• 1355 DR [Year of the Harp]
  • Stallac Benadi, former High Imperceptor of Bane and Banelich receives a vision from Bane who tells him to prepare (for Bane and Myrkul were preparing to steal the Tablets of Fate, which causes the Time of Troubles).

    Soon after the events of the Time of Troubles, Cyric appears to Stallac seeking his adoration and support in the conquest of Zhentil Keep and the rest of the Moonsea. Stallac spurns Cyric. Cyric empowers his convert, Chrinson Navham to deal with Stallac. To aid Chrinson, Cyric turns him into a burnbones. »

  • 1358 DR [Year of Shadows]
  • Eleint 26 Cyric slays Bhaal using the sword Godsbane (Mask in disguise) at Boarskyr Bridge. »

  • Marpenoth 15 A great battle in Waterdeep sees Myrkul destroyed by Midnight, Shar and Selune do battle. Cyric slays Kelemvor Lyonsbane with his sword Godsbane (actually an aspect of the god Mask). The Tablets of Fate are returned to Overlord Ao, creator of the Realms and of the gods themselves. He descends upon Toril and speaks to its inhabitants. Lord Ao declares that all gods become servants to their followers, that Midnight take Mystra's place as Goddess of Magic, and that Cyric shall take control of what was left undone by the deaths of Myrkul, Bane, and Bhaal. And, while Cyric found this responsibility quite an honor, Lord Ao was unsure he'd continue with that reasoning.

    Siamorphe manifests in Waterdeep and protects North and Sea Wards from much of the damages caused by Myrkul's Legions. »

  • Leira, goddess of illusion and deception is killed by Cyric using Godsbane shortly after the Time of Troubles. »

  • Azuth reconsideres Savras' long imprisonment and chooses to free him from the Scepter of Savras for a vow of loyalty. After his release, during which the scepter disappeared, Savras served Azuth and oversaw divinations and divination magic, and the deities improved their relationship.

    Savras joins Azuth and Mystra in Dweomerheart, in caverns called "The Eye", which contained all his knowledge. Savras becomes the patron deity of many diviners and works against Cyric, the god of lies, and the night goddess Shar, who works to disrupt his divinations using the Shadow Weave. »

  • 1359 DR [Year of the Serpent]
  • Large numbers of Leiran (Cyricist) priests settle in Samarach after the Lords of Nimbral ban the practice of any state religion or organized priesthood in their realm. »

  • 1361 DR [Year of Maidens]
  • The First Banedeath
    An inquisition launched by Cyric through his agent Xeno Mirrormane, begins as a holy war in Zhentil Keep. Xeno leads the followers of Cyric through the dark, twisted streets of Zhentil Keep in an attempt to cleanse the city of all Banite worship. The Banites are given two choices: worship Cyric or explain to him in person why he is not worthy of worship. In the end, the Cyricists take control of Zhentil Keep. »

  • When the followers of Cyric take control of Zhentil Keep, Manshoon quietly makes plans to relocate the Black Network's main base of operations to the Citadel of the Raven, secretly and gradually shifting supplies, personnel, and other resources to new quarters there. »

  • 1366 DR [Year of the Staff]
  • Hammer 1 The relocation of Zhentarim resources from Zhentil Keep to the Citadel of the Raven is complete. (When Zhentil Keep is razed during Cyric's downfall in 1368, the Black Network suffers minimal loss of power, for the leadership and a significant portion of its infrastructure remains intact in the citadel). »

  • 1367 DR [Year of the Shield]
  • Ches Cyricists in Zhentil Keep begin recruiting and kidnapping scribes in the Moonsea region. »

  • Factions of rurally-based priests of Bhaal, who still venerate the dead god, clash with factions of city-based priests of Iyachtu Xvim and Cyric. The fighting stops when the priests of dead Bhaal lose their divine magic and are forced to convert to one of the newer churches. »

  • 1368 DR [Year of the Banner]
  • Cyric commissions the creation of the Cyrinishad. Three hundred and ninety-seven versions were created until Cyric was satisfied. The tome, dubbed "The Book of Lies" by other gods of the pantheon, outlined the "true" history (in Cyric's mind) of the "One True God." But Cyric did not stop there. The Cyrinishad was a magical creation, with the intention that anyone reading the tome would believe the Cyrinishad as truth.

    Many gods could not abide by these actions. Mystra, with the help of Oghma (The Binder) and Mask, The Cyrinishad's final version was placed in protective custody, but not before it had been read by Mask. Cyric had gained yet another follower. »

  • Hammer 4 The Second Banedeath
    The Church of Cyric launches inquisitions in Yulash, Darkhold, Teshwave, Zhentil Keep, and the Citadel of the Raven to cleanse the Zhent holdings of non-Cyricist priests (including Kurth Dracomore of Darkhold).

    Following the destruction of Zhentil Keep, Scyulla Darkhope (a paladin/ranger of Tyr) makes a name for herself within the army and quickly climbs up the ranks largely due to her exceptional skill in combat. After the siege Scyulla is recognize as a champion of the city and she takes advantage of this status by becoming a powerful critic of the previous governance of the city. »

  • Nightal 27 Fall of Zhentil Keep
    Fzoul Chembryl reads aloud from the True Life of Cyric, revealing the dark god's betrayal of his faithful at Zhentil Keep. Xeno Mirrormane, High Priest of Cyric, is struck by powerful divine fire from Mask. The flames devour Xeno, then proceeded to do likewise to the temple of Cyric. Fzoul flees the falling city to Teshwave as Cyric-summoned giants, dragons, and other monsters sack much of Zhentil Keep.

    Lord Orgauth had only the small number of troops that hadn't fled the destruction and a few meagre reinforcements from Darkhold. Orgauth died during the siege but a pit fiend named Abarax that had been imprisoned by one of Orgauth's mages escaped from it's bonds and found Orgauth's corpse. The baatezu polymorphed into the fallen leader and effectively took up his life where Orgauth had left it.

    Abarax (as Orgauth) and his troops survived. He then summons the Erinyes Eshaeris to take the place of a courtesan named Desmonda who had disappeared during the siege. Together, they befuddled the remaining lords and took complete, unopposed control of the Keep. »

  • Cyric had sought the soul of Kelemvor Lyonsbane, but was unable to find him. Cyric releases Kezef the Chaos Hound from Pandemonium, and commands it to trace Kelemvor's soul. Kezef ended up being trapped again by Mask.

    Kelemvor's soul was trapped in Cyric's sentient sword, Godsbane, actually an aspect of Mask, who planned to steal the portfolio of lies. Mask used Kelemvor's soul to gain the cooperation of Mystra, all the while planning a revolt in the City of Death against Cyric. With the help of Mystra, Torm, Oghma, and Cyric's own high priest Fzoul Chembryl (whose loyalty lay with the dead Bane), great chaos was caused in two of Cyric's most important bases of faith: Zhentil Keep, and the City of Death. A great number of Cyric's follower lost their faith, thus weakening Cyric. In addition, Cyric's nightmare was freed from Dendar the Night Serpent, and the dream found Cyric, causing him to think that Kelemvor had somehow returned to life and to seek revenge. At that moment, Cyric lost his mind, crushed his sword, which freed Kelemvor, and made his nightmare come true. The two fought and Cyric's fear, indecision, and madness caused his defeat, and Kelemvor overthrows Cyric's rule in the City of the Dead. By the wish of all dead spirits and Denizens in the Gray Wastes (some say by Ao's will also), Kelemvor became the new God of Death. Mask also emerged from the sword. Begging for forgiveness as Cyric attempted to salvage what he could of the situation, Mask followed his new master out of the castle. »

  • 1369 DR [Year of the Gauntlet]
  • Mirtul The armies set upon Zhentil Keep by Cyric finally abandon their attack.

    Lord Orgauth rallies the troops that remain and assumes control of the Keep with no opposition. »

  • Fzoul Chembryl is temporarily possessed by Xvim, who sets Fzoul on the path to rule Xvim's church. Fzoul allies with the High Blade of Mulmaster in exchange for the whereabouts of the two Imperceptors of Bane in his city.

    Khelben and Fzoul meet secretly in Voonlar, where Khelben provides Fzoul with information about Lord Orgauth (that he is in fact the pit fiend Abarax) and the Scepter of the Sorcerer Kings, and Fzoul vows to limit the Xvimlar's eastward expansion for 10,000 days.

    Fzoul and the beholder Manxam assault their rivals in Mulmaster. The High Imperceptor of Cyric is killed along with a number of faithful, and the long-hidden High Imperceptor of Bane is captured and brought back to the Keep for torture. »

  • 1370 DR [Year of the Tankard]
  • The Tower of Swift Death, a temple of Bhaal just outside of Tyranturos in Thay, officially switches to the worship of Cyric. »

  • The ogre mages Sothillis and Cyrvisnea emerge from the Small Teeth with their army of goblins, kobolds, ogres, and hill giants (which they had been preparing over the past 14 years). They attack eastern Amn. After sacking Fort Ishla, the army of monsters attack Esmeltaran with complete surprise and quickly conquer the city. While the ogre mages did not find the Armory of Nedeheim under the castle of Dahaundar, they did find royal records dating back to Imnel's regime suggesting that the armory had been moved to the city of Murann after the Horned Mage's attack.

    The ogre mages then split their forces. Cyrvisnea led a host of goblins and kobolds west to Imnescar, where they and Cyricists of the Twin Towers of the Eclipse together sack the town. In Imnescar, Cyrvisnea searches the old armory hidden beneath the town, confirming that Prince Imnel had indeed looted it of its weapons centuries before. After leaving a garrison in Esmeltaran to occupy Amn's army, Sothillis leds the remainder of his forces southwest through Trademeet to the port city of Murann, where the monsters laid siege on Eleasias 22, 1370 DR aided by a naval blockade by the pirates of the Nelanther (who were contracted by the Rundeen).

    The siege grounds to a halt over the winter while the monsters fortified their rear flank against attack by Amn's army. »

  • 1371 DR [Year of the Unstrung Harp]
  • Midsummer Murann is captured by the ogre mage Sothillis and his army with the aid of clerics of Cyric from the Tower of the Eternal Eclipse. The humanoids seize Murann's gold-laden ships, trapped within the harbor by the pirates, and claims the city for their own as the capital to the new Sothillisian Empire.

    Sothillis wisely leaves the city's alchemists' guild intact, forcing its members to create alchemical items and potions for the armies.

    The Armory of Nedeheim is nowhere to be found in the city, but the ogre mages are uncertain whether they were deceived as to its true location or if someone plundered the armory before their conquest of the city. »

  • Winter Solstice Galaeron Nihmedu leads his patrol into an ancient crypt housing seven Aryvandaaran nobles. The patrol tracked down a band of humans and followed them through a dwarven tunnel to where they were using a beholder to carve a path to the Sharn Wall. The humans were trying to locate Melegaunt Tanthul, one of the 12 Princes from the ancient Netherese city of Shade. The elves had a small skirmish with the crypt-breakers, and then Melegaunt himself appeared. Galaeron’s and Melegaunt’s magical bolts collided, creating an explosion that punctured a hole in the Sharn Wall (due to the collision of weave and shadow weave magic), and thus freeing the phaerimm. The phaerimm begin a siege of the elven city of Evereska.

    The leader of the human band, Vala Thorsdotter, was loyal to Melegaunt through a debt made by her great grandfather, Bodvar. As more phaerimm escaped through the breach, they began gathering armies of bugbears, illithids, and beholders. Melegaunt, Vala, and Galaeron goes on a journey to stop the phaerimm, Melegaunt leading the way but not telling them where they were going. On their journey, they are eventually accompanied by a little man named Malik el Sami yn Nasser (actually the Seraph of Lies, the highest honor bestowed by Cyric) and Aris, a stone giant priest whom Galaeron rescued from beholders serving the phaerimm. Along the way, Melegaunt took advantage of Galaeron’s sorcery skills to teach him how to use the Shadow Weave. »