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Year of the Scarlet Witch
of Serôs
1291 MR 1466 CR 1703 TR 459 NR 5350 NY 1561 TS
3627 MC 133 PR 2741 1565 1909 4041

1491 DR in conflicts

  • After the cults of Elemental Evil slip dozens of devastation orbs into Mulmaster, the city's harbor is destroyed when one is successfully detonated in the sewers, despite running battles between cultists and agents of the Five factions that resulted in the rest being prevented from doing significant damage.[1]

1491 DR in deities

  • The returned Eilistraee,[2] is seen dancing with, and speaking to, mortals up and down the Sword Coast. In particular, she appears under the walls of Waterdeep, leading many of her followers there.[3]
  • Many deities no longer grant resurrection spells, except to rare exceptions.[3]
  • Mystra imposes heavy restrictions on the use of mind-reading and mind-reaming magic, especially when used on other spellcasters.[3]

1491 DR in organizations


  • The ancient dwarven fortress-city of Tyar-Besil, stronghold of the dwarven kingdom of Besilmer, is rediscovered by adventurers battling the Cult of Elemental Evil. Once the cult is beaten, dwarves slowly begin to reclaim the city.[4]
  • The Blackstaff of Waterdeep, Vajra Safahr, seeks the meaning of the current year's name.[5]
  • Followers of Eilistraee travel to Waterdeep after the Dark Dancer is seen dancing under the walls of the city. They seek the support of the Harper representative Remallia Haventree to create a forest-glade to Eilistraee in the Field Ward, destroyed by dragons in 1485 DR. Remallia accepts their request, and the new temple is allowed.[3]
  • Jarlaxle acquires the submarine Scarlet Marpenoth in Lantan.[6][note 1]
  • The dwarven Rockseeker brothers face difficulties after discovering the legendary mines of the Phandelver's Pact (the location of which was lost centuries ago), and they call upon adventurers to help.[7]
  • In the spring, a pale and silent murderer dressed in ancient patriar attire begins attacking the common people of Baldur's Gate's Outer City. Its appearance coincides with a visit to the city by a mysterious relative of the Bormul family, who left several trinkets in the family crypts.[8]

1491 DR in politics

  • Due to the actions of adventurers in Red Larch, the Believers, a secret cabal that runs the town, is publicly exposed, resulting in their losing control of the town and Red Larch electing a mayor.[4]

1491 DR in people

  • Oreioth, a human necromancer from a noble family in Baldur's Gate, is discovered practicing his dark art in Lance Rock, having taken the title "Lord of Lance Rock".[4]

Deaths in 1491 DR

  • Aerisi Kalinoth, Marlos Urnrayle, Vanifer, and Gar Shatterkeel are killed by adventurers, destroying the Cult of Elemental Evil as their followers scatter and go into hiding.[4]
  • Oreioth is killed by adventurers.[4]
  • The dwarven adventurers of Falkir's Fist die within Muiral's Gauntlet, just before they reached a portal to escape Undermountain.[9]

1491 DR in publications




  1. Canon material does not provide a year for the events described in Waterdeep: Dragon Heist, but Christopher Perkins answered a question via Twitter and stated the year was 1492 DR. Corroborating this, Dragon Heist page 20 refers to events of Death Masks (set in 1491 DR) as being "last year". Unless a canon source contradicts this assertion, this wiki will use 1492 DR for events related to this sourcebook and Waterdeep: Dungeon of the Mad Mage (which is referenced on pages 5 and 98 of Dragon Heist).
  2. Pages 30‒31 of Lost Mine of Phandelver describe the eruption of Mount Hotenow (1451 DR) as occurring "30 years ago", which would place the adventure in 1481 DR. However, pages 103 and 179 of Acquisitions Incorporated, a later source, state that the events described in the adventure happen five years after both Lost Mine of Phandelver and Princes of the Apocalypse. Since the latter is explicitly set in 1491 DR, and considering this answer by Ed Greenwood about dating the adventure, this wiki will use 1491 DR for events related to this sourcebook.