• 800 DR [Year of the Black Fist]
  • Sammaster, is born, though the location and exact date of his birth are lost to time. »

  • 817 DR [Year of the Deadly Torch]
  • The traveling mage Mnethos takes the young Sammaster as an apprentice, noting the boy's fierce intelligence and fascination with magic. »

  • 818 DR [Year of Broken Locks]
  • Mnethos the mage introduces Sammaster to the glory of Mystra, the worship of whom Sammaster soon adopts. »

  • 825 DR [Year of the Silver Flagon]
  • Sammaster leaves the service of his magely tutor Mnethos, having learned all he can from the itinerant wizard. »

  • 835 DR [Year of the Billowed Sail]
  • Sammaster achieves the status of an archmage at an age almost unheard of at that time. He wanders Faerun extensively beginning in this year. »

  • 840 DR [Year of the Fighting Sage]
  • Sammaster's research into the field of metamagic result in many new enchantments. »

  • 851 DR [Year of the Jasmal Blade]
  • Our Lady of Mysteries appears to Sammaster, they dally, and the Goddess of Magic offers to make the archmage one of her Chosen. It seems that Mystra has foreseen the death of a Chosen, and Sammaster is to be her replacement (probably Sylune). Sammaster meets with the Sage of Shadowdale, Elminster, and learns how to use and control his Chosen powers, including silver fire. »

  • 855 DR [Year of Cornerstones]
  • In the spring, Sammaster first meets Zhent slavers. Many die, including innocent prisoners.

    Sammaster enters an extended period of exhaustive research into the process of life, death, and undeath, creating several original neromantic enchantments before again taking to traveling Faerun. »

  • 861 DR [Year of the Exploding Orl]
  • Sammaster meets and begins a relationship with Elue Dualen (Alustriel Silverhand), High Lady Mage of Silverymoon. »

  • 864 DR [Year of the Broken Branch]
  • Sammaster's relationship with Alustriel ends with disastrous results for Sammaster's emotional and mental well-being. »

  • 865 DR [Year of Flamedance]
  • Algashon Nathaire, a powerful mystic theurge (cleric / mage) of Bane, befriends Sammaster (in or near Baldur's Gate) and the two begin to work together. Algashon sought to turn Sammaster away from Mystra and thereby steal for the Black Lord the secret of Mystra's silver fire.

    Through the years together, Algashon whispers turn Sammaster toward bitterness, resentment, and evil. »

  • 875 DR [Year of the Stricken Star]
  • Algashon coerces Sammaster to attack Alustriel, intending to steal her silver fire through a vile ceremony while she was at a disadvantage. However, Alustriel called on Elminster and Laeral, and together the three Chosen killed Sammaster. Azuth then appears and strips Sammaster's body of its silver fire. After they depart, Algashon resurrects Sammaster who is now quietly mad but still blessed with long life and the ability to heal quickly.

    In the years that follow, Sammaster draws on his own translation of Maglas's prophecy, Algashon's whisperings, and ancient tomes unearthed from ruins beneath the Anauroch and Raurin deserts. Sammaster and Algashon founded the first Dragon Cult cell in the city of Chondathan (now the Sembian city of Saerloon) and set about creating all manner of draconic undead. »

  • 887 DR [Year of Fell Pearls]
  • The first "translations" of ancient prophecies by the mad Sammaster are distributed, including his specious work on Maglas's Chronicle of Years to Come. Sammaster becomes convinced that dead dragons would one day rule Toril, a path of belief he named the Scaly Way (which eventually becomes the Cult of the Dragon). »

  • 902 DR [Year of the Queen's Tears]
  • Sammaster and his cult create the first dracolich, Shargrailer through a ritual that is transcribed in the Tome of the Dragon, a holy relic that is later used by the many cells of the Cult of the Dragon to raise their own dracolich allies. The First Speaker (Sammaster) uses Shargrailer as a potent weapon against the former colonies of Chondath (later to become Sembia), and the Dragon Cult's coffers begin to overflow. The ranks of Sammaster's followers grows quickly, and new cells are started in Chancelgaunt (now Selgaunt) and Yhaunn. »

  • 905 DR [Year of the Rotting Word]
  • Sammaster finishes his principal work of the Tome of the Dragon, and copies begin to appear across Faerun as the philosophy of the Cult of the Dragon spreads. »

  • 916 DR [Year of the Sinhala]
  • The Harpers arrange an ambush of Sammaster and his Cult of the Dragon entourage as they travel to visit two green dragons just outside the tiny village of Hap in Battledale. Despite their efforts, Sammaster and his followers proved too powerful, until an avatar of Lathander appears and seemingly obliterates Sammaster. »

  • With Sammaster's apparent downfall, it leads to the first schism among the Followers of the Scaly Way - some followers remain loyal to the memory of the First Speaker and continue to operate openly, while others followed Algashon into secrecy and exile, first to Urmlaspyr and then west and north into the Western Heartlands and the North. Most cells are eventually forced by their enemies to follow Algashon into hiding or face extinction. This allows Algashon to return to Sembia and becomes the first of the Wearers of Purple. However, Algashon's view of the organization as primarily religious, commanding obedience to the Sacred Ones and Bane, soon clashed with the beliefs of the more pragmatic adherents, who saw the Dragon Cult as a means to further their own personal power. In time, the latter group found a leader in the archmage Tuelhalva Drakewings, but open skirmishing between the two sects soon force the Drakewings faction into hiding. »

  • 1282 DR [Year of the Many Mists]
  • Sammaster briefly returns as a lich (and begins gathering humanoids, undead, and dragons into an army), once criteria he had set into play three centuries before are finally resolved amid the ruined city of Harrowsmouth. From his lair in the Desertsmouth Mountains, high above Shadow Gap, Sammaster begins to rebuild his control of the Dragon Cult. However, before the returned First Speaker could treaten the surrounding lands, the Company of Twelve, composed of a dozen paladins supported by the Harpers, march into the "Gates of Hell". At the cost of nine of their number, they destroy the lich again, although they did not recover his phylactery or the original Tome of the Dragon. »

  • 1285 DR [Year of the Blacksnake]
  • An adventuring group of paladins, the Company of Twelve, attack Sammaster's stronghold. Nine are killed, but the lich's physical form is destroyed. Survivors confirm that this creature was indeed Sammaster, First-Speaker of the Cult of the Dragon. »

  • 1373 DR [Year of Rogue Dragons]
  • Hammer 1 The lich Sammaster completes his transformation of the Dracorage mythal, precipitating a Rage of Dragons independent of the appearance of the King-Killer Star in the heavnes. »

  • Mirtul 2 Sammaster raises an army of orcs and giants in Vaasa by pretending to be the Witch-King Zhengyi reborn. The army takes the Bloodstone gates and floods into Damara. »