• 683 DR [Year of the Tainted Troll]
  • The young but already learned mage Nezras arrives in Myth Drannor where he joins the Six Tyryl Towers to learn more of magic. The grand-nephew of Nezram the World-Walker, Nezras seeks knowledge that will restore his uncle's Unique Mageries tome to his keeping. »

  • 686 DR [Year of the Unshriven]
  • Nezras the Scholar weds the elf wizardess Raejiisa Sicafei after both graduate from their studies at the Six Tyryl Towers. »

  • 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. »