The Swamp of Akhlaur was a marshland located west of Lake Halruaa and Halagard.[1][2]


The swamp covered, as of 1373 DR, an oblong area roughly 4000 square miles (6437.3 sq km.).[3] The Swamp of Akhlaur was filled with cypress trees, moss and assortment of fauna including crocodiles and dangerous piranha. Unnatural creatures such as undead were also present.[1]

Laraken also inhabited the swamp, making this a dangerous location for any spellcaster.[1]


The swamp was named for the famed conjurer Akhlaur who was believed that perished here when he was taken to the Elemental Plane of Water by a summoned laraken. The portal through which he disappeared remained open, allowing a constant flow of water to expand the swamp at a rate of an additional 100 ft. (30 m) per year.[1]

In 1373 DR, the magehound Kiva managed to remove the portal from the swamp, successfully halting its advance.[4]

In 1385 DR, the south of Halruaa was flooded because of the catastrophic Spellplague, connecting the swamp with the Great Sea.[5]




  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 Tom Prusa (1993). The Shining South. (TSR, Inc), pp. 11–12. ISBN 1-56076-595-X.
  2. 2.0 2.1 Karen Wynn Fonstad (August 1990). The Forgotten Realms Atlas. (TSR, Inc), p. 9. ISBN 978-0880388573.
  3. Thomas Reid (October 2004). Shining South. (Wizards of the Coast), p. 124. ISBN 0-7869-3492-1.
  4. Thomas Reid (October 2004). Shining South. (Wizards of the Coast), p. 126. ISBN 0-7869-3492-1.
  5. Bruce R. Cordell, Ed Greenwood, Chris Sims (August 2008). Forgotten Realms Campaign Guide. (Wizards of the Coast), p. 136. ISBN 978-0-7869-4924-3.