Innarlith was a city located on the eastern tip of the Lake of Steam. It was a city where anything could be purchased, though how legal the acquisition might be was another story.[citation needed]

Geography[edit | edit source]

The city often had a bad smell to it due to the wind that blew sulphurous air from the Lake of Steam. Sometimes the wind came from the southeast, however, and this kept the smell of the lake off of the city. [1] The sulphurous water from the lake kept the city damp and warm most of the year. [2]. The winter months of the year tended to have the most rain and sunless days[3].

The city was divided into four quarters. The docks were in the first quarter[4]. The homes of the aristocracy as well as the government buildings were located in the second quarter[5]. The third quarter contained the craftsmen [6]. The fourth quarter held many of the poor of the city[7].

The territory of the city-state itself didn't have clear boundaries, but it included land that went as far south as the Firesteap Mountains and as far north as the Nagaflow.[8][9]

Government[edit | edit source]

Innarlith was a city-state that had political control over the city of Innarlith and surrounding areas, including as far north as the southern edge of the Nagaflow river. The head of the government was called the Ransar. It was ruled by a senate composed of the aristocracy, who held their positions for life. Entry into the senate was attained by paying large sums of money to buy empty seats. [10]

History[edit | edit source]

In the Year of Maidens, 1361 DR, the Red Wizard Marek Rymüt was engaged in a breeding program to produce the mutant offspring of a male black dragon and female fire drakes that he called 'black fire drakes' in a nursery underneath the 2nd quarter of Innarlith. However, he was running into problems with finding enough food to feed them.[11] Some of the black fire drakes ended up escaping to the surface of the city and created mayhem and destruction, before being either killed by the city guard or teleported back to the nursery by Marek. Marek eventually transferred his nursery to a pocket dimension that he named the Land of One Hundred and Thirteen[12],.

In the year 1364 DR Ransar Osorkon began a project to construct a canal from the Lake of Steam to the Nagaflow river. This would have successfully connected the Sea of Fallen Stars to the oceans of Toril. The work of the project was given to a Cormyrean engineer named Ivar Devorast[13].

The canal project was vehemently opposed by the Red Wizards of Thay, who feared loss of revenue from the end of their portal trade for ships between the sea of fallen stars and the oceans of Toril. Marek Rymut acted as their agent to try to disrupt the canal. Rymut gave his black firedrakes to help support a coup led by his ally Senator Salatis that ended with the assassination of Osorkon and the placing of Salatis as the new Ransar of Innarlith. The new Ransar did not end the canal project, however, and it still continued. A fruit of Rymut's support of the coup was the erection of the Thayan enclave in Innarlith. Rymut succeeded in getting the canal to rely on products sold by the enclave and changed his position on the project to one of support. [14]

In 1371 DR Senator Pristoleph, a very wealthy fire genasi took control of the city after invading it with an army that he had raised at Firesteap Citadel. Marek Rymut betrayed Salatis for Pristoleph and got his black firedrakes to kill Salatis during the siege. Pristoleph then had himself declared the new Ransar.

Around 1372 DR, the ruler of the city was Ransar Pristoleph. Ransar Pristoleph cleaned out all rogue dens and monster dens in the Firesteap Mountains to protect the caravans. Ransar Pristoleph apparently had ties to the church of Cyric.[15]

While Pristoleph was away on a trip to Shou Lung the henchmen of Marek Rymut had a magical portal created along the canal, thus ensuring that use of the canal would still fund Thay. Upon the Ransar's return, he was angry at this and tried to get rid of it, but the senate, which had largely fallen under Marek's influence, pressured him to acquiesce to it. In 1374 DR, Ivar Devorast, the chief builder of the canal, then detonated a large number of smokepowder charges along the length of the canal in key points that caused it be destroyed, because he felt the quality of his original vision had been lost.[16]

Pristoleph arrested Devorast, but didn't put him to death. A faction of senators, under the nominal leadership of Senator Meykhati and under the actual control of Marek Rymut, then led a rebellion against Pristoleph that resulted in open warfare on the streets of Innarlith. After much of the city had been destroyed, Pristoleph agreed to peace terms that included him stepping down as Ransar. Pristoleph then went to address the senate at the Chamber of Law and Civility to give his resignation speech. However, during the speech he departed from the agreed upon speech to accuse the senate of being puppets to a foreign power. He then used his abilities as a fire genasi to cause the lights and candles in the room to burn the audience, who quickly scrambled out of the room. He himself escaped with the help of his wemic mercenaries and continued the war for another few months. His faction emerged victorious in the struggle and he exiled or executed all of his opponents, thus securing his control over the city-state and he ordered for the canal to be completed according to the original plan.[17]

The canal failed to make the permanent change to the map of Faerûn or elevate Innarlith's trade position in the world after the decade-long struggle. Innarlith and much of the surrounding region was devastated by the Spellplague that began in 1385 DR, which left the city a ruin that was no longer on the shores of the Lake of Steam.

Inhabitants[edit | edit source]

Innarlith was the home of the Magister Talatha Vaerovree. Because this office was frequently filled by a wizard who had killed the prior Magister however, it was likely difficult if not impossible to find Talatha here.[18]

Notable Locations[edit | edit source]

Appendix[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. Philip Athans (October 2005). Whisper of Waves. (Wizards of the Coast), chap. 11. ISBN 0-7869-3237-6.
  2. Philip Athans (September 2006). Lies of Light. (Wizards of the Coast), chap. 3. ISBN 0-7869-3237-6.
  3. Philip Athans (September 2006). Lies of Light. (Wizards of the Coast), chap. 63. ISBN 0-7869-3237-6.
  4. Philip Athans (October 2005). Whisper of Waves. (Wizards of the Coast), chap. 11. ISBN 0-7869-3237-6.
  5. Philip Athans (October 2005). Whisper of Waves. (Wizards of the Coast), chap. 57. ISBN 0-7869-3237-6.
  6. Philip Athans (October 2005). Whisper of Waves. (Wizards of the Coast), chap. 28. ISBN 0-7869-3237-6.
  7. Philip Athans (October 2005). Whisper of Waves. (Wizards of the Coast), chap. 2. ISBN 0-7869-3237-6.
  8. Philip Athans (September 2006). Lies of Light. (Wizards of the Coast), chap. 24. ISBN 0-7869-3237-6.
  9. Philip Athans (October 2005). Whisper of Waves. (Wizards of the Coast), chap. 4. ISBN 0-7869-3237-6.
  10. Philip Athans (October 2005). Whisper of Waves. (Wizards of the Coast), chap. 52. ISBN 0-7869-3237-6.
  11. Philip Athans (October 2005). Whisper of Waves. (Wizards of the Coast), chap. 18. ISBN 0-7869-3237-6.
  12. Philip Athans (October 2005). Whisper of Waves. (Wizards of the Coast), chap. 29. ISBN 0-7869-3237-6.
  13. Philip Athans (October 2005). Whisper of Waves. (Wizards of the Coast), chap. 62. ISBN 0-7869-3237-6.
  14. Philip Athans (September 2006). Lies of Light. (Wizards of the Coast), chap. 51. ISBN 0-7869-3237-6.
  15. James Wyatt (2004-01-21). Portals of the Moonstars: The Ankhapur Portal. Perilous Gateways. Wizards of the Coast. Archived from the original on 2004-06-04. Retrieved on 2016-07-07.
  16. Philip Athans (June 2007). Scream of Stone. (Wizards of the Coast), chap. 61. ISBN 0-7869-4271-1.
  17. Philip Athans (June 2007). Scream of Stone. (Wizards of the Coast), chap. 78. ISBN 0-7869-4271-1.
  18. Ed Greenwood (January 2000). Secrets of the Magister. (Wizards of the Coast), p. 85. ISBN 978-0786914302.
  19. Philip Athans (October 2005). Whisper of Waves. (Wizards of the Coast), chap. 57. ISBN 0-7869-3237-6.
  20. Philip Athans (September 2006). Lies of Light. (Wizards of the Coast), chap. 38. ISBN 0-7869-3237-6.
  21. Philip Athans (September 2006). Lies of Light. (Wizards of the Coast), chap. 56. ISBN 0-7869-3237-6.
  22. Philip Athans (October 2005). Whisper of Waves. (Wizards of the Coast), chap. 52. ISBN 0-7869-3237-6.
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