The Shadow Sea was a body of water in Netheril west of the Scimitar Spires.[2]


Back when this region was known as the Anauroch desert, the Shadow Sea was known as the Shoal of Thirst.[1]

In the age of ancient Netheril, it was known as Hidden Lake.[3]

The Treatise Historical of the Dragon Tyrants recounts that in -24500 DR, Hidden Lake was crowned by a mountain that contained the first kobold nation, Darastrixhurthi. Beneath the mountain were the gems that contained the souls that Garl Glittergold would use to create the gnome race. When kobolds began heedlessly mining the gems, Garl collapsed their caverns, transforming the mountain into a lake.[3]


  1. 1.0 1.1 Ed Greenwood (1991). Anauroch. (TSR, Inc), p. 54. ISBN 1-56076-126-1.
  2. Bruce R. Cordell, Ed Greenwood, Chris Sims (August 2008). Forgotten Realms Campaign Guide. (Wizards of the Coast), p. 165. ISBN 978-0-7869-4924-3.
  3. 3.0 3.1 Brian R. James and Ed Greenwood (September, 2007). The Grand History of the Realms. (Wizards of the Coast), p. 9. ISBN 978-0-7869-4731-7.