In her early life she was a human druid living in Chondalwood where she fell in love with the elf Freiwin Crystalembers. They decided to travel to Evermeet in order to marry but in Winterwood Cindermoon was killed by goblins. She was however resurrected in Evermeet as a wild elf by Amlaruil Moonflower using mysterious spells. She went back to the Vilhon Reach to protect the lands where she had lived with her lover.
Cindermoon represented elves among the three members of the Elder Circle. For a long time, she led the Elder Circle under the name "Shadowmoon". However, following the Spellplague, which altered nature's ecosystems, Shadowmoon succumbed to a Shar-induced madness. She changed her name to "Cindermoon" and slowly descended into insanity.
Finally, in 1486 DR, the boy prophet of Lathander, Stedd Whitehorn, arrived and successfully cured Cindermoon. She finally regained her wits, and proclaimed that all should call her Shadowmoon again. She started to reorganize the Emerald Enclave.
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