of an Empire
city could compare to Myth Drannor at its height. Magic flowed within
the surrounding air, water, and land, and peace and prosperity second
to none gave every citizen reason to be happy. For once in the history
of Toril, elves, dwarves, humans, gnomes, and halflings (as well as
other races more sylvan) all learned to live together in harmony. The
races merged and formed many alliances amid the Akh'Faer and Akh'Velahr
militaries, the guilds, and the armathors. At the Opening of the City
and the rise of the mythal, only Myth Drannor was considered safe for
the elves to live in harmony with others. By the Year of the Bloody
Tusk (661 DR), more than a score of smaller tree villages and grounded
settlements scattered all about Cormanthyr evidenced a growing unanimity
among the elves and the N'Tel'Quess races.SORCERERS
and realm prospered for centuries under its protective mythal. To become
a native of Cormanthyr was a matter of prestige, and a number of cooperative
villages and smaller settlements of elves and N'Tel'Quess nestled about
the trees around Myth Drannor. Even with these expansions and homesteading,
the true mark of distinction was to live within the hallowed streets
of the City of Song. Since the Year of the Empty Helm (462 DR), no new
homes were constructed above, on, or below ground within Myth Drannor,
as the elves panicked when two mere centuries of settlement by N'Tel'Quess
nearly doubled the population and size of Myth Drannor. Therefore, one
could move to Myth Drannor only if accepted into a guild or school,
or granted the property via an inheritance (an unlikely proposition
until closer to the Fall).
the mythal-cloaked City of Song grew in prominence, many questioned
how its wonders could be shared with others. As one eloquent young elf
writer penned in Silverymoon, "The Coronal's dream is too great
to be limited to one city and one realm. We must take this message of
peace through unity and magic and found other, sister cities, to show
all the Realms that the dream is worth dreaming." And so, beginning
about two centuries after the Opening, colonies and connections were
made all across the Realms.
In this 27-decade period of colonization, over 12 separate settlements
became new homes of magic and learning across the Realms. Thus, in the
city's golden era, sister settlements in the High Forest, the Yuirwood,
Shilmista, the Moonwoods, and other forests farther south embraced the
peace and magic of Myth Drannor's unity. Other previously established
settlements such as Silverymoon also grabbed hold of the dream and linked
their fates and magic to that of the City of Song in Cormanthyr.SORCERERS
most of all, became a center of knowledge of things elven, though few
elves of Myth Drannor and Cormanthyr migrated here until the Fall (and
fewer still would mention the relatively close ruins of Aryvandaar and
its satellite realms from the Crown Wars era).
Contact was even reestablished with long-isolated Evereska, though only
among the High Mages and Court higher-ups; it was not deemed efficacious
to allow even the most honorable of N'Tel'Quess to learn of this well-hidden
and thriving elf-home, for fear it would fall after untold millennia.
Still, with all these colonies and allied settlements growing slowly
and steadily across the centuries, the dream grew. By the early sixth
century, the Coronal and the High Mages secretly (and later publicly)
established gates to link these many places with their spiritual and
magical home in Myth Drannor. Most were controlled gates, their use
contingent on connections within both cities. Many others, including
those to Silverymoon, the High Forest, Shilmista, and the Yuirwood,
were relatively public gates and required small fees of users who would
travel from one city of wonders to another. These gates served the Coronal's
dream well, drawing the tribes of lands even farther
afield together; unfortunately, they also helped bring down both Myth
Drannor and the growing mythal city in the Yuirwood.
suggest to any readers who might be interested in learning more about
Myth Drannor's golden era to read the second book in the Elminster
trilogy, entitled Elminster in Myth Drannor. It is an excellent
recount of the time before the mythal was laid over Cormanthor and of
the events that led to Cormanthor's transformation into Myth Drannor.
The timeline I provide below is a detailed chronological overview of
the last years before the fall of City of Song till its eventual ruin
at the claws of Army of Darkness.
(DR) - Year Name & Events
Year of the Viper
Zaor Moonflower becomes one of the youngest officers of the Akh'Velahr
654 Year of the Coveted Briars
Many druids' enclaves, both human and elf, are established this year
throughout Cormanthyr and the Realms at large.
655 Year of the Volanth
656 Year of Peaceful Seas
The Circle of Flames completes the Scrolls Ardentym this year. Akh'Faer
scholars and strategists receive six incomplete fragments of the Scrolls,
but only the Circle and the Srinshee have complete copies of them.
658 Year of the Dangerous Game
- Rathdaen, a Cormyrean mage and Realms-wide explorer of note, arrives
in Myth Drannor after a decades-long absence. While never a native,
he is close friends with many practitioners of the Art in the City of
Song, and remains as a guest for years at a time.
-- A gate is secretly established between the Hall of the Naturalists
and the Underhalls of Mount Melairbode.
659 Year of the Hunting Ghosts
- Known as the Year of Mage's Dawning in Silverymoon, 30 wizards from
Myth Drannor and 20 wizards from elsewhere in the Realms migrate to
the Gem of the North, and begin establishing its role as a sister city
to Myth Drannor and a center of magical and mundane learning.
-- Tulrun, born Tallrunner Tigris of the Red Tiger tribe and later known
as Tulrun of the Tent, is sent to Myth Drannor by Ecamane Truesilver
to study magic under the tutelage of the Seven Wizards. SORCERERS
660 Year of the Morning Horn
661 Year of the Bloody Tusk
- Height of Myth Drannor's peace and prosperity.
-- Eltargrim's Passing: The Coronal
Eltargrim, at dawn on the last day of Midsummer festivals, passes on
to Arvandor, leaving only the Ar'Cor'Kerym, his Ruler's Elfblade, hovering
in mid-air atop the Rule Tower. Aravae Irithyl, his niece and heir,
proclaims a city-wide period of mourning for the next five years. Thus
ends the Sixth Rysar of Cormanthyr after 866 years.
662 Year of the Peoples Mourning
Rathdaen dies peacefully in his sleep, to the sorrow of many of Myth
Drannor's wizardly inhabitants. He leaves the Tome of Rathdaen to his
apprentice, a foolish braggart by the name of Narsel, who fears attacks
by jealous rivals trying to steal his master's legacy and immediately
leaves for parts west.
663 Year of the Baleful Song
Pyraan the Grim and Peridar Snowbrows secede from the faculty of the
Incanistaeum, reducing the "Seven Wizards of Myth Drannor"
664 Year of the Falling Petals
The Heir's Passing: Aravae Irithyl, the heir of the Coronal, and all
of her personal guard are found dead under mysterious circumstances
the morning after Cinnaelos'Cor. The Srinshee and the High Court Mages
insist on maintaining the Mourning Days and add the funeral of Aravae
to the solemn times while staving off a succession war among the noble
665 Year of the Ashen Tears
Due to political pressure amid his family, Taeral Olortynaal discontinues
his long association with the Incanistaeum.
666 Year of Stern Judgment
The Claiming Chaos: The end of the Mourning Days demands an immediate
decision on the succession of the Coronal. A Claiming Ceremony is convened
to determine the next Coronal of Myth Drannor and Corrnanthyr. After
40 elves and the Rule Tower itself are destroyed, the Srinshee steps
in, easily swinging the elfblade free of its perch.
As it is brandished before her, the golden light of the blade crystallizes
around her in a massive diamond-shaped energy field that engulfs and
restores the Rule Tower. Finally, with a whirl of magic, she, the magical
field, and the weapon disappear.SORCERERS
667 Year of Austere Ceremonies
By early summer, the Council of Twelve now rules over Myth Drannor,
crafting a new form of representative government. The city is without
a Coronal for the first time in its existence.
668 Year of the Telling Tome
Wizards begin mysteriously disappearing this year from Myth Drannor
and all of Cormanthyr; the only clue is that all the visible gates throughout
the city crackle ominously and flash blue lightning within their boundaries.
(In truth, Halaster Blackcloak of Undermountain is abducting wizards
at random and banishing them to the Underhalls.)
669 Year of the Brutal Beast
Abarat the Alabaster, an elf archmage with a reputation for plane-walking,
resigns as the head of the Six Tyryl Towers wizards' school and announces
plans to build a tower north of the city and Cormanthor in the western
reaches of the Beast Marches.
670 Year of the Many Floods
Entering the Vault of Ages for the first time in years due to an outbreak
of drow within the northwestern forest, the Spell-Major Paeris Haladar
finds it empty, the greatest and oldest treasures of Cormanthyr all
Drow infest the northern forests, seeking to build a stronghold over
the ruins of Moander's temple. The Akh'Velahr clears all drow out within
671 Year of the Shrouded Slayer
Twenty months after building an ivory tower north of Cormanthor, the
moon elf wizard Abarat contacts former associates for aid against a
besieging army of monsters.SORCERERS
Though some arrive within hours of receiving the magical message, they
discover that both Abarat and the monsters are all missing, as are any
external signs of anything amiss. Abarat was never found or heard from
again, but his unfinished tower of pure ivory, thereafter known as Abarat's
Folly, still stands as a monument of elf wizardry and as a beacon to
adventurers seeking gates to the planes that many claim to have seen
672 Year of the Angry Caverns
Many dwarf settlers of Myth Drannor, most of them refugee clans from
the fallen Realm of Glittering Swords, leave the city and move north
to the southern shore of the Dragon Sea (Moonsea). They reopen the westernmost
mines of Sarphil, known as the Lost Ways, which honeycomb a lengthy
escarpment (known as the Scarp) that looms over the eastern reaches
of the Tailings Bay.
673 Year of the Covenant
The fledgling town of Hillsafar, named in honor of the dwarf clan of
the same name, is founded by elves, half-elves, and humans on the western
shore of Tailings Bay to trade with the dwarves of the Scarp. Some found
this settlement to both keep drow out of the area and maintain some
vigilance over Moander's Crypt. Within a few decades,
the town's name is corrupted and shortened to Hillsfar.
Many of Myth Drannor's less-established craftsmen migrate to this new
city in search of new opportunities.
674 Year of the Nomad
Josidiah Starym returns to Myth Drannor to a hero's welcome as he brings
not the expected Soldier's Blade but the Akh'Faer's Artblade, retrieved
from a deep dragon's lair far beneath the Storm Horn Mountains. Unfortunately,
his reward is personal heartbreak as he realizes all he worked for is
gone with the passings of both the Coronal and Aravae. Josidiah does
not take up his rightful place as Lord-Speaker of House Starym, but
he does (by right of the elfblade he restores to Myth Drannor) take
over the leadership of the Akh'Faer and thus rise to a seat on the Council
of Twelve. Josidiah refuses to discuss it, but many notice that he no
longer walks with his magnificent cat Guenhwyvar, and some whisper he
had to trade the cat's figurine of power for the blade. Of his 12 original
comrades, only one survived: Onas Ulondarr, an elf bladesinger of House
Ulondarr. Returning to the city married to Maira Shieldark, a human
wizardess from Arabel, they bring with them four adult half-elf children
(three women, one man; all rangers): Alupiira, Vaeala, Shaeia, and Rahsil.
675 Year of the Bloodfeud
The scandalous House Ulondarr, by openly accepting half-elves among
the direct succession, suffers censure and much grief (and not a few
attacks by mercenaries and assassins) from the other Houses. The attacks
and social intrigues last for the next 50 years.
676 Year of Gruesome Grimoires
Taeral Olortynaal returns to the Incanistaeum and to the "Seven
Wizards," though they are still only five in number. Later that
year, in a politically motivated spell battle among some noble elves
and humans, gold elf students accidentally kill Taeral and two human
students. These elves are never charged with the crimes, as they frame
the only non-elf left, and the innocent Arlesn of Arabel is forever
banished from Myth Drannor for a crime he didn't commit.
677 Year of Resonant Silence
Hym Kraaven, senior among the "Seven Wizards," uncovers the
truth about Taeral's death, and is swiftly killed in "an out-of-control
tavern brawl" by agents and friends of the now-rogue and obviously
power-mad magelings of House Faerondarl.
678 Year of the Poignant Poniard
Lord Councilor Kharis Maerdrym and his hunting party, which included
several humans of note, mysteriously disappear off the coast of Delthuntle
during a Grand Hunt of a near-legendary greater quelzarn. Agents of
Unther are suspected in the attack (as are some of Lord Maerdrym's usual
679 Year of the Scarlet Sash
- Hillsafar is nearly destroyed by an army of deepspawn-bred monsters
emerging from the tangled, treacherous Beast Marches to the west. The
Akh'Velahr reinforcements of Cormanthyr succeed in dispersing the beasts
by the first snowfall of winter. A small garrison of troops remains
stationed in Hillsafar for the protection of the northern forests and
villages until Myth Drannor's Fall.
-- End of second Untheric Empire as Unther is forced to recognize the
independence of the North Coast cities on the southern fringes of the
680 Year of the Storm Skeleton
Many human and dwarf stonemasons migrate from Myth Drannor to Hillsafar
to aid that fledgling city in constructing its first encircling defensive
After more than a decade, wizards of the Guild of Naturalists piece
together the clues and realize that Halaster Blackcloak has been abducting
wizards all throughout Cormanthyr in retaliation for their plundering
of his monsters in Undermountain. The guild mounts a rescue expedition
into the dungeon, which never returns, and they quietly end their sorties
to Undermountain. Attempts to dispel or destroy the gate connecting
their hall with Undermountain meet with failure.
681 Year of the Zombie Lords
During the festival of Greengrass, Archveult Tattercloak, student of
the Seven Wizards, and his consort, Tlanchass, depart from Sixstars
intersection in a most spectacular fashion. The latter, who had long
maintained the guise of a beautiful human female, revealed her true
form by transforming into a gold dragon, and the pair then flew off
the south and west.
682 Year of the Howling
The Masked and Mentor Wintercloak effectively disband the "Seven
Wizards" by leaving Myth Drannor with their last four students,
all gnomes. Their departure, when one of Mentor's properties (an old
stone tower) abruptly uprooted itself and flew up into the sky, heading
north by northwest, was surprisingly open. The Incanistaeum now lies
solely in the hands of Sakaala of the Seven Rings.
683 Year of the Tainted Troll
The young but already learned mage Nezras arrives in Myth Drannor where
he joins the Six Tyryl Towers to learn more of magic. The grand-nephew
of Nezram the World-Walker, Nezras seeks knowledge that will restore
his uncle's Unique Mageries tome to his keeping.
684 Year of the Sundered Crypt
Dwarves of the clan Tarynstone are found digging deep tunnels under
the city despite the long-held prohibitions against such actions. Furthermore,
some elf Houses are outraged that the dwarves' tunneling in restricted
areas collapsed some nigh-forgotten deep crypts of the elder or long-gone
Houses. Clan Tarynstone and its 350 dwarves, despite a cry within the
Ruling Council for death sentences and an equally loud cry for acquittal,
are exiled from Myth Drannor and Cormanthyr. The clan emigrates west
into the Thunder Peaks.
685 Year of the Wraithwinds
Two among the eight senior officers and one junior officer split off
from the other armathors to join the resigning High Court Mage and Councilor
Shyael Ildacer to pursue a new course as the "followers of the
Srinshee's dream," the Eternal Srinnala.
686 Year of the Unshriven
Nezras the Scholar weds the elf wizardess Raejiisa Sicafei after both
graduate from their studies at the Six Tyryl Towers.
689 Year of the Eager Executioner
The displaced Archmage Paeris Haladar attempts to slay Josidiah Starym
with spells, vowing vengeance for his loss of status. Josidiah survives
four assassination attempts but is nearly slain in an Honor Duel called
to settle the feud. When Paeris seizes the fallen Artblade, he is found
unworthy of its power and responsibility; forever after, dead magic
surrounds and permeates Paeris Haladar, making him a pariah to all within
Cormanthyr. Josidiah reclaims the elfblade and returns to his post as
Spell-Major with honor.SORCERERS
690 Year of the Clashing Blades
Sakaala of the Seven Rings disbands and dismantles the Incanistaeum,
the school of wizardry run by the "Seven Wizards of Myth Drannor."
She and her three remaining apprentice-students (two elves, one half-elf)
leave for parts unknown after growing wings from their backs and taking
flight. At last sighting, they headed to the northwest.
692 Year of the Crawling Crags
Tulrun of the Tent, a former apprentice of Mentor Wintercloak, journeys
to Ysgard this year (and remains for over a century) after encountering
a Shard of Selune in the long-forgotten ruins of the Abbey of the Moon.
694 Year of the Ominous Oracle
- The first divinations and portents of doom arrive via Darcassan, the
diviner of Windsong Tower; he tells the Elders of Windsong Tower of
the signs, but they keep the knowledge from the public to prevent a
panic. Given the climate of distrust and factionalism, this news is
also kept secret from the Council, as it is uncertain where the threat
to Myth Drannor's security lies.
-- The Circle of Flames and the wizards of Windsong Tower begin spiriting
magical items and tomes (including the Scrolls Ardentym and the Keryfaertel)
to safety. Many end up in Ascalhorn and Silverymoon in the trusted hands
of colleagues there (in the cases of wizards not moving there themselves),
though some wizards take off with their secrets for parts unknown over
the next twelve years.
695 Year of Fanciful Feasts
700 Year of the Slain Raven
The forests of Moondale, founded shortly after the raising of the Standing
Stone, are completely cleared by this date even though no living tree
was ever felled by its people.
704 Year of the Emerald Citadel
The Ildacer clan, due to the internal machinations of the Ruling Council
and other factions (specifically Lord Venali Starym and the Guild of
Wizards, Conjurers, and Enchanters), loses much of its holdings, monies,
and social status. While the Ildacers lose all their estates, they move
into and maintain four inns and taverns within Myth Drannor. With the
loss of Riirose, the Eternal Srinnala moves their base of operations
into some old abandoned mages' towers north of the city, which are owned
by another member.
705 Year of Watchful Eyes
708 Year of Bound Evils
- High Mages and three battalions of Akh'Faer mages battle a resurgence
of evil beasts and cultists of the fallen god Moander near the site
of his fallen temple. While the cult is dispersed, numerous "lost
spells" of Moander's clergy are recovered from the ruins by the
elder priests and restored to use.SORCERERS
-- Three nycaloths escape their dimensional pocket prison that floated
invisibly high above Cormanthyr. Their freedom depended on "a red
dragon that never held malice or greed in its heart [flying] over the
Coronal's throne." As Saeval Ammath and his adopted dragon-mount
Garnet flew above Myth Drannor, they weakened the dimensional
prison enough for the nycaloths to escape.
709 Year of the Earnest Oaths
The three nycaloths and their summoned yugoloth allies spend 29 months
drawing together their forces amid the mountains and hills north of
the Dragon Sea. In all, their army consists of orcs, ogres, bugbears,
hobgoblins, gnolls, flinds, trolls, and an ever-growing assortment of
710 Year of the Toppled Throne
Drow attacks in Cormyr claim the lives of three noble families of the
realm; while believed dead, most of the nobles survive as slaves in
711 Year of Despairing Elves
- Late in the autumn of this year, the Army of Darkness overruns the
mining and trading encampments on the western Moonsea (the site that
will become Zhentil Keep). By early winter, the first incursions into
Cormanthor have begun.
-- The Weeping War begins on the Feast of the Moon with the Northern
Massacres campaign as the Army of Darkness engages many elf patrols
and destroys many elf villages and clan enclaves.
712 Year of the Lost Lance
- The Weeping War continues through the year, resulting in the deaths
of many heroes and the collective Harpers at Twilight. There are four
major campaigns this year, and Myth Drannor nearly falls prey to the
Army of Darkness.
-- Battle of Garnet's Pyre: The
red dragon Garnet rashly attacks the Army of Darkness, and he manages
to at least split the main army, slow its advance, destroy its supply
lines, and trap it amidst some forest fires. Garnet disappears in the
midst of battle, not to be seen again for centuries.
713 Year of the Firedrake
- The war rages on, though the allies manage to eliminate Malimshaer
and Gaulguth, two of the three nycaloths leading the Army of Darkness.
While three major campaigns rocked the forest for much of the year,
there is a tense peace from Greengrass to Midsummer's Night; during
this time, many Myth Drannan natives emigrate either to sister cities
outside of Cormanthor or to Semberholme and Tangled Vale settlements.SORCERERS
-- After more than 200 years, the Twisted Tower falls once again to
the dark elves, marking the refounding of the Lands Under Shadow in
714 Year of Doom
- The final campaigns of the elves and allies against the Army of Darkness
see the reestablishment of Elven Court as the seat of elf power in Cormanthyr
while Myth Drannor falls under siege by the Army of Darkness. With the
slaughter of the army and cavalry, little can be done against the Siege
of Shadow, which descends on Myth Drannor on the 21st day of Kythorn.SORCERERS
-- The Banes' Duel: The climax of
the war was the duel between the two final opposing army leaders. The
Banes' Duel between the forces of Aulmpiter the nycaloth and Captain
Fflar lasts for two whole days, and ends with the pair facing off in
mortal combat on the 15th day of Flamerule; while neither body is ever
identified, the magical blast that engulfed them robs both armies of
--- The Siege lasts until the Final Flight in Flamerule, as the now-directionless
hordes of the Army of Darkness simply swarm over Myth Drannor's last
defenders by savagery and sheer weight of numbers. Only 200 elves and
allies out of the 3,000 who remained to defend the City of Song escaped
to tell of the city's passing.
715 Year of Hungry Jaws
720 Year of the Dawn Rose
The Gathering of the Gods at the Dancing Place signals the refounding
of the Harpers at the request of some elves from Elven Court. In attendance
are all 15 of the Harpers at Twilight who survived the previous decade,
including Lady Alais Dree, Elminster Aumar, Khelben Arunsun (once the
Nameless Chosen), and Meil "Darkhunter" Araeln.
The sylvan community of Elventree is founded as a site for the elves
of Elven Court to continue interaction with their allied races (since
Elven Court now is prohibited to the presence of non-elves) and as a