• 1158 DR [Year of the Blood Tusk Charge]
  • The Flame of the Spirit is seen by Fargoth Labbard, a rooftop sneak-thief in Elturel in the hands of a Tymoran adventurer whom Fargoth promptly robbed. His booty burns Fargoth badly when he tries to examine it in his rooftop hideaway. His arms fell into ashes as he collapses. Another thief who robbed him dies in agony.

    The Flame bounces away form the burning body when it crashes to the cobbles of an Elturian street and is scooped up by a servant of the local mage Helgarth, who wraps it in his cloak. Helgarth examines the gem carefully, and when he is sure that its magic would not aid him, he placed it in an open chest, as a decoy for thieves, inside the window of his tower that always stood open to admit his flying gargoyle servants.

    Over the next three decades, the Flame slays 10 thieves, and sorely wounded at least three others. »

  • 1212 DR [Year of Ocean's Wrath]
  • Unchartered adventurers explore the Fields of the Dead north of Elturel found a tomb beneath the Hill of the Headless Dancer. They speculated that the dancing zombie for whom the hill was named was Falaera, animated by whoever had populated the tomb with guardian undead. The Flame of the Spirit is set into a door, its base protruding to form the door handle (so as to burn all non-Tymorans who try to open the door). The door led only to a string of traps, but the rest of the tomb, hidden beyond a concealed door, is furnished as the abode of a wizard - an absent wizard who presumably had met with misfortune while away from home, and would never return. The adventurers took the Flame away in a coffer and sold it to a gem merchant in Iriaebor, not bothering to warn him of its properties. He disappears within a tenday. »

  • 1264 DR [Year of the Shattered Alter]
  • The Helm of Helm (an artifact of Helm) rises out of a battlefield bog, presenting itself to the Helmite cleric Garshond in the defense of Iriaebor against a hobgoblin-led army of mixed orcs and goblins. Some clergy then and now believe that Helm took it from the bones of an older, forgotten champion of his faith, one whose bones lay under the waters of that bog.

    Garshond takes the Helm back to The Watchtower of the Vigilant, his fledgling temple-keep in Harkstag (a long-vanished village that stood northeast of Serpent's Cowl, in what is now scrub woodland. Then, as now, the area is infested with lurking yuan-ti). There he calls a council to which he invites the most law-abiding, old money families of Waterdeep, Iriaebor, and Scornubel. Most send their nearest merchant agents, but a few send younger sons, and to them all Garshond preached the common benefits of well-guarded roads and an elite, disciplined band of guardian knights.

    The Council of Helm is a great success, and establishes Garshond as the most important Helmite priest of his day. Some of the nobles stayed to join the envisaged Vigilant Riders, and others send senior agents with money to sponsor the band and so formalize its obligations to the merchants using the area. The Riders undertake to patrol the roads linking Waterdeep, Baldur's Gate, Elturel, Scornubel, Iriaebor, and the smaller towns and villages between. This does not please the brigands and goblinkin in the area, whose depredations had made the lightly populated lands between Amn, the Sea of Fallen Stars, and Waterdeep the most dangerous for travelers in all Faerun. »

  • 1281 DR [Year of the Cold Soul]
  • Members of a Malarite beast-cult conduct a "Wild Hunt" through the streets of Elturel by night, chasing the monsters they had collected, caged, and then released together.

    The Malarites slay the monsters, passers by, and Officers of the city Watch indiscriminately, and so are in turn hunted down in retribution on the following day. Magic is used on captured and slain cult members to learn the location of the hidden under-cellar Temple of the Beast - cleaning it out becomes a pitched battle that lasts several days. This struggle ends when authorities reach the alter, only to see the high priest whisk away using a blood teleport magic powered by the life-forces of his sacrificed victums. He had the Book of Fangs and Talons. »

  • 1476 DR [Year of the Fifth Circle]
  • All the paladins manning Fort Morninglord, west of Elturel, disappears one night in mysterious circumstances that leaves every stone of the keep blackened and every window and door fused. Later, the High Observer of Torm forbids entrance to the keep. »