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Toril, occasionally known as Abeir-Toril was the name of a planet in Realmspace. The name "Abeir-Toril" was archaic, meaning "cradle of life" in an extinct and forgotten language.[1] It consisted of various continents and islands, including Faerûn, Kara-Tur, and Zakhara in the central super-continent and, throughout most of its history, Anchorome, Maztica, and Katashaka in the western super-continent. Following the Spellplague, however, Maztica (and likely Anchorome as well) was replaced by the continent of Returned Abeir. There was also one large and very mysterious continent east of Kara-Tur called Osse whose nature and inhabitants were all but unknown.[citation needed]

Toril's crystal sphere was called Realmspace. It was orbited by one moon named Selûne, and by a cluster of asteroids, known as the Tears of Selûne.[citation needed]

Throughout most of its history, Toril was known less commonly as Abeir-Toril. Since the Spellplague and the revelation of the existence of a planetary sibling known as Abeir, and the fact that both Abeir and Toril were once united, the latter name came to mean specifically the formerly united worlds of Abeir and Toril.[citation needed]

ContinentsEdit

  • Faerûn: The westernmost portion of Toril's central supercontinent, a diverse landscape inhabited by numerous races and cultures, including humans, dwarves, elves, halflings, and gnomes.
  • Zakhara: A mostly hot, arid realm dominated by elemental forces and a philosophy of Fate and Honor.
  • Kara-Tur: The exotic east, steeped in ancient history like a fine tea.[citation needed]
  • Maztica: Primitive cultures bound by duty to their gods gave blood sacrifices in return for power while those who disagreed with the practice struggled to survive. In 1386 DR, Maztica violently exchanged places with the lands of Abeir located there, known as Returned Abeir.[citation needed]
  • Anchorome: Hardly explored, seemingly populated with violent elves and more of the humans found in Maztica.[citation needed]
  • Katashaka: South of what was Maztica. Unexplored.[citation needed]
  • Osse: Populated by spiritualists and druids, the spirit world and nature dominated the lives of its inhabitants.

AppendixEdit

OriginsEdit

"Toril" was the name of Jeff Grubb's original campaign setting before it became the name of the planet in the Forgotten Realms setting.[2]

ReferencesEdit

  1. Jeff Grubb, Ed Greenwood and Karen S. Martin (1987). Forgotten Realms Campaign Set (Cyclopedia of the Realms). (TSR, Inc), p. 19. ISBN 0-8803-8472-7.
  2. Jeff Grubb (November 1994). “First Quest: Mammals and Dinosaurs”. In Kim Mohan ed. Dragon #211 (TSR, Inc.), p. 8.

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