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Princess Darseera was the "Lost Princess" immortalized in the ballad "Lost Princess Road".[1]

HistoryEdit

The Princess went by night into the garden, a-weeping at the match her father the King had set for her, and was seen to flee up the hill, under the watching moon. Guards were doubled around the garden wall, but she came not over. When the sun rose, she came not out, nor was there to be found, from one blossom-scented end of the fair place to the other, any sign of her. The King had it hacked down and burned in his rage, but he found no Princess ever again.
— from a manuscript held in Candlekeep, written by the sage Kalvaerus circa the Year of the Deep Wellspring, 167 DR.[2]

According to the ballad and to the research recorded by the sage Kalvaerus of Calimshan, Darseera mysteriously disappeared one moonlit night from the well-guarded garden of her father's keep in the Purple Hills of the young nation of Tethyr almost three centuries before Dalereckoning began.[2][note 1]

In addition to the mystery of the date of her disappearance, it was also unknown who Darseera's father was. Elminster, the Sage of Shadowdale, suggested it was probably King Toroth "the Tyrant" who had six daughters from four different wives and was known to have conquered several neighboring realms, including one named Glaeron, in the early days of Tethyrian independence.[2]

According to famed explorer Volothamp Geddarm, Princess Darseera did the same thing he did over one and a half millennia later: stumbled into a portal that was only active when the moon shone upon it. Indeed, Volo was on a bare hill (the site of a former fortress) in the Purple Hills on a moonlit night when he was accidentally transported to the far-eastern border of Amn. He went on to investigate and map out the entire network of portals known as Lost Princess Road from the ballad of the same name. In his writings on the subject, Volo admitted that the fate of the Princess remained unknown.[2]

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NotesEdit

  1. The names of the years set down by Augathra the Mad include the Year of the Lost Princess, −261 DR, but the source does not explicitly state that this is the year she disappeared. What it does state is a range of years that make it a plausible guess.

ReferencesEdit

  1. Ed Greenwood (Februry 2000). “The New Adventures of Volo: Lost Princess Road”. In Dave Gross ed. Dragon #268 (Wizards of the Coast), p. 88.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 Ed Greenwood (Februry 2000). “The New Adventures of Volo: Lost Princess Road”. In Dave Gross ed. Dragon #268 (Wizards of the Coast), p. 89.
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