the Army of Darkness are not for us to glean. In little over a month, the proud City of Love (for such it was, even in its war-torn state) become a rubble-strewn, lifeless ruin.

    Despite his anger and the minles zeal of his troops, Grand Commander Aulmpiter spent much of his march on Myth Drannor summoning as much help as possible to reinforce his Army. No longer worrying over political difficulties, he summoned a full complement of yugoloths over the days between the Crimson Glade battle and conscripted all of them into his service with promises that they would be given their own reigns after the city's fall. By the time of Aulmpiter's entrance to the city during the Battle of Lightnings' Kin, his army's newest officers included 135 more mezzoloths due to his summonings and their own upon entry into the Prime Material Plane.

    As expected, the re-entry of the yugoloths into the mythal corrupted and disrupted some of its integrity, and these degradations led to a number of crushing defeats for the elves. Aside from those commanders who chose to remain at Aulmpiter's side (including Generals Khitax, Nyzhink, and Qyndrv), the Army of Darkness' discipline dissolved into horde tactics soon after the initial penetration of the mythal, a day before entering the city. Left to their own devices and ways of leading troops, individual commanders spread out from the two spearhead formations Aulmpiter had established to wrap around the city and hit it from all sides (as the nycoloth anticipated). Seeking only loot or revenge, the attacks were disorganized and random, and had the Allies been in less haggard condition or in greater numbers, even this final campaign might have worked in their favor. Still, with well over 10,000 gnolls, orcs, and hobgoblins swarming about like flies, Aulmpiter's central forces of the Colossus, War Hunger, Imperious, and Vindakkar battalions still acted as one and struck only at key installations where he sought strategic placement or magical plunder. Had he and his mezzoloths struck to this plan, they might yet rule the ruins of Myth Drannor.

    Similar to the insults Aulmpiter endured when he was trapped and bound millennia ago, Fflar injured his pride with threats and taunts that drew him and his general elites out to battle in the Bane Duels. Of course, this battle ended in his unexpected death, and the primary threat against the Realms was removed, leaving only rubble and rabble behind after the Fall.

    The Flights
    Each of the key battles labeled "Flights" are both battles against the Army of Darkness and strategic retreats. With each flight, over 100 elves and other citizens of Myth Drannor escaped, protected by the military or whoever could be found to protect them. All but the Final Flight were organized by Arms-Captain Hachaam Selorn and later by Captain Fflar Starbrow, and these bands of refugees spent the next few tendays living in terror. While everyone might be armed or capable of magic, only 25 to 40 were actual adventurers or military personnel capable of fighting any wandering monsters or Army troops. These brave souls often protected from 100 to nearly 1,000 near-helpless merchants and nobles and others who simply wanted to reach safety at Semberholme or the new Elven Court.
    Note: This evacuation was one of the primary activities of many adventurers toward the end, as the military admitted that the capital couldn't be held and wanted to evacuate citizens as safely as possible. Thus, the most adaptable troops-the adventurers used to thinking quickly-were all conscripted into Flight duty as guardians and escorts. Of course, the difficulties lay in keeping order among those protected, and many of them were nobles wishing to assert their authority (or magic or coin) for preferential treatment, rather than focusing on the survival of all.

    The Tavern Wars
    As many tales were spun in the long years after the Fall, the last days of Kythorn saw more skirmishes and local heroes among the many taverns and inns of Myth Drannor. While none of the skirmishes and raids escalated into major battles (or, if part of a major battle, did not overshadow the main events), they collectively became famous by the bard Oslarelar's Tales of the Tavern Wars" ballad, a long-winded ballad that celebrates many individual feats among all the races of the allied city.

    As the ballad is still among bards' repertoires today, many still hear of the Tankardswar at the Blue Lute (where four bards atop the bar held off three parties of orcs using only their feet, magic, and thrown tankards), the Seven Candles of Shamblin's Towers lone (where a septet of hobgoblin lesser officers was destroyed by a half-elf who doused them with casks of wine and set them afire), and the Silvershield's Tablesturning (where a dozen trapped halflings and other patrons held off a squadron of mezzoloths and destroyed nearly two parties of orcs by manipulating the floating cookfires and cutlery that normally drifted placidly about the taprooms).

    This event lasts until Flamerule 714 DR (31 days) »

  • Flamerule 14 The Bane Duels (Weeping War: Campaign #12)
    A.K.A.:Foebane's Last Strike, the Commanders' Clash
    This 32-hour-long battle started at the ruins of Castle Cormanthor and spread across the wards of Cormanthor and Dlabraddath, involving over 5,000 elves and 20,000 orcs, gnolls, ogres, and mezzoloths. The last of the major officers of the city, Captain Fflar, led the fray for much of the first day until sorely wounded by a barbed spear at sunset. However, despite his injuries and a noted drain on healing resources, Fflar rested only briefly and again took the field when word came that Aulmpiter raged about the city with newly summoned nycoloths, the elf troops falling back before them.

    Captain Fflar brought himself back to the front, now set along Oacenth's Stream. Magic enhancing his voice, Fflar issued a challenge of personal combat to Aulmpiter and his nycoloths, stoking their temper with taunts and jibes at their true status as lower planar bullies and errand-runners for the truer evils. As expected, tempers flared (as did the hopes of Fflar's troops), and Fflar came under attack. After watching the captain and Kerynian engage a dozen nycoloths and emerge victorious, Aulmpiter allowed himself the indulgence of personal combat. The two battled alone, encircled by an audience of seven nycoloths and 13 mezzoloths. The epic battle of claw versus Keryvian lasted nearly three hours, neither commander giving any quarter and both suffering numerous wounds that might have killed lesser beings. The battle culminated in a desperate gamble by Fflar, who had watched the movements of the Mantle Stone of Vhyrridaan orbiting Aulmpiter's head; he swung his great sword and intercepted the stone, destroying it with one clean blow!

    As the two elf bards who witnessed it were struck blind by its brillance, only limited details can be unearthed about the Commanders' Fall. The power of both the sword and stone burst forth in a ring of white, blue, and purple fire, engulfing Fflar and Aulmpiter but fully immolating the ring of yugoloths around them. As these fires imploded swiftly, a second blast more focused than the first arced out from the center as a crackling ring of energy that lanced across the battlefield at the city's center and robbed yugoloths of their health as much as it granted strength to the elves. At the blast's center, naught was ever found of Fflar, Aulmpiter, or Foebane, aside from the blasted sihouettes of their shadows etched in white in the pavement where they stood. With the fall of Aulmpiter, the Army of Darkness temporarily retreated back to Crownfrost Tower as it assessed the battle. They would soon return, with no thought or tactics beyond annihilation.

    This event lasts until Flamerule 15 714 DR »

  • 996 DR [Year of the Disfiguring Scar]
  • The half-elf bard Wythyndle dies in the winter of this year. Wythyndle was the one whom Milil gave the Round Book (an artifact of Milil) to, some unknown years past, as he sat alone on a nameless mountaintop in the easter Cloven Mountains, singing the god's praises. Milil the carried Wythyndle down to the gates of the House of Alastrin, a Sorlyn (Sorlyn temples are temples dedicated to Milil, and Alastrin has since vanished) temple below that peak. The Round Book (sometimes also called Wythyndle's Round Book) then travels the Realms, in the hands of various adventurers. »

  • 1161 DR [Year of the Quiet Earth]
  • Flester Farcout of the Dun Blades, the possessor of the Round Book (an artifact of Milil) dies in the Battle of ManySwords. His grieving widow, Annaethe Farcoat, sells the Book to Lord Irlistir of Ulkan in return for a cottage and farm on which to live out her days. Ironically, she was a singer of note and worshipper of Milil, who never knew exactly what the Book was.

    Lord Irlistir, who was more concerned with power and conquest, found little use for a book that played music whenever it was opened. He sells the Book for a large amount of coins to the bard Paerestus "Smokebeard" of Tsurlagol. Paerestus hides the Book in a hollow space in the crumbling wall of a stable behind his home, using the music from the Book and lyrics of his own to "create" original songs. »

  • 1182 DR [Year of the Tomb]
  • A fire destroys the house of the bard Paerestus, and claims his life as well. The Round Book (an artifact of Milil) is not noticed in the resulting ruins and goes unnoticed.

    The Book is scavenged some time later by unknown hands, and probably changes owners many times in the following century. »

  • 1357 DR [Year of the Prince]
  • Alias and Dragonbait track down the makers of the Azure Bonds. In the process they destroy the evil mage Casandra of Westgate, the lich Xrie Praxis, the Fire Knives thieves guild, the fiend Phalse, and banish the god Moander from the Realms.

    Alias also saves the hin bard Olive Ruskettle from the red dragon Mistinarperadnacles Hai Draco (Mist), who was keeping the female bard so long as she kept him entertained. Alias challenges the dragon to a feint of honor and narrowly defeats Mist, honor bounding the dragon into her service.

    Later, Mist finds Olive in the protection of the saurial paladin Dragonbait, who also challenges her to a feint of honor. She loses and is honor bound to aid them in defeating the avatar of Moander.

    Moander, god of corruption, is accidentally woken from a magical slumber deep beneath the ruins of Yulash. He causes much devastation before being banished by the fiery breath of Mist. The gods destruction also causes the death of Mist. »

  • The bard Ivryn Olindarr write the comedic play Three Black Horses. »

  • 1369 DR [Year of the Gauntlet]
  • Eleasis 9 Sahuagin begin resisting Iakhovas' rule until Iakhovas personally slays the Great Whale Bard of Seros to prove his worth as their king. »

  • Eleasis 11 During the frenzy over the death of the Great Whale Bard, Iakhovas' forces attacks Xedran Reefs and destroys colonies at Orilidren, Ageadren, Ilramas, Ilkanar, Ilphaeth, and Ilteon.
    This event lasts until Eleasias 17, 1369 DR »

  • 1373 DR [Year of Rogue Dragons]
  • Olothontor "The Minstrel Wyrm" (male very old blue dragon), who lairs in a cavern in Mount Araddyn, just north of Mount Sar along the Coast Road (and who has long sought a song dragon mate), comes across bardic magic that helps him temporarily suppress the Dracorage. He learned of it while attempting to court Karasendrieth, and adult song dragon (who repeatedly spurned him), when she disseminated knowledge of his spell. He was among the few chromatic dragons with an interest in resisting the Dracorage, and in going about his daily life. The bardic magic, combined with his preexisting activities with music, served to keep his rage at a low enough level to withstand the year. »