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The Dawn Age, or the Age of Dawn, was a period lasting from −30,000 DR to −24,000 DR, when the powerful empires of the creator races disappeared from the face of the earth and their land was occupied by dragons and giants. Constant war for land in Faerûn led to the creation of great kingdoms and empires.
It was a time on Toril when dragons took an interest in the lesser races' squabbling and taught them the basic concepts of organization and civilization, leading to the construction of cities and armies. The metallic dragons admired a certain amount of selflessness in the lesser races, such as the elves and dwarves and the young races of humans, gnomes, and halflings. They took pity on the weaker races and helped lead and protect them. Alternately, the chromatic dragons saw those races as less intelligent and more malleable, believing them to seek only their own advancement. They forced them to build a loose-knit society and organized them into armies. They then taught the lesser races how to construct fortified castles for their new masters to live in and bask on the hordes that they stole from the weak.
- Start Of The Dawn Ages/The Time Of Dragons: Dragons and giants rule Toril at this time; elves and dwarves settle in small but growing communities all over Faerûn. The dwarves overthrow the giants and start their empires. Toward the end of this time, the elves start doing the same against the dragon overlords of this era. This age draws to an abrupt close with the First Sundering.
- Fall of the Aearee Empires.
- The first dragons begin spreading across Faerûn. They soon establish the realms of Argissthilliax, Caesinmalsvir, Darastriverthicha and Tharkrixghontix.
- The great giant god Annam All-Father marries Othea, a lesser demigoddess of Toril. Their union produces eight terrestrial children. The giant realms of Ostoria, Darchar, Grunfesting, Helligheim, Nedeheim and Rangfjell are founded by Annam and his sons.
- Araushnee is banished from the elven pantheon and cast by the Seldarine into the Abyss. Her son Vhaeraun (who was also banished) and daughter Eilistraee (who chose exile) start wandering on Toril. Araushnee makes a new home for herself named the Demonweb Pits and becomes the demon-goddess Lolth.
c. -29500 DR
- Within a few centuries of their arrival on Faerûn, after some of the dragons reached maturity, the giants recognized the great reptiles as powerful and cunning interlopers who threatened their very existence. Soon open warfare rages between giant and dragonkind with the rich resources of Faerûn awaiting the victor.
- The Dragonfall War begins when followers of Xymor kill Nagamat, sparking the war between the followers Bahamut and Tiamat which continues unabated in the present day.
c. -28000 DR
- The Colossal Kingdom reaches its height, stretching across Faerûn from the Cold Lands to the Vilhon Reach.
c. -26000 DR
- Othea, mother of giantkind, pursues a series of unsatisfying affairs with various powers such as Vaprak, father of the ogre race.
c. -25500 DR
- Othea begins an affair with Ulutiu, a minor sea god of the Savage Frontier. The union of Othea and Ulutiu ultimately produces four races: firbolg, verbeeg, voadkyn, and fomorian.
c. -25000 DR
- Ostoria reaches a truce with dragonkind and the Reign of Giants comes to an end. Ostoria has shrunk to only a shadow of its former self. The Colossal Kingdom now occupies only the northernmost edge of Faerûn (present day Great Glacier and the Cold Lands).
- Draconic legends first speak of Ironfang Keep, a stronghold built on the cliffs of the White River, overlooking the Dragons’ Sea.
c. -24500 DR
- Elf survivors of the Kingdom of Tintageer (Kingdom of Faerie) summon the power of elvish High Magic and escape from Faerie to Toril. The Tintageer defeat a great red wyrm Mahatnartorian, Master of the Mountains, and found the first elven nation on Faerûn.
c. -24400 DR
- Lolth's attention is drawn to Toril for the first time in history, due to the elf Kethryllia Amarillis fighting the demon Haeshkarr in the Demonweb Pits. The Spider Queen begins to seduce dark elves and takes Ka'Narlist as her consort.
- ↑ 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 Brian R. James and Ed Greenwood (September, 2007). The Grand History of the Realms. (Wizards of the Coast), p. 8. ISBN 978-0-7869-4731-7.
- ↑ 2.0 2.1 Steven E. Schend and Kevin Melka (1998). Cormanthyr: Empire of the Elves. (TSR, Inc). ISBN 0-7069-0761-4.
- ↑ 3.0 3.1 3.2 Ed Greenwood, Eric L. Boyd, Darrin Drader (July 2004). Serpent Kingdoms. (Wizards of the Coast). ISBN 0-7869-3277-5.
- ↑ 4.0 4.1 4.2 Eric L. Boyd, Eytan Bernstein (August 2006). Dragons of Faerûn. (Wizards of the Coast). ISBN 0-7869-3923-0.
- ↑ 5.0 5.1 5.2 5.3 5.4 5.5 Ray Winninger (August 1995). Giantcraft. (TSR, Inc). ISBN 0-7869-0163-2.
- ↑ Eric L. Boyd (1998). Demihuman Deities. (Wizards of the Coast), p. 10. ISBN 0-7869-1239-1.
- ↑ 7.0 7.1 Eric L. Boyd (1997). Powers and Pantheons. (TSR, Inc). ISBN 0-7869-0657-X.
- ↑ John Terra (February 1995). The Moonsea (boxed set). (TSR, Inc). ISBN 978-0786900923.
- ↑ Elaine Cunningham (1999). Evermeet: Island of Elves. (Wizards of the Coast), pp. 93–96. ISBN 0-7869-1354-1.
- ↑ Eric L. Boyd, Eytan Bernstein (August 2006). Dragons of Faerûn. (Wizards of the Coast), p. 7. ISBN 0-7869-3923-0.
- ↑ Elaine Cunningham (1999). Evermeet: Island of Elves. (Wizards of the Coast), pp. 140–156. ISBN 0-7869-1354-1.
- ↑ Brian R. James and Ed Greenwood (September, 2007). The Grand History of the Realms. (Wizards of the Coast), p. 10. ISBN 978-0-7869-4731-7.