FR Reference: Brian R. James' Post-Spellplague Timeline

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Starting April 16 2009, Brian R. James is posting a new timeline entry every day on twitter, filling in the years since the Spellplague (and a few before it). With his consent, I'll add updates from that timeline here (in chronological order), in addition to other sources.
You can also follow Brian on twitter: twitter.com/brianrjames
Below is a compilation of all dates found so far, from mixed sources, including Brian's posts.
Thanks to nyluenatha and lirdolin[ for compiling various non-BRJ events.

The Time Line
Note: the events which have only BRJ as a source are not canon, as noted by Brian in here.

Sources:
FRCG: Forgotten Realms Campaign Guide (includes page number)
GHotM:M: Grand History of the Realms: The Moonsheas (web article)
TWY: Countdown to the Realms: Spellplague: The Wailing Years (web article)
BRJ: Brain R. James Twitter updates follow Brian on twitter: twitter.com/brianrjames
RPGA: RPGA Adventures (by adventure code)
Novel: Published Realms novel (by name)
Dragon Magazin number and article
Dungeon Magazin number and article

1374 DR (Year of Lightning Storms): Tsarra ‘Autumfire’ Chaadren takes up the mantel of the Blackstaff, but hides under illusions of Khelben Arunsun. Blackstaff Tower 226

1375 DR (Year of Risen Elfkin): The ancient leShay capital of Karador rises from the crystal clear waters of Myrloch. The fey queen Ordalf announces the rebirth of the Sarifal and declares herself High Lady over all the lands of Gwynneth. GHotM:M

1376 DR (Year of the Bent Blade): The High One charges his pupil Flamsterd with retrieving Halaster's soul-shards, scattered throughout Toril and beyond. BRJ

1377 DR (Year of the Haunting): Captain Deudermont of the Sea Sprite breaks the stramngelhold of a collection of pirates over Luskan, and briefly serves as governor. His reign is short. FRCG 148

1379 DR (Year of the Lost Keep): From holdings in Amn, Lionel Carrathal declares himself true High King of the Moonshaes; demands Alicia abdicate to him. BRJ

1380 DR (Year of the Blazing Hand): Zhentarim Hatemaster, Cvaal Daoran, dissolves the Council of Ten and establishes himself as Lord Protector of Phlan. BRJ

1381 DR (Year of the Starving): Master architect Ivor Devorast constructs a precision mechanical clock installed in the tallest tower of Marsember. BRJ
- Lord Protector Daoran initiates the restoration of Valjevo Castle and reconstruction of Phlan's city walls. BRJ

1382 DR (Year of the Black Blazon): Shadovar magic raises a five-hundred-foot wall of magically-hardened obsidian around Sembian controlled Daerlun. BRJ

1383 DR (Year of the Vindicated Warrior): Netherese raze Zhentil Keep and the Citadel of the Raven; Fzoul Chembryl slain; Zhents divorce from Church of Bane. BRJ

1384 DR (Year of Three Streams Bloodied): At the insistence of several members of Court and the young king, Azoun V is crowned King of Cormyr. D#365 - Cormyr

1385 DR (Year of Blue Fire): The Spellplague: An unthinkable catastrophe ensues when Cyric, aided and abetted by Shar, murders Mystra in Dweomerheart. The plane itself disintegrates at once, destroying Savras and sending the gods Azuth and Velsharoon reeling into the endless Astral Sea. Without Mystra to govern the Weave, magic bursts its bonds all across Toril and the surrounding planes and runs wild. In Faerûn, this event is known as the Spellplague. Thousands of mages are driven insane or destroyed, and the very substance of the world becomes mutable beneath veils of azure fire that dance across the skies by night or by day. TWY, FRCG
Where once stood the realm of Sespech, the Golden Plains, and the Nagalands, the Spellplague reveals a surreal landscape breathtaking in its beauty, grandeur, and changeability. For the next century, active Spellplague cavorts on this territory called the Plaguewrought Lands, contorting terrain, natural law, and the flesh of any creature that dares enter.TWY
Cormyr is struck hard, but not so violently as many other nations. Roughly one third of all Wizards of War are slain, driven mad, or simply have gone missing in the year following Mystra's death.TWY, D#365 - Cormyr
The temple of Mystra in Harrowdale is destroyed when all the temple wards go haywire simultaneously, killing head priestess Llewan Aspenhold and most of her clergy. DALE1-1The Prospect
The Fall of Stars in Harrowdale is shrouded in a halo of blue flames for a full day, but otherwise seems untouched. DALE1-1 The Prospect

??? DR (Year Unknown): Stormstar Requiem: While the Spellplague rages, Talos leads the Gods of Fury in a surprise assault against Arvandor. BRJ
The first outbreak of the Spellplague is held at bay by Tsarra Blackstaff Chaadren. COLOR="Red"]Blackstaff Tower 226[/COLOR]
The second outbreak of the Spellplage in Waterdeep resurges from Undermountain and forces Tsarra to drop her disguise as Khelben Blackstaff. COLOR="Red"]Blackstaff Tower 226[/COLOR]

1386 DR (Year of the Halflings' Lament): A portion of Toril's sibling world Abeir violently exchanges places with large sections of Chondath and western Chessenta. Displaced genasi from the Abeiran land of Shyr quickly set about creating a kingdom of their own. TWY
The former expanse of the Sea of Fallen Stars is altered when wide portions of the landscape collapse into the Underdark. When the sea level reaches its new equilibrium, the average drop in water level measured nearly 50 feet. The waters of the Vilhon Reach were similarly drained, uncovering several drowned ruins from ancient Jhaamdath.TWY
The shallow Gulph of Luiren is formed when the hin nation is swallowed up by the Great Sea. BRJ
The Arnrock erupted violently, wiping out the Quick Folk that had settled around the old crater. FRCG 145

1387 DR (Year of the Emerald Ermine): The Emerald Enclave begins sending agents throughout the Vilhon Wilds to counter the effects of the Spellplague. As years became decades, their original mission is slowly perverted from one of respect for and guardianship of nature to a vain struggle against forces far beyond their control.TWY
An Abeiran mountain range made entirely of dense prismatic glass appears along the Northride, sealing off Shadow Gap. BRJ

1388 DR (Year of the Tanarukka): Bullywugs tribes from the Farsea Marshes begin harrying Zhentarim forces operating throughout the Tunlands, diminishing Black Network activities in the region. TWY
Some members of Cormyr's remaining War Wizards, having lost access to the Art, begin cross-training with the Purple Dragons in swordplay and martial defense. In years to come these swordmages will prove invaluable against neighboring aggression in the region. TWY
The Gundwynd line of Waterdeep nobility is ended as the Spellplague transforms the family into rampaging monstrosities. BRJ
Fiirnel'ther Vandree of House Vandree of Menzoberranzan assassinates her mother, Troken'ther, in order to assume leadership of her House. FRCG 231

1389 DR (Year of the Forgiven Foes): A strangely angular black monolith is sometimes visible breaking above the waves along Cormyr's coast, never in the same place twice. TWY

1390 DR (Year of the Walking Man): Dowager Dragon Queen, Filfaeril Selazair Obarskyr, dies. TWY, D#365 - Cormyr
Alusair attends the state funeral, argues briefly and privately with her nephew the king, and disappears altogether from Court. Rumors persist of her riding through the frontiers and borderlands, but no confirmed reports of her appearance exist following the burial of Filfaeril. TWY

1391 DR (Year of the Wrathful Eye): The human druid Zalaznar Crinios, transformed into a mighty treant for his service to nature, takes hold of the druid circle in Cedarspoke. A lesser druid, able to take lion form and calling himself Firemane, rises to prominence in the same circle. TWY
The Eldreth Veluuthra, a militant group of human-despising elves, seize control of the Hullack Forest. FRCG 108
Auril assimilates the Winged Mother's palace into her domain. D#367 - Hall of the Frost Maiden

1392 DR (Year of the Scroll): The Dragon Coast city of Pros petitions the Crown to become a vassal-state of Cormyr in order to protect it from the ravages of the Spellplague. Azoun V reluctantly accepts. By year's end, Pros' sister-town of Ilipur joins the Forest Kingdom as well. Unfortunately the receding waters of the Sea of Fallen Stars have spelled ruin for these small trading towns. TWY

1393 DR (Year of the Ring): Sembian investors begin buying up land in the southern Dales. Concerned, Azoun V issues a formal objection to the Dale's Council in Archendale but the King's emissary is rebuffed. BRJ, TWY
Spellscarred beings and pilgrims hoping to obtain a spellscar begin journeying to the Plaguewrought Lands in large numbers. They are welcomed in Ormpetarr by the Order of Blue Fire. TWY

1394 DR (Year of Deaths Unmourned): The Grand Cabal of the Emerald Enclave begins attempting to stem the tide of spellscarred pilgrims that pass through Turmish. TWY
Years of straining with their conflicted Sembian and Cormyrean identities, and struggling against the rule of Netheril, culminates in the annexation of the border city of Daerlun into the Forest Kingdom. TWY
A brief conflict between Cormyr and the Eldreth Veluuthra of the Hullack Forest breaks out, ending when King Azoun V turns his full attention to more pressing threats from neighboring Sembia and Netheril. FRCG 108

1395 DR (Year of Silent Death):
Sakkors, the Netherese floating enclave not seen since the days before the Spellplague, makes a reappearance over Daerlun in the dead of night. The following morning civil unrest breaks out throughout the city. Azoun V sends elite swordmages to restore order in the city. TWY
Urmlaspyr, considering allegiance to Cormyr, withdraws those plans when Sakkors enclave parks itself above the city. BRJ
Plaguebringer's Blight - Sickness and pestilence spreads throughout the North, unleashed by the Putrescent Anathema. BRJ
The Putrescent Anathema was unleashed from Stump Bog to the northeast of Waterdeep to spread sickness and pestilence throughout the region, hitting the temple-farm of Goldenfields particularly hard.FRCG 194

1396 DR (Year of the Secret): Marriage of King Azoun V of Cormyr to Nalara Marliir the daughter of Lord High Marshal Dauneth Marliir and Krystin Lhal. BRJ

1399 DR (Year of the Fallen Friends): Caladnei, Mage Royal of Cormyr, finally succumbs to years-long struggle with Spellplague; succeeded by Laspeera Inthré. BRJ
Tsarra Blackstaff Chaadren, her heir and many of the Tel’Teukiira die fighting a coven of vampire-wizards of the Stump Bog. Kyriani Agrivar risks her sanity by bearing the Staff and the powers of the Blackstaff back to Waterdeep. Blackstaff 247
Kyriani Agrivar becomes Blackstaff. To acknowledge her legitimacy as the city’s archmage, she proclaims it from atop Blackstzaff Tower, with Open Lord Caladorn at her side. This form of proclamation of the inheritance to the titel of Blackstaff becomes tradition.Blackstaff Tower 258
Chessentan coinage, once unique to each city-state, is consolidated into a single currency under the reign of War Hero Ishual Karanok D#178 - Chessenta

1400 DR (Year of Lost Ships): Krehlan "Blackstaff" Arunsun, son of Khelben Arunsun and Laeral Silverhand, assumes the role of Archmage of Waterdeep. BRJ
Sembia is fully absorbed into Netheril FRCG 176
The Alliance of Freesailors is formally disbanded. Ranks in Cormyr's Imperial Navy swell. D#365 - Cormyr
Krehlan Arunsun becomes Blackstaff Blackstaff Tower 258

1404 DR (Year of the Sceptered One): Council of Five agrees to invade the Moonshae Isles. Caer Westphal is siezed and Snowdown Isle subjected to Amnian rule. BRJ

1407 DR (Year of the Halls Unhaunted): Unexpected death of High Queen Alicia Kendrick. Carrathal loyalists ignite uprisings in Caer Corwell and Caer Callidyrr. BRJ

1408 DR (Year of the Solitary Cloister): Lionel Carrathal claims the throne of Corwell in challenge to newly ascended High Queen Feithline Kendrick of Callidyrr. BRJ

1409 DR (Year of True Omens): Refusing to swear allegiance to the unlawful High King, Carrathal orders hanging of Lord Aesun Koart in Corwell Square. BRJ
An epidemic ravages the metallic dragons of the Copper Mountains, with several survivors fleeing south. One, Skalnaedyr, becomes the first of the Dragon Princes of Murghom. FRCG 154
Foril Obarskyr, second son of Azoun V and Nalara Marliir, is born. D#365 - Cormyr

1411 DR (Year of the Wrathful Vizier): Crown Princess Cymidei Carrathal leads massacre of all fey dwelling within Deachtere Wood southeast of Cantrev Dynnatt. BRJ

1412 DR (Year of the Dauntless Dwarves): War erupts in the Moonshaes as High Lady Ordalf of Sarifal declares all non-fey settlers be driven from Gwynneth Isle BRJ
High Queen Feithline Kendrick orders a flotilla of swift carracks to Kingsbay to succor Ffolk evacuating Gwynneth. BRJ
Feithline’s armada, led by Admiral Felim Voel, are victorious over Amnian warships in the epic Sea Battle of Mog Goidel BRJ

1413 DR (Year of Sunken Vessels): Lionel Carrathal flees as Caer Corwell is overrun by fey. Leviathan sends the king's vessel to the bottom of Corwell Firth BRJ

1418 DR (Year of the Lords' Coronation): The Shadovar of Netheril 'accidentally conquer' Featherdale after years of Sembian investments into the dale. FRCG 108
Xenfyrth's Abyss is discovered in Old Shanatar by an adventuring company, of which Xenfyrth is the sole survivor. FRCG 235

1420 DR (Year of the Dark Goddess): Unable to subvert their neighbor as bloodlessly as Featherdale, Sembian mercenaries out of Yhaunn overrun Tasseldale. BRJ FRCG 108

1421 DR (Year of the Walking Trees): A Sembian mercenary army arrives in Chandler’s Cross, slaughtering many folk of the Scar and scattering the rest. BRJ

1422 DR (Year of the Walking Trees): Battledale comes under heavy attack by forces from Netheril, forcing the evacuation of Essembra. FRCG 108
Purple Dragon Knights of Cormyr move into High Dale to stave off Sembian advances upon their land. FRCG 108

1423 DR (Year of Thundering Hosts): Velen secedes from Tethyr. FRCG 178
The volcano Mount Kolimnis in the central Aphrunn Mountains erupts, burying Gildenglade under hundreds of feet of ash and mud. FRCG 185

1424 DR (the Dog-Eared Journal): Chartham Dellenvol kills Krehlan ‘Blackstaff’Arunsun Blackstaff Tower
(Ches) Ashemmon of Rymanthiin becomes Blackstaff (pg.258) Blackstaff Tower 258

1425 DR (Year of Seven Sisters) The Simbul is thought to have perished in the fire that destroyed the god Velsharoon. In truth, she survives in the Dalelands. FRCG 88
The age-old Dales Compact is reaffirmed with Myth Drannor and the Standing Stone is restored. FRCG 108

1428 DR (Year of the Elfqueen's Joy): The Seven Burghers of Harrowdale announce a formal alliance with Myth Drannor and rename the city New Velar. FRCG 108, BRJ

1430 DR (Year of Stalking Horrors): Foril Obarskyr marries Jemra Rhindaun, niece to Queen Sybille of Tethyr. D#365 - Cormyr

1431 DR (Year of the Lashing Tail): Crown prince Irvel Obarskyr is born. D#365 - Cormyr

1436 DR (Year of Silent Shadows): Several Cormyrean cities bordering Netheril and Sembia are blanketed by an unnatural miasma, blocking out the sun. BRJ

1437 DR (Year of the Silent Flute): Crown Prince Emvar dies in an ambush by Sembian forces south of the Vast Swamp. In the same month, queen Jemra is killed in a failed assassination attempt on the king. D#365 - Cormyr

1439 DR (Year of the Silent Tear): Cormyr and Sembia wage a series of increasingly hot battles, which escalates into full-scale war.D#365 - Cormyr

1440 DR (Year of Azuth's Woe): After nearly two decades of non-aggression, Sembia marches a large mercenary army against the Dalelands at Archenbridge. BRJ
The Swords, cloaked autocrats that ruled Archendale were unmasked and found to be in Sembia's pocket. Archendale staved off incorporation into Sembia only by becoming aware of the danger and making common cause with the free dales. FRCG 108
Branwyn Moonsinger, granddaughter to the late High Queen Alicia Kendrick, takes up the mantle of great druid D#376 - Sarifal

1441 DR (Year of Resurrections Rampant): Cormyr honors its alliance with the Dales, marching troops from Daerlun and Highcastle to besiege Saerb and Urmlaspyr. BRJ
Treaty of Griffonfang Bridge: Pressured on all sides, Sembia (with approval from its Netherese governors) agree to a cessation of hostilities with Cormyr, the Dalelands, and Cormanthor. The uneasy ceasefire endures to this day. Daerlun and Urmlaspyr gain their independence from both nations. D#365 - Cormyr

1442 DR (Year of Darkenbeasts): King Foril carries the ensign of the Purple Dragon, which can only be carried by a blood Obarskyr, into battle. D#365 - Cormyr

1443 DR (Year of Silver Bell Tolling): Sarifal and Imaskar exchange ambassadors, reaffirming their millennia old alliance. Embassies are established in each nation BRJ

1445 DR (Year of the Malachite Throne): A golemwork clock called the Timehands is finished by a collaboration of Waterdhavian guilds and installed into the Lords' Palace.FRCG 198, Downshadow

1446 DR (Year of the Queen's Honor): Deep gnolls are spotted hunting in the Northtrees March. It is unknown what menace drove the hahlorkh to the surface. BRJ

1449 DR (Year of the Godly Invitation): Death of King Azoun V. Coronation of King Foril.D#365 - Cormyr

1450 DR (Year of Holy Thunder): The scorching desert of the Skyfire Wastes are frozen over for months while Auril sents her vassals to battle the genies and efreet of Calimshan. D#367 - Hall of the Frostmaiden
Calim and Memnon are sent back to their home planes by unknown means. Their lieutenants and foot soldiers remain in Calimshan, and continue a bloody war base don little more than opposing philosophies. FRCG 98

1451 DR (Year of Knowledge Unearthed): Netheril makes diplomatic overtures to High Imaskar. The Mistress of the Night, a ship gifted by the Imaskari, is attacked by sea monsters on route to Sembia. The Netherese passengers flee, abandoning the Imaskari crew, and High Imaskar ends the diplomatic relations in retaliation. CORE2-2 Rising the Dark


1453 DR (Year of the Strangled Jester): Tai Shing, a Shou here who arose in Phsant and later became Suzerain of Thesk dies. FRCG 182
The minotaurs of Kond are swept away by the Warlock Knights. D#177 - Vaasa 


1454 DR (Year of the Emerald Sun): Crown prince Baerovus Obarskyr is born. D#365 - Cormyr

1458 DR (year of the Plotting Priests): Breeandra Nenthyn, owner of the Fall of Stars club passes away. The adopted twins, Kira and Dayan Nenthyn, inherit the club. Yellira Am’benuinyl becomes the new Mistress of Stars. DALE1-1 The Prospect

1459 DR (year of the Forged Sigil): Azalar Falconhand resigns his lordship of Shadowdale, passing the Pendant of Ashaba to young shieldmaiden Addee Ulphor. BRJ, DALE1-4, FRCG 112
Queen Brianne Dragonsbane of Bloodstone is assassinated. This distracts the realm of Bloodstone from the marshalling Vaasan armies in the north. D#177 - Vaasa


1460 DR (Year of the Malachite Shadows): Princess Raedra Obarskyr is born. Dragon 365 - Cormyr
War erupts between the realms of Bloodstone and Vaasa. D#177 - Vaasa


1464 DR (Year of the Six-Armed Elf): The Waterdhavian archmage Ashemmon (formerly of Rhymanthiin) dies, passing the mantle of Blackstaff to Samark Dhanzscul
Blackstaff Tower 243, BRJ


1469 DR (Year of Thundering Hosts): The Children's Massacre occurs in Tethyr, with the slaying of all Queen Anais' nieces and nephews, with the exception of Ysabel Linden. The queen's half-sister Evonne Linden, who made a play for the throne, is killed the same night in a coordinated attack in another town.FRCG 178
Bloodstone City, capital of the unified Kingdom of Bloodstone, is overrun by Vaasa, ending the war. D#177 - Vaasa


1470 DR (Year of the Second Circle): Borigon, third son of famed Garumbelly “Grumble” Hillsafar, Borigon claimed his father’s throne D#177 - Vaasa


1475 DR (Year of the Final Stand): Draeven rapparees claim credit for the fiery destruction of Dauntinghorn Manor in Teziir. BRJ

1478 DR (Year of the Dark Circle): The Black Robes, a quorum of city judges in Waterdeep, welcomes the tiefling Kylynne Silmerhelve into their ranks. BRJ
Shadow creatures start appearing at random places in eastern Cormanthor DALE1-2 Blades for Daggerdale


1479 DR (Year of the Ageless One): Vajra Safahr becomes Blackstaff Blackstaff Tower


1480 DR (Year of Deep Water Drifting): Current campaign date.
Twitter, really? Why not just do it here?
Timeline entries are, as Brian noted, excellent mini-messages that work great on twitter. And of course, having daily updates on twitter is easier and makes much more sense than on a board.
Besides, he now has me doing the posting over here, so best of both worlds...

Gomez,
Realmslore Collector Extraordinaire
Timeline entries are, as Brian noted, excellent mini-messages that work great on twitter. And of course, having daily updates on twitter is easier and makes much more sense than on a board.
Besides, he now has me doing the posting over here, so best of both worlds...

Gomez,
Realmslore Collector Extraordinaire

But if it's canon lore as an update for THE Realms, how does it make "more sense" to put it first on Twitter, without intending to put it here (no offense, but if you didn't offer to do it, how many people would even know about this?)? Really strange.
I'd have to agree that its a bit odd... though perhaps understandable in some respects.

"Be careful to choose your enemies well.  Friends don't much matter.  But the choice of enemies is very important."  

- Oscar Wilde

(Note: could this possibly get stickied?)

I agree.

Thank you for starting this thread gomeztoo. This is now a must read thread.

Realmslore is realmslore no matter how we get it.
Praise Shar!
Timeline entries are, as Brian noted, excellent mini-messages that work great on twitter. And of course, having daily updates on twitter is easier and makes much more sense than on a board.
Besides, he now has me doing the posting over here, so best of both worlds...

Gomez,
Realmslore Collector Extraordinaire

Of course, the alternative explanation is that somebody, probably in Marketing, read that Twitter's "teh sh!t" now, that this whole social networking is something that can be leveraged, possibly with a tiger team, to create a whole new paradigm, yadda yadda.

Thus, using Twitter for official updates. Rather than, oh, I dunno, Dragon.
Hah. Beat me to it. I can tick that off my to-do list then!
Of course, the alternative explanation is that somebody, probably in Marketing, read that Twitter's "teh sh!t" now, that this whole social networking is something that can be leveraged, possibly with a tiger team, to create a whole new paradigm, yadda yadda.

Thus, using Twitter for official updates. Rather than, oh, I dunno, Dragon.

That seems likely.
1399 DR: Caladnei, Mage Royal of Cormyr, finally succumbs to years-long struggle with Spellplague; succeeded by Laspeera Inthré

Screw that.

At least it's not official (I think/hope) and WoTC might be publishing pre Spellplague lore again. So we can ignore rubbish like that above.

As for why it's rubbish? Well, I think killing off an interesting and little explored character in a freaking twitter, in such a silly, unheroic way is kinda insulting. (And the Spellplague is a disease now as well? Interesting..)
I have an idea! Put 1/4 of the new material on Twitter, then 1/4 of it in DDI, then 1/4 in Kindle, and the last 1/4 in Sony Reader. Think of the marketing power, and all of the new people you'll reach! Do it, team!

...and the Spellplague is a disease now as well?...

It's a disease all right, it made me sick.
Can we keep this civil, please?
Yes please. A great many people here have wanted updates on the timeline. The 'dammed if you do, dammed if you don't' mentality of the forums here is the most likely reason I see for why BRJ did not want to post it here.

Awesome, BTW. Thank you for catching it and posting here.
Suck it up and drive on.
(And the Spellplague is a disease now as well? Interesting..)

And yes, it causes disease like symptoms for some. Some get cured and end up with a spellscar, others are untouched, others plaguechanged.

All this can be seen in the FRCG.
Suck it up and drive on.
I suppose I should post some clarifying points.

When writing the FRCG I started building a personal timeline of events. Partly because I’m a history geek and I find it fun to do so, but also because I needed a believable framework of history upon which to base the ‘current events’ of 1479 DR. I continued this effort when writing Backdrop: Cormyr, and was aided greatly by Brian Cortijo who had designed his own events to fill in the century gap for Cormyr. And I continue to do so today as I work on DDI articles and a new FR adventure.

These events were not published, I believe, because WotC wishes to keep this period open for Dungeon Masters and novelists to flesh out. So why then am I posting them on my Twitter account? Because I feel this lore would be more useful in your hands than locked away on my hard drive.

So are these events canon? I suppose that’s up to you to decide. As they have not been published on the WotC site or in a sourcebook the official answer is No. Have these events formed the basis for my canon writing and will they continue to do so? Yes!
Brian R. James Freelance Game Designer
A new Forgotten Realm Adventure? DDI or is it in the mold of H1 thru H3?
Praise Shar!
So are these events canon? I suppose that’s up to you to decide. As they have not been published on the WotC site or in a sourcebook the official answer is No. Have these events formed the basis for my canon writing and will they continue to do so? Yes!

Oh, Mr. James. What a can of worms you have opened!

"Are these events canon"? Well, if they're not published by TSR/WoTC/Whoever-owns-the-license, then, broadly speaking, no, they're not. As you point out, but then seem to undermine with the following sentence.

The canon is the canon, whether one likes it or not. There are plenty of things that haven't/won't happen in my Realms, but that doesn't mean that they're not canon.

I'm at a loss as to why you, in your position, would possibly decide to raise the issue. I don't really see a winning side.
Let no good deed go unpunished.
BRJ is using Twitter (which I just became a member of to follow the timeline) to show us what was used as a baseline for the current Realms.

WotC wanted to leave it open for DM's to have their way with it, but posting what was used on Twitter will allow the lore-mongers among us to see the how of the gap in time.

He's not stepping on toes, because it isn't official, and he is giving us a look at what we might not otherwise would have been able to know.

It's a win win for us.
Suck it up and drive on.
There is a new one up;

1381 DR: Master architect Ivor Devorast constructs a precision mechanical clock installed in the tallest tower of Marsember.
Suck it up and drive on.
These events were not published, I believe, because WotC wishes to keep this period open for Dungeon Masters and novelists to flesh out. So why then am I posting them on my Twitter account? Because I feel this lore would be more useful in your hands than locked away on my hard drive.

I think that's nice of you, although I don't use Twitter (and don't plan to start). I also think it's nice of gomez and others to post the, um, "tweets" here.

Thank you.
that's interesting, haven't heard about him in a while

why do people complain about this

this twitter thing is everywhere
**** 4e.
that's interesting, haven't heard about him in a while

Ivar Devorast? I hated that character and the whole philosophy behind his trilogy.* So, I can't honestly say I'm glad he's still showing up (not in my Realms, but still...).

No one should take that personally, though.


*If someone wants to know why, please PM me--I don't want to derail the topic.
Twitter is evil.
Non-sentient creations are incapable of 'being' evil. It may be used for evil, but it is not evil in and of itself...
Suck it up and drive on.
Tell that to HAL 9000

or Skynet...

or The Matrix...

Or Colossus: The Forbin Project...

It WILL achieve a psuedo-intelligence, and eventually suck out our brains!!!
I'm sometimes into conspiracies and when something like twitter gains so much popularity in short time and it's promoted everywhere, it's not good

Ivar Devorast? I hated that character and the whole philosophy behind his trilogy.* So, I can't honestly say I'm glad he's still showing up (not in my Realms, but still...).

not a fan of her philosophy too, still I kinda appreciate the character cause he wasn't typical, an adventurer or magical, it was good to see some commoner achieving something for a change
**** 4e.
not a fan of her philosophy too, still I kinda appreciate the character cause he wasn't typical, an adventurer or magical, it was good to see some commoner achieving something for a change

I agree, although in the case of Ivar I might have appreciated that concept more (that is, "commoner/non-adventurer achieving something") if the book kept to the idea of him being just a scholar/architect, and not also making him out to be a skilled and literally fearless warrior (there was no mention in the novels of him having had any kind of prior martial training).
oh, never bothered thoroughly reading the last book, it was annoying, still it was nice to see about a profession in the Realms and not some dungeon crawl
**** 4e.
BRJ is using Twitter (which I just became a member of to follow the timeline) to show us what was used as a baseline for the current Realms.

He also just posted what can only be described as his own argument that what he's posting ought to be considered canon.

So let's ask the obvious question: if Eric Boyd were to do the same, would it be considered canon? What about Sean Reynolds? Or Steve Schend? Or Rich Baker?

I'm willing to say, on the limited amount of work that I've seen from Mr. James, that each of those designers are better than he is. And I don't even mean that in any kind of insult to Mr. James. Purely a matter of opinion.

My point is simple: Mr. James doesn't get to decide what's canonical in the Realms. Nor do I.

I'm no fan of the 4E Realms. But it's not my property, nor is it that of Mr. James. None of those other Realms designers have deigned to add confusion to the canon. It would be best if no one did.
He also just posted what can only be described as his own argument that what he's posting ought to be considered canon.

No, he said use it if you like...

So let's ask the obvious question: if Eric Boyd were to do the same, would it be considered canon? What about Sean Reynolds? Or Steve Schend? Or Rich Baker?

Then you'd have options for what you'd like to use, if they contradicted each other that is.

I'm willing to say, on the limited amount of work that I've seen from Mr. James, that each of those designers are better than he is. And I don't even mean that in any kind of insult to Mr. James. Purely a matter of opinion.

An opinion to which you are entitled, but I don't agree.

My point is simple: Mr. James doesn't get to decide what's canonical in the Realms. Nor do I.

Your point is moot, seeing as he did not say it was canon.

I'm no fan of the 4E Realms. But it's not my property, nor is it that of Mr. James. None of those other Realms designers have deigned to add confusion to the canon. It would be best if no one did.

If you're not a fan, why bother complaining about a point you've construed to be something it is not?
Suck it up and drive on.
No, he said use it if you like...

No, he said:
"So are these events canon? I suppose that’s up to you to decide. As they have not been published on the WotC site or in a sourcebook the official answer is No. Have these events formed the basis for my canon writing and will they continue to do so? Yes!"

And he's correct. If they haven't been published, then no, they aren't canon.

At the same time, he's suggesting, that, in his role as a Realms developer, whatever he might think represents the basis of canon.

Thus, he's arguing that this Twitter timeline, which isn't published by WOTC, ought to be canon.

Again, I repeat, I'm not personally using 4E; the official timeline in my Realms ended well before 1385.

What I'm saying is quite simple. Mr. James doesn't get to determine what is canon. He doesn't have the right to suggest that they are canon. I don't like the canon. Only what gets published is, actually, canon.

That shouldn't be that hard to understand.

Had he wrote, "Use it if you like it," I might well have been significantly less inflamed. That's not what he wrote. His writing on this board suggested that what he had based his writings on, the ones that were actually published by WOTC, ought to be considered canon as well.

Until the current license holder of the FR license says they are, at the very least with the imprimatur of publishing them, no one's musings are canon.
Then you'd have options for what you'd like to use, if they contradicted each other that is.

Canon can not contradict itself. Canon doesn't allow for options.

Ideas? Absolutely.
Concepts? Conceits? Idle thoughts? Yep.

But not canon. It either is or is not canon.
"Use it if you like it" :P
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It is not canon... he said as much. If 50 people came out with a timeline for 'the missing years', we could use what we want, ignore what we want and life goes on.

This is the same deal. BRJ put on Twitter what he used as a base for 4e FR's current timeline. What is in the FRCG was based on the information he put on Twitter. All he did was share with us what WotC chose not to publish.

It is not canon. It is not official. But it is what he used as a base for the things he worked on for 4e FR.

It is not hard to understand and, frankly, it doesn't matter one wit if you don't like it. Guess what... you don't have to use it! But, alas, you already know that.

I can't begin to imagine why someone, who dislikes and doesn't use something, would be foaming at the mouth about fan-made-support for it.
Suck it up and drive on.
Even though I don't use the 4E Realms, I can appreciate someone as familiar as with the Realms as Brian posting up a theoretical timeline of events to fill in the great gap. I do think he was quite clear that these are his own notes and not official.

I mean it is not often we get a Realms designer and unabashed honest-to-the-deities fan(atic) of Brian's caliber doing this sort of thing. Many designers nowadays seem to have a sort of mercenary mentality. They get assigned tasks involving a setting that they may have some interest in, they finish the job and that's the end of it. How often do we hear from the other FR designers anyway? Rich Baker isn't even in charge of the Realms anymore last I hear, he's taken on broader responsibilities, which means he's less in the nitty gritty of the 4E Realms.

Brian is one of the few who would be doing this even if he didn't have freelance designer credentials. He's been doing it for years. I'd rather he set these precedents than many of the other designers attached to 4E FR, no offense to the others. This is coming from someone who both likes and dislikes some of his material.
"Use it if you like it" :P

Brian, out of curiosity, does your status as an official freelance designer with WotC allow you to publish Forgotten Realms material (either for profit or not) without prior approval of of WotC at some level?

Whether it's Twitter, the Forum, or perhaps a book, would this count as "publishing" with respect to WotC-related contracts? Gets a bit hazy, doesn't it?

Here's the problem:

- Canon, akin to a "show bible" for TV shows, allows novel writers the ability to remain consistent in what they write. At least, for the most part.

- Suppose freelance designer, person A, decides to post (for free) a "compatible timeline" of lore and the fans rush to gobble it up because it's good.

- Novel writer, person B, writes something that is consistent with the official canon, but it contrasts sharply with the "really awesome but unofficial" lore written by freelance designer A.

- Fans then fight bitterly over what is correct, and it might affect sales of novel writer B... and ultimately get freelance designer A (whose material might actually be better that what's official) taken of the list of people in line to write novels.

I'm not saying that this is what will happen, but it's generally why designers usually are kept to "publishing" or releasing only what's official.
-Only Ed Greenwood and Rich Baker (to varying degrees) have the ability to post things and instantly turn them into canon (though different means). Steve Schend, Eric Boyd, Elaine Cunningham, Eric de Bie, no, none of them do. No one else except those two. Some, like Elaine, are more cautious to not provide non-canon speculation and guessing, as not to confuse people and things like that.

-And, I wish canon inherently couldn't contradict itself. It sure can...The bane of our existences...
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Good gods. I can't believe people are actually b*tching about this, it's completely ridiculous. I don't think it's a coincidence that those who most ardently hate post-Spellplague FR are the individuals basically trying to bully BRJ into stopping.

It is no different than Ed Greenwood saying, 'This is what happened in my home games.' It can conflict with official published canon. Many things Ed Greenwood has stated have come to be overwritten, corrected, modified or out right ignored in published canon. This is no different. You can use it if you want, ignore it if you want, change it if you want, it isn't published in a source book therefore it is not canon.

I think the question needs to be raised: If BRJ was posting non-canonical stuff about the pre-Spellplague Realms, would many of these same individuals still be so avidly against it? I think the fact that other individuals in the past who have done the same and similar as to what BRJ is doing, and that they have not been criticized similarly answers that question.

There is absolutely zero harm in this.
Canon can not contradict itself.

LOL

You've never followed the 1e/2e/3e Realms, have you? :D

I think George Krashos (amongst others) spent more time repairing the continuity then adding to it, methinks. ;)

The Shadoweave is the single most contradictory piece of lore ever created, and even though it's been retconned about 75 times, no-one is still sure about what it is... or was... and yet the whole damn setting revolves around 'shadowy' stuff now.

Isn't it amazing how everything is about something that has never been clearly defined? I think we all must be idiots....
The Shadoweave is the single most contradictory piece of lore ever created, and even though it's been retconned about 75 times, no-one is still sure about what it is... or was... and yet the whole damn setting revolves around 'shadowy' stuff now.

-It doesn't exist anymore, thankfully. What a debacle, that, but we still can't escape it fully, as the reasons for it disappearing can be nitpicked apart! Good grief...
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