The deathways were located in tombs, crypts, catacombs, graveyards and such other places, in arches or doors that were marked above them with the sign of the Eminence, three vertical slashes. Although those places were normal tombs or crypts for the unwary people, for those intelligent undead who knew the significance of the sign, or for the few living agents who worked for the Eminence, those places became portals that linked to everyone of the "principalities" of the Eminence across Abeir, and later Toril.
The deathways were created by Lod, the founder of the Eminence, about five hundred years before 1479 DR, while he was in the world of Abeir. Lod recorded the way of creating the deathways in his Codex of Araunt.
Initially the deathways linked only places within the world of Abeir and the continent of Laerakond, but in the decade of the 1470s DR, the deathways began to spread across Faerûn, as far as Thay. Since then, the deathways began to spread across the world at an astounding rate.
- ↑ 1.0 1.1 1.2 Bruce R. Cordell, Ed Greenwood, Chris Sims (August 2008). Forgotten Realms Campaign Guide. (Wizards of the Coast), p. 206. ISBN 978-0-7869-4924-3.
- ↑ 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 Bruce R. Cordell, Ed Greenwood, Chris Sims (August 2008). Forgotten Realms Campaign Guide. (Wizards of the Coast), p. 252. ISBN 978-0-7869-4924-3.