• 848 DR [Year of the Vigilant Familiar]
  • According to Ilmatari lore, Ilmater himself brings the Tome of Torment to his faithful, leaving it on the alter at Carathryn ("Holy High Carathryn", the "Lost Home" of the Ilmatari faith, is a flourishing Ilmatari town that stands on the coast at the seaward end of the Dragonstail, a low and serpentine peninsula that snakes out into the sea from the Purple Hills).

    The Tome quickly becomes the most venerated treasure of Carathryn, hailed by the High Priest Ilnger Obskoth as "the hand of holy Ilmater made manifest among us". »

  • 1123 DR [Year of the Shattered Chains]
  • Storm of the Teeth of Talos
    A massive storm smashes fishing fleets and sinks the Dragonstail, along with the Ilmatari temple town of Carathryn. The Tome of Torment was stolen some time before this. »

  • 1177 DR [Year of the Majesty]
  • A rogue by the name of Bredisker finally takes the Tome of Torment (an artifact of Ilmater) east to the Thornwood when fleeing Ilmatari. Soon tiring of constant Ilmatari harassment, Bredisker sells the Tome to a priestess of Loviatar who was willing to endure the pain of using the Tome to get access to its spells. This priestess, Lalaskra of Ormpetarr, becomes known as "Leatherskin" for her habit of always wearing the hairshirt. She only removed it during Loviatan rituals, when she walked slowly through her followers as they scourged her with all their strength. »

  • 1211 DR [Year of the Crimson Crag]
  • During a Loviatan ritual, the Tome of Torment (an artifact of Ilmater) is stolen from the Loviatan priest Lalaskra. The Loviatans scour the entire southern Vilhon Reach for the Tome.

    The thief of the Tome is believed to be a young sage Athorton of Nleeth. He secretly chronicles the Tome's powers. »

  • 1221 DR [Year of the Frozen Flower]
  • The Loviatan priest Lalaskra is killed in a battle between two lovelorn wizards who were fighting each other for her hand in marriage. With the death of Lalaskra, the Loviatans end their search for the Tome of Torment (an artifact of Ilmatar). »

  • 1264 DR [Year of the Shattered Alter]
  • The elderly Athorton, possessor of the Tome of Torment, dies. An Ilmatari priest Athorton had previously befriended brings the Tome to one of the major temples to Ilmater in secrecy, the House of Holy Suffering in Mussum.

    The Spontaer, senior Sage-Priest prays to Ilmater for the next year for guidance concerning the Tome. »

  • 1265 DR [Year of Flowers]
  • The Spontaer, senior Sage-Priest of Ilmater at the House of Holy Suffering in Mussum receives in a vision, certain spells to make the Tome of Torment only usable by priests of Ilmater, and therefore render it less attractive to thieves. The Spontaer works the magics, and in the process, sacrifices his life in the process. Upon his death, despite his express instructions to the contrary, the leader of the temple, Exalted Sufferer Shrymaun Beldaerth, refuses to send the Tome to the most important Imatari temple in Faerun, the House of the Broken God at Keltar in Calimshan.

    The head priest of the House of the Broken God, Archsufferer Bloirt Waelarn calls on true Ilmatari to cast out "all heretics" in the House of Mussum. A few minor priests obey him, calling on the Holy Warriors of Suffering, the Knights of the Bleeding Shield, and the paladins of the Order of the Golden Cup. In response, the Archsufferer of Mussum calls on the holy knights of the Companions of the Noble Heart to defend them. »

  • 1267 DR [Year of the Groaning Cart]
  • Battle of Weeping Rock
    The forces of the House of the Broken God and the House of Holy Suffering battle for the last time. Lord Sire Jargus Holenhond of the Order of the Golden Cup declares the interfaith war must end, that the Tome of Torment is to be taken from Mussum to Keltar, and that the Archsufferer of the House of the Golden God, as the cause of all this needless suffering, is to be cast out of office and sent to a hermitage to live out his days in solitary devotion.

    The weary paladins agree and all is done as he suggested. The chosen hermitage is a cavern on the tiny, windswept isle of Falconsrise, which climbs alone out of the sea west of the Singing Rocks. It is too small to be shown on most charts, but it boasts a tiny freshwater lake, and has had no predators since the previous hermit, the saintly Onthaer of Athkatla. The former Archsufferer, now simply Brother Priest Waelarn, slaughters most of the crew of the ship that takes him there through spells. Other Ilmatari priests onboard contacts an unknown mage who forcably places Waelarn on the island, and also turning him into a mongrelman, making him unable to cast spells. Waelarn goes mad within the year.

    The new leader of the House of Broken God, Althea the Abased, announces that the Tome should not be the ranking priests of the faith, instead it should be used to spread the word of Ilmater across the Realms. Accordingly, she chooses to be bound onto a rack and dragged behind mules from one temple or shine of Ilmater to another all up and down the Sword Coast.

    Althea chooses a knight of the Holy Warriors of Suffering, one Blaermon the Blessed (so-called because he survived on hopeless battle after another). She commissions him to take the Tome off into the wild and give it to the first Ilmatari in need. »

  • 1268 DR [Year of Daystars]
  • Blaermon the Blessed hands the Tome of Torment (an artifact of Ilmater) to one Flaergon of Glister. »

  • 1299 DR [Year of the Claw]
  • Flaergon falls to his death in a rocky chasm near Whitehorn. One of his devoted companions, the warrior Daern of Hawksroost (a village that stood south of Ilinvur), brings the precious Tome of Torment across half of Faerun to present it to the High Mistress of Worthy Suffering, Althea in Kentar. Althea makes Daern an honorary Brother of the House. He serves as her personal bodyguard (in reality, body carrier) as the aging priestess grew steadily smaller, more wizened, and more frail. »

  • 1341 DR [Year of the Gate]
  • The High Mistress of Worthy Suffering of Ilmater, Althea, passes from the mortal world. The sorrowing Daern is appointed Guardian of the Tome of Torment.

    He enjoys this ceremonial post for less than a year however. The one-time Archsufferer Bloirt Waelarn, who had escaped his hermitage when storms drove a pirate ship out of the Nelanther aground on Falconsrise, and crept into Keltar seeking revenge. Bloirt takes the Tome and starts to head towards Mussum.

    At Thorlor's Well (a campsite north of the western end of Ankhwood) he is halted by Sir Guth Ormpetarr, a knight of the Order of the Golden Cup, who challenges him to single combat. Waelarn accepts, and uses the Tome to cast a cairn spell to bury the knight. He then takes pick and axe and digs the cairn, severing any arm or foot revealed by his digging. Ilmater, raises the knight as a zombie to give chase to Waelarn. The former Archsufferer finally succumbs to exhaustion near the ruins of Elbulder and is strangled in his sleep by the remains of Sir Guth. The zombie hides the Tome, builds a pyre, burns Waelarn's body, then walks into the fire himself (apparently following the will of Ilmater).

    Visions sent by the Suffering God to a certain underpriest in Mussum, Kortolt Rushtyn, leads the young cleric to the hidden Tome, which he takes not to Mussum or Keltar, but to an isolated shrine of Ilmater, Raven's Rack atop Tanarspear Hill, west of Hlondeth along the coast road. There he preaches of the glory of Ilmater. »

  • 1343 DR [Year o the Boot]
  • Brigands slay Kortolt Rushtyn, the possessor of the Tome of Torment, and takes the Tome to try to sell it. They are slain by enraged citizens, many of whom had come to regard Kortolt as a boon sent by the kindly gods to keep them all safe. They present the Tome to Graycloak's Wolves, a local adventuring band, to take to Master Sufferer Olbedan of the House of the Harmed in Aralent, whom all agreed was a saintly and trustworthy Ilmatari.

    The winter is harsh and Irmar Graycloak's band never reach Aralent, succumbing to the attacks of leucrotta and dopplegangers. The Tome is lost in the snows.

    The Tome is found in the spring and sold in Amn. There it is sold just before Midsummer at a market in Crimmor by Beguld Thormon, a long-respected merchant who had been murdered and replaced by a doppleganger sometime during the previous summer. The purchasers were Thayan agents. They were still in possession of the Tome when an Ilmatari strike force stormed their house in Athkatla in the fall.

    Enduring Servant Elisker Hagathan triumphantly brings the Tome to the House of the Broken God in Keltar in the close of the year. »

  • 1362 DR [Year of the Helm]
  • The Tome of Torment is stolen from the House of the Broken God in Keltar by unknown hands. »