The Sundering Series by R.A. Salvatore
In this third book of the Sundering series kicked off by R.A. Salvatore and the Book 3 of 6 in the Sundering: Legen of Drizzt (Forgotten Realms) Series .. Now Farideh and Dahl have to find a way to stop the schemes and plans that are swirling around them. Ever since final rejection by his order he has taken to drink. Evermeet was restored to Toril, and by the end of the Second Sundering it touched Forgotten Realms campaign setting creator Ed Greenwood described the. The Sundering is a series of stand alone novels explaining the events of the Second Sundering, during the Era of Upheaval. Novel releases beginning in August.
At Candlekeep, everyone is in disguise. Moving from dusty tome to dusty tome, monks who might not be monks eye one another suspiciously. I did, just quickly. No disguise, lots of hack and slash. As the battles progress, purposes change and become compromised. Rebuilding the Weave becomes secondary to keeping the Wards out of Shadovar hands. Elminsiter is sorely tested, facing betrayal, action against old allies and a possible alliance with an enemy.
Storm and her magical hair has no time to catch her breath. Oh and I learned my new favourite spell: I think Ed Greenwood made it up just for this book.
The Sundering Series
The end result is, well, quite bloody. The bones hold a lot of organs and musculature in place. It could sure use it. Ed Greenwood and R. Salvatore were good choices to bookend this series. The Herald is about as different from R. The Companions is about birth. The Herald, overwhelmingly, is about the end or death. For the lore portion of this post, I get most of my information from this seminar entitled not shockingly"What is the Sundering?
Now, if you don't want to watch the video's that's fine. I'm just going to give you the important stuff that I learned.
I'm showing the sources in case I accidentally get something wrong - I don't want to put words into anyone's mouth. Also, it gives everyone the chance to fact check me. Okay, so with all of that out of the way, let's get to the meat. The Politics of 5th Edition Forgotten Realms: Okay, this all begins back in when the changes to the Realms were being revealed to the authors.
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Salvatore and presumably the other authors were called in and basically told what the changes were going to be; they weren't consulted at all. So it was a major shock. They were basically told, "Hey guess what, we're advancing the world years.
Since over half his main characters were human, he basically didn't see how it could work for him. In his words, " year old humans don't fight very well. Presumably a lot of other authors were also very upset, and more specifically Ed Greenwood. Salvatore talks about coming out of that meeting where the changes were revealed with Ed Greenwood, and Ed was basically about to cry.
Ed turned to Salvatore and asked, "What are we going to do? So Salvatore responded to Ed with, "We're going to be smarter than them. We're going to think long term. Fast forward to a couple of years ago at Gencon when 5E was announced. James Wyatt pulls Salvatore aside after he's done a seminar, and begins bringing up 5E Forgotten Realms. At that time WotC hadn't planned on what to do, but according to Salvatore, James Wyatt said that 4E FR had "gone off the rails" and then started outlining everything that needed to be done to fix it.
That's when he took James aside and for over 20 minutes outlined everything he and Ed had been planning for years. Salvatore basically sees all of this as an attempt to try and fix "Ed's Realms" - that's how everyone is basically looking at it. He said that he's willing to take personal responsibility for 5E FR because he had a direct hand in it, but he also said that he's "very proud" of what they've come up with. Piecing together everything Salvatore said with the other stuff we know This makes me excited to hear because knowing that Ed has had such a direct and strong hand in things is good news.
If anyone can try and get FR "back on the rails" it's him. There is so much other great stuff unrelated to 5E FR in that interview. I highly recommend watching it.
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The Lore of the Sundering: Okay, with office politics out of the way we can turn to what we all here really love - the lore of the Forgotten Realms. So, what is the Sundering and how did it happen? Before I answer this question, I want to point out something very important that I don't think a lot of people seem to understand. They are not going back in time, and they are not going to retcon the changes made to the setting. For better and for worse, like all changes to the Realms, they're permanent.
That being said they are also cheating a little bit. They're basically setting things up so they can wave their hand and say "Ao fixes it. Let's open our Grand History of the Realms and read the entry. Ignoring the lesson learned from the destruction of Tintageer centuries earlier, they cast a spell of elven High Magic designed to create a glorious elf homeland.
On the Day of Birthing, the magic reaches its apex as the spell extends both back and forward in the mists of time. As a result, hundreds of cities are washed away, thousands of elves lie dead, and the face of Toril is changed forever.
Surrounded by vast expanses of water, the island of Evermeet, thought to be a piece of Arvandor and a bridge between worlds, breaks the surface of the Trackless Sea.
Blessed by the goddess Angharradh, verdant forests and wildlife soon flourish across the island. Corellon Larethian wards Evermeet against Lolth, Malar, and the other powers of the anti-Seldarine and entrusts a unique seed to the Fair Folk of the isle.
The seed soon sprouts, growing into a miniature tree known as the Tree of Souls. Over time, the souls of ancient elves who choose to stay on Toril, rather than pass on to Arvandor, merge into the Tree of Souls, slowly augmenting its power.
There is an important part of this entry here that needs to be read closely. That part discusses how as the spell reached its apex it extended "both back and forward in the mists of time.
When this happened he described two other Sunderings, in addition to the one that the Elves had just performed. In fact, this is how the Elven Sundering became known as the Sundering.
One Sundering had already happened in the past, and a third one was to happen sometime in the future. The Sundering that had happened in the past was already known and it was called the Tearfall, and it heralded the end for the Creator Races dominance - particularly for the Batrachi. This was the end of the Days of Thunder, and was just the beginning of the Dawn Ages. According to Grand History of the Realms Whole continents vanish in earthquakes, fires, and windstorms, and the seas are rearranged.
Ancient sarrukh accounts remark on the "changing of the stars," but no one now knows what this might mean. Most scholars now speculate that at about this date a comet or ice moon fell from the sky, devastating much of Abeir-Toril, and refer to this event as the Tearfall.
Tens of thousands of dragon eggs soon hatch across Toril. The dramatic climate change that followed quickly brought an end to the batrachi civilization. This event became much more clear in the future. However, before we get to that we need to discuss another event. In DR the Time of Troubles took place. As we all know Myrkul and Bane stole the Tablets of Fate from Ao which led to the Gods being cast down to the Realms as mortal avatars.
What is important is the end of this event when Ao speaks to the Gods. Helm opened the saddlebags and removed the tablets. In the god's mighty hands, the two stones looked small, almost insignificant. Helm took the tablets to Ao then kneeled on the stairway to await further commands. Ao studied the tablets for several minutes. In a hundred places throughout the Realms, the avatars of the surviving gods fell into a deep trance as Ao summoned their attention.
Ao looked at the thief without approval or disapproval. Midnight cringed, expecting the heavens to come crashing down. Adon cried out in grief and astonishment. Cyric watched the dust fall from between Ao's fingers, an angry frown creeping down his face.
Helm jumped to his feet. But this point was lost on you. You saw the tablets as a set of rules by which to play juvenile games of prestige and pomp!
Then, when the rules became inconvenient you stole them But all of you were guilty, causing worshipers to build wasteful temples, to devote themselves so slavishly to your name that they could not feed their children, even to spill their own blood upon your corrupt altars - all so you could impress each other with your hold over these so-called inferior creatures.
Your behavior is enough to make me wish I had never created you. Finally, he resumed speaking. Now, I am going to demand that you fulfill that purpose. From this day forward, your true power will depend upon the number and devotion of your followers. And after what has passed in the Realms, it will not be easy to win the faith of mortals. You will have to earn it by serving them. It is of absolute paramount importance to the events of the Sundering.
There was more being spoken here between Ao and the Gods than first appeared. First, it must be noted that Ao cast down the Gods as punishment. He saw the deities as undermining the rules written on the tablets by finding ways around them to play games of power, prestige, and pomp.
All of them were guilty to one degree or another. Second, he destroyed the Tablets of Fate. When Ao said, "The tablets mean nothing" it should be noted that the quote does not end in a period. He is saying that the Gods made a mockery of the Tablets of Fate and all they were supposed to represent.
So he destroyed them. Notice Helm's reaction as Ao destroyed them. This was for good reason. Ao set into motion that day what would become known as the Era of Upheaval. However, to fully understand the significance of this we have to go back to the Tearfall at the end of the Days of Thunder. So what was the Tearfall, how did it happen, and why? As previously stated the Tearfall was the first Sundering. It was marked as a time of unimaginable catastrophes ultimately ending with what the sarruk recall as the "changing of the stars" and the creation of the Sea of Fallen Stars.
Now, most of this was surrounded in legend and myth, and no doubt much of it still is - it's hard to find reliable information that far back in time. However, when Abeir merged with Toril after the Spellplague, an opportunity presented itself to compare notes. Basically, there was suddenly people - even an entire continent - appearing out of thin air.
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These people had their own history, their own lore, and their own accounting of events. This allowed scholars and sages to compare notes and get a better understanding of what exactly happened during the end of the Days of Thunder. This world, called Abeir, was unlike Toril in that it had no or very few gods. Instead, it was a world ruled over by primordials.
Abeir is the realm forgotten.