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History of the Sword Coast From 1101 DR to the Present Day
History of the Sword Coast – From 1101 DR to the Present Day
At the beginning of this period, all the major Sword Coast cities such as Waterdeep, Neverwinter, and Baldur’s Gate are already well established. While none of the great elven or dwarven civilizations remain in the region, with the last to fall being Eaerlann and Ammarindar respectively in 882 DR, a select number of dwarven citadels and elven holdouts remain. The reduced influence of the Covenant mages, diminished by constant conflict with the Red Wizards, has led to a resurgence in the prominence of orc and goblinkind, which was most recently made apparent when a horde invaded the North from the High Moor in 1090 DR.
1101 DR: The group of mages known as the Covenant that had been promoting peace fin the North from behind the scenes disappears along with many Red Wizards of Thay that had been active in the area, ushering in a new era.
1104 DR: Citadel Felbarr falls to orcs led by King Obould in the Battle of Many Arrows, and is renamed the Citadel of Many Arrows. The orcs begin to be known as the orcs of Many-Arrows.
1150 DR: A great plague sweeps along the Sword Coast, coupled with increased attacks by troll and orc tribes.
1235 DR: The largest orc horde in history masses in the Spine of the World and besieges countless settlements on its march south, including Silverymoon and Waterdeep, and continues south through Amn, Tethyr, and Calimshan. Waterdeep’s Griffon Cavalry is established to fight them, and the horde is eventually dispersed after countless lives are lost.
1244 DR: Illusk falls to the orcs of the Bloody Tusks tribe.
1255 DR: Dragonspear Castle is founded by a wealthy adventurer called Daeros Dragonspear.
1290 DR: Dragonspear Castle is left a shattered ruin by devils and dragons, Daeros Dragonspear is killed, and over time the castle becomes infested with trolls and goblinkind.
1302 DR: Illusk is retaken by a mercenary army sponsored by merchant interests in Waterdeep and Neverwinter. The city is rebuilt with aid from Neverwinter, and renamed Luskan.
1306 DR: The Thunder Blessing – Concerned with the decreasing number of dwarves in Faerûn, the great dwarf god Moradin bestows a new blessing upon his people. Miraculously, the birth rate of the dwarf race begins to soar. The new dwarf generation is commonly referred to as the thunder children. Nearly one-fifth of dwarf births after the Thunder Blessing result in identical or fraternal twins.
1310 DR:Pirates from the Nelanther Isles attack and conquer Luskan. The five pirate leaders declare themselves the new rulers of the city, each taking the title of High Captain.
1312 DR: Darkhold seized by the Black Network.
1315 DR: Armies from Waterdeep and Baldur’s Gate clear out Dragonspear Castle of hobgoblins and establish an armed temple of Tempus there, the Hold of Battle Lions.
1325 DR: The Lords’ Alliance is established in Waterdeep, with membership coming from most of the cities and settlements of the northern Sword Coast. It is founded to oppose the mercantile aggression of Amn and to benefit from increasing trade flowing from the North into the Heartlands.
1329 DR: Nasher Alagondar becomes ruler of Neverwinter, and in old age becomes its first King.
1344 DR: The Elven Retreat: After years of thought and meditation, the leaders of the elf nations agree to withdrawal from the increasingly human controlled lands of mainland Faerûn. Most, though not all, elf communities begin a Retreat to the Green Isle of Evermeet.
1345 DR: Religious strife breaks out in Waterdeep between the church of Shar and the churches of Lathander, Selûne, and Tempus.
1351 DR: Plague in Baldur’s Gate.
1354 DR: Dragonspear Castle falls to devils, and the Knights of Tempus there are routed or slain.
1356 DR: Bruenor Battlehammer reclaims the long lost shield dwarven enclave of Mithral Hall from the shadow dragon Shimmergloom and drives out its servant duergar, and is proclaimed the new King of Mithral Hall.
Armies from Waterdeep and Baldur’s Gate besiege and set fire to Dragonspear Castle, defeating its devils. This becomes known as the First Dragonspear War.
1358 DR: Time of Troubles: Cast out from their otherworldly domains, the gods of Toril wander the Realms as mortals. During this dark period, magic becomes unpredictable and the prayers of the faithful go unanswered. By its conclusion, Faerûn’s pantheon of gods witnesses the ascendancy and death of many gods.
Battle of Keeper’s Dale: An army of drow, goblins, and kobolds out of Menzoberranzan attacks the dwarves of Mithral Hall. The dwarves are aided by svirfneblin, local barbarians, troops from Nesmé, Silverymoon, and Longsaddle.
1363 DR: Devils entering Toril through portals in Dragonspear Castle assemble an army of ogres, hobgoblins, orcs, bugbears, goblins, and kobolds, bolstered by a black dragon. These “Hordes of Dragonspear” overwhelm and destroy the Way Inn on the Trade Way and then attack Daggerford, but are defeated by a hastily assembled force of dwarves, elves from the Misty Forest, paladins of Ilmater, mercenaries, local militia, and a troop of the City Guard of Waterdeep. The conflict is called the Second Dragonspear War.
1367 DR: Dwarves of Clan Warcrown, bolstered by troops from Silverymoon, attack the Many-Arrows orcs and seize the citadel. King Emerus Warcrown is enthroned in triumph in the citadel, restored to its old Dwarven name of Felbarr.
1368 DR: Spawn of the dead god of murder Bhaal, including Abdel Adrian and Sarevok clash in the region around Baldur’s Gate over his legacy. Sarevok is slain and Abdel Adrian becomes the hero of Baldur’s Gate.
1370 DR: The orc hordes of King Obould Many-Arrows swarm out of the Underdark and lay siege to Mithral Hall.
1371 DR: Orc chieftain Obould and his horde claim the mountainous region north of the Evermoors and west of the Moonwood (later Glimmerwood) as the Kingdom of Dark Arrows (also known as Many-Arrows). The League of the Silver Marches forms in response to growing worries about the orcs.
Drow destroy the deep gnome city of Blingdenstone in retaliation for their support of the dwarves over the years.
Evereska, one of the last remaining elf strongholds in Faerûn, is besieged by hordes of phaerimms and their thralls, but they are eventually beaten back a year later.
1372 DR: Citizens of Neverwinter begin falling ill from a plague later known as the Wailing Death. Within a few tendays, most inhabitants of the city are dead or dying. Although the worst of the plague is over in a couple of months, the city does not recover for another ten years.
1373 DR: Dragons rage madly all over Faerûn, an event known as a Rage of Dragons. However, it occurs out of synchronization with the normal appearance of the King-Killer Star, which normally brings on such an event. The Rage comes to an end some months later.
1374 DR: Faerûn is beset by great lightning strikes the length and breadth of the continent. At least some of those lightning strikes mark the impact points of an unusual year-long rain of meteors.
The Fey’ri (daemonfey) imprisoned in the Nameless Dungeon millennia ago are freed, and lead an army of orcs and ogres from Myth Glaurach to attack elf villages of the High Forest and Evereska. Seiveril Miritar resigns from the ruling council of Evermeet and declares his intention to lead a volunteer army to assist Evereska. The Elven Crusade defeat the daemonfey, and then pursue them through a portal to Myth Drannor to reclaim the long-lost elven city.
1377 DR: The hold of pirates and evil wizards over Luskan is temporarily broken and a governor is installed.
1385 DR: Mystra, goddess of magic, is murdered, and the Weave of Magic convulses in the Spellplague, sending spellcaster’s across Toril mad and causing catastrophic magical backlashes across the continent. Himophelia does not escape this, and nearly goes entirely insane.
1386 DR: The twin-worlds of Abeir and Toril begin to merge, creating great havoc, mostly in Faerûn’s east.
1387 DR: Luskan descends into chaos with the governor and all the previous High-Captains killed. Over the years it slowly slides further and further into a cesspool.
1395 DR: The most devastating effects of the Spellplague come to an end, but the Weave of Magic remains fractured.
Sickness and pestilence spreads to the northeast of Waterdeep, destroying much of the city’s grain supply. The resulting famine kills thousands of people, primarily the poor.
1445 DR: Deep gnomes begin to resettle Blingdenstone.
1451 DR: Mount Hotenow erupts, destroying half of Neverwinter and much of the surrounding region. No survivors of the Alagondar ruling line appear afterwards to claim the throne, which sits vacant. A deep chasm opens up in the southeastern part of the city and begins to spew out monsters from the Underdark.
1467 DR: The Open Lord of Waterdeep Dagult Neverember arrives in Neverwinter with an army of mercenaries, proclaims himself Lord Protector, and sets to work rebuilding the city. His first act is to build a great wall through the city, cutting off the chasm to the Underdark from the rest of the city.
1477 DR: Orcs of Many-Arrows cut out a part of Neverwinter’s River District for themselves.
1484 DR: The War of Everlasting Darkness between the drow and the various cities of the Silver Marches begins, as Lolth tries to take the dead Mystra’s role as goddess of magic.
1489 DR (The Year of the Warrior Princess): Start of Campaign.