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Markustay
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Posted - 24 Feb 2018 :  19:37:10  Show Profile Send Markustay a Private Message  Reply with Quote
I never really took this in-depth a look at Netheril from a mapping perspective before -so many things I was unaware of.

Seventon - the original lands and name of Netheril was FAR north, like at the same latitude as The Frozen Forest! (the southern tip of it, anyway).

Now, we KNOW the Hgh Ice was the Narrow Sea back then (which has to be completely unrelated to the Annam/Ulutiu stuff). This indicates a much warmer climate, which ties into my theories about a northern tearfall in or around the Moonsea region. That tearfall may coincide (and even be related to) Karsus and the fall of the Weave (New Theory: Every time the Weave goes haywire, another 'tearfall' occurs).

Also, if Polaris is as ancient a personage as the lore indicates, and she lived in or around Seventon, that mean she lived quite close - at the SAME latitude - as she does later as Iyraclea! Furthermore, I have suggested that Arual has been looking for - and may have found some - of her 'Frost regalia', one piece of which is Ulutiu's necklace. the lore unequivocally states that Iyraclea is actively searching for Jothûn, which was a part of Ostoria. And to make matters even MORE interesting, the only pic I can find of Iyraclea shows her near a being frozen in ice!!!
Ulutiu? Did Iyraclea retrieve Auril's necklace finally?

EDIT:
Okay, spotted some weirdness - did Evereska exist at the time of Netheril? Because according to the Netheril map, it didn't.

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It may have existed, but was entirely unknown to the Netherese.

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Markustay
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Posted - 25 Feb 2018 :  05:02:16  Show Profile Send Markustay a Private Message  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by Wooly Rupert

It may have existed, but was entirely unknown to the Netherese.

The Netherese settlement of Wreathe is literally sitting on top of Evereska itself. When i superimpose them, its in the same exact spot.

Yet the Wreathe lore (from the Netheril box) makes no mention of elves, at all.
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Nestled at the base of the Purple Mountains* within the Far Horns Forest in 1714, the city of Wreathe served Netheril as a permanent hunting camp. From here, hunters took out parties of inexperienced warriors and taught them how to hunt game in the wilds of the Far Horns.
More experienced warriors were taken into the Purple Mountains to hunt more dangerous game: dragons, wyverns, manticores, and others. These creatures’ body parts became a popular export for the city, which suddenly found itself specializing in dragon jerky, tail charms from manticores, and wyverntooth necklaces.


And it actually gets worse, talking about the dragons those 'mountains' were filled with. One ancient Blue one named 'Brightstrike' had a brood that turned around and made war with Wreathe.

Funny how all of that didn't bother the elves of Evereska... who were walking around in the same physical space... and weren't ever noticed by the humans or monsters...

Those Tricksy Elves!


*The Nethrese called the Greycloak Hills "The Purple Mountains" (maybe they were taller?), which included both the upper 'range', and the lower one that evereska sits in.

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Markustay
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On the old Anauroch map there's a ruin called 'Orofin' (if someone has the physical map can you double check that?), and on the Inset (survivor-state) map, there is a capital city of Orilin, which isn't that far away from Orofin; same place?

EDIT:
The FRIA map states "Orofin, formerly Orolin" (so if its ruin, how does a ruin have a 'former name'?) I believe this was an error - the places were 50 miles apart, and one was on the far (west) side of the mountains, while the other was 'in' those mountains (and probably on the near/east side - it may have been where the folks of Orofin resettled after the fall). The mountains themselves were the divider for the desert during the survivor-state period - there is no way Anauria had its capital inside the blasted desert region, when the rest of the kingdom was on the verdant side of the mountains.

I am re-working this region now - I am going to tweak the Wreathe lore as well (move it into the northern cluster of mountains, and we can just say that Evereska's mythal can generate an illusion of invisibility around itself.

I have five different Anauroch maps pasted on top of each other - its interesting to see where some of the Netherese stuff fell-out later. A lot of the Bedine stuff falls-out within the survivor States, which makes a lot of sense.

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I always equated the climate of netheril (pre mythallar) to the savage frontier. It was livable during summer but during winter it could be lethal. The narrow sea was partially frozen during winter and at least once the ice managed to reach seventon bay.

Evereska i decided didnt exist during netheril time. Im pretty sure evereska is sat atop a great evil that it is guarding but i dont think it was there before netheril. Although it could have been the greycloak hills sat atop a great evil. The other reason for evereskas creation was as a last refuge for the elves (its entirely hidden in a vale that cannot be found unless you know its there) but during netheril you had illefarn, sharrven, eaerlann, siluvanede, rystall wood, cormanthor. Not really much need for a refuge when the elves were recovering from the crown wars.

Lastly is that wreathr is actually located in ammarindar which had a lot of surface settlements so its unlikely an elven nation existed there. I actually had to change the dat of wreathes founding to a point after ammarindar had retreated below ground (i think after the fall of sharrven).


As for Orolin, that was the capital of Asram and i made the far western location a secret settlement in one of the few grassy regiins left in western anauroch, connected to orolin in the east by a tunnel that passed under the hidden vale/scimitar spires). The bedine lore mentions the bedine rescued people from the survivirs states and led them througg the mountains and fighting lots of djinn. Instead of going over the mountains i had them travel under the mountins through the secret tunnel leading to orolin.

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Markustay
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Posted - 25 Feb 2018 :  18:04:15  Show Profile Send Markustay a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Well, Evereska existed, even though its not mentioned in the Netheril lore. I am starting to understand why some of the 'luminaries' we've had around here developed an eye-twitch when it came to the Netheril (box) lore - the guy went out of his way to rename stuff. He literally created cities on top of (Ed's) ruins with names different than the ruins. Why would someone do THAT?!

On the other hand, as I 'line-up' stuff on the maps, I have found one very interesting little detail - there is a hill just to the west of Shadowdale called "Oakwood Knoll". It happens to be in the exact spot the Netherese settlement of Monikar was!

And Monikar was a magic-HATING settlement of Netheril... how odd. They even had a subterranean temple of Kozah!!! Now, why would a storm/sky god want a temple in the Underdark? Its almost as if this was a completely different aspect of another god.

Oh... and they had non-magical devices - purchased from DWARVES - they gave them flight capabilities.
Personally, I'd re-spin that as gnomes... and even then its still.. odd.

When it comes to FR/D&D lore and mapping, some people say I have the attention span of a gnat. This simply isn't true - I ENVY gnats for their attention spans.

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dazzlerdal
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Yeah, i reworked almost everything in the netheril boxed set, it was a vague inspiration at best, its almost completely unsalvageable as canon. Then iread the front of the book and it recounts how it was written by szass tam from what larloch told him, therefore it is all lies most likely (larloch spins the truth as it suits him and tam writes down that spin in a way to help himself so its lies of misinformation).

Ill have to look up evereska but i dont recall reading its founding date and i dont think it existed during netherils time (novels are only tertiary sources for me so i always treat them as wildly inaccurate)

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Markustay
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I probably have more 'canon' info on Everesa than is available to 'the masses', since Eric Boyd went to great lengths to flesh Evereska out for his High Forest book (and I even re-drew the map of Evereska for him). I should check my (HIS) own notes on the matter. The weird thing is, it was 'off the map' on the regional map I did, but he needed to work-out all the details because of the all the Elven kingdoms that existed IN The High Forest. I had planned an extension of that map (the maps of both his projects sync-up on a MUCH larger canvas - and show a LOT more than even he ever got to see LOL) that would show Evereska as well, but then he stopped working on it.

I plan to keep most of the Netheril stuff - it doesn't make sense to completely overhaul it. The two sets of names for stuff is easily reconcilable - the original names were in Netherese, and that's the names we usually see on the ruins. When Larloch was talking to Szass Tam, he was automatically translating the names into their modern equivalents. It really is that simple. Oh, and one 'extra fix' - the word 'Shade' comes directly from Netherese, which is why that 'nickname' was also used during Netheril. In other words, 'we' got it from 'them'.

I changed my mind back to dwarves. I have a good idea for Monikar - they didn't hate magic... they hated Arcane Magic. It even specifically says that they were heavily influenced by dwarves in the area. Rune Magic - the same stuff that kept the cities aloft in the Cloud Kingdom! THAT could explain the weird, non-magical flying contraptions. If we DO look at it from Larloch's PoV (as we should), they had NO magic, because HE had zero understanding of Rune-based magic. More tie-ins for my Thaeravel lore!

Thus, Monikar became 'not a thing' after the dwarves left Tethyamar. Its interesting that it is under a mound now - was it buried on-purpose?

Also, I truly wish I had been around when Eric and George (and Ed, and Steven, etc.) used to hash-out all the history 'in the background', because geography has a big impact on that, and I think those guys - brilliant as they are - may have missed a few things. For example, why would the greater percentage of surviving 'low Netherese' have become barbarians? At least three different 'kinds', too. The Bedine thing I already worked-out a fix for, but we still have the group that traveled up to Hartsvale (because when you are trying to escape a suddenly inhospitable land, the brightest thing to do is head into an even MORE inhospitable land), and also the folks who joined the Rengart(sp?)

If you had those three survivor states there - and the desert sure as hell didn't 'happen overnight' - the folks had PLENTY OF TIME to settle nice areas, and NOT be 'barbarians. The survivors literally had a choice - nice lifestyle in lovely regions, or become subsistence-level hunter-gatherers living in extremely inhospitable areas. And here I thought the Netherese were 'smart'. It almost appears that after the Weave collapsed, all the IQs were reduced to about 3 or so.

NO - they pushed east, which is VERY evident by that survivor-state map. There were a couple of Netherese settlements already in The Dalelands, and several more appeared during the survivor-state period. That's indicative of the Dales having been settled by the ex-Netherese, over-time. It took several centuries for the desert to push to where it is today - plenty of time for the people to keep moving out of the way. Then they would have also had to have pushed into the Moonsea area - probably starting around Daggerdale and Zhentil Keep - as the 'monster realms' fell (the People of the Black Sails, and whatever else was going on up there). The original format of 'The Dales' may have even been refugee camps setup by the elves (not because they're 'nice guys', but to keep watch over them... like disobedient beasts).

I never liked the whole "Cormyr was settled from Impiltur" thing because it never made much sense to me, geographically. Its all wrong. However, there are a LOT of indications that the Impultarran settlers were running into already-existing human settlements the further north they pushed (like Eveningstar, or Arabel). So we basically had 'new blood' landing on the shores of a place that already had a few human outposts (only in the north, where the elves permitted); settlements of tired and war-weary folk from Low Netheril. This would help explain Cormyr's rapid growth. The Impilturrans were only half the picture - the existing Netherese survivors (who were mostly in actuality Thaeravel survivors, since southern Netheril was Thaeravel which they annexed) were already there, but disorganized (and the elves kept it that way). The Impultarrans brought with them a new sense of propose and destiny, which shifted the paradigm (and annoyed the elves, which is covered in the novels).

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I find it quite easy to totally rewrite a region and yet change very little about it. The names are all phonetically the same, the people are all there, the events are all there (a few have a slight date change but less than a handful) and a whole lot of logic is out in place instead of kewl ideas.

The rengarth and angarth (i change thw name on purpose) were the low netherese but a few hardline radicals kept their tribal roots and stayed in their ancestral lands with their ancient traditions.
So when the desert began to appear the low netherese ran off to the east and west (canon already has netherese forming a base of the northern moonsea population but i forget the source).

The hardline rengarth and angarth stay where they are, believing that sticking to ancient traditions will save them (thise that betrayed thise traditions caused the gods to punish everyone). Then the desert swallowed their lands and they died or fled last of all.

The pure netherese in seventon stayed for a few decades until the desert and the monsters running ahead of it ruined seventon. The survivors went east to the ride or went southeast to the survivor states.

The diaspora is a whole lot more confusing than most think.

I would love to know more about evereska though. If it is around during netherils time then it would be handy to know if it is from the very start or during a particular age that it is created. It is almost totally unknown to outsiders today (location wise) so it was likely even more secret then and while netheril was powerful the rituals of the elves are evwn more so when done right so i have no qualms about making netheril just unaware of its existence.

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Markustay
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You do realize 'Seventon' (the original 'realm') is at the same latitude as The Tortured Lands, right? WAY north of the Moonsea and even Thar. It was just barely below the southern edge of Sossal (latitude-wise)! That's why I think that the Fall of the Weave (and Netheril) interrupted something else that was effecting weather, or perhaps interrupted something that was already interrupting a weather changing effect. For example, suppose the Giants of Jothûn - an Ostoria survivor-state - finally figured out how to do a ritual that would dampen the effects of Ulutiu's necklace? So a nice chunk of territory begins to 'warm up' for them, and keep the glacier at bay for a thousand years or so. Then the Weave comes crashing down and the magic runs amok - all that 'stored up' cold that's been holding back sweeps down and starts freezing everything like crazy.

I'm not saying I would use that (in fact, I already hate it, because I don't think Rune Magic should be Weave-dependent), but those are the lines I am thinking along here something was holding back all that cold-magic, until the Weave fell. It may have even been something the Netherese themselves did (although I think it should predate them, since they settled around Seventon, which was right on the edge of the High Ice, which was water at the time. So maybe post-giants but pre-Netheril. The Ogres supposedly had a Kingdom up in Thar, although that's quite a leap saying they would have been that powerful (Orcs also say they had a kingdom there - maybe Gruumsh, in his Kozah aspect?) Thar is pretty central to the area I see being 'de-iced' for a time.

But lets talk about Rivers. I like rivers. I know some people don't, because it interferes with all the fantasy explanations for stuff (because rivers are where REAL settlements belong). I just discovered a NEW river. Or rather, just realized two major rivers used to be one. After superimposing the maps, I realized that the Ashaba used to be a MUCH more 'major' river, and began in the High Ice, or what was The Narrow Sea back in the day. It cuts right through the mountains there and on over into Shadowdale. Once I layered all the maps, it becomes plain as day. Now its divided into the (lower) Ashaba River, and the River of Gems that runs through Anauroch. When Basin Lake (and Lake Miir) dried-up, they became 'unconnected'. This explains all those small rivers running out of the Desertmouth Mountains (you can see where they go on the Netheril map).

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Well the Narrow Sea is also volcanic so slightly warmed by that and I have the Great Glacier going through various periods of expansion and retreat since -25500 DR (not -2550 DR) as Ulutiu's necklace was recovered by the giants and then replaced and other things affected the temperature).

During Netheril it was going through a natural retreat phase which was later exacerbated by the use of mythallars along the edge of the Narrow Sea so I have the High Ice as much diminished but ice itself expands much further south during the winter months.



The rivers thing really confused me. I'm not certain but I think the Netheril boxed set had the river flowing south to north but the Anauroch boxed set had it flowing the opposite way around. I split it in two and around about the same level as the scimitar spires it flows south to north up to the Narrow Sea and also north to south down to the Dalelands.
When the desert forms it changes all that with a huge glacier growth and accumulation of sand and other magical oddities that cause the river to flow north to south the entire way. But I was never much of a geographer so I'm happy to alter things if someone can come up with a better explanation of what is going on. I can try and find the quotes that say which way the water is flowing and then see what can be explained.

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Thanks to an old post by Dalor Darden, I found it...
quote:
–2465 DR
The elves of Lethyr use High Magic to stop the spread of the Great Glacier southward and to regulate temperatures, thereby preserving their forest home and surrounding lands.

Thats at least one example of 'weather tampering' in regards to the far north of the Glacier(s).

I'm 'drawing a bead' elsewhere though - there is literally a circle of 'unfrozen' land where The Great mount of Ghaethluntar is. Hmmmmmm...

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quote:
Originally posted by dazzlerdal

The rivers thing really confused me. I'm not certain but I think the Netheril boxed set had the river flowing south to north but the Anauroch boxed set had it flowing the opposite way around. I split it in two and around about the same level as the scimitar spires it flows south to north up to the Narrow Sea and also north to south down to the Dalelands.
When the desert forms it changes all that with a huge glacier growth and accumulation of sand and other magical oddities that cause the river to flow north to south the entire way. But I was never much of a geographer so I'm happy to alter things if someone can come up with a better explanation of what is going on. I can try and find the quotes that say which way the water is flowing and then see what can be explained.
You'd be surprised by how many 'intelligent' people I have run into (doing maps, etc.) that think rivers flow INLAND from the coast. They think that the water moves from the sea to the land, instead of vice-vers.

It boggles the mind.

But as for that river, it clearly runs all the way from the Narrow Sea (which itself formed from glacial run-off), down to the lake(s) that were in the survivor states, through the mountains (there is even a pass there), and hooks up with the Ashaba.

Going through old threads trying to find WHAT was up in the Tortured Lands, Ed mentions 'ancient lost kingdoms' from a time before humans became prevalent (Not saying some of them weren't human - just a time predating human 'supremacy'). Something about Mount Ghaethluntar has always bugged me - its just sitting there all by itself. Mountains do NOT form like that. And its riddled with tunnels and caverns.

There are some truly (pre-human) 'dwellings' in K-T as well, over in Guge, that look like 'honey-combed mountains', that are very similar to ant-hills designed by something roughly human-sized. I've linked those to eastern drow, but perhaps they are even old than the drow. Some sort of fey-mounds? Although Ghaethluntar - if it is one - would have to be the largest one ever recorded in the Prime Mate4ial (AFAIK).

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Spellweaver ruin by the monument of the ancients (although i could be a few thousand miles out as that map was the wrong way up)

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quote:
Originally posted by dazzlerdal

Spellweaver ruin by the monument of the ancients (although i could be a few thousand miles out as that map was the wrong way up)

Plus, that map is also using the warped 3e topology.

It would be MUCH further left (off the northern edge of the map) than the MotA map shows. I also just noticed that map is missing the village of Bluestone, which should be at that intersection just above the double 'oo' in Moonsea North. Tsk Tsk


The 'effect' seems to be centered some hundred miles NE of Ghaethluntar, almost right in the middle between that mountain and the Sunrise (Taurax) Mountains, but its easily reconcilable. First off, meta-gaming, they 'twisted' a lot of the north from Ed's originals because of Vaasa & Damara. Secondly, the Phaerimm's life-draining effect seems to also 'suck up' warmth as well (I think they are like vampires but the what they 'drink' is the ultraviolet spectrum of energy), so what we may have here is two (or more) effects 'conflicting', throwing the center-point off.

In other words, Ulutiu's necklace freezes the whole of the north (giants go bye bye). Then certain groups do what they can to either counter or 'turn off' the effect within a set region, like the Lethyr elves. Lets say Ghaethluntar is tied to one such effect. That means the 'de-icing' effect from it should spread at least another 150 miles SW. What we see there (on the FRIA and Fonstad maps) is a circle that's been 'flattened' on one side - what I assume to be the Phaerimm's "Life-Draining Magics" countering the warming 'magic' or whatever is going on there.

And it may not even be magic - it could be natural volcanism at play. If Ghaethluntar is a dormant volcano, and the whole area is filled with hot springs and other geothermal activity, that could explain it as well (Nature has its own magic).

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The dichotomy of Low Netheril and High Netheril is the key to "explaining" much of what occurred to that realm. I have many thoughts, but most are in the "spitballing" stage. If you both come to GENCON we can talk about this stuff for hours!

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Thats the most compelling reason to attend gencon that ive ever seen. If i find a few thousand quid lying around then i will definitely be there.

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Posted - 26 Feb 2018 :  18:42:19  Show Profile Send Markustay a Private Message  Reply with Quote
I wish I could, but this is probably my brokest year ever. Seriously - my total projected income this year is $50.

EDIT:
Need help again - anyone have a hard-copy of the Anauroch map? Once again, I can't really read the map-key. Most of them I can easily figure-out, but the first three mountain terrains - I can't read the secondary print there (I assume its the heights of the different mountain types).

Also, I was looking back over my semi-old Map of the Eastern Heartlands, and I thought I had gotten the two terrain-types for desert mixed-up, but it turns out, the Anauroch map itself got it wrong (I should have figured my research back then wouldn't let me make such a novice mistake)*. I've been meaning to post an updated version of that map, but I didn't because my main project was going to cover the same region. Had I know my main project would be delayed by almost two years I would have just gone for it. That map was missing a few settlements.

*The Plain of Standing Stones IS the 'badlands' type terrain, and the rest - except for the High Ice - is the 'sandy' type of desert. The official map would have you thinking otherwise (if I am reading that map key correctly).

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Edited by - Markustay on 26 Feb 2018 19:33:07
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dazzlerdal
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Posted - 26 Feb 2018 :  19:58:45  Show Profile Send dazzlerdal a Private Message  Reply with Quote
I went back over the books and the Anauroch boxed set definitely describes the River of Gems flowing from the High Ice south.

The Netheril boxed set however describes it as a channel to allow easy and quick transport of goods and information south as far as daggers point without many hazards.
I realise that you can transport goods and people upriver but its lots easier going downriver and quicker

So the question is can a river change direction if the topography of the land changes. If the river flows south to north (from the Hidden Vale to the Narrow Sea) because the land is a big depression in the centre of the basin could it then change and flow north to south if a huge glacier a hundred feet high appeared in the centre of the basin and then all the sand started building up against it and there is presumably permafrost beneath the surface of the sand.

Could run off from that glacier not flow down the sand and into a huge sinkhole (made by a fallen enclave) that leads into the underdark and makes its way as far south as the Dalelands - passing under the mountains.

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Markustay
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Posted - 27 Feb 2018 :  00:20:28  Show Profile Send Markustay a Private Message  Reply with Quote
OR... it could have just been a stupid mistake.

The river passes through the mountains. Its clear as day to me

I did move the connecting piece south (from where I can see it on the super-imposed maps), so as to line-up better with the pass through the mountains you can see on the survivor-state map (there's a trail there that leads to the Tower of Ashaba). Interesting that Anauria has a trail leading to a drow stronghold, no? You don't build roads to people you are trying to avoid.

That same map doesn't show the river connection (because it ceased to exist after the Fall), but considering how off other things are on it (like the lake that's completely in the wrong spot - water ALWAYS travels to the lowest point it can reach, and the damn depression - where the lake was in Nethril - is RIGHT THERE), I have no problem nudging it a bit south, rather than create TWO passages through the mountains, right near each other. In fact, it makes perfect sense the 'new' trail followed the old, dry riverbed.

I also only just learned that river didn't get named 'Ashaba' until after a water-wizard merged himself with the river. The tower was HIS (after he defeated the drow the first time). So the whole thing - from its humble beginnings on the Narrow sea, right on to where it empties into the Dragon Reach at Scardale - was probably all called The River of Gems during the time of Netheril.

And I am starting to like the idea the Battle of Bones IS something fairly new. In fact, I'm almost sure of it at this point. Despite the backstory in the EE booklet (which are all notoriously 'erroneous' when it comes to FR's history), I think it began as a shattered enclave that rained-down in that area. However, because of the condition (and 'spread') of it, I was say it exploded while still high in the air. I know of at east one Flying Enclave that did that (I have to look it up). It would also go a LONG way in explaining some of the oddness in that region (including chaotic magical fluctuations).

EDIT:
Dubloon would make an interesting choice. Jockteleg could be another. Tenish has possibilities, especially considering it wasn't in the Netheril boxed set. There are a few others named in LEoF but not in the boxed set, but I could has sworn reading about one that actually exploded pre-Fall.

I also just came across the name of yet another 'lost kingdom' - Apothecs. I now have a name for my pre-Halaster Thaeravel people.

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Edited by - Markustay on 27 Feb 2018 03:05:52
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TomCosta
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Posted - 27 Feb 2018 :  01:42:31  Show Profile Send TomCosta a Private Message  Reply with Quote
The three mountains on the Anauroch map are from top to bottom: "Mountains (high), Mountains (medium), Mountains (low)" and then onto Foothills and Rolling Hills, etc.
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Markustay
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Posted - 27 Feb 2018 :  03:04:54  Show Profile Send Markustay a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Thank you, Tom.

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dazzlerdal
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Posted - 27 Feb 2018 :  12:02:07  Show Profile Send dazzlerdal a Private Message  Reply with Quote
I dont remember the dates but the twisted tower was not always drow occupied. The elves of cormanthyr cleared it out and anauria may have had the trail created during that time.

There was also a trail leading from basin lake through the mountains but it would have led to the human settlements in the cleared land around the river tesh (between cormanthor and rystall wood).

The rystall wood was for info created when a big meteor slammed into one of the three elven kingdoms in cormanthyr (the one with the famous library) which burned a big swathe of forest down along the river. This gap was widened later by the spider fires.

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George Krashos
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Posted - 27 Feb 2018 :  13:39:46  Show Profile Send George Krashos a Private Message  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by dazzlerdal

I dont remember the dates but the twisted tower was not always drow occupied. The elves of cormanthyr cleared it out and anauria may have had the trail created during that time.

There was also a trail leading from basin lake through the mountains but it would have led to the human settlements in the cleared land around the river tesh (between cormanthor and rystall wood).

The rystall wood was for info created when a big meteor slammed into one of the three elven kingdoms in cormanthyr (the one with the famous library) which burned a big swathe of forest down along the river. This gap was widened later by the spider fires.




Cormanthyr reclaimed the Twisted Tower in -331 DR and lost it again in 194 DR. Perfect match with the rise of the Survivor States.

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dazzlerdal
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Posted - 27 Feb 2018 :  14:22:35  Show Profile Send dazzlerdal a Private Message  Reply with Quote
I knew you would be along to help out George and so we have a perfect reason for the road to exist - everyone on the other side of the mountains are potential friendlies and very rich friendlies

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Can someone give me any source or insight into the People of the Black Sails? I keep seeing them mentioned from time to time on these boards but I've never been able to find much.

On Ghaethluntar, I have it as an enormous volcano with a family of red dragons covertly ruling over an empire of flinds (the flind part comes from Polyhedron 81, for the volcano and red dragons part I can't find my sources ...).
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