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The Black Chronology, also known as the Shadow Roll,[1] was an alternate prophecy by the Lost Sage, Augathra the Mad, who penned the Roll of Years.[2] In addition to her daytime visions that were recorded in the Roll of Years, she experienced dark visions at night while sleeping and these she wrote down in a book that eventually became known as the Book of the Black.[3][4][5] She believed that the goddess Shar was the source of these revelations and that they were part of a plan by the Dark Goddess to destroy the Weave and its embodiment, Mystryl.[6]

HistoryEdit

Augathra began having her nightmarish visions around −400 DR and they propelled her to wander Toril, slowly driving her insane.[3] The Book of the Black was lost for over a millennium until the Year of the Sundered Crypt, 684 DR, when the Dark Diviners of Myth Drannor discovered it[4] in the Fane of Shadows,[5] a multi-planar temple that roamed the planes in service to various shadowy deities.[7] The sages of the Dark Diviners studied the tome and thought they discovered a weakness or vulnerability in Shar's plans or perhaps the goddess herself at some point in the future, and they recorded their deciphering of the Book in their own tome called The Leaves of One Night. When Shar learned of this, she cursed both books to be illegible[8] and then had her followers steal both works.[4]

In the Year of Lightning Storms, 1374 DR, adventurers investigating a false temple of Mystra in Wheloon eventually traveled to the Monastery of the Ebon Dome on the Plane of Shadow. There, they confronted and defeated the Cyricist Skull Servant, Bineera Ethar. On her person, they found an unfinished letter to her superior, Blackwill Haarken Akhmelere, and a piece of parchment that purportedly contained the first thirty-four years of the Black Chronology and, more importantly, the matching names from the Roll of Years.[9][10]

A Portion of the Black ChronologyEdit

The scrap of parchment believed to have been written by a Sharran monk of the Monastery of the Ebon Dome contained the following list:[9][10]

Year Roll of Years Black Chronology
1352 DR Year of the Dragon Year of the Lost King
1353 DR Year of the Arch Year of Masks
1354 DR Year of the Bow Year of Great Reaping
1355 DR Year of the Harp Year of Retreat
1356 DR Year of the Worm Year of the Drow
1357 DR Year of the Prince Year of Spell Flames
1358 DR Year of Shadows Year of Ascension
1359 DR Year of the Serpent Year of the Carnival
1360 DR Year of the Turret Year of Armies
1361 DR Year of Maidens Year of the Golden Discovery
1362 DR Year of the Helm Year of the Sun
1363 DR Year of the Wyvern Year of Winter
1364 DR Year of the Wave Year of Lords
1365 DR Year of the Sword Year of Joyous Elves
1366 DR Year of the Staff Year of Icy Waters
1367 DR Year of the Shield Year of Unmasking
1368 DR Year of the Banner Year of the Sons
1369 DR Year of the Gauntlet Year of the City's Sorrows
1370 DR Year of the Tankard Year of the Deep War
1371 DR Year of the Unstrung Harp Year of the Toppling Towers
1372 DR Year of Wild Magic Year of Dark Returns
1373 DR Year of Rogue Dragons Year of Madness
1374 DR Year of Lightning Storms Year of the Unraveling
1375 DR Year of Risen Elfkin Year of Harsh Goals
1376 DR Year of the Bent Blade Year of False Hopes
1377 DR Year of the Haunting Year of the Black Banner
1378 DR Year of the Cauldron Year of Broken Hearts
1379 DR Year of the Lost Keep Year of Lost Wisdom
1380 DR Year of the Blazing Hand Year of the Dull Blade
1381 DR Year of the Starving Year of the Fool
1382 DR Year of the Black Blazon Year of Unwelcome Guests
1383 DR Year of the Vindicated Warrior Year of Unjust Rewards
1384 DR Year of Three Streams Blooded Year of Stolen Thrones
1385 DR Year of Blue Fire Year of the Revelation

AppendixEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. Brian R. James and Ed Greenwood (September, 2007). The Grand History of the Realms. (Wizards of the Coast), p. 4. ISBN 978-0-7869-4731-7.
  2. Rob Heinsoo, Logan Bonner, Robert J. Schwalb (September 2008). Forgotten Realms Player's Guide. (Wizards of the Coast), pp. 155–156. ISBN 978-0-7869-4929-8.
  3. 3.0 3.1 Brian R. James and Ed Greenwood (September, 2007). The Grand History of the Realms. (Wizards of the Coast), p. 43. ISBN 978-0-7869-4731-7.
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 Brian R. James and Ed Greenwood (September, 2007). The Grand History of the Realms. (Wizards of the Coast), p. 97. ISBN 978-0-7869-4731-7.
  5. 5.0 5.1 Greg A. Vaughan, Skip Williams, Thomas M. Reid (November 2007). Anauroch: The Empire of Shade. (Wizards of the Coast), p. 4. ISBN 0-7869-4362-9.
  6. Greg A. Vaughan, Skip Williams, Thomas M. Reid (November 2007). Anauroch: The Empire of Shade. (Wizards of the Coast), p. 63. ISBN 0-7869-4362-9.
  7. Bruce R. Cordell, Ed Greenwood, Chris Sims (August 2008). Forgotten Realms Campaign Guide. (Wizards of the Coast), p. 69. ISBN 978-0-7869-4924-3.
  8. Greg A. Vaughan, Skip Williams, Thomas M. Reid (November 2007). Anauroch: The Empire of Shade. (Wizards of the Coast), p. 146. ISBN 0-7869-4362-9.
  9. 9.0 9.1 Brian R. James and Ed Greenwood (September, 2007). The Grand History of the Realms. (Wizards of the Coast), p. 157. ISBN 978-0-7869-4731-7.
  10. 10.0 10.1 Richard Baker, Bruce R. Cordell, David Noonan, Matthew Sernett, James Wyatt (2007). Cormyr: The Tearing of the Weave. (Wizards of the Coast), pp. 158–159. ISBN 07-8694-119-7.
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