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KanzenAU
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Posted - 31 Jan 2017 :  12:13:39  Show Profile Send KanzenAU a Private Message  Reply with Quote  Delete Topic
I've been thinking about climate on Toril, and as many sages before me have noted, I can't help but notice the Endless Ice Sea and other ice formations are very far south of where they would be expected. The Endless Ice Sea starts at about the 52nd parallel north, and can't be accounted for with Earth as a close parallel to Toril (although the size and tilt are different, they're not different enough). Ed has said in the past that winters are about the equivalent of +5 parallels north, but that's still not enough. Admittedly he was mainly talking about the Heartlands and Waterdeep, but it still seems like it couldn't be that cold up there.

It's possible the entire area could be at an altitude of 2,000+ metres, which might account for it. Or, magic, or gods. Or Ulutiu's necklace had a far greater effect than just the Great Glacier.

Any ideas, sages?

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Let me put it this way... on Faerūn (at least, in the area between Great Glacier, Thay, Halruaa and Evermeet), "natural weather pattern" is an oxymoronic misnomer.

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KanzenAU
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That is almost certainly true, but I'm hoping there's a little bit more to it than that, and that those sorts of things didn't account for Toril-wide, centuries lasting, climate changes - at least not en masse.

I've had a look at the axial tilt (28.89deg) and other parameters of Toril as laid down by Ed in previous threads, and figured out the Arctic Circle should be as low as 61.11deg north of the equator (Earth's is around 66). We know the last ice age extended on Earth extended about as far down as the 40th parallel north (getting right down to Manhattan), albeit 20,000 years ago, so ice being down to such a level isn't flat out totally crazy. But, the greater axial tilt of Toril should also melt ice faster, due to greater sun exposure, so this doesn't seem like enough on its own. While we don't know how much the tilt wobbles, it can't be too drastic, as that would cause widespread environmental chaos.

I wonder if Toril isn't still recovering from an ice age, perhaps the one mentioned in GHotR as ending about 37,000 years ago. At first glance it seems that over that amount of time, given the similarity of Toril's climate to that of Earth, the glaciers should have receded more. However, the GHotR makes it sound like that ice age was no minor thing, and covered the whole of Toril.
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This earliest days of recorded history begin at the end of a great Ice Age, some 37,000 years ago, when the last glaciations largely ended and the great ocean receded to reveal dry land.

In that case, especially considering the large albedo slowdown effect that amount of ice and snow would produce, it seems possible that they're still receding. There's also the fact that the North Pole of Toril is significantly blocked off from warm ocean currents by large continents in most directions, resulting in far from maximal heating of the glaciers. The Spine of the World would further shield the glaciers from many of the warming winds.

A receding Ice Age as the cause seems to be what I'm going with for now. Interested in others' thoughts! And yes, the Ring of Winter is always an option...

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You may have answered your own question.

I've had a lot of problems with Toril's weather myself, and decided it must have almost no axial tilt, to account for the perma-frost at both poles. Now, that might go against what Ed said, but its the only thing that made any sense... until just now.

I'm also aware of several large meteor strikes in recent centuries, the most recent being in the vicinity of the Moonsea and probably landed somewhere in - or past - Vassa. This coincides with Vassa having come out from under the icecap.

So what if all of it were true? What if Ed's statement about Toril's axial tilt is current, but has only changed recently ('recent' being within the past 500 years). Both the Sea of Fallen stars (Note the name) and the Moonsea (also note the name) were made up of much smaller bodies of water that were increased in size (and connected together) after meteor strikes. Now, we know the Inner Sea happened in the distant past (but NOT as far back as the Sundering - it happened during the age when Giants had their kingdoms), but what occurred with the Moonsea may have been quite recent. What if we had a shallow-strike meteor impact - one that only skinned the surface (like what some scientists believe created The Great lakes) - and it caused an axial or crustal shift? We may have had almost no axial tilt just a mere 300 years ago, and now we have 29ŗ axial tilt.

That could account for quite a lot of the freakish weather, and 'iceage-like' conditions until recently. The Ama Basin in northern Kara-Tur also seems to be very similar to whats going on in northern Russia these days, with conditions that seem to indicate much of it has recently come out from under glacial conditions (Taiga forests and massive (cold) wetlands. There are also quite a lot of 'ancient ruins' there that are perfectly preserved - perhaps from some primordial culture that got stuck under the ice (perhaps during The Sundering). The same could be said for the far north of Faerūn - the giant empires were all over that northern area before the ice took over, and there are ruins there as well (I recall at least one article about them on the WotC site).

So it appears that we have some sort of freezing event (which might just be that necklace under the Great Glacier), and then we had a major warming event... or there may have been more then one of each (perhaps more similar to Earth's weather history than I previously thought). I hadn't thought Toril had a true Ice-age, because it still has dinosaurs, but that could be explained by magic and gods, or just that during the time of no axial tilt, they all existed in a narrow band near the equator. Most of the existing prehistoric creatures still live in those areas, but some apparently have migrated as far as the North. Some of those may have been transplants, though. For example, there are raptors in the stonelands, but we also have a canon novel that takes place a thousand years in Cormyr's past wherein an explorer goes to chult; eggs could have easily made their way back around that time, and a millennia later we have raptors near Cormyr.

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KanzenAU
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I spent a lot of time reading about climate and axial tilts and such today, when I probably should have been doing other things...

I'm not sure if a change of axial tilt that huge could have gone unnoticed (unrecorded in major lore) over the last 500 years. That kind of change would alter the whole world's climate drastically, and I would have thought that would have affected the history of every land on Toril.

I'm going through the GHotR now to find more stuff, here's a breakdown of interesting tidbits:

-35,000 DR: End of last great Ice Age, "great ocean reveals dry land", beginning of Days of Thunder
-31,500 DR: Map on p6 shows ice coverage being at about the same level as OGB maps, implying not much change over the next 33,000 years.
-31,000 DR: The batrachi release several primordials from imprisonment as a part of their war with the titans, and terrible earthquakes, fires, and windstorms sweep the planet. The primordial Asgorath the World Shaper hurls an ice moon at Toril. The four inner seas merge into the Sea of Fallen Stars. The climate change wipes out the batrachi and Ao creates the twin world of Abeir which the primordials are granted dominion of. The sarrukh remark on the "changing of the stars", possibly implying that either a jump in time or location was made for Toril as well.
-17,600 DR: The first Sundering ritual makes a concentration of the Weave so powerful a piece of Arvandor is brought into Faerun, which itself is shattered into multiple continents. The aftermath may result in the Weave being less uniform outside of Evermeet (p11 GHotR)
-339 DR: Karsus "slays" Mystryl, causing widespread disruptions to the Weave.
1385: The Spellplague erupts when the Weave is again disrupted with the "death" of Mystra, and the twin worlds of Abeir and Toril partly merge
1482-87: The "second Sundering" splits the twin worlds of Abeir and Toril once more, Mystra reappears and the Weave is rebuilt.

I would argue these are the only events known to us that are large-scale enough to significantly change the climate of the entire planet. The Dark Disaster, the wars of Calim and Memnon, the draining of the Anauroch etc etc I think are probably too small scale to affect the whole of Toril. I didn't really want to add in the Mystra stuff either, but as she is close to an Overgod and the Weave lies over the whole world, I figured those events warrant a mention.

ANYWAY, main point is, it appears that the retraction of the ice occurred relatively quickly, over 3,500 years (if the map on p6 of GHotR is to believed, which is debatable). That could easily be explained by Toril's large axial tilt (which, in addition may have been different prior to this). So, if this is the case, we have almost another 33,000 years to explain why it stays where it is for the rest of that time.

My new theory is that the "changing of the stars" event brought about by the batrachi is the link here. It occurred only 500 years after the above-mentioned map, which puts it at the perfect time to halt the glacial retreat at where it is. Plus, we know primordials were running rampant. Plus, we know there's a rapid change in climate, which eliminates the batrachi. This is also the last major definitive change in climate in the setting, so it makes sense to use it - I don't doubt the Sundering would have changed a great deal, but potentially it might not have altered this specific thing.

So, whatever the batrachi do halts the glacial retreat and the climate goes haywire for a period as primordials go nuts.

Perhaps, and this is stretching it in a way I didn't particularly want to go, but perhaps the Endless Ice Sea is linked to an ice primordial that remained behind after the split of Abeir and Toril, similar to Borem of the Boiling Mud. It's an easy explanation for why the glaciers didn't keep receding at least, and it uses the prior lore.

Personally I was getting attached to the "glaciers still in retreat" theory, so I'm a little bit disappointed by the revelation of the p6 map. But, in the interest of being true to the lore, the batrachi event leaving behind a primordial of ice is my best explanation. Maybe that primordial was even one of the Seven Lost Gods, and since its destruction within the last couple of millennia the glaciers have once again began to retreat...

Many possibilities. Keen to hear other theories and thoughts.

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What was the name of the book that the antagonist was trying to blow up a volcano in the Hordelands? Volcanic explosions when they are big enough can also mess with climate

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I would add:

-4000 DR The duergar rebel against their illithid masters and eventually free themselves of the mind flayers’ dominion. These newly liberated gray dwarves carve out their own holdings in the northern Underdark, beneath the Orsraun Mountains, and in isolated caverns deep beneath the Great Glacier. (I find this note about glacier just north of Jhaamdath strange at least)

-2550 DR Ulutiu, a minor sea deity, exiles himself to the Astral Plane. His ice necklace sinks, creating the Great Glacier. (??? Lets ignore this one)

-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. (This suggest that glacier was around Moonsea, Rashemen, Neverwinter and Silver Marches, possibly even lower at that time)

-2460 DR The Nar human tribes and the hobgoblins of the northern mountains and tundra, pushed south by the expansion of the Great Glacier, come into conflict with each other and the elves of Lethyr

632 DR In Eleint, the Ice Queen’s Winter descends on Myth Ondath [555, 633]. Led by the lich Vrandak the Burnished, the besieging army of Iyraclea the Ice Queen is accompanied by winter storms raised by her magic, that claw Myth Ondath all year long. This attack spreads awareness of Iyraclea’s might across the Realms, and makes her claim of being the preeminent cleric of Auril in all of Faer#251;n fact rather than mere hollow boast. The Frostmaiden empowers Iyraclea with new and mightier cold magics, and the Great Glacier under which she dwells begins to expand. (Not sure where is glacier at that time, in this region it might have receeded due to heat from Anauroch desert. It might have broken its power as it splitted glacier in half)

991 DR The kingdom of Sossal [331, 1319] is rocked by a series of earthquakes. The tremors create fissures in parts of the Great Glacier, unleashing several power-ful demons trapped there since the fall of Narfell. Led by their ruler Londra-eth, the warriors of Sossal manage to vanquish the rampaging fiends. (seems like melting ice byproduct)

1038 DR The Great Glacier retreats from the lands of Damara, Vaasa, and upper Narfell. Many folk from Impiltur and Thesk migrate north to the newly uncovered lands. (Glacier in form almost as we know it today around 1300+ DR)

so it seems that around 600-800 DR the expansion/area of Glacier started to halt and receed taking another 200 years to free Vaasa from it.
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Thanks for the input, but I didn't include the Great Glacier stuff as it feels like kind of it's own separate thing, having been definitely created by magical means (Ulutiu's necklace). If you don't want the necklace to be a thing it does warrant explaining though.

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Another spanner that makes me want to go back to the "glaciers in retreat" theory, courtesy of The Hooded One in this thread:
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Originally posted by The Hooded One

And things are definitely warming up, in Waterdeep's vicinity (i.e. the winters in the late 1200s DR and the first half of the 1300s DR were far more severe, with the harbor freezing up, etc., than they are now).
All of this comes from Ed, BTW, and being as he created the Realms and Waterdeep along with it...
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This warming could be a sign the climate is continuing to change... or it could be only around Waterdeeep/the Sword Coast, or it could be a medieval warm period like couple of centuries and then everything settles down again. Probably more likely to be one of the latter, but interesting nonetheless.

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I have a theory that Ice ages are coming in cycles of few thousand years. From my notes this should be around each 12000 years. This fits at -24000, -12000 and -3000. Only big problem are elves as they have been occuping northern teritories through out those times without problem. Or could it be that Crown Wars were started due to shortening of resources in the North? That would be a interesting spin on that event...
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Not a bad idea.

Plus the poles are not static and can move. There is even a chance the poles can reverse.

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There are a bunch of meteor-related events missing from the GHotR, from such diverse source as The Great Glacier and Player's guide to the Forgotten Realms (both 2e) - the second source is actually a 'frame story' of just such a strike ('fallen tear').

I've come to the conclusion that the events detailed in that work must have taken place sometime before the 1e campaign start date, and perhaps even a few centuries earlier. However, I'm not sure if there are mentions of prominent figures that would mess up that theory (some - like Chosen and elves - wouldn't really matter, because of their long lives).

Also, FR has gods, and an overgod, and they could 'assuage' both the physical damage from such an event, and also memories of it. We've had examples of both in canon. We've also had an example of a MAJOR meteorological/cosmological event that NO-ONE apparently noticed - not even the Chosen! (it was in one of Paul Kemp's novels - I don't recall the details, but it was a planet-killer involved in that, which got 'shattered' just before impact, IIRC). A million smaller meteors rained down all over the Heartlands... and no-one batted an eye. Must be a fairly common occurrence, I guess.

EDIT: And there HAVE BEEN several large volcano eruptions in FR as well, including two (related) ones in the Threat from the Sea series. Apparently, when you have 'gods & magic', that influences your climate and geography much more than RW science does. My point here being that, I doubt 'the gods' would allow a naturally-occurring (or unnatural) cosmological event (like a crustal shift) to wipe-out their followers en masse. Yes, it IS far-fetched, but so are constant, fairly large meteor-strikes that have NOT 'killed the planet' (The Tunlands is a crater, BTW, and the 'Star Mounts' are the remnants of a crashed meteor... the whole freakin' range! There are dozens more I have become aware of).

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Don't forget the Dragon Laser next to Westgate that was built to shoot down the King Killer Star.

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Just lost a long post

In short my post was about not every volcanic eruption and meteor strike as having to be massively climate changing. We've had about 20 volcano eruptions and at least 4 meteor strikes on Earth since 2000 alone, so it's possible the events mentioned thus far simply weren't big enough to affect the climate outside the local area long term. Real world examples include 2014's eruption of Mount Ontake and the 2013 meteor strike at Chelyabinsk, both of which had devastating effects locally, but weren't noticed climate-wise globally - at least not long term.

Even the fallout from Selune from the "dragon laser" is very dependent on how big the chunks were falling to Toril, and where they landed. I'm a bit confused about that event - GHotR seems to indicate that event occurred towards the end of the Time of Dragons and was responsible for an "inland sea", whereas we know the Sea of Fallen Stars was created earlier, in -31,000 DR by the batrachi event. Maybe it meant an inland sea on Selune, or maybe the writer (this is from a document alleged to be written in -349 DR) just got it wrong. Or maybe it just widened the Sea of Fallen Stars... was this covered in any other sources?

Anyway, I'm no climate scientist, just a guy that's read a lot in the past few days. YMMV. But, I'd like to be able to explain things without using deities and magic until we absolutely have to. If there's a solution that avoids using them, I'd be a happy man.

Edit: Could the Tunlands crater and the Star Mounts be from a time before the previous Ice Age? That would help explain them away...

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Well, there was crustal shift in the movie 2012, and John Cusak and the rest of the people (left) on Earth didn't seem to notice (much).

So if a movie says it can happen, well, then... a magical fantasy setting can do it too.

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quote:
Originally posted by KanzenAU

Just lost a long post

In short my post was about not every volcanic eruption and meteor strike as having to be massively climate changing. We've had about 20 volcano eruptions and at least 4 meteor strikes on Earth since 2000 alone, so it's possible the events mentioned thus far simply weren't big enough to affect the climate outside the local area long term. Real world examples include 2014's eruption of Mount Ontake and the 2013 meteor strike at Chelyabinsk, both of which had devastating effects locally, but weren't noticed climate-wise globally - at least not long term.

Even the fallout from Selune from the "dragon laser" is very dependent on how big the chunks were falling to Toril, and where they landed. I'm a bit confused about that event - GHotR seems to indicate that event occurred towards the end of the Time of Dragons and was responsible for an "inland sea", whereas we know the Sea of Fallen Stars was created earlier, in -31,000 DR by the batrachi event. Maybe it meant an inland sea on Selune, or maybe the writer (this is from a document alleged to be written in -349 DR) just got it wrong. Or maybe it just widened the Sea of Fallen Stars... was this covered in any other sources?

Anyway, I'm no climate scientist, just a guy that's read a lot in the past few days. YMMV. But, I'd like to be able to explain things without using deities and magic until we absolutely have to. If there's a solution that avoids using them, I'd be a happy man.

Edit: Could the Tunlands crater and the Star Mounts be from a time before the previous Ice Age? That would help explain them away...




Actually, Markustay may have hit on the explanation to those two separate events before. The one that was in -31000 DR destroyed the Ice Moon Zotha (possibly creating the tears of Selune) created the Sea of Fallen Stars and dropped a bunch of dragon eggs onto Toril. We've had a lot of theories for this, but it involved "Asgoroth the World Shaper" destroying the ice moon by hurling it at the world. We also have the story of "Asgorath the World Shaper" in the 1e draconomicon using its breath to "destroy the crystal sun" (the "crystal sun" that Zotha had wrought before Asgorath cast him down.) So, did Asgorath/Asgoroth destroy an ice moon or a crystal sun? Either way, something fell from the sky and afterwards dragons were come to Toril.... and Abeir and Toril were split.


So maybe the "dragon laser" talked about by Kisonraathiisar caused the moonsea?

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I dont think thats possible.

Im pretty sure the moonsea was around during the 1000 years war between giant and dragon. At that time it was called the dragonsea because of all the dragons around it.

The dragonlaser was a gathering of dragons around -5500 dr on the edgde of westgate.

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Originally posted by KanzenAU

Edit: Could the Tunlands crater and the Star Mounts be from a time before the previous Ice Age? That would help explain them away...

I would hazard to guess they were from the time of the (1st) Sundering, with all that stuff Slevas just talked about above.

Something - some sort of uber proto-god (Primoridal?) - 'died', and its 'parts' rained down upon Toril. We have the elves using 'Star Silver' from those very mountains during the Age of the Dragon Empires (which was right after the worlds were split).*

I am sure something VERY important - an important 'body part' or artifact - lies somewhere beneath the Cormyr region (on into the Tunlands and the Stonelands). I think this 'may' be connected to the Crystal Grott.

As for the sun/Moon thing, if we try to combine some of the draconic myths with those of FR's pantheon (and who's to say they're NOT the same myths? Why are we even considering Powers that are most certainly proto-gods 'human' at all? Shar and selūne are NOT 'human' - never were. Neither is Mystryl), then perhaps the 'body' that Selūne set alight was the ice moon, thus creating that 'First Sun', which pissed Shar off no end, so she destroyed it (creating the series of events that lead to Ao needing to Sunder Abeir and Toril in the first place - the Creator-Races PRE-EXISTED that separation).

So we have two immensely powerful beings - basically just 'energy incarnate'. I have a theory that the very term 'dragon' (in the D&Dverse) derives from an earlier 'draco' term simply meaning 'something of unimaginable power'. This is why the VERY different Celestial Dragons of the east - actually 'gods' - are still called 'dragons' (and one of them was apparently a thousand miles long, when you look at the Dragonwall). Anyhow, these two 'forces of nature' were once so close to almost(?) be considered 'one', and then they had a disagreement over a smaller body (some sort of 'child' Eggs WERE involved in one version), and that thing (whatever it was) was destroyed... but out of that destruction rained-down thousands of fragments (although some stayed aloft, orbiting their moth.. errr... the Moon). Some of them still fall 'till this day. And we have a battle between these two monstrous entities, and during that conflict their two energies are combined to form a new being (a child of the first two), who would become the Weave.

If you look at all the (D&D) creation myths, they aren't so different. Even the one from Guide to Hell is about two COSMIC draconic entities fighting and creating the Great Wheel (giving birth to the universe itself). Instead of looking for the differences, we need to see the subtle truths. There is no 'human' pantheon, or 'draconic' pantheon - beings of that level of power can appear any way they wish, or just the way their faithful expect them too. There's really just one set of 'gods', and just one 'creation', but mortal folly and a million years of 'retelling' has obfuscated those subtle truths. Energy has no form, except for the one your mind assigns to it.


*Realms of the Elves - after just re-reading a portion of it, I realize that the thing about 'Star Silver' once being mined in the Star Mounts was probably from a sourcebook, possibly The North, and that the exact quote says, "Silver mined from Selūne herself"... Hmmmmmmmm...

I know somewhere - possibly further along in that story - they go on to say there is no more 'Star Silver' left to mine there. Thus, the Elves must have 'used up' whatever piece of the 'fallen thingy' fell there, and once again, I think it is of a different nature than that which fell in or around Cormyr (which I would guess was some sort of crystal).

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I dont think thats possible.

Im pretty sure the moonsea was around during the 1000 years war between giant and dragon. At that time it was called the dragonsea because of all the dragons around it.

The dragonlaser was a gathering of dragons around -5500 dr on the edgde of westgate.

p48 of the GHotR indicates that the dragonlaser (we really need a better word for that!) took place in the "last days of the Reign of Dragons", which seems to indicate sometime between -25,000 and -24,000 DR. The former date is around the creation of the King Killer Star, and the latter is the formal start of "The First Flowering" and the time of elves. But, this is the only source I'm aware of - where are you getting the other date from? I still want to know more about this dragonlaser.
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From Grand History of the Realms, p48

...they scored only a glancing blow on the moon that circles our world, leaving only a string of tears and an inland sea to mark their failure.

p8 indicates the Sea of Fallen Stars was created by the batrachi/Asgorath event of -31,000 DR, and p9&10 indicates the Moonsea was around during the Time of Dragons (though called the Dragon's Sea).

The description "a string of tears and an inland sea" seems to refer to the Tears of Selune floating behind the moon, and my guess is that the inland sea actually refers to a sea on Selune itself. We know that there are huge lakes and seas on the true surface of Selune from the Spelljammer Realmspace supplement, so it makes good sense that the dragonlaser made one of these.

Dragonlaser fires, misses King Killer Star and hits moon, creates Tears of Selune and an inland sea on Selune. Is there anything in the lore saying anywhere that anything actually hits Toril?

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So anyway, getting back to the OT - with all this 'cosmic weirdness' going on throughout Abeir-Toil's history, with these 'uber-Powers' being able to mitigate the devastation somewhat (in order to preserve life on the world itself), FR's weather s a very... tricky.. thing.

Whatever the case may be, we see (mostly in the FRIA) that both poles are covered with a LOT of ice, and we know thats not always the case, and by the time we see the 3e world map, the ice is left completely off (which doesn't really mean anything, unless we know for sure that map is 'in game'). And Ed has told me that passage between the Sea of Moving Ice and The Great Ice Sea has been possible in the past (and may be yet again, now that the ice is receding).

EDIT: You posted again before I hit 'Post', so this is in response to your last post.

I think there was trilogy, but I didn't read it, regarding the 'King-Killer Star'. All my info comes from that book I quoted above (Realms of the Elves) which also covered those events, in a couple of short stories. The Sea of Fallen Stars being created during the time of the Creators doesn't make much sense, since we have lore saying the giants had kingdoms in that spot (of course, at least two kinds of giants can live under water). There are even the ruins of a giant kingdom of some islands, and the elves remember a 'kingdom of the big folk' (so AFTER the time of the Creators).

Thats why I think the Inner sea was just a smaller (or several smaller) body of water that got enlarged later by (another?) meteor-strike (there is some sort of weird 'legend' about the giants chasing a 'big rock' into the sea). So I'm picturing something like the great Lakes, and then something else hitting the region, and now we have the Sea of Fallen Stars as we know it today (because how could we have even gotten that name IF it happened BEFORE the Sundering?)

As for the Moonsea, thats a bit more confusing. We have some very ancient lore about it being around, and at the same time, the name itself implies it was created by another 'strike' (and I believe I verified in one of Ed's replies to me, but I'm not sure). The small strike that is the basis for the 2e FRPG story was in that vicinty, but the sea itself was already there (and I believe it was still unfound at the end, and they were all the way in Vassa, IIRC, so it may even have landed in The Great Glacier).

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Originally posted by Markustay

Whatever the case may be, we see (mostly in the FRIA) that both poles are covered with a LOT of ice, and we know thats not always the case, and by the time we see the 3e world map, the ice is left completely off (which doesn't really mean anything, unless we know for sure that map is 'in game'). And Ed has told me that passage between the Sea of Moving Ice and The Great Ice Sea has been possible in the past (and may be yet again, now that the ice is receding).


I don't think the 3e world map (I assume you mean the FRCS one?) would necessarily show the ice caps - real world maps rarely do either! I assumed those world maps only showed land masses and not ice masses, similar to most maps.

With regards to the connection between seas, I assume you're talking about THO's response in this thread, where I think the implication is that the ice caps DO exist, and are hundreds of feet thick. Can you quote the post where they (THO or Ed) said that passage was possible in the past? I'm interested, because that would change a very great deal.

EDIT: Sounds like I'll have to find a copy of Realms of the Elves then! If anyone can help out with the trilogy name, that would also be appreciated.

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As far as the timeline for the Sea of Fallen Stars goes, I haven't yet found an indication that it wasn't entirely created by the Asgorath/batrachi event. It's definitely possible later impacts widened it, but I can't find anything in the lore to that effect.

The only giants I'm aware of in the region are storm giants (mentioned in Sea of Fallen Stars) in the underwater Mountains of Volar, and these could easily have been founded in the Time of Giants with a present Sea of Fallen Stars, as the dwellings are underwater. They could also have been founded well after the Time of Giants and even the Sundering, but I find this less likely with the decline of giants over this period. I imagine the "kingdoms of the big folk", if they were on land, were likely giant settlements on islands, and this doesn't preclude an earlier creation for the SoFS either.

Sea of Fallen Stars also states elven reports of dragons ruling over these lands prior to their arrival in -17,000 DR, just after the Sundering. So it seems like the Sea was already present, with dragons around it. But, this could go either way, SoFS doesn't state when the Sea was created. It does say that "life has existed around the Inner Sea" since time immemorial" though...

I don't know why the Sea of Fallen Stars has to have obtained its name after the Sundering - it could be a name found in the writings of the sarrukh who witnessed it, or it could be a later name created from cave-paintings of the primitive humans who would have witnessed it.

The Tearfall however (the Asgorath/batrachi event), does happen in -31,000 DR according to GHotR, and does create the Sea of Fallen Stars, and does lead to the birth of the dragons on Toril - making it a "major centre for dragons" mentioned in SoFS. The GHotR says that scholars speculate that this was a comet or ice moon falling to Toril, and the dragons hatched soon after. This event is actually expanded upon in the 4e FRCG, with "scholars" holding that a chunk of Toril’s second moon struck Faerūn at that time (second moon?!!! This is new canon to me!), but the timeline remains the same.

A nice myth for me would be that Asgorath (or Io in other myths), as per the "Book of the World" in the Draconomicon (p2), put his lifeforce into the "Crystal Sun of Zotha" (the second moon, an ice moon that looks and glows like crystal which was created by Zotha) to destroy it, and his blood mixed with the physical ice moon and fell to the world as the eggs of dragonkind. This fits in nicely with the creation myths of the dragons. This way, both the "second moon falling" and "creation of dragons" boxes are ticked, and we get the SoFS getting created and the dragons hatching soon after.

That's my take anyway. I look forward to reading Realms of the Elves and this other trilogy to see what lines up, but for the meantime I haven't seen another definite large scale impact in the canon after -31,000 DR. I'm hoping to prepare a proper treatise on Faerun's climate eventually, so if anyone turns up anything large-scale that might impact that, hit up this thread!

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Its a throwaway quote about a group of dragons that attempted to destroy the king killer star somewhere in the region around westgate.

I cant remember the exact source but i suspect it was a volos guide.

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Originally posted by dazzlerdal

I dont think thats possible.

Im pretty sure the moonsea was around during the 1000 years war between giant and dragon. At that time it was called the dragonsea because of all the dragons around it.

The dragonlaser was a gathering of dragons around -5500 dr on the edgde of westgate.



Still possible. The dragonsea may have been a smaller sea, enlarged after the crash. May be why it got renamed from the dragonsea to the moonsea.

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Asgorath myth tells us about him eating the sun. We know it is the same event that ended Batrachi rule and we know that meteorite swarm created Sea of the Fallen Stars from multiple lakes already in the area. It also created Seven Turn Winter - seven years long darkness from ash cloud. I see this "eating of sun" as poetic description of this long period of darkness.

Dragon laser - for me it was a desparate attempt by dragons to stop the Rage from destroying their empires by binding seven lost gods and use their power to break that curse. Sadly it didn't work well and those lost gods broke free. The hills around Westgate are remnant of this ritual.
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As far as the Moonsea goes, it is still referred to as the Dragon Sea as late as 709 DR in the GHotR. The same source also calls it the Moonsea as early as 329 DR, so I guess there was probably some overlap with different cultures calling it different things.

Does anyone have a date and or any lore around the "Moonsea", and any possible impacts there? I've skimmed the Moonsea sourcebooks and found naught.

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