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This template is for use in any article about a physical location or political state within the Forgotten Realms. This is a general template for use on locations and states, but be aware that there might be a more specific template available for the type of location you are editing. See the list below. This template has been through a few iterations with new parameters added at various times, not to mention the merge with the State template. Therefore, there are a few different ways to use this template depending on how much historical data there is for a particular location and how you want it presented. Please read the explanations of the parameters and view the examples below.

Please add wiki links to articles for the relevant topics. All date fields that ask for a year will be linked to the Roll of Years in Dalereckoning, so please enter an integer year, like 1358, and it will be linked to 1358 DR for you. There are other date fields that are free-form so you can specify ranges of dates, approximate dates using circa, and so on. Use the parameters that best fits the available information.

Example



Examples are shown to the right.

{{Location
| image          = Cormanthor.jpg
| caption        = Map of Cormanthor
| name           = Cormanthor
| aliases        = The Elven Woods
| type           = Forest
| capital        = [[Myth Drannor]] (but see text)
| georefs        = <ref name="C:WAtT-p70">{{Cite dragon/Cormanthor: War Amidst the Trees|70}}</ref>
| region         = [[North Faerûn]]
| races          = [[Drow]], [[elves]], [[half-elves]], [[human]]s, [[halfling]]s
| religion       = [[Corellon Larethian]], [[Eilistraee]], [[Mielikki]],
[[Mystra]], [[Silvanus]], [[Vhaeraun]]
| currency       = {{currency table|1pp|1 "tricrown"|5gp "lions"|
10ep "blue eyes"|100sp "falcons"|1000cp "thumbs"}}
| population1    = 154,223
| popyear1       = 1372
| population2    = 1.5 million
| popyear2       = 1479
| imports        = 
| exports        = Furs, magic items (from [[Myth Drannor]]), meat
| alignment      = {{alignment grid|on|on|on|on|on|on|on|on|on}}
| usethe         = 
| useon          = 
| inhabitants    = yes
| locations      = yes
| organizations  = yes
| settlements    = yes
| roads          = yes
| mountains      = 
| forests        = 
| events         = yes
| food and drink = yes
| items          = yes
}}

Usage

{{Location
| image              = 
| caption            = 
| name               = 
| alt spelling       = 
| aliases            = 
| type               = 
| region             = 
| size               = 
| elevation          = 
| depth              = 
| capital            = 
| largest city       = 
| georefs            = 
| demonym            = 
| population         = 
| races              = 
| languages          = 
| religion           = 
| alignment          = 
| socrefs            = 
| imports            = 
| exports            = 
| currency           = 
| comrefs            = 
| government         = 
| rulertype          = 
| ruler              = 
| head of state      = 
| leader1            = 
| head of government = 
| leader2            = 
| executive          = 
| legislature        = 
| judiciary          = 
| allegiances        = 
| govrefs            = 
| established        = 
| start event        = 
| start date         = 
| event1             = 
| date1              = 
| event2             = 
| date2              = 
| event3             = 
| date3              = 
| event4             = 
| date4              = 
| disestablished     = 
| end event          = 
| end date           = 
| predecessor        = 
| successor          = 
| population1        = 
| popyear1           = 
| population2        = 
| popyear2           = 
| population3        = 
| popyear3           = 
| population4        = 
| popyear4           = 
| population5        = 
| popyear5           = 
| poptable           = 
| ruler1             = 
| ruleryear1         = 
| ruler2             = 
| ruleryear2         = 
| ruler3             = 
| ruleryear3         = 
| ruler4             = 
| ruleryear4         = 
| ruler5             = 
| ruleryear5         = 
| rulertable         = 
| histrefs           = 
| usethe             = 
| useon              = 
| inhabitants        = 
| locations          = 
| organizations      = 
| settlements        = 
| roads              = 
| mountains          = 
| bodies of water    = 
| forests            = 
| events             = 
| food and drink     = 
| items              = 
}}

Parameters

image 
Optional. An image that describes the location, or a map showing the location. Just list the name of the file. For backward compatibility, [[File:]] and [[Image:]] tags should still work. The image will be resized to fit the infobox.
caption 
Optional. A description of the image, if necessary. This field will be italicized for you.
name 
Required. Name of the location.

Geography

These parameters are for things you might find on a map of the location.

alt spelling 
Optional. Any alternate ways to spell the name of the location.
aliases 
Optional. Any nicknames, slang names, or names in other languages for the location.
type 
Optional. Geographical, topological, architectural, or political description, e.g., Desert, Lake, Mountain, Bridge, City, Kingdom, Country, etc. If the location is a building or a habitable structure, then you should probably use {{Building}}.
region 
Optional. The region of Toril, e.g., the Western Heartlands or Maztica. If its not on Toril then put the plane of existence and/or a realm for this.
size 
Optional. Square area, or something from Category:Settlements by type or Category:Settlements by population, if applicable.
elevation 
Optional. The height above sea-level of the location.
depth 
Optional. The depth below sea-level of the location (for undersea or Underdark locales or the deepest point of a body of water.
capital 
Optional. Capital city, if applicable.
largest city 
Optional. If no capital, or the capital is not the largest, you can use this.
georefs 
Optional. You can place <ref> tags here and they will go in the Geography subheading rather than clutter up the infobox.

Society

If the location was inhabited by sentient beings, then these parameters describe aspects of society that might be useful for a traveler to know.

demonym 
Optional. The name used for the inhabitants of this location.
population 
Optional. The latest population figure for this location. Please add the date, as in "12,300 in 1370 DR". Note that the History section below has two more ways to present the population, so you may use one of those if you know past census data.
races 
Optional. The races of the known inhabitants. Use a {{percentage table}} if the proportions are known.
languages 
Optional. The predominant languages spoken in this location.
religion 
Optional. List the deities worshiped or the name of the religious organizations operating in this location. You may separate them with commas or with <br /> tags, whichever looks best.
alignment 
Optional. The general alignment of the inhabitants of this location. For any edition except 4th, you may use an {{alignment grid}} if specific alignments are known.
socrefs 
Optional. You can place <ref> tags here and they will go in the Society subheading rather than clutter up the infobox.

Commerce

If the location has an economy, then it likely trades with others. Some states will even issue their own currency.

imports 
Optional. List the goods and services imported by this location.
exports 
Optional. List the goods and services exported by this location.
currency 
Optional. The name(s) used for currency in this location. Use a {{currency table}} if possible.
comrefs 
Optional. You can place <ref> tags here and they will go in the Commerce subheading rather than clutter up the infobox.

Politics

If this is a state or country, then it must have some form of government. Many of these parameters will be unnecessary or redundant. Choose the ones that best fit the location.

government 
Optional. The political system governing the location, e.g., City-State, Feudalism, Dictatorship, Theocracy, Mageocracy, Matriarchy, Monarchy, Tyranny, etc.
rulertype 
Optional. A title, like King, Queen, First Sorceress , Mayor, High Imperceptor of the Sacred Bovine, etc.
ruler 
Optional. The name of the current ruler, if applicable. If you specify rulertype then it will be used as the label for this field. Please add the date, as in "Azalar Falconhand in 1375 DR". Note the History section below has two more ways to present the leadership of a state or country, so you may use one of those if you know past rulers.
head of state 
Optional. The title of the head of state. You may use this and leader1 instead of rulertype and ruler if it is more appropriate. This is also used to distinguish between a figurehead (like a queen) and the head of government (like a prime minister).
leader1 
Optional. The name of the most recent person who was the head of state. This combines with head of state just like rulertype and ruler. Please add the date just as for ruler, if you can.
head of government 
Optional. If some other entity actually runs the government, put their title here, otherwise leave it blank.
leader2 
Optional. The name of the most recent person who was the head of the government, if different from the head of state. Please add the date just as for ruler, if you can.
executive 
Optional. Yet another way to specify a person or persons in power, if there are separation of duties and responsibilities where this makes sense. Give title and name here.
legislature 
Optional. The governing body charged with making laws, if applicable.
judiciary 
Optional. The court system where points of law are adjudicated, if applicable.
allegiances 
Optional. List allies, trade pacts, or whatever fits.
govrefs 
Optional. You can place <ref> tags here and they will go in the Government subheading rather than clutter up the infobox.

History

All the parameters above are for the most recent information about the location. Here is the place to document past rulers, population growth, and major events that shaped this location in its past.

established 
Optional. The date this state, country, or territorial entity came into being. This is a free-form field so you may use terms like circa for approximations.
start event 
Optional. If the establishment of this state was marked by something particularly noteworthy that you feel merits mentioning, then enter the name of the event, preferably wikilinked.
start date 
Optional. The date of the auspicious event. Please use Dalereckoning.
event1, event2, event3, event4 
Optional. The names or brief descriptions of any major events between the establishment and disestablishment of this state, country, or territorial entity.
date1, date2, date3, date4 
Optional. The dates associated with those events. These are free-form fields so you may specify a range of dates, e.g. 1223 DR1226 DR, approximations like circa −3000 DR, or whatever is appropriate.
disestablished 
Optional. The date this state, country, or territorial entity came to an end. A free-form date field.
end event 
Optional. If the ending was particularly glorious or ignominious and deserves to be noted, then wikilink the name of the event here.
end date 
Optional. The date of the end event in Dalereckoning.
predecessor 
Optional. What was at this location before the subject of the article? Was it a lonely trading post before it became a thriving metropolis?
successor 
Optional. What did this location become after the subject of the article came to an end? Did it become a haunted swamp after a great flood?
population1, population2, population3, population4, population5 
Optional. This is another way of describing the population growth of the state, country, or location over time. Please specify population numbers in chronological order (earliest first) and use commas to denote the thousands and millions, e.g. 1,340,000 for one million, three hundred forty thousand.
popyear1, popyear2, popyear3, popyear4, popyear5 
Optional. The years for population1 etc., as an integer (no commas) in Dalereckoning. Do not link the year, it will be linked for you. Dashes will be converted to minus signs.
poptable 
Optional. If you have more than 5 population items, or you want to specify ranges for the dates, or you just want to format it your own way, then use this parameter. This will place a small bold heading of "Population history" above your input and give you the full width of the infobox to use. Typically a {{Split table}} is used to make a nice two-column presentation.
ruler1, ruler2, ruler3, ruler4, ruler5 
Optional. Similar to population1 etc., You may link the names of up to five past rulers of this state, country, or tavern. If you specified a rulertype above, then it will be used here also.
ruleryear1, ruleryear2, ruleryear3, ruleryear4, ruleryear5 
Optional. The years for ruler1 etc., as an integer (no commas) in Dalereckoning that the ruler assumed office or control. Do not link the year, it will be linked for you. Dashes will be converted to minus signs.
rulertable 
Optional. Similar to poptable—an alternative to ruler1/ruleryear1 etc. that allows you to format the data as you wish. Typically a {{split table}} is used to list the names and dates or date ranges. Dates are NOT automatically linked. Example: {{Split table|[[Alustriel Silverhand]]|[[1235 DR]]-[[1369 DR]]}}

Navigation Links

Links to categories that pertain to this location can be added to the bottom of the infobox using the following parameters.

usethe 
Optional. Modifies the generated category links described below: Set this to any value (typically yes) if you want the category links to use "the" before the name, e.g., "Settlements in the Moonshaes" instead of "Settlements in Moonshaes".
useon 
Optional. Modifies the generated category links described below: Set this to any value (typically yes) if you want the category links to use "on" instead of "in" before the name. E.g., "Locations on Mount Ieldroun" instead of "Locations in Mount Ieldroun".
linkname 
Optional (not shown above). If the name is different than the one used in the categories, you can specify the correct category name here. For example, "Locations in Ysgard (layer)" instead of "Locations in Ysgard".
inhabitants, locations, organizations, settlements, roads, mountains, bodies of water, forests, events, food and drink, items 
Optional. Set these to any value (typically yes) to have the template automatically generate a link to the category.
nocat 
Optional (not shown above). Set this to "true" if you want to suppress auto-generated categories. Typically only used on documentation pages like this one.

Standardized Sections

These are the typical section headers for an article about a location, as discussed in this forum thread. You can easily cut and paste it from here and delete the ones you don't use:

==Geography==
===Geographical Features===
==Government==
==Trade==
==Defenses==
==History==
==Rumors & Legends==
==Notable Locations==
==Inhabitants==
==Appendix==
===See Also===
===Notes===
{{Notes}}
===Appearances===
===Gallery===
===External Links===
===References===
{{Refs}}

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References

  1. Eric L. Boyd (April 2007). “Volo's Guide: Cormanthor: War Amidst the Trees”. In Erik Mona ed. Dragon #354 (Paizo Publishing, LLC), p. 70.
  2. slade (April 1996). The North: Guide to the Savage Frontier (Cities and Civilization). (TSR, Inc), p. 45. ISBN 0-7869-0391-0.
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