History of the Crown Wars


Much of the written history of the Crown Wars was lost in the terrible battles that occurred at the close of the Fifth Campaign. Elf sages in Evermeet, Evereska, and a few other bastions of elven lore have charge of the few chronicles that remain.
Because the Crown Wars took place so long ago, the following timeline represents only a rough estimate of the dates that certain events occurred.


Year Event
-30000 War of the Seldarine begins. Araushnee is cast down into the Demonweb Pits, where she becomes the demon-goddess Lolth. The solar Malkizid is branded and thrown down into the Nine Hells.
-18000 Some Ilythiiri houses discover Ghaunadaur and begin venerating him in secret. In the centuries that follow, rival Ilythiiri houses turn to other dark deities, such as Lolth.
-17600 Sundering occurs, and Evermeet is created with elven high magic. The spell reaches both back and forward in the mists of time.
-17100 War of Three Leaves begins. Ilythiiri spies and assassins incite Syòrpiir, Thearnytaar, and Eiellur into a three-sided conflict to prevent them from unifying into a single state.
-15300 Vyshaan clan, under Coronal Ivósaar Vyshaan, takes power in Aryvandaar.
-14700 Citing familial connections between the ruling houses of Aryvandaar and Miyeritar, the Vyshaanti begin attempting to annex Miyeritar by peaceful means. Miyeritar resists.
-13900 Miyeritar reaches the height of its magical and cultural renaissance.
-13200 Aryvandaarans begin raiding along Miyeritar's borders and interfering with its trade routes.
-12000 First Crown War begins. Aryvandaar invades Miyeritar and pressures Shantel Othreier to accept Aryvandaaran occupation or suffer the same fate.
-11800 Aryvandaaran forces occupy Miyeritar, though a number of dark and sylvan elf clans continue to resist. Many elves of Illefarn provide secret safe havens for Miyeritari.
-11700 Second Crown War begins. Ilythiir launches surprise attacks against Orishaar, an ally of Aryvandaar.
-11600 Ilythiiri burn Syòrpiir to the ground.
-11500 Thearnytaar and Eielkir declare war on Ilythiir and attempt to prevent the Ilythiiri from advancing north. Lolth sends the balor lord Wendonai to seduce a high Ilythiiri clan into her service. The church of Lolth rises to prominence.
-11450 Thearnytaar and Eielkir invade Ilythiir. More than half of their forces are slain by the corrupt, demon-granted magic of the dark elves.
-11400 Eiellûr is razed by Ilythiiri dark elves and traitorous wild elves.
-11300 Miyeritar is conquered by Aryvandaar, thus ending the First Crown War.
-11200 Thearnytaar falls to Ilythiiri forces utilizing dominated monsters and undead creatures. Ilythiir begins to skirmish with Keltormir.
-10900 Malkizid, the fallen solar, becomes the secret patron of the Vyshaan lords. The Third Crown War begins. Aryvandaar, now known as the Vyshaantar Empire, invades Shantel Othreier.
-10700 An orc horde falls upon the embattled armies of Aryvandaar and Shantel Othreier at the Battle of the Gods' Theater. Almost seventy thousand elves perish before Aryvandaar wins the day and occupies northern Shantel Othreier.
-10600 Shantel Othreier is conquered by the Vyshaantar Empire, ending the Third Crown War. Resistance movements spring up in Miyeritar and Shantel Othreier.
-10500 Dark Disaster reduces Miyeritar to a dead waste-land. The Crown Wars halt for a time while the elves reassess what they have done.
-10450 Fourth Crown War begins. The Ilythiiri openly begin worshiping evil gods such as Ghaunadaur and Lolth.
-10300 Keltormir withdraws its forces from eastern Keltormir, holding its line at Highlands' Edge.
-10270 With Keltormir's withdrawal, the Vyshaanti and Ilythiiri come into direct conflict for the first time.
-10110 Elf clerics and high mages in Illefarn begin a decades-long prayer for salvation.
-10100 Ilythiir destroys Shantel Othreier.
-10000 Seldarine respond to the arcane and divine high magic of the elves by smiting the Ilythiiri. All dark elves are transformed into drow and driven underground, thus ending the Fourth Crown War. The Seldarine summon elves of all other clans and nations to the Elven Court to settle their differences and restore peace.
-9900 Vyshaantar Empire annexes Illefarn. Persecution of high mages and powerful clerics in Vyshaantar lands begins as the sun elves seek to eliminate any threats to their power.
-9800 Vyshaantar Empire occupies all the remaining elven realms on Faerûn and begins colonization of Evermeet.
-9600 first drow civilizations make their presence known by harassing their ancient enemies in the Vyshaantar Empire.
-9200 Fifth Crown War begins when the Vyshaantar Empire rebels against the proclamations of the Elven Court, which direct the elves of Aryvandaar to repudiate their Vyshaan rulers. Malkizid abandons House Vyshaan and retreats to the infernal planes.
-9000 Fifth Crown War ends with the utter defeat of the Vyshaantar Empire. The lands of Aryvandaar are largely abandoned for an age.

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