Short History of Toril
the beginning the Lord Ao created the universe that now
holds the world of Toril. In the time of endless nothingness
there existed two beautiful twin goddesses, polar opposites
of one another, one light; Selune and the other dark,
Shar. The twin sisters created the bodies of the heavens,
creating Chauntea (The Great Mother, goddess of the Earth).
Shar and Selune fought, from their battles were created
the other deities and other fell forces.
the deities battled, MANY intelligent beings arose on
Toril. Foremost amongst these were the Five Creator Races
1. Dragons - supreme and powerful
2. Shapechangers - now are survived by the Locathah in
the sea and the Dopplegangers in the land.
3. Sylvan - ancestors of elves, sprites and faeries
4. Saurian - eventually became nagas, troglodytes, etc.
5. Humans - numerous, adaptive and ingenious. They were
quick to survive many events
the races discovered magic and experimented with planar
travel, Portals were made. Through these portals came
forth the natives of other realms - dwarves, treants and
mind flayers, etc. The Sharns and the Phaerimms are also
believed to have appeared during this time.
Haflings, gnomes, giants and goblinoids first appeared
through these portals. They made they own advances in
culture, magic, military and technology.
conflict today known as the Crown Wars has beginnings
unknown. It lasted three thousand years and involved all
existing elven nations. Entire elven nations fell and
vanished. Millions of elves were killed. It was also during
this time that the elven worshippers of Araushnee (now
Lolth) were banished underground and became drow.
Netherese were taught the basics of magic by their elven
neighbors. Soon, they became great practitioners of the
Art. Netheril even became more powerful with the discovery
of the Nether Scrolls, a set of magical writings that
held the vast secrets of the Art. With their advances
in magic, Netherese cities were soon flying metropolises
and almost every commoner in Netheril had a degree of
knowledge in magic.
it was this drunken stupor from magic which caused the
soon found themselves at war with the evil Phaerimm, powerful
underground-based wizards which greatly weakened the empire's
dependence on magic.
to save his people, the great Netherese wizard, Karsus,
attempted to create a spell that would steal Mystryl's
(goddess of Magic) essence and help Netheril regain its
former glory. The spell backfired and Mystryl sacrificed
herself and was able to save the cities of Anuria, Assram
and Hlondeth from destruction (now called the Buried Realms
was reincarnated as Mystra and the Weave (her essence
and the essence of all magic in Faerun) was formed. Despite
the catastrophe, Karsus is credited with being the only
mortal to attain godhood with a single spell.
has fallen and this magical catastrophe from their wars
with the Phaerimm and Karsus' folly is believed to be
the origins of the region now known as Anuaroch.
far to the east saw the birth of another great magical
nation. The Imaskari, a race of Artificers
founded Imaskar. They created portals from which they
acquired countless slaves. Some of these slaves escaped
and eventually founded the region now known as Mulhorand
centuries after the fall of Netheril, two empires of magic
rose east of the Sea of Fallen Stars. Narfell and Raumathar.
Their constant conflicts and wars greatly stumped their
advancement in magic and technology.
freed slaves of the Imaskari founded Mulhorand. Their
kingdom grew at a prolific pace and conquered nearby lands.
portal opened by Mulhorandi wizards led to a world populated
by savage orcs. Gruumsh and his followers stepped from
these gates and attempted to invade Toril. During these
conflicts, known as the Orcgate Wars, Gruumsh killed the
sun god Re (the first recorded deicide in the Realms).
Set murdered Osiris to succeed Re but Horus absorbed the
divine power of Re and became Horus-Re. Aftter a long
conflict, the orcs were believed to have been pushed northward
towards the Spine of the World.
Mulhorand succumbed to a mage revolt which gave birth
to the succession of the province of Thay. Thay became
an independent nation and is known to be under the rule
of the cunning Red Wizards even to this day.
and the Rise of Chondath
even the Netheril Empire, two Djinns, Calim and Memmon
fought over the area now known as Calimshan. There, they
began the Era of Skyfire and battled for over four hundred
years. Their conflict was averted by the magic of the
elves, who placed the two genie lords in a large gem now
known as the Calimmemmon Crytsal. Followers of the Djinns
then founded Coramshan (which is now Amn) and eventually
led to the reinhabitation of Calimshan.
was founded shortly after the liberation of Coramshan.
What began as modest logging and fishing villages eventually
became known as Chondath and its people colonized much
of the area around the Sea of Fallen Stars. Chondath is
believed to be the cradle of modern humans in the Realms
as we now today.
Dalereckoning calendar began with the compacts between
the humans of the Dalelands and the Elves of Cormanthor
who raised the Standing Stone as a symbol of the vows
to respect each other's ways of life.
A divine event known only as the Dawn Cataclysm (8th century
DR) resulted in some upheavals among the Faerunian Pantheon.
This point in time is tied to the formation of the Harpers,
the arrival of Iyacthu Xvim and the imprisonment of Moreander.
Time of Troubles
Time of Troubles began when Bane and Myrkul stole the
Tablets of Fate, divine records which state the responsibilities
of all deities in Faerun, from Lord Ao. Ao punished the
gods by forcing them out of their extraplanar realms and
into mortal bodies called Avatars.
alone retained his power and was commanded by Ao to guard
the path to the Outer Planes. Thus began the Godswar (or
the Avatar Crisis) one of the most chaotic events in recent
history (17 years ago).
Sudden morality wreaked havoc on the deities. Mystra was
destroyed and her essence merged with the land causing
magic to function erratically (wild and dead magic zones).
the Wonderbringer fell to earth as a gnome on the shores
of Lantan. He taught the Lantanese the secret of smokepowder.
Tymora appeared at her temple in Arabel. Ibrandul, god
of caverns, was slain by Shar in secret and his portfolio
battle Nobanion and was hunted by Gwaeron Windstrom. Shaundakul
battled and destroyed of a minor orc deity. Sharess took
the form of the favorite concubine of the pasha of Calimport
and was liberated from the growing influence of Shar by
Selune. The Red Knight appeared in Tethyr, helping that
nation defeat monsters raiding from the Wealdath. Hoar
slew Ramman, Untheric god of war but lost his portfolio
to Anhur. Clangeddin Silverbeard battled Labelas Enoreth
on the isle of Ruatym over a misunderstanding. Shar and
Selune fought another round of their age-old battle as
mortals in Waterdeep. Waukeen vanished but her ally Lliira
claimed custody of her portfolio for safekeeping. Ixacthu
Xvim was imprisoned under Zhentil Keep. Gilgeam, god-king
of Unther was slain by Tiamat, ending his tw0-millenia
rule of that nation.
god of murder, was greatly weakened and only existed as
a murderous force which could possess living beings. When
Bane challenged Torm, the Black Lord slew all of the Bhaal-worshipping
assassins and absorbed their essence, further weakening
an alliance with Myrkul, Bhaal kidnapped the mortal wizard
Midnight and discovered one of the Tablets of Fate. But
at Boareskyr Bridge, the mortal Cyric killed Bhaal with
his sword Godsbane (the avatar of Mask). Cyric absorbed
some of Bhaal's power, while the rest went to the Winding
River, poisoning its waters.
then slew Lliira, goddess of deception, with Godsbane
and absorbed her portfolio. He later broke Godsbane, greatly
destroyed Bane during an epic battle in Tantras, and Ao
later gave the Black Lord's portfolio to Cyric. Torm himself
was slain in the conflict with Bane, but since his realm
at the time was actually Toril and because he died in
service to his ethos (obedience and loyalty), Lord Ao
restored him to life and reinstated him as a deity.
avatar battled Midnight, who destroyed him. Midnight became
the new incarnation of Mystra, absorbing the essence of
the previous goddess from the land. Cyric became the new
deity of strife, tyranny, murder and death, holding the
portfolios of the slain Bane, Bhaal, and Myrkul. (years
later, Cyric lost the portfolio of death to the mortal
Kelemvor when he was temporarily driven mad by an artifact
close of the Avatar Crisis brought a change to the way
the deities of Faerun relate to their followers. By Ao's
decreem a deity's power is in part derived from the number
and fervor of his worshippers, as so deities can no longer
afford to ignore their faithful. While the Time of Troubles
reshaped the land and altered the Faerunian pantheon dramatically,
the new accountability of divinity remains its most powerful
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