The Buried Realms was a domain of the Underdark lying underneath the vast desert of Anauroch. The area was called the Phaerlin (pronounced: /ˈfeɪrlɪn/ FAYR-lin) by the phaerimm.
Geography[edit | edit source]
The whole of the Buried Realms was bordered by the Sharnwall. This magical artifice was created in ancient times by the sharn to imprison the phaerimm. It functioned as a barrier, confining the phaerimm to the Buried Realms. They could not travel between their realm and the rest of Faerûn by any skill or magic they were capable of. However, all other creatures could cross it freely.
Many of the deepest catacombs of Oreme, former capital of the fallen sarrukh empire of Isstosseffifil, directly connected to this region. However, a barrier similar to the Sharn Wall that was constructed by the ruin's lich rulers prevented any phaerimm from entering the city.
As Anauroch was once the site of the old Netherese Empire and its successor states, many Netherese ruins could still be found in the Buried Realms. However, the threat of the phaerimm discouraged most adventurers from delving into the Buried Realms, even though they could pass the Sharnwall, so the sites and settlements in the area remained largely unknown to surface dwellers by the 14th century DR.
History[edit | edit source]
On Nightal 20, the Year of the Unstrung Harp, 1371 DR, the magical barrier was breached near the city of Evereska, unleashing the phaerimm to cause chaos in the lands outside. Eventually, the return of Thultanthar and the forces combating the phaerimm kept them at bay.
Inhabitants[edit | edit source]
This area was largely home to the terrible phaerimm. It was also inhabited by the asabi descendants of the Isstosseffifil empire, who were often controlled either directly or secretly by the phaerimm.
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References[edit | edit source]
- Bruce R. Cordell, Gwendolyn F.M. Kestrel, Jeff Quick (October 2003). Underdark. (Wizards of the Coast), p. 122. ISBN 0-7869-3053-5.
- Adam Lee, Ben Petrisor, Matt Sernett (2016). Tyrants of the Underdark Rulebook. (Wizards of the Coast), p. 19. ISBN 978-1-9408-2585-4.
- Ed Greenwood, Eric L. Boyd, Darrin Drader (July 2004). Serpent Kingdoms. (Wizards of the Coast), p. 96. ISBN 0-7869-3277-5.
- Ed Greenwood, Eric L. Boyd, Darrin Drader (July 2004). Serpent Kingdoms. (Wizards of the Coast), p. 98. ISBN 0-7869-3277-5.