• The Days of Thunder
  • -35000 DR to -30000 DR

    Merrouroboros circa -35,000 DR

    This earliest days of recorded history begins at the end of a great Ice Age, some 37,000 years ago, when the last glaciations largely ended and the great ocean receded to reveal dry land. In this ancient time before The Sundering, the lands which would one day be identified as Faerun, Kara-Tur, Maztica, and Zakhara were each but one part of a much larger super-continent named Merrouroboros.

    While life spread quickly, none of the dozen or so common races which populate the world today existed in this distant era. Merrouroboros knew none of the civilized folk - elves, dwarves, halflings, or gnomes. Nor did the savage peoples - goblins, orcs, ogres and their kin - inhabit the land. Though humans did exist during this time, they were primitive and apelike, using only simple tools and living in caves. Unintelligent reptiles known as Thunderers ruled the land, sea, and sky. By the end of the first millennium post Ice Age, primitive bands of hunter-gatherer lizardfolk lived along the fertile waters of the Goldenwater in modern-day Durpar, exploiting game, lake-fish, and wild plants of all kinds. Unlike the Thunderers, the sauroids possessed superior intellect and tactical sense. In time they would become known as the sarrukh, the first of the mighty creator races, also known as Iqua-Tel'Quessir. »

  • c. -16000 DR
  • The first dwarf settlements appear in the great mountain range known as the Yehimal, which lies at the juncture of the three great continents of Faerun, Kara-Tur, and Zakhara. From there, the earliest dwarves migrated into all three lands. »

  • 657 DR [Year of the Nine Stars]
  • Scouring of the Utter East
    A horde of antediluvian horrors is released upon the Five Kingdoms of the Utter East. Grand Caliph Arash bint Sanjar of Zakhara sends troops to the Five Kingdoms to eradicate the undead plague, leaving a wasteland of razed cities and rotting corpses in their wake. »

  • 1099 DR [Year of the Restless]
  • New trade routes forged by merchants of the Shining South. First modern contacts with Kara-Tur and Zakhara. »

  • 1365 DR [Year of the Sword]
  • Limited trade is established between Waterdeep and the lands of Maztica and Zakhara. The high-risk ventures (as many as 60% of the ships are lost at sea) are jointly managed by the priesthood of Helm and various noble families. »

  • 1369 DR [Year of the Gauntlet]
  • Eleint Seven ships of the Vemmil clan of Amn return from a mission to Zakhara, but four are attacked and looted by the Sea Reavers. The remainder arrive at Murann amid much ceremony.

    On Highharvestide, a huge, manlike juggernaut created from ship parts is Gated into the Sea of Swords at highsun and attacks the pirates' port of Skaug. »

  • 1373 DR [Year of Rogue Dragons]
  • Ches 15 Around this time, merchants of the Shining Lands travel as far as Waterdeep, the Utter East, Zakhara, and Maztica to procure wares for other markets. »

  • 1374 DR [Year of Lightning Storms]
  • The Bozeman Line begins regular trips to Zakhara, the Land of Fate, when High Burgher Theomund Dugas established trade relations with the Council of Corsairs of Hawa, City of Stilts. The Rundeen had tried to establish trade with the corsairs of Hawa years prior, but were turned away. This was likely due to the Rundeen trafficking in the slave trade, like Hawa’s chief enemy—the mamluks of Qudra. »