Location Myth Drannor
Date the Decline: 661 - 713 DR, the Fall: 711 - 714 DR
Parties Involved Trio Nefarious/Nycaloths, The Dark Army/orc, gnoll, flind, bugbear, troll, hobgoblin/Various Places accross the Realms, Drow (Indirectly), Elves/Cormanthor

Fall Of Myth Drannor

Though Historians debate that the decline of Myth Drannor begun even before 666 DR, Myth Drannor's final fall occured at 714 DR marking the End of the Weeping War.

The City of Song was beeing tormented by the internal strife of both elven and non-elven fanctions for half a century after the death of Coronal Eltargrim (661 DR year of the bloody Tusk). Despite it's civil disorders, Myth Drannor might eventually have found peace had the Trio Nefarious not returned.

The three Nycaloths - Aulmpiter, Gaulguth and Malmishaer - had brooded in their Mystical prison for nearly two Millenia plotting their revenge. More than 1,800 years before the final fall, numerous settlements and many more elf patrols fell before a trio of Nycaloths rampaging through the forest. Rumours said Netherese Archwizards summoned and sent the yugoloths into the Elven Woods merely to test what magic they had to array against Netheril. In truth the Archwizard Aldlas Sodhese sought the longmissing Nether Scrolls (the source of Netherese Magic). He had tracked the artifacts to somewhere within the woods and he had summoned the greater nycaloths Aulmpiter, Gaulguth and Malmishaer to wreak havoc and uncover his ancestors’ greatest magic.

Adlas Sodhese and the Khov’ Anilessa (the elven name for the Trio Nefarious) were outmatched against Elven High Magi and Bladesingers. Adlas died in a spellbattle against the Grand Mage of the Elves while the Khov’ Anilessa was imprisoned by the powerful magic ritual of Elven priests and Magi into an invisible, undetectable subdimensional prison, rendering them unable to even return to their home planes.

This mystical Prison would hold the three Nycaloths more than a mile above Myth Drannor until, as the ritual required, “a red dragon that never knew malice or greed in its heart flied over the Coronal’s throne”.

As unlikely as it seems for such a condition to be met, early in the days of Myth Drannor, the mage Saeval Ammath procured a dragon’s egg and through various arcane rituals altered its physiognomy and innate nature. He hatched a red dragon with the physical characteristics of a blue dragon and the mixed magical natures of both; the strangest change he worked on the dragon hatchling was its lawful and good nature, making it a friend of Cormanthyr. Over the years, Garnetallistar the dragon and Saeval were inseparable, though they were more friends than servant and master.

As was their habit, Saeval Ammath and his adopted dragonmount Garnet often flew over Cormanthor, keeping in touch with various and sundry settlements and developments throughout the forest. It was during 708 DR, the year of Bound Evils, that Garnetallistar inadvertently fulfilled the condition that would free the Trio Nefarious from it’s magical prison, for as the dragon and Saeval flew high above Myth Drannor at night, they unwittingly weakened the dimensional prison enough for the three nycaloths to shatter the magical binding and escape. The Khov’ Anilessa also were aided by the summoning rituals being performed (poorly) by a flind shaman far to the north, above the Dragon Sea, and they teleported to it immediately upon breaking their prison, so none knew of their breakout. After nearly two millennia, the nycaloths Aulmpiter, Gaulguth, and Malimshaer flew free, and despite the beliefs of the flind shaman, they were free of anyone’s control.

The Trio Nefarious slew the flind shaman that “summoned” them within eight months, pretending all along that they were his to control. Soon after, they initiated a plan of Aulmpiter’s, which had formed over 18 centuries of captivity. Over the next years, the nycaloths began consolidating the leadership of numerous orc, gnoll, flind, bugbear, troll, and hobgoblin tribes into one massive and militarily organized horde. Their reputations grew as they themselves took personal hands in assembling the armies, including Malimshaer’s slaying of one black wyrm and subsequent ascension to the leadership of the orc tribes the dragon had enslaved.

To help them maintain control of this host, they summoned many lesser yugoloths to their side as officers among their growing Army of Darkness. But with the army growing into more massive numbers than any horde in history, Aulmpiter waited for the timing and strategy to favor his forces. Soon his forces would be unstoppable, and then the elves would pay for daring to imprison Aulmpiter the nycaloth and his allies.

While the Trio Nefarious was assembling its army, the people of Cormanthyr were busy dealing with other danges. After centuries of relative inactivity, the drow had gone on the warpath once again and retaken the Twisted Tower from the Worsipers of Eilistraee. The dark elves and their proxies worked to destabilize minor elven outposts and holdings, and they sowed discord among the neighboring areas, attacking and enslaving humans around Cormyr, the Moonsea, and the Dalelands. In fact, from the Year of the Earnest Oaths to the Year of the Lost Lance, drow attacks within Cormyr doubled each year and then suddenly dropped off (as they saw enough weakened forces all around to reclaim and refortify the Twisted Tower to the north).

Although it was never clear wether the drow had predicted or known about the Army of Darkness they were certainly well positioned to exploit the conflict when it erupted and their efforts ensured that no outside force was able or willing to come to Myth Drannor.s assistance.

Some greedier drow joined as officers and advisors for the Army of Darkness, but most saw any interaction with the nycaloths as traitorous (since “those Lower Planar beasts are ours to command by Lolth’s will and our magic, not to join as allies!”). In fact, the Spiders’ Truce later in the Weeping War (the campaign that led to the Fall of Myth Drannor which began in the Year of Despairing Elves-711 DR) was considered treason while it was merely a change in target priorities for the drow. The participating drow (and some elves of the N.Vaelahr) who set up the truce were forever branded traitors, though they actually did the best possible deeds for their respective peoples.

Still, as the battles raged on, both armies ran across drow interference and sabotage. Whether they fought the forces of Cormanthyr or Darkness, the drow never held any interests at heart beyond their own survival. With the return to the Twisted Tower in the second year of the Weeping War, drow activities subsided as they consolidated their power base once again and solidified the slave trades that would support their activities.

In the Weeping War’s opening gambit, early in 711 DR, called the Northern Massacres, the Army of Darkness Invaded Cormanthyr’s northern reaches. A reversal of fortune occurred over the next two years, when the forces of Cormanthyrmanaged to slay two of the Nycaloth of the Khov’ Anilessa and reclaim the Elven Court. Although these acts of valor may have bought the citizens of Myth Drannor time to evacuate the city, the beleaguered forces of the Akh Velahr (the Army of Cormanthor) were unable to drive back the Army of Darkness since, due to drow intervetnion, Cormanthyr could not receive aid from its Allies (Evereska, Evermeet, and Silverymoon).

The Weeping War ended in the Year of Doom (714 DR) when the Army of Darkness besieged the city of Myth Drannor (an event named the Siege of Shadows) and managed to finaly take and ransack the city despite the death of the Last Nycaloth lords Aulmpiter at the hands of Captain Flar Starbrow Melruth.

With the destruction of the Trio Nefarious, the Army of Darkness lost its leadership. Many of the Humanoids dispersed and made their way back to their homelands while others used the ruins of Myth Drannor as their Lairs

After the fall of the city of Song, the capital of Cormanthyr moved to the Elven Court, the place that had been capital in the ancient times, though the great elven kingdom never again reached its former glory.

The fact that many Elf nobles blamed non-elves for the fall of the empire has made humans, dwarves, and members of other races unwelcome in Cormanthyr.

The village of Elven tree was established to allow all the necessary commerce.

Centuries later, long after the decline, the great Retreat was decided in Elvencourt leaving Cormanthor a virtually uninhabited forest within three decades.

Today surface dwelling drow have claimed a section of Land in Cormanthyr including a section of the Elven Court