• 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. »

  • c. -6000 DR
  • Humans return from the Lluirwood Forest, which stretches from the River Ammath in the west to the River Gundar in the east, and from the Toadsquat Mountains all the way to the shore of the Luirenstrand. They report three distinct tribes of hin living in that region. »

  • -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. »

  • -1715 DR
  • Tzindylspar, the City of Rubies, is founded by the dwarves of Delzoun and some Netherese emigrants. Within a few years, a portal connects this gem-rich city with Calimshan of the Cajaan dynasty. Rubies from Tzindylspar quickly become the rage among the Calishite nobility, but few Southerners are willing to visit the frigid northern city. Most houses dispatch halfling trade representatives to manage their affairs. »

  • -1561 DR
  • Death of General Matick of Netheril.
    Mathick was a ruthless man with a violent streak as long as a dragon's tail. He joined the ranks of Seventon's army and began a rapid climb to the top (sometimes through the attrition of his superiors). During his life he thwarted over 30 minor goblin assaults, and his successes were legendary even during his own life. The ratio of Netherese losses in relation to enemy kills were the lowest of any general in the nation's history.

    Matick was believed to have slaughtered over 25,000 orcs, 35,000 goblins, 2,000 trolls, and about 5,000 halflins and elves (whom he hated feverishly). The general was also said to have been responsible for the creation of three spells that eventually become armor, magic missile, and shield, but sages believe he actually had these spells commissioned. »

  • -102 DR [Year of the Spiked Gauntlet]
  • Desva, a cleric of Malar, attains a position of power among the ghostwise hins of Luiren and begins leading them into darkness and evil. »

  • -68 DR [Year of Discordant Destinies]
  • The Hin Ghostwars
    In response to the evil acts of Desva (in Luiren) and the ghostwise hins, Chand, a strongheart hunter, becomes warchief of the Strongheart Tribes. The Strongheart and Lightfoot Tribes unite against the Ghostwise Tribe and begin exterminating its members. »

  • -65 DR [Year of Monstrous Appetites]
  • Warchief Chand of the Strongheart Tribe slays Desva the cleric of Malar of the Ghostwise Tribe in battle. Almost all the ghostwise hin are either slain or driven out of the Lluirwood, and the Hin Ghostwars at last draw to a close in Luiren. »

  • 148 DR [Year of the Blue Ice]
  • Merrow from the Mortik Swamp attack Chethel of Luiren. Half the town is destroyed before the hin drive back. »

  • 227 DR [Year of the Raised Banner]
  • The halfling (hin) realm of Meiritin is founded north of the Tejarn Hills, along the eastern shores of what is now known as Lake Esmel in Amn, by three halfling clans from the Purple Hills in Tethyr, led by Rildoar Amethystall. »

  • 284 DR [Year of Fallen Flagons]
  • A great hin migration (hundreds strong) arrives at Myth Drannor from Meiritin and Tethyr via the first magical gates set up to bring people to the city. »

  • 286 DR [Year of the Jolly Mongrels]
  • The hin immigrants to Myth Drannor open taverns to all races, thereby causing all elf-run taverns, inns, and halls to lessen their strictures on patrons over the next several years. »

  • 346 DR [Year of Blushing Stars]
  • Arms-Major Pirphal of Cormanthyr commissions the first three Baneblades for each of his new lieutenants (a hafling, a dwarf, and a human). »

  • 450 DR [Year of the Corrie Fist]
  • Batle of Three Stumps
    Ogres savaging the Lluirwood are defeated by an army of hin from Lluiren at the Battle of the Three Stumps. »

  • 472 DR [Year of Full Cellars]
  • A bountiful harvest year across Fearun. Halflings of Myth Drannor claim this year's ales were hearty enough to warrant a visit form their god Arvoreen in the warrens of Brewer's Haven. »

  • 503 DR [Year of the Galloping Gorgon]
  • Seven hin scouts of the Akh'Velahr destroy a large encampment of Moander's faithful near the ruins of his temple and his entombed remains. This septet becomes the Heroes of Myth Drannor, their deeds celebrated for much of the winter among their kin. Two of these seven also become the first halfling soldiers of Myth Drannor at the bidding of Coronal Eltargrim. »

  • 514 DR [Year of the Elk]
  • The aged Bellabar Huntinghorn leads many halflings of Meiritin to escape persecution at the hands of the Duke of Cortryn, ruler of the lands east of Amn. The refugees join others of their race on the banks of the Delimbiyr River near present-day Secomber. »

  • 516 DR [Year of the Haunting Hawk]
  • Halflings from Delimbiyr Vale and humans from Delimbiyran establish Secomber on the ruins of Hastarl, the fallen capital of Athalantar. »

  • 519 DR [Year of the Phoenix]
  • Sammkol Thistlestar, one of the halfling soldiers of Myth Drannor, is assassinated by bigoted elves of House Selorn, who implicate and slay a visiting human necromancer from Cormyr to cover their misdeeds. »

  • 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. »

  • 546 DR [Year of the Rusted Sabre]
  • Luiren is invaded by Arkaiun barbarians from Dambrath. The majority of the halfling population is enslaved, but some individuals go into hiding. »