Today in the Realms...
...it is Highharvestide, or Highharvestide.
On this day:
- Worshipers of Anhur celebrate the Remembrance Ritual in honor of fallen comrades.
- Worshipers of the dwarven deity Dugmaren Brightmantle spend the morning in thoughtful meditation and the rest of the day at a scholarly symposium.
- Guardians of Gorm Gulthyn gather for ritual salutes, martial weapons displays, chanted prayers, and the offering of weapons used in a defensive action.
- Worshipers of Isis in Mulhorand put on an exuberant celebration thanking Isis and Osiris for their aid with the harvest.
- Worshipers of Lliira open a holy festival with the Swords Cast Down ritual in which weapons are thrown on the ground with chanting and covered with fresh flowers.
- Worshipers of Loviatar celebrate the Rite of Pain and Purity by dancing in a circle upon broken glass or other sharp objects.
- Worshipers of Malar celebrate the Feast of the Stags and pledge to hunt through the winter for selected people unable to hunt for themselves.
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Hear ye, hear ye! Quiet in back! The Heralds of Faerûn
hereby announce that, to celebrate the upcoming release of the Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor
video game, the Shadow of Mordor Wikia
has issued formal challenges to the wikis of the cosmos, pitting their champions in head-to-head contests of popularity and strength of arms. The Forgotten Realms Wiki has accepted this challenge as a test of honor.
Drizzt Do'Urden, much-loved renegade drow ranger and master of dual scimitars, of some 26 years' fame, is now facing Talion, the risen Ranger of Gondor and skilled swordsman, at yet untested.
Let it also be known that our sister wiki, the Baldur's Gate Wiki has also accepted a challenge, and that Viconia DeVir, drow priestess of Shar, is facing Galadriel, the elven Lady of Lórien.
Show your support and click your acclaim for your favorite heroes. We're sure ye'll choose wisely.
is the study of the structure, organization, and composition of all the planes of existence, and the World Tree cosmology
model was one interpretation of the multiverse, attempting to reduce the complexity and sheer volume of information into concepts that were understandable and even useful to the brave, the curious, and the ambitious. First outlined in the Year of Wild Magic, 1372 DR
, the World Tree cosmology model quickly overshadowed the previous Great Wheel model
upon the discovery of an interplanar sentient tree-like being that acted as a conduit between a select group of planes. Dubbed the World Tree
, it connected only to planes with the Good alignment trait
and allowed passage only to those with a good and noble reason for their journey.
The concept of Inner and Outer Planes carried over from the Great Wheel model, with the Inner Planes (comprising the elemental planes plus the energy planes) remaining essentially unchanged, except they were accessed via the Astral Plane rather than the Ethereal. The Outer Planes increased in number from seventeen to twenty one and finally to twenty six, losing most of their interconnections. All Outer Plane travel was restricted to passing through the Prime Material Plane or along one of two cross-planar features: the aforementioned World Tree, or the River of Blood (formerly known as the river Styx).
Two other planes were discovered but were for all intents and purposes inaccessible to mortals: the Fugue Plane and Cynosure. Cynosure was a small demiplane which only the gods and their immortal servants could access. It was neutral ground for meetings and negotiations between the Powers. The Fugue Plane was the way station for the souls of the deceased while they awaited judgment and (hopefully) transportation to the realm of their patron deity.
Realms of the Dead
was an anthology of short stories from the Forgotten Realms
, and the last published anthology of original tales to date. It accompanied the The Haunted Lands
trilogy by Richard Lee Byers
, and had stories spanning both sides of the setting-changing Spellplague
. It was published in January 2010 and edited by Susan J. Morris
|| Not even the mightiest mage, working spells that remain utterly reliable, can hope to prevail against dozens of tireless, ruthless UNDEAD who suffer no pain and can be distracted by nothing.
Every creature on Faerûn has its dark mirror in the undead—from the ghosts of ancient warriors to the rune-scribed skeletons of dragons. And in a world with as rich and bloody a history as the Forgotten Realms, they are legion—outshining the living in variety and number.
Here are a dozen of the most terrifying tales of the haunted Realms.
Did you know...
- ...that the Company of the Bright Spear was an adventuring company in the Dalelands, who included the young thief Shandril Shessair?
- ...that in the Year of the Cornerstones, 855 DR, Sammaster, Chosen of Mystra, began magical research into life, death, and undeath?
- ...that Maulaugadorn was a warrior king of the old North who learned magic and ultimately created the maulaugryms?
- ...that Nishrek was the home plane of the orc pantheon and was a world of constant warfare and strife between its inhabitants?
- ...that Dragon magazine #16, published in 1978, introduced the ninja class?
- ...that Lostmauth was a red dragon of the isle of Tuern who planned to assault Neverwinter at the behest of the Cult of the Dragons?
- ...that Cragmaws were a tribe of goblinoids based in the Neverwinter Wood, named for their custom of sharpening their teeth?
- ...that neogi were a spider-like creatures with long flexible necks that commanded umber hulks?
- ...that Hulzimmer Atharn was a magelord of Athalantar who sought magic that could transform a person into a dragon?
And, from the archives, did you know...