• The Days of Thunder
  • -35000 DR to -30000 DR

    Merrouroboros circa -35,000 DR

    This earliest days of recorded history begins at the end of a great Ice Age, some 37,000 years ago, when the last glaciations largely ended and the great ocean receded to reveal dry land. In this ancient time before The Sundering, the lands which would one day be identified as Faerun, Kara-Tur, Maztica, and Zakhara were each but one part of a much larger super-continent named Merrouroboros.

    While life spread quickly, none of the dozen or so common races which populate the world today existed in this distant era. Merrouroboros knew none of the civilized folk - elves, dwarves, halflings, or gnomes. Nor did the savage peoples - goblins, orcs, ogres and their kin - inhabit the land. Though humans did exist during this time, they were primitive and apelike, using only simple tools and living in caves. Unintelligent reptiles known as Thunderers ruled the land, sea, and sky. By the end of the first millennium post Ice Age, primitive bands of hunter-gatherer lizardfolk lived along the fertile waters of the Goldenwater in modern-day Durpar, exploiting game, lake-fish, and wild plants of all kinds. Unlike the Thunderers, the sauroids possessed superior intellect and tactical sense. In time they would become known as the sarrukh, the first of the mighty creator races, also known as Iqua-Tel'Quessir. »

  • -3649 DR
  • The Netherese begin to enslave the rock gnomes living in the hills nearby. »

  • c. -3520 DR
  • The elves of the North begin helping gnomes slaves escape from the Netherese captors and move south and east across Faerun. »

  • -3520 DR
  • The elves of the North begin helping gnome slaves escape from their Netherese captors and move south and east across Faerun. »

  • -3150 DR
  • The Trail of Mists is established to speed the escape of gnome slaves from Netheril. »

  • -3149 DR
  • Because of the large influx of gnome refugees into the area, the secret gnome kingdom of Songfarla is officially founded in the Sunrise Mountains separating the Hordelands from the Faerun. »

  • -3095 DR
  • The Fair Folk of Cormanthyr steal one set of the nether scrolls and hide it away in the depths of Windsong Tower. One the thieves, a gnome elf-friend named Rilmohx Sha'Quessir, steals a glance at one of the nether scrolls and is rewarded with a deep understanding of how to cast illusion spells. This knowledge spreads quickly through the gnome community. »

  • -2586 DR
  • The small fishing village of Xanth is established. It is a collection of xenophobes who lived in fear of nonhuman cultures, especially those of the dwarves, elves, gnomes, and halflings. »

  • -2387 DR
  • Netheril releases all its gnome slaves. »

  • -690 DR [Year of Fragile Beginnings]
  • Blingdenstone, a deep gnome community, is founded in the North Underdark by svirfneblin fleeing phaerimm expansion. The deep gnomes establish their settlement despite its close proximity to Menzoberranzan, lured by the rich veins of arandur (a metal that holds its sharpness particularly well), iron and rubies. »

  • -555 DR [Year of Furtive Magics]
  • The gnomes of Songfarla come under attack from the demon armies of Narfell. The gnomes repel the first assaults and then veil their city with powerful illusions, preventing further attacks and hiding them from the rest of Faerun. »

  • -496 DR [Year of Hidden Ways]
  • After slowly dwindling for millennia, the population of Songfarla begins to sell with the arrival of four deep gnome clans - the Covarrkar, the Fungusfoot, the Glasszhorm, and the Longstepper clans. »

  • -375 DR [Year of Clutching Dusk]
  • The city of Myth Dyraalis is founded in the present-day Forest of Mir as a safe haven for elves and gnomes fleeing from their enemies. Myth Dyraalis is known to have a true mythal. »

  • 232 DR [Year of the Leaping Centaur]
  • Several rock gnome and deep gnome clans build the underground city of Dolblunde under the leadership of Olbrent Handstone. »

  • 292 DR [Year of Frostfires]
  • Gnomes walk the sylvan glades of Myth Drannor for the first time since escaped gnome slaves passed through Cormanthor in Netheril's time. »

  • 523 DR [Year of Trials Arcane]
  • Realm of Three Crowns
    The raising power of orc hordes in the North leads to the calling of the Council of Axe and Arrow. There, the humans of Delimbiyran, the dwarves of Dardath, the elves of Ardeep Forest, the gnomes of Dolblunde, and displaced halflings from Meiritin collectively found the Tri-Crowned Kingdom of Phalorm. The aging Ulbaerag rejects an invitation to join the Realm of Three Crowns. »

  • 616 DR [Year of the Ensorceled Kings]
  • Delimbiyran, the human kingdom of Phalorm, claims all the lands of that realm and establishes a new alliance with gnome and halflings of the area. The new realm is called the Kingdom of Man. »

  • 682 DR [Year of the Howling]
  • The Masked and Mentor Wintercloak efectively disband the "Seven Wizards" by leaving Myth Drannor with their last four students, all gnomes. Their departure, when one of Mentor's properties (an old stone tower) abruptly uprooted itself and flew up into the sky, heading north by northwest, was surprisingly open. The Incanistaeum now lies solely in the hands of Sakaala of the Seven Rings. »

  • 698 DR [Year of the Voracious Vole]
  • The gnome city of Dolblunde is finally abandoned after a bloody assault by priests and followers of Urdlen. »

  • 713 DR [Year of the Firedrake]
  • Marpenoth 9 The Tomb Wars of Trohiilaern (Weeping War: Campaign #7)
    A.K.A.: The Battle of Running Rocks, the Rout of the Griffonwing, the Trenches at Trohiilaern, "Dying among the Dead", the War of Artifacts-Lost, the Seven Rings Raid, the Sundering of the Ruby Rod
    The Fourth Legion finally received reinforcements of both cavalry and Akh'Faer magic, and Artair Tromostar overruled the petty arykerym and took command of the remnants of the Fourth Legion. In fact, rather than face court-martial proceedings after the war, the craven Iolas Eyriendor fled Cormanthor with the arrival of the reinforcements, never to return to the forest or the War (and his fate remians unknown even today). Still, despite some masterful strategies and a final coalescing of the allied forces, the Army of Darkness had taken the measure of the troops and knew just where to hit them. Of course, they'd also found the time to unearth the Tombs of Trohiilaern, plunder the magical treasures, and learn how best to use them in the month before this final battle. While casualties were far lower than they might have been, the gnomish Councilor and a number of other, far more competent officers fell during the four-day assault among the opened and desecrated tombs.

    This even lasts until Marpenoth 12, 713 DR.

    Deaths in this battle include:
    Faernaa Artair Tromostar (Akh'Faern illusionist officer and gnome Councilor), Faernil Wyqhael Maerdrym (3rd of the House, lesser Akh'Faern officer). »

  • 714 DR [Year of Doom]
  • Kythorn 21 Templestars' Fall (Weeping War: Campaign #12)
    A.K.A.:Battle at Temples, Sheshyrinnam's Dusk
    The Battle of Templestars' Fall was a disastrous loss of both troops and territory, as nearly all of Sheshyrrinam lay in ruins after the battle. Still, a few hundred elves and other residents were able to flee the city safely thanks to the sacrifice of the dwarf Vuth Hykoshold and the gnome Oalm Glamourgold, who collapsed their temples to Moradin and Garl Glittergold rather than see the holy sites desecreated by the Army of Darkness. The Army's disorganized charge was broken by the temples' falling upon the heart of the invading orc swarm, and the trapped elf defenders of Sheshyrinnam suddenly had a break in the attack. Using the wall of rubble and dead orcs as cover, they scrambled to safety and managed to rejoin the Allies or fled the city entirely.

    Major deaths of this battle include the following:
    High Hammer Vuth Hykoshold (dwarf high priest of Moradin), Oalm Glamourgold (gnome high priest of Garl Glittergold); major Qkaarlesal and Qkaarlesal's March. »