• -10000 DR
  • Like their kin elsewhere, the dark elves of Narathmault are transformed into drow by the will of the Seldarine, shattering their bindings over a host of fiends who swiftly turn on their former masters. Led by Undrek of Clan Sethomiir, the drow and their minotaur servants are forced to flee Narathmault, traveling south and east into the underground caverns beneath the present-day Plateau of Thay. »

  • The Orcgate Wars
  • -1076 DR to -1069 DR
    The Orcgate opens in the southern portion of the Plateau of Thay. Renegade Mulhorandi wizards employ Imaskari portal magic to open planar gates to an orc world. Hundreds of thousands of orcs inundate the northern territories of both Mulhorand and Unther. Mulhorand hires Nar, Raumathari, Rashemi, and Sossrim mercenaries to fight the orc invaders.

    Yuireshanyaar is pressed hard by the invading orcs.
    Rashemen is overrun by the invading orcs. »

  • 204 DR [Year of the Avarice]
  • The War of Claws
    The tide of the war swings in favor of Mulhorand and Unther as Anhur wielding the legendary blade Hadryllis leads Mulhorand against the forces of Eltabranar. The demon lord Eltab is defeated and imprisoned in a demoncyst beneath what is now Thaymount in present-day Thay. »

  • 229 DR [Year of the Black Flame]
  • A cabal of wizards calling themselves "The Black Flame" forms in Unther and destroys several armies sent by local rulers to slay them. They leave a legacy of powerful spells that later form much of the arsenal of the Red Wizards of Thay. »

  • 249 DR [Year of the Crystal Casket]
  • The cabal of wizards in Unther calling themselves "The Black Flame" is no more after its members are destroyed by rivals or lost in travels to other planes. They leave behind many powerful spells that later form much of the arsenal of the Red Wizards of Thay. »

  • 922 DR [Year of the Spouting Fish]
  • Battle of Thazlhar
    The Red Wizards of Thay, led by Ythazz Buvaar, rebel against Mulhorandi rule and sack the provincial capital of Delhumide. The conjurer Jorgmacdon summons the demon lord Eltab to fight on behalf of the Red Wizards at the Battle of Thazlhar, routing the (enormous yet ineptly led) armies of Mulhorand. The realm of Thay is founded, heralding the end of the Second Mulhorandi Empire.

    The process Jorgmacdon had used inadvertently shattered the boundary that normally keeps the environment of a demoncyst from mixing with the outside world. Part of an abyssal river spilled into the material plane, thus creating the River Eltar. »

  • 923 DR [Year of the Bloodied Soldier]
  • Realizing that the demon Eltab cannot be dismissed from the Realms, the Red Wizard Jorgmacdon imprisons the demon lord near the mouth of the River Eltar with a variant of the same ritual that had been used by the Narfelli demonbinders. The Red Wizards then build their new capital city, Eltabbar in and around the canals that formed the massive binding rune. »

  • 934 DR [Year of Fell Wizardry]
  • The Red Wizards of Thay launch their first invasion of Rashemen through the Gorge of Gauros but are repelled. »

  • The Thayvians begin demanding tribute from Escalant. »

  • 952 DR [Year of the Rings Royal]
  • The Magister Ildathchance Orlaer is killed in an ambush by the Thayan mage Baerzus Anagathiir. The Red Wizard becomes Magister.

    Baerzus then dies under the massed magical might of the Red Wizards. The ensuing magical chaos requires the appearance of Azuth, who fixes the tear in the Weave, and confers the office of Magister upon someone far from Thay; the enchanted gauntlet-maker Bilnur Faerglamer of Tethyr. »

  • 955 DR [Year of the Telltale Candle]
  • Orcgate Affair:
    The mages of the Covenant gather a great, armed host from the human settlements of the North to confront an orc horde massing in the Spine of the World. In a move known as the Orcgates Affair, the Red Wizards of Thay magically transport the horde far to the south by means of great portals. The North is spared much devastation, and the failure of the orcs to appear deals a significant blow to the influence and prestige of the Covenant. »

  • 976 DR [Year of the Slaying Spells]
  • Mulhorandi invasion of Thay repelled at the River Thazarim. »

  • Upon discovering that the Red Wizards of Thay were responsible for the Orcgate Affair, the Covenant begins to work subtly against the mages from the east. »

  • 994 DR [Year of the Weary Scribe]
  • The Magister Meldryn Jalensifer, is instructed by Mystra to give the Scepter of Mystra (an artifact of Mystra) to a minor mage somehwere on Toril and then let it wander, reclaiming it only if a Red Wizard of Thay, a mage of Halruaa, or another powerful mage, linked by social ties to a group of archmages, took possession of it. The Magister gives the Scepter to a minor hedge-wizard by the name of Naerlus "Flamespell" Anarthandyer.

    Naerlus promptly abandons his former kindly befuddlement and uses its magic to build himself into a petty tyrant in the coastlands north of Leilon. The Magister Meldryn judges it is better to remove the Scepter from Naerlus before he got embroiled in a major war and begins to call on the Scepter to return to him (Mystra, Azuth, the Mgaister and all of the Chosen of Mystra can trace the whereabouts of the Scepter and see its wielder and immediate surroundings merely by concentrating for a few moments. Mystra, Azuth, and the Magister can call on the Scepter to themselves by prolonged concentration). While the Magister was beginning to call the Scepter to himself, Naerlus accidentally discovers the fly away spell (a power of the Scepter to cause it to teleport to a random location on Faerun. The trigger was made to change, so that no one could learn how to keep the Scepter forever).

    The Scepter found its way to a ruined abbey of Shar in northern Calimshan. It is found a season later by adventurers who were too afraid to experiment with it, and sells it to Amblaeryn Alaba, a rich Calishite satrap who hoped that with its aid his five hired mages could destroy a rival and his hireed guardian mages.

    The five mages then betrayed Amblaeryn. When his rival, Imtherl, refused to pay what he had promised for their betrayal, the five mages killed Imtherl and all his mages as well.

    The five wizards eventually fought over the Scepter, which left one dead and another turned into a stone, lost among thousands of similar stones on a beach north of Ormpur. The wizard Earndus Orthorm claimed the Scepter, which caused the other two to attack him. In haste, Earndus accidentally triggers the fly away spell, and is slain by the other two wizards.

    This time the Scepter lands into the hands of an orc shaman. Unable to activate any of its powers, the orc tosses the Scepter into a deep gorge, which again activated the fly away spell (whenever the Scepter falls more than a 100 feet, it spontaneously activates the fly away spell.)

    Appearing in a tavern in Telflamm, it demonstrates another ability. Whenever an offensive arcane spell is cast near it and the Scepter is not held by anyone, it floats in the air to about a man's height and glows a faint blue light. This ability is triggered by two minor mages in a spellduel, and a full blown tavern brawl erupts to claim the Scepter. Eventually a doppleganger in the guise of a serving wench claims and flees with the Scepter. One of the dueling wizards gives chase, but the doppleganger overpowers and slays the wizard. A passing priest of Tymora and his mage companion slays the doppleganger. The mage, Taluth of Telflamm, claims and carefully studies the Scepter. In time, he triggers the fly away spell. The Scepter appears in a drowned tomb in a deserted suburb of Calimport that had crumbled into the sea. »

  • 1020 DR [Year of Smoldering Spells]
  • Thay develops much of its unique fire magic. »

  • 1021 DR [Year of the Howling Axe]
  • Thay strikes out against the Harpers as Bhaalian liches walk openly in the Heartlands. As a result, the Harpers go underground. »

  • 1030 DR [Year of Warlords]
  • The Zulkirs established as rulers in Thay. »

  • 1074 DR [Year of the Tightening Fist]
  • The Zulkirs (and the Red Wizards) crush the last opposition to their rule over Thay. Bezantur is well on its way towards becoming the mercantile and religious capital of Thay. »

  • 1081 DR [Year of the Disastrous Bauble]
  • Another one of the Four Founders of the Convenant dies when the Red Wizards of Thay kill Aganazzar in their assault on the School of Wizardry in Neverwinter. By year's end, the two groups are engaged in a titanic wizardwar. »

  • 1082 DR [Year of the Prancing Korred]
  • The Building of the fortress of Emmech, at the mouth of the Umber River in Thay on the borders of Aglarond. »

  • 1086 DR [Year of the Seer's Fires]
  • Thay captures Nethjet and Nethentir of Thesk, extending the tharch of Lapendrar. »