• 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. -26000 DR
  • Othea, mother of giantkind, pursues a series of unsatisfying affairs with various powers such as Vaprak, father of the ogre race. »

  • -8210 DR
  • The non-gold elf clans of Ilodhar abandon that realm due to constant harassment by orcs and ogres. Several clans travel north to Rystall Wood, while others travel east to western Arcorar. »

  • -3389 DR
  • The dwarf realm of Haughdannar falls. The sea is thought to have driven the dwarves of Haunghdannar mad; the realm rapidly dwindled as ship after ship that put out did not return, except for small fishing boats that never left the sight of land. The land was overrun by bugbears, trolls, ogres and orcs. »

  • -2855 DR
  • Originally the 3,000-ogre community of Chanth, Canlespiere comes under Netherese control during a bloody battle. It seems that the ogres had no intention of departing the area so that the Netherese arcanist Miren could take control of the river town. Their refusal to move from the fertile lands prompted an armed response.

    The week-long purging of the ogres from Chanth soon stretched into an ongoing battle that lasted seven years as the Netherese forces sought out various strongholds of ogre resistance. This seven-year purge becomes known as the Ogres' Stand. While 3,000 ogres lost their lives, the creatures also claimed nearly 2,000 warriors and low-level arcanists in trade. »

  • -2324 DR
  • Noanar had settled in Canlespiere and had quickly developed into an outstanding arcanist who was consumed with the discovery of fire-related magic. He primarily tested his fire spells on the ogres in the surrounding area. His spells become staples in the retinue of powerful arcanists. He is given the title of Fire Warden by Ioulaum. »

  • -2300 DR
  • Noanar of Canlespiere is slain in a skirmish with the ogres of the area. They drag his body off with them. »

  • -2103 DR
  • A horde of orcs from the Spine of the World, led by giants and their ogre generals, crushes the human civilization of Illusk despite aid from Netherese arcanists led by Jeriah Chronos the Chronomancer. »

  • -2055 DR
  • The ogres of the region near Canlespiere (of the former ogre community of Chanth) tried to exact their revenge on the Netherese for their beating centuries earlier. The ogre chieftain Storm provided an effective strategy to dealing with the humans of Netheril: he attacks the farm.

    As the attacks intensified, Netheril once again committed vast numbers of troops to the area. »

  • -2053 DR
  • A group of hunters encounter the ogre leader Storm and are nearly slain to a man through the ogre's ingenious tactics and the fact that Storm could cast spells; he was a ogre mage. The two survivors reported what they had seen, and arcanists began mixing with hunting parties to combat magic with magic. »

  • -2049 DR
  • The arcanists from Canlespiere and the ogre mage leader Storm meet in a fiery confrontation of the northern shores of the Southfill River. There is a great deal of speculation as to whether Storm really died, but the ogres never returned to trouble Canlespiere. »

  • 447 DR [Year of the Awakening Treant]
  • Ogres swarm down from the Toadsquats and rampage through the northern section of the Lluirwood for several years. »

  • 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. »

  • 479 DR [Year of Forestsfrost]
  • Ogre Wars
    Prince Imnel Torlath and the armies of Amn clear the ogre-held passes through the Small Teeth, reopening trade between Murann and Crimmor. »

  • 661 DR [Year of the Bloody Tusk]
  • A charismatic ogre mage known only as the Horned Mage leads several small tribes of ogres from the Cload Peaks to join their kinfolk in the Small Teeth. There the Horned Mage raises an army that sacks the towns of Imnescar and Trademeet before the armies of Amn under the command of General Rashturl stops its advance. The Horned Mage vanishes, and his fate is never learned. »

  • 709 DR [Year of the Earnest Oaths]
  • The three freed nycoloths (Khov'Anilessa or Trio Nefarious, Aulmpiter, Malimshaer, and Gaulguth) slay their flind "summoner" and spend the next twenty nine months drawing together their forces amid the mountains and hills north of the Dragon Sea (including summoning servant yugoloths). In all, thier army consists of orcs, ogres, bugbears, hobgoblins, gnolls, flinds, trolls and an ever growing assortment of lesser yugoloths. »

  • 712 DR [Year of the Lost Lance]
  • Alturiak 17 The Northdark Skirmishes (Weeping War: Campaign #3)
    A.K.A.: The Icewars
    The Army of Darkness leisurely sent its troops on harassment maneuvers that allowed them to slowly wrap lines west and south along the mythal's perimeter. The eight days of battle occurred during great ice storms magically enhanced by the elves. Despite this advantage against the mezzoloth-led giants, ogres, and orcs of the Third Legion, the elves failed to consolidate their forces to their best advantages and lost the final battle (though most of the minor skirmishes among smaller units and allied advantages fell to the elves).

    This event last until Alturiak 24, 712. »

  • Alturiak 22 The Onslaught on the Weave (Weeping War: Campaign #3)
    A.K.A.: The Maligning of the Mythal

    While not specifically a battle, this event is significant in that history of the war as the first major incursion of infernal forces into the mythal surrounding the capital. Whether Aulmpiter planned the assault as such or not, the First and Third Legions collectively advanced along an arcing front that saw them all contact the mythal almost simultaneously. With that major invasion of forces bringing the mythal's defenses surging into play along a mile-long arc, a massive surge of wild magic arced along and the mythal fell or exploded due to the wild surge, while other long-standing spell effects either died or went out of control. With the advancing forces of yugoloths and the hordes piercing the mythal on a number of fronts, the wild magic surged and corruption of the mythal powers continued through until autumn. At that time, the Woodsheart Wars forced the bulk of the Army of Darkness east and outside of the mythal, granting it a reprieve from the corrupting touch of the yugoloths and other creatures anathema to it.

    While the long-term effects on the mythal were unguessed for much of the Weeping War, there were a few immediate changes to the nature of the mythal with the incursion of the Army of Darkness. The most obvious was the fall of the prohibitions against certain races entering the area, and the orcs and ogres long kept out of the forest's heart saw their first chance to plunder the capital in five centuries. A far more spectacular effect was the initial wild surges' effect on the gold and silver dragon allies of the elves: Sixteen gold and silver dragons had arrived at the summons of the High Mages and other allies of Myth Drannor, and as the wild magic arced around and through them, half the dragons dissolved into the energies and arced into the nearest dragon, the golds and silvers instantly formed eight unique electrum dragons! While all survived the shock of transformation, they were nearly comatose due to the radical changes within them, falling collectively in the Dragons' Glade north of Warriors' Gate and northwest of the city. Unconscious for nearly a month, these electrum dragons were watched over by dragonrider cavalry of Wing and Horn, whose dragon members were not within the mythal at the time of the surges, and were thus spared this strange fate.

    This event lasts until Eleint 19, 712 »

  • Alturiak 26 War's Awakening (Weeping War: Campaign #3)
    A.K.A.: The Mist Melees; the Fog War, the "Deads' Vengeance"
    The forays by Malimshaer and his Second Legion carried this third of the Army of Darkness around the eastern side of the mythal territories. With the heaviest concentration of yugoloths in this legion, the mythal's corruption began strongest here. As the legion spread itself south and west to surmount Myth Drannor, it and the summoning areas became cloaked in arcane fog that proved impossible to dispel. There were large numbers of orcs and ogres among this (and the Third) Legion, yet the mythal eventually allowed them passage on the third day of battle. Previous to this, the only forces in play were mezzoloths and gnolls. This alone was a strong sign that told the nycoloths and the elves both that the mythal was weakening under the onslaught.

    As the elves and allies began to fully realize the dangers posed by the Army of Darkness, they started pulling together their forces and conscripting the able into allied service. Those unable to be of service among the armies were given leave either to defend their homes or to evacuate the outer mythal lands and even Myth Drannor itself. The deep tunnels beneath the city dug 30 years ago by Clan Tarynstone now came into use close to the end of Alturiak as the three Legions closed on the city and laid siege to it. While the battle of War's Awakening was more an internal process for the elves to pull together rather than remain unstable and ineffective, the many skirmishes and smaller battles led to the first sieges of Myth Drannor, as the campaign name says. Still, the elves and allies came together and slowed the Army's advance enough to allow over half of Myth Drannor's noncombatant population to escape to relative safety south of the city. Later, after the furor of the war died down, a number of volunteer adventurers and wizards were honored as heroes for their actions as guardians and defenders of the refugees during the First Sieges, Woodsheart Wars, and Dawn Fronts Crusade.

    This event lasts until Chess 1, 712 DR »

  • Tarsakh 11 Silvergate (Weeping War: Campaign #4)
    A.K.A.: The Second Siege of Myth Drannor, the Nameless Sacrifice, the Chosen's Choice
    The battle at Silvergate is one of the most storied and heroic tales of the entire Weeping War. The Army of Darkness was driven east, and its northern and southern factions merged and punched through the elf defenders on the western front as they pressed, allowing them a second charge on Myth Drannor. The bulk of this battle occurred among the streets of the old city Cormanthor, and its climax centered on the Silvergate, the magical gate to Silverymoon Pass.

    While the military fought bravely on all fronts, this battle was primarily one of magic and thus spearheaded by Spell-Major Josidiah Starym, Elminster, Symrustar Auglamyr, and the Nameless Chosen. With many elf forces exhausted from the previous battles, only the cavalry and two-thirds of the available Akh'Faer froces were in the city for its defense until the arrival after battle's start of the Wing cavalry, some gold, silver, and electrum dragon allies, and the three Chosen.

    The spellcasters and military worked together to isolate and destroy the reduced and tired battalions (the Cruelty, the Colossus, the Grievous, Battalion Arcane) of the Army of Darkness. In all, the Army of Darkness suffered the loss of a battalion's worth of troops, losing 11 marches and 4 regiments in the melee. Among them, four entire tribes of gnolls were totally destroyed as was the most powerful march in the Army, Cvor's all mezzoloth March of the Second Cruelty Regiment.

    Cvor's March ("the Whipmaster's March") laid siege to the Silvergate at highsun on the second day of battle. The Namelss Chosen became enraged by the destruction of his native city and the abrupt slaying of a trio of young bronze dragons that had emerged through the gate to lend aid requested a tenday ago. The Nameless One lost his temper and his patience.

    The Namelss exploded through the roof of one of the Six Tyrl Towers, his body glowing and his hair and robes ablaze in silver flames! He dove headlong into the amassed forces of the besieging Army, driving a wedge through the forces, he converged on the Silvergate, where Colonel Cvor and his mezzoloths stood. Fully aflame now, the Nameless reached out with his silver wings and flung the nycoloths into the gate, which opened at his merest word. Spelltraps lying in wait activated at his will, causing explosions that claimed more evil lives as he walked unharmed within them. Over 600 mezzoloths , goblins, and other creatures fell before the fury of the Nameless, and Myth Drannor's defenders rallied once more. With a large wedge driven into the Army's forces, the Akh'Faer and the cavalry had openings they could exploit and drive the Army before them.

    The razor-studded whip of Cvor wrapped about the throat of the Nameless One, and the two fell into the Silvergate. Flying to his aid, Elminster entered the Silvergate and shut the gate behind him to isolate Cvor's march. Back to back with the elder Elminster, he fought hundreds of mezzoloths within the rocky Silverymoon Pass, and the glow of his silvery form drew attention from Silverymoon.

    Colonel Cvor then used a captured elf artifact (the Harness of the Giant-Slayer Alayris) to grow to a giant's size and seize the flaming mage by hand and foot. Cvor brutally pulled the Nameless Chosen nearly in half by sheer strength! The explosion of magical power and fire utterly consumed Cvor and over 200 nearby mezzoloths. The Nameless One lay dying, his torso laid-open. The High Mage of Silverymoon, Ecamane Truesilver and his supporting wizard forces protected the body of the fallen Chosen from the remaining mezzoloths. Together, while the Nameless One was sent magically to Silverymoon for healing, Elminster and the elderly and frail Ecamane destroyed the gate to Myth Drannor, detonating it from within and at its exit. The explosions slew the remnants of the Fourth Regiment surrounding it at Myth Drannor as well as clearing Silverymoon Pass of its remaining brethren.

    As a result of this battle, Myth Drannor's forces won the day, but unknowingly paid a high price. Elminster was lost among the planes for a time, due to his task of destroying the gate from within, while Ecamane Truesilver died due to the strain of breaking the gate from its exit point at Silverymoon Pass. The Nameless Chosen lay like one dead for more than the next year. His elf nurse, gave him the name Akhellbhen; upon his awakening, the Nameless Chosen, once called Arun's Son is introduced to the new High Mage Aglanthol as Khelben Arunsun. His body healed but forever scarred across his chest and back where he was nearly torn in twain, he banishes his vanity and keeps the wedge of silver-white hair and beard to remind him of the silver flames dancing within it and how it does not make him invincible. It also signifies his debts, as it reminds him of Silverymoon and what he owes its people as well.

    Other major deaths of this battle includes Wollys Silvershield (high priest of Sehanine).

    This battle lasts until Tarsakh 13, 712 DR. »

  • Kythorn 6 The Exiles' War (Weeping War: Campaign #4)
    A.K.A.: The Bone and Briar Battles
    Farther east of the mythal lay the towers and tree-homes of a number of exiled elf wizards and necromancers not welcome in Myth Drannor. Still, with the Army of Darkness forced through their lands and plundering as they went, these disparate exiles still banded together (with themselves and various N'Vaelahr agents) for the war effort. Notes about this battle include the necromancers' animation of those they slew among the Army, not to mention at least one enslaved green dracolich. The Exiles achieved victory by their swift strike of fireballs that destroyed the charge of a lending orgish party, which they then animated against their comrades. Most Exiles were merely concerned with defending their own lands and towers, caring little about the elves who denied them welcome in Myth Drannor. However, the humility of some elves (especially Spell-Major Josidiah Starym) and the obvious challenge drew a few out of exile and into the Akh'Faer.

    This event lasts until Kythorn 10, 712 DR »