• 1222 DR [Year of the Horn]
  • A Waterdhavian hunting party led by Lord Ornigar Tchazzam makes camp amid the ruins of Starshadow Tower in the early days of Tarsakh. The ghost baron, Erthaer Javilarhhsson, possesses the young Tchazzam scion, who then becomes obsessed with founding his own hold in the vale. That summer, Lord Ornigar enlists the financial backing of several noble families; in the fall, he returns to Starshadow Vale accompanied by a dozen scions of Waterdeep's nobility and ten times that number of retainers. Backed by a large amount of coin and the arrogance of youth, the nobles quickly restored Starshadow Tower with the aid of spellcasters in their employ. However, their efforts quickly come to naught, for some ill-advised plundering of the orc-built barrows that dotted the vale quickly drew the attention of the Horned Lord and the Tanglethorn orc tribes of the High Forest. Within a tenday, the Blackhorn Horde had overrun the vale, and Tchazzam and his ill-fated followers lay crushed beneath their boots. »