• 712 DR [Year of the Lost Lance]
  • Ches 27 Flightfury (Weeping War: Campaign #4)
    A.K.A.: Battle over Dragons' Grove, Electrum Rising
    Still suffering the shocking effects of the mythal's initial wild-magic surge, the electrum dragons within Dragons' Grove were attacked by the combined remnants of the Grievous (third battalion, First Legion), the Battalion Arcane (second battalion, Second Legion), and the Colossus (fourth battalion, Third Legion). In total, nearly two full regiments were lost among the three battalions, though their organization seemed stronger with the absence of their nycoloth commanders at this battle. Despite their strong resistence, these Army groups are also forced north and east around the northern edges of the mythal.

    Major deaths include the following:
    Lady Fieryat Omberdawn and Evenaelorathos the Blackspine (commanders of the Pegasi Wing cavalry). Also, two of the eight electrum dragons created by the mythal's surges died during the sneak attack on the grove where they slept, while a third dragon died attacking the three battalions of the Army, all dead before their names could ever discovered. »

  • Tarsakh 11 Silvergate (Weeping War: Campaign #4)
    A.K.A.: The Second Siege of Myth Drannor, the Nameless Sacrifice, the Chosen's Choice
    The battle at Silvergate is one of the most storied and heroic tales of the entire Weeping War. The Army of Darkness was driven east, and its northern and southern factions merged and punched through the elf defenders on the western front as they pressed, allowing them a second charge on Myth Drannor. The bulk of this battle occurred among the streets of the old city Cormanthor, and its climax centered on the Silvergate, the magical gate to Silverymoon Pass.

    While the military fought bravely on all fronts, this battle was primarily one of magic and thus spearheaded by Spell-Major Josidiah Starym, Elminster, Symrustar Auglamyr, and the Nameless Chosen. With many elf forces exhausted from the previous battles, only the cavalry and two-thirds of the available Akh'Faer froces were in the city for its defense until the arrival after battle's start of the Wing cavalry, some gold, silver, and electrum dragon allies, and the three Chosen.

    The spellcasters and military worked together to isolate and destroy the reduced and tired battalions (the Cruelty, the Colossus, the Grievous, Battalion Arcane) of the Army of Darkness. In all, the Army of Darkness suffered the loss of a battalion's worth of troops, losing 11 marches and 4 regiments in the melee. Among them, four entire tribes of gnolls were totally destroyed as was the most powerful march in the Army, Cvor's all mezzoloth March of the Second Cruelty Regiment.

    Cvor's March ("the Whipmaster's March") laid siege to the Silvergate at highsun on the second day of battle. The Namelss Chosen became enraged by the destruction of his native city and the abrupt slaying of a trio of young bronze dragons that had emerged through the gate to lend aid requested a tenday ago. The Nameless One lost his temper and his patience.

    The Namelss exploded through the roof of one of the Six Tyrl Towers, his body glowing and his hair and robes ablaze in silver flames! He dove headlong into the amassed forces of the besieging Army, driving a wedge through the forces, he converged on the Silvergate, where Colonel Cvor and his mezzoloths stood. Fully aflame now, the Nameless reached out with his silver wings and flung the nycoloths into the gate, which opened at his merest word. Spelltraps lying in wait activated at his will, causing explosions that claimed more evil lives as he walked unharmed within them. Over 600 mezzoloths , goblins, and other creatures fell before the fury of the Nameless, and Myth Drannor's defenders rallied once more. With a large wedge driven into the Army's forces, the Akh'Faer and the cavalry had openings they could exploit and drive the Army before them.

    The razor-studded whip of Cvor wrapped about the throat of the Nameless One, and the two fell into the Silvergate. Flying to his aid, Elminster entered the Silvergate and shut the gate behind him to isolate Cvor's march. Back to back with the elder Elminster, he fought hundreds of mezzoloths within the rocky Silverymoon Pass, and the glow of his silvery form drew attention from Silverymoon.

    Colonel Cvor then used a captured elf artifact (the Harness of the Giant-Slayer Alayris) to grow to a giant's size and seize the flaming mage by hand and foot. Cvor brutally pulled the Nameless Chosen nearly in half by sheer strength! The explosion of magical power and fire utterly consumed Cvor and over 200 nearby mezzoloths. The Nameless One lay dying, his torso laid-open. The High Mage of Silverymoon, Ecamane Truesilver and his supporting wizard forces protected the body of the fallen Chosen from the remaining mezzoloths. Together, while the Nameless One was sent magically to Silverymoon for healing, Elminster and the elderly and frail Ecamane destroyed the gate to Myth Drannor, detonating it from within and at its exit. The explosions slew the remnants of the Fourth Regiment surrounding it at Myth Drannor as well as clearing Silverymoon Pass of its remaining brethren.

    As a result of this battle, Myth Drannor's forces won the day, but unknowingly paid a high price. Elminster was lost among the planes for a time, due to his task of destroying the gate from within, while Ecamane Truesilver died due to the strain of breaking the gate from its exit point at Silverymoon Pass. The Nameless Chosen lay like one dead for more than the next year. His elf nurse, gave him the name Akhellbhen; upon his awakening, the Nameless Chosen, once called Arun's Son is introduced to the new High Mage Aglanthol as Khelben Arunsun. His body healed but forever scarred across his chest and back where he was nearly torn in twain, he banishes his vanity and keeps the wedge of silver-white hair and beard to remind him of the silver flames dancing within it and how it does not make him invincible. It also signifies his debts, as it reminds him of Silverymoon and what he owes its people as well.

    Other major deaths of this battle includes Wollys Silvershield (high priest of Sehanine).

    This battle lasts until Tarsakh 13, 712 DR. »

  • 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) »