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Daggerdale
The crest of Daggerdale
Daggerdale
Geographical information
Capital

Dagger Falls[1]

Area

Dalelands, North Faerûn[1]

Societal information
Races
Humans 88%
Dwarves 5%
Half-orcs 3%
Gnomes 2%
Halflings 1%
Other 1%
[1]
Religion

Lathander[1], Mielikki[1], Silvanus[1], Tempus[1], Tyr[2]

Population 15,000[3] in 1480 DR
28,041[1] in 1372 DR
3,700 (includes invaders)[4]
Imports

Armor, books, glass, jewelry, metalwork, paper, textiles, weapons[1]

Exports

Furs, meats, ores[1]

Alignment
LG NG CG
LN N CN
LE NE CE
Political information
Government

Lordship

Rulers
Barathal Cormaeril 1469 DR - present[3]
Domavos Cormaeril 1425 DR - 1469 DR[3]
Sathrin Cormaeril 1391 DR - 1425 DR[3]
Randal Morn 1369 DR - 1391 DR[3]
Guthbert Golthammmer (constable) 1368 DR - 1369 DR[5]
Tren Noemfor (constable) 1353 DR - 1368 DR[6]
Malyk 1336 DR - 1353 DR[7][8]
Morn family (founders) 796 DR - 1336 DR[9][8]

Inhabitants of Daggerdale
Locations in Daggerdale
Organizations in Daggerdale
Settlements in Daggerdale

Daggerdale (originally named Merrydale) is a remote region of the Dalelands located between the Desertsmouth Mountains and the Dagger Hills. It is a region of dark forests and rocky hills with a single large settlement named Dagger Falls.[10]

GeographyEdit

A lightly wooded dale of rolling hills and perhaps one of the most unspoiled of landscapes among the Dalelands.[11] Daggerdale is divided up by numerous rocky valleys and the few settled areas are centered around the town of Dagger Falls.[8]

Geographic featuresEdit

Border Forest
This forest lies on the northern border of Daggerdale. It connects to three other regions but is rarely frequented by travelers. The native inhabitants are fey, such as satyrs, pixies, sprites and dryads. These fey have a hostile attitude towards civilized races due to past dealings with Zhentarim loggers working out of Snowmantle.[8]
Dagger Hills
This is the hilly area south-east of Dagger Falls. At one time, it contained tilled farmland which has seen been abandoned and reclaimed by nature. Many monsters and predatory animals make this area their home.[8]
Desertsmouth Mountains
These mountains run along the western border of the Dalelands. They were previously home to the Tethyamar dwarves, trade partners of the Daggerfolk, prior to the fall of their kingdom at the hands of a savage horde. Descendants of the monstrous attackers, orcs, ogres and fiends, still live in on the mountain tops.[8]
The Dagger Falls
The nearby town of Dagger Falls was named after this waterfall. It has a sheer drop that cannot be navigated by boats or returning salmon.[8]
Tarkhen Hills
These hill make up the foothills of the Desertsmouth Mountains that begin south of the River Tesh around an area known as Giant's Craw and extend north to meet up with the Border Forest. These farmable hills slope gently up towards the granite walls of the Desertsmouth Mountains. Most of the slopes of the Tarkhen Hills are densely covered by northern pine woods, with scattered patches of oaks and other deciduous trees.[citation needed]

DefensesEdit

Since 1369 DR and Randal Morn's reclamation of the dale, the lord has used his Freedom Riders to drive beasts and Zhents from the lands. The Freedom riders are supplemented by mercenaries bands to keep the scattered farmlands of Daggerdake safe.[12]

By 1480 DR, the Lord's Retinue had been formed, a fighting force of 150 mounted warriors that patrolled the dale and its roads. Stationed in Castle Daggerdale and Dagger Falls mostly; they would be supplemented by local village militias when their numbers were insufficent.[3]

TradeEdit

Daggerdale's economy was largely based on subsistence crops, furs and livestock (notably sheep). Deposits of beryl found deep in the Dagger Hills meant that emeralds could potentially be mined, however the threat of lycanthrope atacks in the area made most excursions too dangerous. Most of Daggerdale's manufactured goods had to be imported though.[3]

HistoryEdit

Early HistoryEdit

The human history of Daggerdale goes back to the Jhaamdathan settlers to the dale. Certainly, the history before the arrival of humans was recorded by the elves of Rystall Wood thousands of years ago. These first human settlers fled from destroyed Jhaamdath in the Year of Furious Waves (-255 DR), were led to the northwestern foothills of the Dagger Hills by a man named Dordrien. These Jhaamdathan refugees built a small keep to defend their town, which took the name of Dordrien.[13]

Refugees from the Netherese survivor states of Asram, Anauria, and Hlondath fled east toward the Moonsea and founded Teshar in the Year of Leather Shields (-75 DR).[14] By the end of that same year, the last people of Dordrien left their holdings in the Dagger Hills due to orc attacks from the mountains.[15] House Mindosel commissioned Cormyrean cartographers to map the lands of the Inner Sea to mark the year of their family's elevation to the nobility of Teshar (112 DR)..[16]

Bands from the horde that brought low Northkeep in the Year of the Stallion Triumphant (400 DR) make their way in to the Tesh Valley and began raiding the human settlements there.[17] These raids, combined with a very harsh winter brought about the collapse of Teshar as a nation in the Year of Forestfrost (479 DR, leaving behind a number of scattered and isolated hamlets and villages.[18]

A mysterious and powerful mage named Alokkair comes out of the West and helps one of the regions petty lordlings conquer his neighbours. In the Year of the Laughing Lich (536 DR), they found Hlontar amid the ruins of Teshar. Although he serves for awhile as the court wizard of the kingdom, Alokkair soon kills the lord and most of his family, taking one of the daughters as his wife. He rules over Hlontar as its Wizard-king through a combination of oppression, superior magic and an excellent network of informers and toadies. In the Year of Tumbled Bones (569 DR), Alokkair's three daughters defeat him and Hlontar reverts back to a realm of independent, but allied villages.[19][20]

Rise and fall of the Morn familyEdit

Vampires plagued the land of Merrydale for many years. In the Year of Grey Mists (796 DR), the most influential family of the dale, the Morns, renamed the land Daggerdale after the traditional name the dwarves had for the land.[21][8][3]

Terribly weakened by the infestation of vampires, certain factions considered the dale ripe for the taking. Increased numbers of Malar-worshiping lycanthropes stalked the fringes of the Cormanthor forest, seeking Daggerfolks to feast upon and infect. Many would-be wizard conquerors began to infiltrate the realm at this time, unleashing their deadly constructs upon the land. It was during this time that Shraevyn the Weapons-Mage created the Sword of the Dales in the Year of Brighter Blades (996 DR).[22]

Like the other dales, Daggerdale fell briefly under the sway of Aencar, the Mantled King, in the Year of Spreading Spring (1038 DR). Shortly thereafter, in the Year of Singing Shards (1044 DR), Daggerdale regained its traditional independence when Aencar died.[23]

The Daggerfolk enjoyed prosperity as a trading partner of the Tethyamar dwarves prior to its fall in 1104 DR[24], which resulted in economic collapse of the dale. During this period the tyrannical Mage-lord, Colderan Morn, rose to power in the mid 1200's and drove the remaining dwarves from the dale.[6]

Colderan blamed Clan Brightblade for the disappearance of his son and heir, Belard Morn. In actuality Belard had been kidnapped by Colderan's drow 'allies' and before being rescued by the Harpers (including Elminster and Storm Silverhand). Belard and eventually his son Flars Morn were raised in secret by the Harpers away from the Dale until an opportunity arose to reveal Flars' heritage to him.[25]

Returning to Daggerdale Flars found his grandfather, Colderan, had passed away and roving bands of zhent-sponsored outlaws held sway. Uniting the dale once again under the rule of the rightful Morn family, Flars soon sired one of the daggerdale most famous lords, Randal Morn.[25]

Zhent OccupationEdit

Later in 1316 DR, when refugees from fallen Teshendale started flocking to Daggerdale the first agents of the Zhents arrived. By 1336 DR the Black Network claimed Dagger Falls as their own, driving Randal Morn, the hereditary lord of Daggerdale into the hills and install Malyk as ruler.[21][7] The House of Morn had ruled the Daggerdale for centuries prior to the arrival of the Zhent, and Randal was the last surviving male heir.

Morn began fighting the Zhentarim with guerrilla warfare, with the first major victory occurring nearly two decades later with the death of the puppet ruler Malyk in 1353 DR.[26] The Zhentarim responded aggressively, leading to a series of events that culminated in all-out civil war by 1369 DR.[8]

The Return of Randal MornEdit

With events abroad such as the recent destruction of Zhentil Keep, the Zhentarim had its attention elsewhere during this time, allowing Morn the window he needed to reclaim the Dagger Falls and thus the region.

Randal was the last male heir to the House of Morn. His sister, Silver Cormaeril lives to the south, married into the Cormaeril family of Cormyr. Unless Morn produced an heir, control of Daggerdale would pass to the Cormaeril family upon his death.[27]

Cormaeril ruleEdit

In 1391 DR Randal Morn died after catching pneumonia on one of his celebrated hunting trips. Randal Morn's nephew, Sathrin Cormaeril, arrived in Daggerdale and claimed the throne. Sathrin ruled to 1425 DR when he died and was succeeded by his son Domavos.[3]

After 44 years of reign Domavos died in 1469 DR and was succeeded by his son and current ruler Barathal.[3]

In 1475 DR, Neranya Cormaeril, Barathal's sister is attacked by werewolves and joins the lycanthropes of White Crag.[3]

In 1480 DR, the evil Zhentarim cleric Rezlus attempted to seize control of Daggerdale through the Tower of Void where four heroes from the Dalelands stood and opposed him. Upon the Zhentarim's defeat, the dragon Incendius destroyed Daggerdale but was killed by the human fighter of the four heroes. The Cyricist Zhentarim then began their invasion of Tethyamar.[28]

Notable LocationsEdit

AppendixEdit

AppearancesEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 1.6 1.7 1.8 1.9 Ed Greenwood, Sean K. Reynolds, Skip Williams, Rob Heinsoo (June 2001). Forgotten Realms Campaign Setting 3rd edition. (Wizards of the Coast), p. 126. ISBN 0-7869-1836-5.
  2. James Wyatt (September 2002). City of the Spider Queen. (Wizards of the Coast), p. 11. ISBN 0-7869-1212-X.
  3. 3.00 3.01 3.02 3.03 3.04 3.05 3.06 3.07 3.08 3.09 3.10 Eric Menge (July 2011). “Backdrop: Daggerdale”. Dungeon #192 (Wizards of the Coast)
  4. Richard Baker (1993). The Dalelands. (TSR, Inc), p. 20. ISBN 978-1560766674.
  5. Jim Butler (1995). The Return of Randal Morn. (TSR, Inc), p. 17. ISBN 0-7869-0170-5.
  6. 6.0 6.1 Wolfgang Baur (October 1993). Doom of Daggerdale. (TSR, Inc.), p. 9. ISBN 978-1560766544.
  7. 7.0 7.1 Ed Greenwood, Julia Martin, Jeff Grubb (1993). Forgotten Realms Campaign Setting 2nd edition (revised). (TSR, Inc) ISBN 1-5607-6617-4.
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  9. Brian R. James and Ed Greenwood (September, 2007). The Grand History of the Realms. (Wizards of the Coast), p. 103. ISBN 978-0-7869-4731-7.
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  30. Ed Greenwood (January 1996). Volo's Guide to the Dalelands. (TSR, Inc), p. 79. ISBN 0-7869-0406-2.
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