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Azoun Rhigaerd Palaghard Duar Obarskyr V became the 72nd king of Cormyr, having inherited the throne after the death of his grandfather, Azoun IV, as well as a mythic sovereign. He is the son of former Crown Princess Tanalasta Obarskyr and Rowen Cormaeril, a scout in the army of Cormyr.
In 1372 DR, Azoun was just a babe, and Regent Alusair Obarskyr and Dowager Queen Filfaeril Obarskyr were ruling Cormyr until he came of age. Azoun was cared for by Alaphondar, Royal Sage of Cormyr and lover of Filfaeril. The utmost care was given to keep Azoun's whereabouts a secret, as there were many ambitious malcontents who would wish to do him harm..
When he finally came of age in 1384 DR, at the insistence of the royal court, he surprised everyone by immediately stepping into the role of a political animal, a stark contrast to the warrior-king who was his grandfather. He immediately went about trying to change things to be more fair towards the commoners of his kingdom, but faced insurmountable adversity from the nobles of the realm. The following year, Azoun had to deal with the effects of the Spellplague and the death/disappearance of a third of his elite War Wizards.
He managed to fulfill his royal duties, however, and married Nalara Marliir, siring two children, Emvar and Foril Obarskyr. Emvar, however, was murdered by Sembians, along with Foril's wife, Jemra. Two years later, Cormyr entered into a two year long war with Sembia, now a vassal state of Netheril.
A cease-fire was called and Daerlun seceded from Cormyr. Overall, Azoun's reign was viewed as successful. His original plan to give rights to the commoners of his land was finally enacted when he signed the Suzail Writ shortly before his death in 1449 DR.
- ↑ 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 Ed Greenwood (2000). “After the Dragon: The Kingdom of Cormyr Today”. In Dave Gross ed. Dragon Annual #5 (Wizards of the Coast), p. 59.
- ↑ Ed Greenwood and Troy Denning Death of the Dragon. (Wizards of the Coast). ISBN 0-7869-1863-2.
- ↑ Brian R. James (July 2008). “Backdrop: Cormyr”. In Chris Youngs ed. Dragon #365 (Wizards of the Coast).
- ↑ 4.0 4.1 Ed Greenwood (May 2005). Elminster's Daughter. (Wizards of the Coast). ISBN 978-0786937684.
- ↑ Richard Baker (September 2008). “Epic Faerûn”. In Chris Youngs ed. Dragon #367 (Wizards of the Coast), p. 8.