• 1374 DR [Year of Lightning Storms]
  • Tarsakh 29 Word spreads through the Caravan Cities that the Merchant's League is sponsoring a large caravan that will ferry steel weapons and armor from Baldur's Gate to Hillsfar. The size and nature of the caravan, coupled with widespread rumormongering, make it clear that the caravan is meant as a deliberate provocation to the Iron Throne. »

  • Tarsakh 30 Agents of the Merchant's League are assassinated nigh simultaneously in Scournubel, Irieabor, and Arabel by assassins in the employ of the Iron Throne. »

  • Kythorn 24 Agents of the Iron Throne attack the Merchant's League warehouse in Arabel but are soundly defeated. »

  • Kythorn 25 In Arabel, Dabron Sashenstar publicly proclaims, "In the name of the Merchant's League and House Sashenstar, I declare that the Iron Throne is sundered". He also rejects the Zhentarim bid for control of the weapons trade, saying, "I'll grant that the scepter and the fist are instruments of tyranny, but the keen edge of a sharp blade is as much an instrument of freedom as it is the heavy boot of tyranny". Given the ongoing hostilities beneath the boughs of Cormanthor, Dabron decides to take advantage of the unexpected situation and sell his wares in Arabel. The master of House Sashenstar begins entertaining bids from quartermasters working on behalf of the armies of Hillsfar, Sembia, Zhentil Keep, and Seiveril's Crusade. »