Location: Fantasy Worlds » Forgotten Realms Lore
millennia ago the Vast was Vastar, the orcish lands. These were the breeding
grounds of the goblin hordes that would spill eastward and cross the Dragon
Reach in ramshackle boats to raid the elves. The orcs were overthrown
by invading dwarves, who established the Realm of the Glimmering Swords.
It was during this time that the first humans came to the Vast, including
the mage Maskyr. The rule of the dwarves occurred against a backdrop of
constant war with the orcs, such that there were perhaps only 40 years
of true peace for the Realm of the Glimmering Swords.
The orcs overran the dwarves, and they escaped extinction only through
the aid of human and elven allies. The remaining dwarves left the region
to the newly arriving humans and retreated to the east, to the south,
and to isolated and hidden communities within the Vast. The most successful
of the humans were the adventurers whose hunger was sated by gold and
whose thirst was slaked by great deeds. This was the Time of the Glorious
Fools, and there are those who will argue that it is still that age, as
adventurers still rule the cities of Calaunt and Ravens Bluff. The orcs
today are contained, if not conquered, and trade has grown up in the lands
of the Vast. However, for many individuals with adventuring blood, it
is still a wilderness in which one may prove one's worth.