Bloodsword was the name given by the people of the city-state of Ormpur, on the edge of Lapaliiya in southwest Faerûn, to the day of Kythorn 12 in the Year of Thunder, 1306 DR. On this day, a princess murdered her father, usurped the throne, burned a temple, and triggered a holy war.[1][2]


On this day, Chansreena (princess) Maerildarraine murdered her own foster father, High Suikh (king) Askulder, the Hand of Tiamat. She seized the throne and declared herself Queen of Ormpur, then led her loyal knights to plunder and burn the temple of Tiamat, but the flames spread through the city. This outrageous act triggered a holy war, and by the end of the day, hundreds lay dead.[2][1]

Rest you, good lady. Your labors have been hard this day, and the gods shall not soon forget what you accomplished. A war begun, a throne overthrown, a temple plundered, a city in flames, and hundreds dead. Hmmm… after this, I hope you don't find the morrow empty and boring.
— Jeremmer Hardree, "the Mad Jester", in Torch Court on the night of Bloodsword.

At Torch Court at the end of this dark day, the jester Jeremmer Hardree alone dared quip to the still wounded and enraged Queen Maerildarraine, and kept his life.[1]



  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Ed Greenwood (June 2000). “The New Adventures of Volo: Quotations of the Realms”. In Dave Gross ed. Dragon #272 (Wizards of the Coast), p. 97.
  2. 2.0 2.1 Ed Greenwood, Eric L. Boyd, Darrin Drader (July 2004). Serpent Kingdoms. (Wizards of the Coast), pp. 100–101. ISBN 0-7869-3277-5.