When strife eclipses the sun, only Bhaelros lights the consciousness of men.
  — El Nar'ysr, as quoted by Abbalayar prophet Kadh yn Ororm al Mjol[1]

El Nar'ysr, which means "The Phoenix" in Alzhedo, was one of the most prolific prophets ever to live on Toril, with greater divinatory power than even Alaundo the Seer, famous for many thousands of predictions later recorded in a multi-volume work entitled The Phoenix Prophecies.[2]


The Nar'ysr, whose real name was lost to history, was one of the Abbalayar,[2] a group of humans so unique to be considered a different race altogether.[3] He had reddish skin and golden-colored hair.[2]


The Phoenix was a quiet man who rarely spoke, but when he felt a prophecy coming upon him, he spoke with boldness.[2]


The Nar'ysr was known to have had descendants, though only a few of these inherited his prophetic powers or distinct physical traits.[2]


The Nar'ysr lived in the time of Calimshan's ancient past before even the end of the Calim Empire.[note 1] During his life, he gave thousands of cryptic prophecies.[2]

His prophecies were recorded sometime in the tenth century DR by the Herald Swordswreath. She composed a seven-volume work from source fragments and a manuscript passed on by the Abbalayar prophet Kadh yn Ororm al Mjol. This opus was titled The Phoenix Prophecies. Among these more than 8,000 prophecies, the Nar'ysr predicted the deaths of Bane, Bhaal, and Myrkul, the nine Ages of Calimshan, the Eye Tyrant Wars, the Time of Troubles, and the attack of the Tuigan Horde.[2][1]



  1. This is known because it is explained in Empires of the Shining Sea that he foretold the Genie Wars.


  1. 1.0 1.1 Steven E. Schend and Dale Donovan (September 1998). Empires of the Shining Sea. (TSR, Inc), p. 7. ISBN 978-0786912377.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 2.5 2.6 Steven E. Schend and Dale Donovan (September 1998). Empires of the Shining Sea. (TSR, Inc), p. 6. ISBN 978-0786912377.
  3. Richard Baker, Ed Bonny, Travis Stout (February 2005). Lost Empires of Faerûn. (Wizards of the Coast), pp. 116–117. ISBN 0-7869-3654-1.