Elah'zad, meaning House of the Moon in Midani, was an isolated oasis located in the Sword region of Anauroch. It was considered a sacred place of great power by the nomadic Bedine people that called the desert their home.[1][4]

Perhaps Eldath is free in Sembia, but in Anauroch she is At'ar's prisoner
— Ruha, to her companion Lander.[3]

Description[edit | edit source]

Elah'zad was nestled within a valley surrounded by 1,000‑foot-tall (300‑meter) mounds of earth that were dotted with scores of small water springs. Water flowed down into a vividly blue lake, 1 mile (1.6 kilometers) in width, that gave life to striking and beautiful plant life. Because the lake of Elah'zad was considered sacred by the Bedine people, their camels were forbidden from drinking from its waters.[1]

Within the center of the beauteous lake was a small, grass-covered isle set in the shape of a half moon. It covered approximately 100 yards (91 meters) of the lake's surface.[1]

A two-way portal linked Elah'zad with the Ring of Wyvernstones in the Hullack Forest.[5]

Geography[edit | edit source]

It was an isolated settlement that was hidden within the difficult-to-traverse Hills of Scent, just north of the Wall of Fallen Djinn mountain range.[1][2]

The Well of the Cloven Rock oasis was located about 60 miles (97 kilometers) east from Elah'zad.[6]

Flora & Fauna[edit | edit source]

The shrubbery found in Elah'zad had distinct red-colored leaves with starkly contrasting blue stems. The trees shared the colors of several metals, including copper and silver.[1]

History[edit | edit source]

In the Year of the Turret, 1360 DR, Elah'zad was the meeting place of fifteen sheikhs of the sixteen surviving tribes of the Bedine, including the two leaders that had arranged their assembly, Sa'ar of the Bait Mahwa and Utaiba of the Raz'hadi. All the Bedine came together to decide what must be done to deal with the emerging threat posed by the Zhentarim.[7]

Rumors & Legends[edit | edit source]

According to Bedine legend, the valley was once home to the moon goddess Elah, before she was driven away by the goddess of the sun, At'ar the Merciless. At'ar then transformed Elah'zad into a prison for Eldath, the Mother of Waters, as she was jealous of the beauty Eldath possessed.[1][3][4]

It was one of the known locations where the Ritual of the Waxing could be performed using the Eye of Selûne.[2]

Notable Locations[edit | edit source]

  • Elah'zad, the alabaster temple dedicated to the moon goddess Elah.[1]

Appendix[edit | edit source]

See Also[edit | edit source]

Appearances[edit | edit source]

Novels
The Parched Sea

References[edit | edit source]

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 1.6 1.7 1.8 Ed Greenwood (November 1991). Anauroch. Edited by Karen S. Boomgarden. (TSR, Inc.), p. 49. ISBN 1-56076-126-1.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 Richard Baker, Ed Bonny, Travis Stout (February 2005). Lost Empires of Faerûn. (Wizards of the Coast), p. 111. ISBN 0-7869-3654-1.
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 Troy Denning (July 1991). The Parched Sea. (TSR, Inc.), p. 224. ISBN 1-56076-067-2.
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 Julia Martin, Eric L. Boyd (March 1996). Faiths & Avatars. (TSR, Inc), p. 58. ISBN 978-0786903849.
  5. Eric L. Boyd, Erik Mona (May 2002). Faiths and Pantheons. (Wizards of the Coast), p. 178. ISBN 0-7869-2759-3.
  6. Ed Greenwood (November 1991). Anauroch. Edited by Karen S. Boomgarden. (TSR, Inc.), p. 58. ISBN 1-56076-126-1.
  7. Troy Denning (July 1991). The Parched Sea. (TSR, Inc.), pp. 227–237. ISBN 1-56076-067-2.
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