Riatavin was a city in Amn and later Tethyr in west Faerûn.[1]


Formerly a city of Amn, Riatavin seceded to become part of Tethyr in the Year of the Tankard, 1370 DR.[1]

On the Feast of the Moon of 1370 DR, the Herald Thorn Tree disappeared hours before he was to perform the Bloodsong. This triggered a storm of controversy. First, there were rumors that the High Heralds had plans to expel Thorn Tree for corruption. Second, the rebel government of Riatavin had hoped to use the Bloodsong to assert their authority over the city amidst their secession from Amn to Tethyr. Third, some claimed that Thorn Tree had been working for, variously, Amn, Tethyr, the Knights of the Shield, or another faction of Riatavin. Thus, Thorn Tree's disappearance was expected to be powerful political ammunition for all these factions, further disrupting the secession. In fact, Thorn Tree had actually been murdered by one the Eldreth Veluuthra, and his body hidden so well it might never be found.[2]

The city lost population in the years after the Spellplague and, as of 1479 DR, parts of the city were abandoned.[1]

Riatavin had a significant criminal underworld and the Shadow Thieves were the dominant criminal organization. The city also suffered from bandit incursions from Erlkazar.[1]


A group of merchants known as the Chosen Council governed the city in the 15th century DR.[1]

The Heralds of Faerûn had an office here, entitled Thorn Tree.[3][4]


The College of the Eclipse, a society dedicated to psionics education and advancement, was based in Riatavin in the mid-1370s DR.[5]



  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 1.6 1.7 Bruce R. Cordell, Ed Greenwood, Chris Sims (August 2008). Forgotten Realms Campaign Guide. (Wizards of the Coast), p. 179. ISBN 978-0-7869-4924-3.
  2. Steven E. Schend, Sean K. Reynolds and Eric L. Boyd (June 2000). Cloak & Dagger. (Wizards of the Coast), p. 20. ISBN 0-7869-1627-3.
  3. Ed Greenwood (1993). The Code of the Harpers. (TSR, Inc), p. 76. ISBN 1-56076-644-1.
  4. Ed Greenwood, Eric L. Boyd (March 2006). Power of Faerûn. (Wizards of the Coast), p. 106. ISBN 0-7869-3910-9.
  5. Richard Baker, James Wyatt (March 2004). Player's Guide to Faerûn. (Wizards of the Coast), p. 173. ISBN 0-7869-3134-5.