• -11000 DR
  • Taark Shanat the Crusader and his eight sons, lead a great exodus of dwarves out of Bhaerynden to a new kingdom in the west. These emigrates eventually become known as shield dwarves and establish the great empire of Shanatar beneath the lands of Amn, Tethyr, Calimport, and the Lake of Steam. »

  • The First Age of Shanatar
  • -10800 DR to -8137 DR:
    Shield dwarves mark the founding of Alatorin as the beginning of the First Great Age of Shanatar. »

  • The Founding Time / Age of the Proud Peoples
  • -9000 DR to -3000 DR
    This era signals the rise of all the humanoid civilizations, in a time when the many dragons and giants were long overthrown and the elf wars no longer loomed over everyone as a treat. The elf realms of Evereska and Evermeet grow by colonization along with other realms, from the human lands of Unther and Coramshan to the dwarf realms of High Shanatar and Oghrann. »

  • -9000 DR
  • Spawn Wars
    Skirmishes break out between the eight subkingdoms of Shanatar as each fights to extend its borders at the expense of its neighbors. Over time, the skirmishes evolve into open warfare, pitting thousands of dwarves against one another. This series of conflicts is known as the Spawn Wars because the dwarves make extensive use of deepspawn-bred legions. »

  • The First Spider War
  • -8170 DR to -8150 DR
    The drow of Guallidurth take advantage of the dwarves civil war of Shanatar to attack the caverns of Alatorin, which were far removed from the front line of fighting. Brightaxe Hall is captured, and the kingdom of Alatorin falls. »

  • The Second Spider War
  • -8145 DR to -8137 DR
    Aghast at their folly, the eight reigning kings of Shanatar forge an armistice and turn their armies against the drow. The drow are overcome and retreat from the caverns of Alatorin. In triumph, the eight kings march their armies back into Brightaxe Hall and pledge never again to fight one another. »

  • Second Age of Shanatar
  • -8137 DR to -5960 DR
    The eight shield dwarf tribes of Shanatar are united under the rule of the king of Ultoksamrin. Within 150 years, trade is under way with surface elves. »

  • c. -8100 DR
  • Deep Shanatar is at its greatest expanse beneath southwestern Faerun (present-day Amn, Tethyr, Erlkazar, Calimshan, and Alimir Pennisula). The empire is ruled from the Wyrmskull Throne in Alatorin's Brightaxe Hall. Within 150 years, trade is underway with surface elves. »

  • The Mindstalker Wars
  • -8100 DR to -8080 DR
    The illithids of Oryndoll attack the eastern subkingdom of Shanatar, beginning a conflict that came to be known as the Mindstalker Wars among the dwarves and the War of Cloven Thoughts among the mind flayers. The illithids are driven back, but in their wake the surviving Stout Folk discover that the caverns of Barakuir, which had been cut off in the early days of fighting, lie empty. Clan Duergar had been carried back to thralldom in the mind flayers' realm. After millennnia of enslavement and countless illithid breeding experiments, the descendants of Clan Duergar are transformed into a new subrace, the gray dwarves. »

  • -7950 DR
  • Full trade exists between dwarves od Deep Shanatar and the elves of Darthiir, Tethir, and the dwindling remnants of Shantel Othreier. »

  • -6452 DR
  • Founding of the dwarven House Axemarch in Shanatar. »

  • -6095 DR
  • Dwarf scouts from Shanatar are sent up to the surface, where they ally with Calishite humans against the remaining genies. »

  • -6000 DR
  • The Ataman of Imir and his dao followers are forced to abandon their cavern holdings in the face of repeated assaults from the dwarves of Shanatar. This region becomes known as the Dao Delvings. »

  • Third Age of Shanatar
  • -5960 DR
    King Adiir Velm of House Axemarch leads 5000 dwarves onto the plains of former Memnonnar (north of the Marching Mountains) as their own and founds the realm of High Shanatar. Over the next few centuries they settle the lands now considered Tethyr. »

  • c. -5660 DR
  • Height of High Shanatar's civilization. »

  • c. -5600 DR
  • The dwarves of Shanatar build the Axe and the Star Bridges in present-day Amn. »

  • Giant Wars
  • -5360 DR to -5350 DR
    More than five thousand giants of Nedeheim fall to the dwarves of High Shanatar under the leadership of Karlyn of House Kuldevar. By the war's conclusion, more than half of the entire giant population south of the Cloud Peaks is exterminated, and the giant realm of Nedeheim is reduced to scattered clanholds. »

  • -5350 DR
  • Battle of Karlyn's Vale
    The dwarves of Shanatar slaughter the last major giant tribes of the south (including the giant realm of Nedeheim). Later, monstrous likeness of Karlyn, the warleader of the dwarves, is built over the course of two centuries to honor him. »

  • -5330 DR
  • The murabar (warlord-ruler) of Coramshan seizes much of southern High Shanatar (including Iltakar, home of the modern-day ruins of Shoonarch), while dwarf armies fight the Giant Wars to the north. »

  • The war between Coramshan and High Shanatar is used by the psiocracy to justify the founding of Lirremar (present-day Hlondeth), Jhaamdath's Sixth City of the Sword. »

  • c. -5200 DR
  • A monument to Karlyn of House Kuldevar of High Shanatar is completed after decades of construction. This monument is later known as the Wailing Dwarf. »