• -24000 DR
  • The Sundering

    Faerun, circa -24,000 DR

    Hundreds of High Mages assemble in the heartland of Faerun at the tower of the Gathering Place to create the new elven home of Evermeet. Ignoring the lesson learned from the destruction of Tintageer centuries earlier, they cast a spell of elven High Magic designed to create a glorious elf homeland. On the Day of Birthing, the magic reaches its apex as the spell extends both back and forward in the mists of time. Merrourboros, the one land, is sundered apart by the unbridled force of the Sundering. As a result, hundreds of cities are washed away, thousands of elves lie dead, and the face of Toril is changed forever. The name Faerun, no longer the One Land, is given to the largest continent. Surrounded by vast expanses of water, the island of Evermeet, thought to be a piece of Arvandor and a bridge between worlds breaks the surface of the Tracklass Sea. Blessed by the goddess Angharradh, verdant forests and wildlife soon flourish across the island. Corellon Larethian wards Evermeet against Lolth, Malar, and the other powers of the anti-Seldarine and entrusts a unique seed to the Fair Folk of the isle. The seed soon sprouts, growing into a miniature tree known as the Tree of Souls. Over time, the souls of ancient elves who choose to stay on Toril, rather than pass on to Arvandor, merge into the Tree of Souls, slowly augmenting its power. Prophecies reveal that the Tree of Souls will someday be planted on Faerun when the Fair Folk finally return to the mainland after a period of exile on the Green Isle.

    This event is noted as occurring in -17600 DR by some documents. »

  • -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. »

  • -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. »

  • 467 DR [Year of Four Winds]
  • A hill giant dire wereape named Dermos the Proud emerges from the wilderness into Dambrath, claiming to be a manifestation of Malar. Dermos develops a fanatical following and orders the slaughter of all Arkaiuns who oppose him. »

  • 469 DR [Year of the Dusty Library]
  • Dermos the Proud (a hill giant wereape who claims to be a manifestation of Malar) and all the members of his beast cult are slain at the Ambush of Blackrock Ridge by the Arkaiuns of Dambrath. »

  • 937 DR [Year of the Turning Wheel]
  • The Slow Serpent adventuring band finds the Book of Fangs and Talons (an artifact of the god Malar) atop Berun's Hill, laid out flat and held that way by stones. Burnt candles adorned the stones and a circle of blood surrounded the book. Besides this, splashes of gore stoodas mute witness to the various beasts that were sacrificed. Strangely, nothing was left of them but a single paw or claw from each, arranged around the outside of the circle and pointing inward, at the book.
    The Slow Serpents took their find to a learned, local priest of Silvanus, who was baffled. Though he and his kind had no love for the followers of Malar, he was familiar with the general intent and form of their religious services, which involved hunts and beast wrestling with feats upon the fallen. Nothing in his experience, however, was as bloodthirsty or wide-ranging in terms of numbers and types of beasts slain at a single observance as this.
    The priest of Silvanus considered the book at least 20 years old (probably more) and that he entertained three possibilities about the ritual.

    1. It could be the work of a schism cult of Malar
    2. Followers of another deity (perhaps Bhaal) who were trying to use the Malarite book as part of their own observation
    3. It is the work of orthodox Malarites experimenting or attempting a rare, grand ritual - such as constructing a new monster to the glory of Malar or as a body to serve Malar as an avatar.

    Three nights after the priest of Silvanus took possession of the tome, over 40 Malarites wearing beast masks and with bone claws strapped to their hands descended on his hermitage and tore him and his home apart, carrying off the book with them.
    The Malarites scattered across the North. It is known that the book was Triboar not long afterwards. »

  • 960 DR [Year of the Mageling]
  • Rumors spread in Secomber of the Book of Fangs and Talons (a holy book to the god Malar).

    The secretive Malarite cult takes the tome to the Daggerford area (as reported by warrior-priests of Chauntea [in the brief time when such a form of worship was popular among the followers of the Earthmother] who scoured the Secomber area and the Delimbiyr valley upstream for many miles and found no trace of Malarites). »

  • 977 DR
  • A similar ring of blood and severed claws is found just south of Daggerford, but the Book of Fangs and Talons is not found. »

  • 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. »

  • 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. »

  • 1296 DR [Year of the Black Hound]
  • Adventurers stumble upon a hidden temple in the settlement of Easting, where they find the Book of Fangs and Talons. They attempt to carry the book away with them, but are set upon by beasts summoned by the furious priests who encountered them. The carrier of the book is dragged away and devoured in the battle. When the adventurers returned with hired mercenaries to avenge their comrade, the temple is empty and abandoned. »

  • 1298 DR [Year of the Pointed Bone]
  • The Book of Fangs and Talons appears in Elversult where Malarites hold an open conclave to plan their dispositions in the lands north of Amn, east of Iriaebor, and west of Vaasa. The book is featured as a holy object in many rituals during the long tenday gathering. It is known to have been taken north by a certain Onglukh Neirim, who styled himself the "Holy Stalker of Malar". Onglukh set about breeding great cats and other rare, large predators in secret near the Border Forest, feeding them on orcs, flinds, and ogres (whose decline in the area dates from this time). »

  • 1313 DR [Year of the Shattered Oak]
  • Dhusarra yr Fadila el Abhuk claims the title of Huntmistress in Wyllowwood, Undermountain. She has served Malar for only two years. »

  • 1346 DR [Year of the Bloodbird]
  • The Book of Fangs and Talons (an artifact of Malar) is spotted being borne through forests by chanting Malarites. »

  • 1358 DR [Year of Shadows]
  • Roar of Shadows: Malar attempts to enter the confines of the Guthmere Forest to destroy the druids residing there but is battled by Nobanion and the druids of the Emerald Enclave. He is driven northwest towards the Sword Coast. »

  • 1359 DR [Year of the Serpent]
  • The Book of Fangs and Talons (an artifact of Malar) is spotted being borne through forests by chanting Malarites. »

  • 1367 DR [Year of the Shield]
  • Nightal After a unicorn is spotted by the road south of Waterdeep, arguments ensue between a priest of Mielikki and a priest of Lurue over which god is responsible for its appearance.

    A party of adventurers devoted to Lurue slay three bands of raiding orcs and a priest of Malar in celebration before a druid in Daggerford claims the unicorn is his friend who fell afoul of a warding spell and appeals to mages to dispel the effects.

    Some faithful still decry the druid as "old and crazy", leading to the continued debate. »

  • 1368 DR [Year of the Banner]
  • Vakennis slays her father, the Bloodmaster of the People of the Black Blood in Cormanthor and becomes the new Bloodmaster. »

  • 1369 DR [Year of the Gauntlet]
  • Loudwater is assailed by a Malarite-led lycanthrope army which is beaten back with much loss and the death of the Green Regent Galaer Grasswave. »

  • 1370 DR [Year of the Tankard]
  • An unwitting pawn of Malar releases the dread mohrg Borran Klosk from his long imprisonment beneath the Temple of the Trembling Flower in Alaghon. Borran Klosk summons to his aid an army of drowned ones from the Whamite Isles to sack Alaghon. Haarn Brightoak and the Emerald Enclave come to Alaghon's aid then as Klosk seeks to activate Taraketh's Hive, an artifact that would destory the ecology of Turmish for centuries.

    The Emerald Enclave seizes control of the Whamite Isles. »