• 324 DR [Year of Freedom's Friends]
  • The Harpers at Twilight are formed in secret deep in the Elven Court woods by Dathlue Mistwinter, the Lady Steel, whose family crest (a silver harp between the horns of a cresent moon, encircled by stars on a black field) becomes the badge of the Harpers. Among the early members were elf, human, and half-elf warriors, rangers, druids, thieves, and mages, including Ruehar Oakstaff, Ioelena Audark, Lyari Pholont "the Shadesilk", and Elminster. »

  • 386 DR [Year of Dawn Moons]
  • Arun Maerdrym, called the Half-Elven among the nobles, joins the Harpers in Twilight. »

  • 414 DR [Year of Omen Stars]
  • Highharvestide Arielimnda, a human ranger, fellow Harper, and wife of Arun Maerdrym, delivers a human son on Highharvestide. Since he is a human, the boy is not allowed to bear the Maerdrym name. Arun follows an ancient elf custom and does not name the boy, allowing him the freedom to earn a name (and perhaps a place in the clan) later. »

  • 449 DR [Year of Killing Ice]
  • The son of Arun finishes his tutelage under Mentor Wintercloak and leaves Myth Drannor to learn of the world and teach it the ways and magics of the City of Song. Secretly, he also plans on proving his worth to his father's clan and becoming one of the first Harpers outside Cormanthyr and the eastern lands. He takes the only name he has been called of which he is proud; Arun's Son. He vows to claim his place among the Maerdrym once he has earned a new name. »

  • 712 DR [Year of the Lost Lance]
  • Hammer 25 Twilight's Falling (Weeping War: Campaign #2)
    A.K.A.: "The Harp Falls Still"; Lady Steel's Last Clash; The Last Scepter War (by schoolars of Hlondath and Neteril); The Two Marches' Terror; "Six Survived under Each Star of Seven"
    Little conclusive information is available on this battle outside of hidden lore kept secret among the modern Harpers. Like many of the activities of the Harpers at Twilight, their victories went unlauded, their losses unmourned. This was the first of two public battles that recorded the Harpers and their good deeds for posterity, though both are tinged with great tragedy. It is believed that the impetus of this battle sprang from the lich Laummas' search for elf magic (a quest that was embraced by Malimshaer and his mezzoloths later).

    While the forces of darkness collected two marches of gnolls and flinds from the Army of Darkness under their new ally the lich (and newly made Major) Laummas, the Harpers at Twilight and some remnants of the slyvan tribes decimated by the Army's advance numbered only a total of a few hundred. For four days, the vastly outnumbered forces held their ground against the Army using their magic and woodcraft, keeping pitched battles limited to skirmishes among small groups (though the Harpers were almost always outnumbered five or more to one). While they almost always won, the Army's victories were not decisive and the Harpers well hidden.

    Much of the Harpers' strategies fell to small groups of spies infiltrating the Army's camp to sabotage supplies and cause disarray among temperamental gnolls and flinds. When Laummas or his traitor-associate Nezras were on the field, the Harpers' magic proved the lesser, and often their own dead would be animated against them. At dusk of the fourth day of battle, Laummas fell before the furious swordplay and spellcraft of Lady Dathlue Mistwinter, the Lady Steel and the Harpers' leader. Emboldened by the death of Laummas, Lady Steel pressed on despite her fatigue and reduced spells and meeting her death soon after from Nezras' spells and her drawing-and-quartering by the animated remains of her own Harper troops. At least in death, her pre-set spells claimed the lives of more than three parties of gnolls. Enraged by Lady Steel's death, the last 90 Harpers forged a charge that cost the enemy over 500 more troops. Unfortunately, rage is a motivator, not a strategic plan. The charge left the final Harpers trapped in the midst of three full squadrons of bloodthirsty gnolls.

    The Harpers battled on, accepting their deaths heroically and united in a strong battle song that sustained them while half of their number fell. Only the chance appearance of a woman spellcaster, upon the low hillock known as Jalmyra's Mound, saved even a few of the overwhelmed Harpers toward the dawn of the fifth day. While she apparently spoke only once when not casting spells of awe-inspiring destruction and power, the wild-haired woman bid the 42 survivors "Flee, lest the Harp be stilled before its tune is done. Seek out those Chosen of Seven Stars, and they shall guide you. I shall hold guard, now and always." Harpers and many bards have since taken to calling her "Darkeyes", Jalmyra's Mage", "the Harper-Mage", Lady Star", or "The Savior of the Harp". Some priests of Mystra insist this was a manifestation or avatar of Mystra, perhaps even her mysterious alias as Myrjala Darkeyes, though no being alive today can confirm this theory. In fact, of the few accounts heard, elves saw an elf save them, while humans saw a human female, thus adding to the confusion about her identity. Regardless of her true identity, her spells (some said to be on par with those of the High Mages) destroyed more than half the remaining forces of darkness and sent them into panicked retreat.

    This event lasts until Hammer 29, 712.

    Other deaths include Ruehar Oakstaff and Major Tlaak (a flind chieftain). »

  • 714 DR [Year of Doom]
  • Kythorn 23 Fallen Flight (Weeping War: Campaign #12)
    A.K.A.: Overmantle's Bane, Final Fate of Nezras
    This disheartening battle is notable for the corruption and loss of the primary power of the mythal: the elven overmantle that allowed them basic defenses and flight! While the early parts of the battle showed tactical advantages for the elves in troop placement and battle magics, the unexpected loss of mobility and flight by the elves led to a rout, especially after the initial loss saw many elves plummet from the sky directly onto mezzoloth-held spears. The only heartening note of the battle was the death of Nezras the Traitor at the hands of the Akh'Faern mage Juppar, a young moon elf whose unrequited passion for Captain Iliathorr lent him the rage and fervor to destroy a whole party of orcs to reach Nezras and engolf him in no fewer than three fireballs, leaving nothing but smoking bones as testament of his passing.

    SECRET: Nezras used some lost magic to exchange places with another traitor human mage before dying from Juppar's spell strikes, and his fate is unknown; No word ever reached Cormanthyr that he survived, since he has slain every elf he has met since this time. However, three centuries after the Fall, some Harpers discover that he survives as a lich and has various lairs about Faerun, including one in the mountains north of the Vilhon Reach. The strangest, unconfirmed rumor about Nezras was that the wild magic of the Time of Troubles restored his youth and life, and he is now an ancient mage in a youth's body.
    Among the deaths of this battle include the Spell-Captain Phyrra Iliathorr, Nezras the Traitor. »

  • 720 DR [Year of the Dawn Rose]
  • The Refounding of the Harpers
    The Gathering of the Gods at the Dancing Place signals the refounding of the Harpers at the request of some elves from the Elven Court. In attendance are all 15 of the Harpers at Twilight who survived the previous decade, including Lady Alais Dree, Elminster Aumar, Khelben Arunson (once the Nameless Chosen), and Meil "Darkhunter" Araein. »

  • 886 DR [Year of the Fell Firebreak]
  • Harpers place wards around Hellgate Keep to prevent demons from using their gate abilities. »

  • 890 DR [Year of the Burning Tree]
  • The demons beneath Hellgate Keep begin tunneling to bypass the Harper's wards. »

  • 916 DR [Year of the Sinhala]
  • The Harpers arrange an ambush of Sammaster and his Cult of the Dragon entourage as they travel to visit two green dragons just outside the tiny village of Hap in Battledale. Despite their efforts, Sammaster and his followers proved too powerful, until an avatar of Lathander appears and seemingly obliterates Sammaster. »

  • 992 DR [Year of the Watching Helm]
  • Seeing a need for accurate recordkeeping and heraldic arbitration to "anchor" civilization and maintain clear communication, the Harpers found the Heralds of Faerun. The Harpers fight against rulers and brigands who falsely use the blazons of others to blame them for ill deeds, but the maintenance of lineages and rolls of blazonry (primarily for purposes of settling inheritances) is conducted by the Heralds, who become increasingly widespread and influential because their closely-gaurded impartiality wins trust across the Realms. »

  • 1021 DR [Year of the Howling Axe]
  • Thay strikes out against the Harpers as Bhaalian liches walk openly in the Heartlands. As a result, the Harpers go underground. »

  • 1022 DR [Year of the Wandering Wyvern]
  • Refounding of the Harpers. »

  • 1043 DR [Year of the Dark Rider]
  • Bowgentle begins to learn magic at the feet of Quintas Uhlawm the Kind, an enchanter and Harper. »

  • 1065 DR [Year of the Watching Wood]
  • Harpers in the North find the lair of the dracolich Alglaudyx and manage to destroy the undead creature, seizing its rich hoard for Harper coffers. With this newfound wealth, the Harpers invest in valuable properties and businesses in cities up and down the Sword Coast. »

  • 1090 DR [Year of Slaughter]
  • Followers of Malar led by the fanatical priest Belegoss Wolfwynd mount the Great Hunt. The Hunt permanently smashes the power of the southern Dragonreach cities. The Great Hunt kills Lunaven Moonstar and desecrates Selune's Waterdeep shrine.

    Elminster sets the Harpers to slaying every member of the Hunt aided by the enraged Selunites.

    Construction begins on the first true temple of Selune in Waterdeep. »

  • 1092 DR [Year of the Aimless Mystic]
  • The last members of the Great Hunt (followers of Malar) are slain. Belegoss Wolfwynd is killed by Harpers. »

  • 1100 DR [Year of the Bloodrose]
  • Searching for a way to immortalize his songs, Finder Wyvernspur dabbles in magic that brings about the deaths of two of his apprentices. A tribunal of Harper judges decree that Finder's music and name are to be forgotten. He is exiled to a solitary existence on another plane for almost 300 years. »

  • 1116 DR [Year of the Empty Scabbard]
  • The Heralds of Faerun break from the Harpers. »

  • 1128 DR [Year of the Peryton]
  • The Magelords of Mintarn rebuild their city after the attack by Iryklathagra during the last rage of dragons and plot their revenge against the dragon also known as Sharpfangs. Although their magical divinations finally revealed the site of the blue dragon's lair, plans by the magelords to destroy Iryklathagra were forstalled by their own defeat at the hands of the Harpers. In the chaos that ensued in Mintarn, the lore regarding Sharpfangs that had been gathered by the magelords fell into the hands of the Skeletal Finger thieves guild, a band of rogues active throughout the South. »

  • 1141 DR [Year of Eyes]
  • Strife, the sixth High Imperceptor of Bane is killed by Harpers. »