The Scarred South
Modern History of the Scarred South
War of Gold and Gloom
A large group of crusading gold dwarves leave the Great Rift to reclaim the ancient Realm of Deep Shanatar. To stop the expansion of their rivals, the duergar of Dunnspeirrin march towards the mythical dwarven city as well. A war soon erupts between the two dwarven nations.
The Dragon-King of Chessenta, Tchazzar returns, uniting the feuding City-States of Chessenta under his banner.
In the ruins of Shanatar, the gold dwarves discover a bigger threat to the region and an alliance of dwarves, gray and gold, muster their troops and attack the illithid city of Oryndoll. In the end, the mind flayer army is shattered but the dwarven legions, led by the First Urgrosh Brokash and the Dark Gauntlet Steelclaw, lose more than half their number. Leading the biggest army, the honorable First Urgrosh orders the clerics to tend all the wounded and allows the duergars to return to their lands.
The Spellplague hits Faerun.
Drow survivors from the Underdark attack the dwarven city of Underhome and take it from the gold dwarves. The Deep Lords move to Eartheart and forbid anyone to return to the ancient capital city.
A mysterious obsidian citadel appears in the sky over Cormyr and rapidly shifts towards the Sea of Fallen Stars.
First incursions of the Abolethic Sovereignty on the Southern shores of the Sea of Fallen Stars. Akanûl and Chessenta are attacked and their borders overrun by aberrant creatures.
The Merchant Wars
With most of their cities captured or destroyed by the monsters sent from the The Beastlands, Durpari is sent into chaos and, soon, a civil war starts when the most powerful merchant house, Chaka Datharathi, decides to make peace with the Beastlords and starts trading with them. With the help of monster mercenaries sent from the West and the use of magical crystals discovered by the Chaka, the Datharathi takes power in Vaelan.
The War of Ash
After repelling attacks coming from the Blash Ash Plain, the dragonborn of Tymanther dispatch an army to bring down the population of ash giants. In a matter of months, the stone giants are almost wiped out by the forces of the Vanquisher.
First pilgrimages towards the Plaguewrought Lands. The Order of Blue Fire gains predominance in Ormpetarr.
After a decade of bloodshed, the forces of Chessenta repel the aberrant invaders and a new war hero emerges, Ishual Karanok. He unites the City-States of Chessenta under his banner like Tchazzar had done in the past.
The capital city of Akanûl, Brassune, is destroyed in a surprise attack by the Abolethic Sovereignty after several years without any major incursions. The displaced genasi resettle in the ruined city of Aispur and restore it as their new capital.
The Orc Tribe of the Flaming Spike, displaced from its home in Airspur, engages the genasi and tries to take back the city. The orcs fail miserably and are sent back into the Akanapeaks by the Steward of Fire, Emere Gel-Kai.
The gold dwarves of the East Rift finally complete the modifications to Eartheart and declare it their capital city. It is now a fortress built directly on the sides of the canyon. Within months, the Riftedge Towers, guard about a third of the Underchasm. The Church of Gond is officially invited to build temples in the realm, a gesture made by the Deep Lords to thank the gondsmen for their help in the restoration of the dwarven kingdom.
After the death of her father, nephew to War Hero Ishual Karanok, the warrior Shala ascends to the throne of Chessenta. She proves herself in more than a few battles against abolethic horrors and also against dragons trying to gain foothold in the countryland.
The Maerwatch War
The Bloodied Axe, a particularly large and well equipped tribe of orcs living in the Maerwatch Hills, starts raiding the area surrounding the independant city of Saden. The forces of General Numestra Aporos are hired to back the soldiers of the assailed city.
After one year of guerrilla warfare in the Maerwatch, the sellsword general, now in charge of the defense of Saden, decides to bring the battle to the orcs and enters Bloodied Axe territory. After a few skirmishes, they finally locate the horde leader and Aporos challenges him into duel. The Chessentan commander wins the combat while the shaman of the tribe is captured. The horde is disbanded and the bold mercenary gains her first nickname: The Red Maiden.
The Purple Strike
After the kidnapping of his infant son, the Nawab of Chaka Bhatnagar, a powerful merchant house, hires the Red Maiden to get back his son. After an investigation in Chaviyondat and the neighboring cities, it is revealed that a mysterious cult is responsible for the crime and that it hides in the Plains of Purple Dust. Bringing her best men with her, the soldier enters the purple wasteland and locates the young boy. Even though she saves the kid, she returns to Estagund’s capital with less than half her men.
After a particularly bloody raid from the Quinix gnoll tribe on one of their caravans, the merchant lords of Delzimmer decide to hire mercenaries to get rid of the savages. Having heard of the Red Maiden’s reputation, they send an offer to the general, resting in Chaviyondat. If she can remove the gnolls from their hideout, an old fortress named Gate of Iron Fangs, she will become the sole owner of the building. The contract also includes money and supplies if she accepts to patrol the land that were considered gnoll territory. Six months later, the gnolls and their demon masters are either dead or fleeing. The Gate becomes Aporos’ headquarters.
Strikes on the Shining Sea
The same year, the Weave Pasha of Almraiven hires Aporos to hunt down pirates who are disturbing trade in the Shining Sea. She completely destroys the pirates’ base of operations and sinks the fleet’s flagship, killing the self-proclaimed “Pirate King”, Silas Yargo.
The War of the Shores
Xxiphu reappears on the shores of Akanûl and sends an army of unnamed horrors against the Land of Elemental Spires and Chessenta. The neighboring countries form an alliance and hire mercenaries led by Numestra Aporos to back them up. After five years of contract, the Alliance, facing serious financial problems, does not renew the sellswords’ contract. Thanks to the mercenaries’ daring strategies, the aboleths of Xxiphu have reduced the number of attacks on the two countries but the war has not officially ended.
The Drow attack the Riftedge Towers. Thankfully, a young Delver named Gardain Coppersmith had warned the Dwarfs of the imminent attack. The Dwarfs hold the Towers and a long war begins in the depths.
The Drow are defeated. Gardain Coppersmith, savior of the Rift, mysteriously disappears.
The Capture of Ormpur
The legitimate heir to the throne of Ormpur, living in exile in Delzimmer under another name, hires the Red Maiden to take back the City of Saffron from the actual High Suikh. As the city is known to be impregnable, mainly because of the presence of a red dragon guardian, all the general’s advisers encourage her to refuse the offer. She ignores them and, using bold tactics, takes the city in a day after killing the dragon. She almost dies in the battle with Solenopsis but miraculously exits the fire, gaining another nick name: The Phoenix of Ormpur.
3rd day of Alturiak
4th day to 19th of Alturiak
First mission of the Crimson Talons’ newest recruits. They successfully bring back a mysterious box stolen by gnolls of the Hungry Fangs.
8th day of Ches
KIntas Enkal, advisor to the True Suikh of Ormpur and representative of the Delzmaer merchants, is killed in his house by the rebels.
9th day of Ches to 2nd day of Tarsakh
The Crimson Talons start Operation Bloodsword to track down and eliminate Ormpurian resistance cells. Blue Ghost’s agents are sent to infiltrate the Dragon’s Den to free an assassin who wishes to collaborate in exchange for his liberation.
10th day of Ches
Interrogation of “Little Fish” partners operating in the Port. With the information gathered from the captured assassins (later reluctantly executed), they start tracking the rebels’ suppliers who seem to be operating out of Ormpur’s orphanage.
11th day of Ches
The leader of the supplying cell sends a message to Blue Ghost’s agents and propose a meeting to negotiate terms. The meeting takes place in Solonepsis’s Park, the late guardian dragon’s lair. The rebel leader, using the orphanage’s dominated caretaker as a proxy, tries to convince the mercenaries to join the rebellion. The deal fails when the sellswords realize the cleric of Tiamat is using children as her main agents. Once captured, the Ghostwise Halfling offers information in exchange of some concessions from the True Suikh. She reveals the identity of one of the leaders of the rebellion, an powerful merchant named Faustus Aveneil.
12th day of Ches
The scouts are ordered to leave Ormpur and to travel to the Iron Fortress, an abandoned fortification where Aveneil is hiding. As his hideout is surrounded by mercenaries, foot soldiers lead by Major Duath Lantheon will accompany them as back up. They are to bring back the merchant alive for a debriefing.
22th day of Ches
After a dangerous journey where they faced a sandstorm, aberrant cattle and gnolls, the mercenaries reach the Fortress with the help of their Lion allies. The same day, they invade the camp of the mercenaries surrounding the fortress, learning about their motives and about the existence of a secret entrance to the old castle.
Inside, they find yuan-ti working on a ritual that will transform the dying Aveneil, cursed to suffer a slow and painful death, into one of their own. The merchant, working hard to prepare everything for his metamorphose, confirms that he was cursed by the priest of Tiamat leading the rebels for his participation in the death of Solonepsis, Ormpur draconic guardian.
Realizing that the serpentfolk tricked the merchant into becoming a mindless slave, the sellswords neutralizes them and works on their own altered version of the ritual destined to effectively turn him into a yuan-ti but free-willed. Before they can start, they are interrupted by a battle outside of the fortress: Belfador’s Hounds were trying to penetrate the castle through the secret entrance but were surprised by Major Lantheon’s men. Without hesitation, the scouts join the fray and dispatch the leadership group with difficulties.
After a short rest, Lucius, Ashlan and Cotazym start the incantation as Roe, Vondal and Tristan help them with the best of their abilities. Unfortunately, two of the casters faint and the ritual fails, transforming the poor merchant into a histachii, a servant creature of the yuan-ti.
23th day of Ches
Departure from the Iron Fortress with new recruits from the ranks of Belfador’s Hounds who surrendered, a few yuan-ti prisoners and the mindless Faustus, following the scouts’ orders unquestionably.
3rd day of Tarsakh
Return to Ormpur. Debriefing with Blue Ghost.
7th day of Tarsakh
First meeting with the Red Maiden, Numestra Aporos at a banquet in Ormpur.
8th day of Tarsakh
Departure for the Border Kingdoms.
18th day of Tarsakh
Arrival at Bloutar.
19th day of Tarsakh
Meeting with Haslan Faerndar of Waukeen (senechal to the Baron of Blacksaddle), Darensalius (an explorer visisting the village) and Ghiscar the Elder (a ranger allied with the faeries living in the woods).
22th day of Tarsakh
Entering the Forest of Qurth to meet with Ghiscar the Elder’s ally who has information on the Baron and his plans.
24th day of Tarsakh
Meeting with Fionnghuala, the mirage dragon who charges them to do a prank on Darensalius. She says that by doing so, “they will find what they came to seek but also that they will hate what they will learn.”
26th day of Tarsakh
Return to Bloutar after a fight with ettercaps and spiders. They succeed in switching the statuette in Darensalius’ room but provoke an explosion that partially destroys the room. In the papers found on the dragonborn’s desk, they discover that the Baron used a portal to bring his mercenaries into Ormpur and that with the help of the rebellion and gnolls, they plan to take back the City of Saffron. There is also a plan to neutralize General Aporos and to steal some of her possessions.
27th day of Tarsakh
After getting some rest in a remote cabin and discussing with an agent of the fey, the Birdeyes move to infiltrate Fort Bloodsword and, after successfully bribing its beholder guardian, pass through the portal leading the Ormpur. There, they meet with Speelock the kobold of the Crimson Talons who informs them about the enemy movement in the city.
After a quick stop at the Solonepsis Park, the mercenaries infiltrate the Fortress of the Foehammer, the Crimson Talons HQ, disputed with the invading forces. Easily dispatching a small group of Belfador’s Hounds, the scouts then entered the Red Maiden’s private quarters and stopped assassins from terminating the Talons’ charismatic leader, capturing a priest of Tiamat and a dragonborn blackguard leading the mission.
Later, they are asked by General Aporos to find her second in command, Erastus Tilden, to get an update on the status of the troops and to assess which part of the conflict needs urgent attention. The group of Birdeyes locate the commander at the Earthmother’s Green House, resisting to aerial attacks from a ferocious grey dragon. The fight proved to be a tough one, the draconic creature evading many attacks thanks to his flight and enduring the biggest hits from his opponents. The fact that the dragon seemed obcessed in killing Commander Tilden helped the scouts and through good use of strategy, teamwork and well placed hits from Vondal, the monster was finally brought down. Tilden revealed that his own scouts had stumbled upon a group of siege ingineers and elite soldiers who were working on a way to breach the walls of the True Suikh’s palace to capture the city leaders. They were about to enter the temple when the dragon arrived, blocking the way to the Greenhouse and giving time to the engineers to breach the vaults leading to the palace. Without the dragon, Tilden’s men would have no trouble stopping the enemy so he ordered Blue Ghost’s operatives to move to the Dragon’s Den where an enemy commander had settled his command post. Their objective was to terminate that commander, acting as liaison officer between the gnolls of the Quinix Tribe and the rebels. Their knowledge of the fortress would be valuable to the operation.
Knowing that brute force wouldn’t be successful, Tristan proposed to use guile to pass the gates, disguising himself as the capture dragonborn blackguard with the help of the doppleganger mask found in Bloutar and turning the rest of the group into Belfador’s Hounds warriors bringing a prisoner for interrogation. Vryloka’s impressive acting skills rapidly convinced even the most suspicious gnolls to allow them access to the command post located in the tower and, once inside, Cotazym sealed the door, blocking possible reinforcements for their target. The strange gnoll, identified by the arcanists as an half-brown dragon, proved to be a difficult opponent, protected by two gnolls warriors and a demon-tainted member of the Quinix tribe who almost killed Lucius with one surprising hit of his magical greatspear. The fight ended on the roof, where Roe and Ashlan neutralized and later executed their target before setting the fortress afire.
28th day of Tarsakh
Dawn was coming but the streets of Ormpur were still ablaze and the invaders still fighting to take some city landmarks so the Birdeyes, even though they were tired, chose to find another location to take back from the rebels and their foreign supporters. Having heard rumors about activity around the Mausoleum of the Wyrmkeepers, Lucius proposed himself to return to Chauntea’s temple to get new instructions from Commander Tilden while Roe, Ashlan and Vondal slowly moved towards the graveyard. Lucius left accompanied by Tristan and Cotazym, learning from the Commander that runners he had sent to investigate stories about the presence of undead around the Mausoleum had not came back. He ordered them to join the Company of the Faceless Judge and to ensure no undead creature would swell the ranks of the invaders.
Meanwhile, Vondal confirmed the presence of a cleric chanting a necromantic ritual while protected by a ghost and skeletons. As he chanted, a score of other undead rose, slowly creating a legion. Upon Knight Doomguide Sabbagh’s arrival, they decided to strike on the necromancer while the holy knights of Kelemvor would hit the undead with magic and steel. Again, with the tactical blessings of the Red Knight and the blessings of the Faceless Judge’s knights, the threat to Ormpur was neutralized and the dead put back to rest.
20th day of Mirtul
The last pockets of Ormpurian resistance are disbanded and captured by forces loyal to the True Suikh. Some leaders of the rebellion are executed while others are spared and sentenced to hard labour to rebuild the city. Chauntea is named Ormpur’s civic deity by the True Suikh and the Crimson Talon’s contract comes to an end. A small portion of General Aporos’ forces will remain in the City of Saffron to train the city’s new armed forces.
10th day of Kythorn
After a two weeks trip aboard a ship, the Birdeyes arrive to Delzimmer, the Gateway to the Dwarven Kingdom.
15th day of Kythorn
The Crimson Talons are hired by the Trading Coster Guild and the Red Wizard Enclave to investigate the rumor of an alliance between the Shaaran tribes of nomads. They leave Delzimmer the next morning.
18th day of Kythorn
While travelling towards Shandaular, the nomads’ holy city, the scouts encounter a group of pilgrims from the Ordre of the Blue Flame. After saving them from brigands, the group decides to share a camp with them, witnessing the zealotry of the pilgrims when a wave of blue fire pass through the camp. During the fight against the abomination created by the magical fire, Roe is killed. Shortly after, he is avenged and the fanatics are killed.
20th day of Kythorn
Blue Ghost’s agents arrive in the surroundings of Shandaular. They meet Malukah, a dragoborn explorer who claims to be visiting the ruins and whose escort fell after a vicious attack from a raiding party of thri-kreens. She hires the mercenaries to protect her as she accompanies them in their mission. The group searches the town’s without entering its walls.
21th day of Kythorn
The Crimson Talons representative start to understand that a mysterious power, unrelated to the tribes, is manipulating them into going to war. So far, the identity of this mysterious manipulator isn’t known. An encounter with drow refugees and captured mercenaries accused of being behind the massacre of a minor tribe, confirms that someone tries to pit the nomads against Delzimmer.
22nd day of Kythorn
With the Rhinoceros tribe’s shaman’s blessing, the scouts descend into the tunnels beneath the thri-kreen territory after having neutralized the guards. They discover an incredibly long tunnel dug by magic. After hours of travel, they fall into a trap set by mantis warriors sentries who desperately try to stop them from going deeper into the tunnels, saying its the ancestors who gave the order.
Later, they arrive to a tomb to discover a living creature inside. It appears to be a very old and unhealthy thri-kreen accompanied by a spectral skull. The creature answers cryptically to any of the visitors’ questions and, when they loose patience and enter the room, he attacks them with the help of wraiths. The undead creatures are easily dispatched but the spirit shaman displays impressive abilities and a quickness that is not natural. He sometimes compels Vondal to attack his companions and teleports Tristan and Cotazym out of the room for a short period. The necromancer is finally brought down by Vondal’s axe and charges from Tristan and Lucius. In the tomb, they discover powerful necromantic magic and information about a powerful creature that inhabited the room thousands of years ago. It seems that the shaman advising the thri-kreen chieftain was worshipping the creature.
Leaving the tunnels, the group stumble upon a group of hyena and thri-kreen warriors that has captured some of the drow refugees. The way the nomads are taking care of the prisoners, mainly children, pushed the mercenaries to act, Tristan playing the role of a Rhino warrior, distracting the guards as his comrades were knocking the jailers out one by one. Fleeing with the drow children, the sellswords hide in a cave outside of the city, taking a much needed rest.
22nd day of Kythorn
The Birdeyes make their report to the Rhino shaman, explaining him the machinations of the thr-kreens while being unable to explain who hired the mercenaries that massacred the Coyote tribe. They suggest a diplomatic mission to stall the war and leave Shandaular after meeting with the drow leader who came to pick the last refugees.
27th day of Kythorn
Debriefing with Blue Ghost. They expose what they know about the thri-kreen being manipulated by the shaman who believed that the tribes would meet their end by the hand of Delzimmer and wanted to make a preemptive strike on the city. The spymaster orders them to find who hired the Land Shark mercenaries and pushed the nomads into following the thri-kreens. The merchants would certainly pay more to discover who in Delzimmer wanted a war. They also learn that the Crimson Talons will be hired by Tymanther to bring down their old enemies from the Church of Tiamat. The followers of the Dragon Queen declared war upon the Dragonborns and hired the Zhentarim mercenaries to bring back Unther and chase the dragonmen from their old homeland.
Later that day, Lucius met with Lady Knight Sernet who gave him two special missions. The first was to identify who was backing the Tiamatans and financing them and the second was to retrieve an artifact for General Aporos.
28th day of Kythorn
The group tracks the person who hired the Land Shark mercenaries to exterminate the Coyote Tribe and they finally identify him after a long night in the company of Land Shark berserkers in a bar. The man, Gaustad Korhand is a merchant specialized in healing and potions. He seems to have hired them to take possession of the Coyotes’s ancestral territory rumored to harbour a large quantity of magical crystals known to heal anything.
2nd day of Flamerule
Invitation to a feast organized by the Red Wizard Enclave.
12th day of Flamerule
Departure for Djerad Kethendi on the Shield of the Seas.
Start of the Campaign to help in the defense of Tymanther against the forces of Tiamat.
2nd day of Eleasias
Arrival to Djerad Kethendi. Meeting with the Crimson Talons officers.
11th day of Eleasias
Arrival in the Smoking Mountains.
12th day of Eleasias
Departure for the first mission in the Moutains.
17th day of Eleasias
The group of scouts encounters a group of vicious kobolds led by a rat master. They are victorious and capture one of the kobolds, a trapsmith.
22th day of Eleasias
Return to base camp with the prisonner for debriefing. He is taken over by two of Blue Ghost’s enforcers.
19th day of Eleint
After a month passed tracking kobolds and disarming traps, the Birdeyes are called for a scouting mission by Major Lantheon. They have to climb Mount Amukkan, one of the Smoking Mountains highest peaks and locate the best spot to install an observation post. However, they must also solve the mystery surrounding the peak’s reputation for being haunted and/or cursed.
24th day of Eleint
Arrival at the base of Mount Amukkan. They are attacked by the remains of Vulpomyscan, a powerful brown dragon surviving in the form of a curse. After Cotazym suspended the apparition of Vulpomyscan’s curse for a few weeks through the use of radiant magic, they start climbing the mountain but are attacked by two fanatics of Tiamat and a red abishai.
27th day of Eleint
Arrival on top of Mount Amukkan after a fight with another group of agents of Tiamat led by an earth genasi.
30th day of Eleint
Return to base camp and debriefing with Major Lantheon. Second mission in the Smoking Mountains successful.
12th day of Marpenoth
Information received from a captured prisoner and confirmed by divinations tell of a kobold leader moving against the Crimson Talons most recent outpost in the Smoking Mountains. Major Lantheon sends his Birdeyes to set a trap and capture the leader and stop the attack against the strategic outpost.
18th day of Marpenoth
The scouts block one of the two ways leading the to the outpost and neutralize undead haunting the region.
The same day, they ambush one of Smokescale Tribe’s leader on his way to Mount Amukkan with troops. They succeed in capturing the half-dragon. Twenty members of the Talons are killed while fighting the kobolds and their dragonborn allies.
7th day of Uktar
The Birdeyes leave the camp to follow the tracks of the missing Tymentherian scouts. They find tracks leading underground three days later.
10th day of Uktar
They enter a vast labyrinth of tunnels and face numerous traps as well as natural hazards. After five days of travel, they reach a large cavern acting as a nexus for a large quantity of tunnels. In its center stand a small fortress that is manned by Zhentarim mercenaries.
The sellswords suceed in stopping the Black Network agents in sending an alchemical weapon of mass destruction in the catacombs beneath Djerad Thymar. They find one of the three missing scouts and, using a teleportation circle, transport to Delzimmer to ensure the scout’s safety and the disposal of the magical device. The next day, they learn that their camp in the Smoking Mountains and attacked and destroyed by Zhentarim forces. There are no known survivors. They received orders from Blue Ghost to transport to the capital of the dragonborns for the next operation.