What is the canon for the creation of Anauroch? According to Netheril: Empire of Magic boxed set (TSR , published in ), what is. Anauroch (Ah-nor-ach) is a barren wasteland that has grown to split the north of Faerûn into eastern and western halves. Also known as the Great Desert or the. Anauroch, The Empire of Shade (D&D module).jpg undo the Weave and replace it with the Shadow Weave, causing the Great Desert of Anauroch to change.

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This is about degN of the hot “real world” deserts, if we’re assuming similar climate systems a fraught hypothesis admittedly. According the Forgotten Realms Campaign Setting published d&fthe City of Shade, one floating Netherese city that had disappeared into the plane of shadows right before Karsus’s folly, reappeared over the skies of Faerun in DR.

Candlekeep Forum – 5th Edition Anauroch: desert is back or not?

Of course, the 5e maps are done, and they didn’t fix a thing – just reset it to 1e, including all the ‘broken bits’. Do some of these areas come back with an even denser reptilian base. More on topic, though, I’m also bothered with how fast the Anauroch returned to the original state.

Use of this mighty spell is thought to have created much of the lifelessness at the heart of the vast desert of Anauroch! Now, why would Ao ‘reset’ Anauroch to an unnatural state, other than ‘it was like that in 1e’? The Empire of Shade”.

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The Zhentarim marauders and garrisons fought for years against the Bedine but they hold only the land on which they stand at any given moment. Anaurohc up using Facebook.

Somehow this is all them. It would be even better of the death of Low Netheril was because of the High Netherese and the phaerimm were some consequence of their magic, but nope. The Imaskari used Gates, but perhaps the Netherese used Spelljamming.

Was Jergal “infected” and his “cure” was to give up his portfolios before he lost his own core self? Hlondath, the last to fail did not vanish until almost three hundred years after the raising of the Standing Stone in Cormanthor, but now all three of the Buried Realms, as they are known, have d&f abandoned for more than a thousand years.

They found themselves surrounded by enemies, anaueoch their lands were overrun. A separate, unlinked issue, is that the desert sands will return in strength. No travel in Anauroch is truly safe.


However, something occurred back on Toril the Mualn Godwar which distracted the Imaskari, or cut-off the remaining ones. However, it’s important to note that Amaunator has already returneda hundred years before the Companions.

The map’s creator was principally concerned that Zhentil Keep would not have enough time to put together a powerful party capable of retrieving the treasure.

Near the largest flying cities, the land slowly began turning into a sandy desert. But admittedly this theory isn’t drawing on much, and isn’t really following Occam’s Razor. It doesn’t make any sense. After years of painstaking effort the Zhentarim have created a caravan route via oases in the Swordthe sandy southern portion of Anauroch.

The black, jagged blades of stone rise out of dusty sand without foothills, ravines, or any trace of vegetation. Just because an area is no longer on fire from a fireball spell doesn’t mean stuff burnt by that spell is suddenly restored.

For 5e, how are these discrepancies resolved and what is canon for the creation and current existence of Anauroch? The Empire of Shade is an adventure module for the 3. On the face of it, it came back so quickly because WotC wanted to undo 4e stuff, to which I’m largely very happy with being a staunch 4e critic but I would have done it a bit differently. The permanent magic drain spells began draining life energies as well, slowly killing everything within their sphere of effect.

The Bedine were left alone in their desert home for many years, since few invaders could tolerate Anauroch’s wrath.

Edited by – KanzenAU on 21 Apr The deep crevices in the rocks lead down to caverns infested with aggressive asabi tribes, which plague the desert for dozens of miles about. Besides which, the weird conflating of the phaerimm eating magic with them destroying life. You can help us by expanding it. They don’t get points for putting a random slice of the Sahara in the middle of Siberia. TomCosta Forgotten Realms Designer. This lead to the Netheril-sponsored Suel to become more aggressive, which ended in the Invoked Devastation which destroyed both that cataclysm – the Rain of Colorless Fire that destroyed the Suel – has a LOT in common with the Dark Disaster in Miyeritar, which is what got me started down this odd path.

The recent maps issued for 5th Edition products especially those from Schley depicts what looks like a desert in the region. No explanation is given, but maybe Shade’s magic was keeping the land fertile, and with that gone it turned back to its previous state although that would have happened damn fast. Perhaps my earlier guess of At’ar’s potential involvement in the Sword being hotter than other regions wasn’t so far off the mark.


By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. In DR, the phaerimm started casting spells in the land of Netheril. But then the Sundering happens, and the Lathander gig is up – they are recognized as different deities, and Amaunator goes back to his roots. Thus, there is a RW reason why I would go with the ‘a lot of illusions’ thing as well. To all Facebook-using FR fans, you might be interested in checking out this page: We learn from the Forgotten Realms Campaign Guide published inwithin a century of their return, the Netherese had struck hard on the phaerimm, and the desert was reclaimed:.

Their black citadel – a whole city-state capable of shifting from one place to another or through the barriers between dimensions-rests near the desert’s center. We actually finally have a chance to get some of the barely-covered areas ‘get some love’ in 5e. Nevertheless, he was completely abandoned by his faithful. Not sure about Mielikki – I know what the Shades were doing caused immeasurable damage extreme weather phenomena – Daggerford was under water at one point with their ‘weather modification program’, so maybe she was just ticked-off about what was happening everywhere else.

Anauroch is the work of the phaerimms, a race of powerful nonhuman wizards who rose in the Underdark beneath the heart of Netheril thousands of years ago. Post Your Answer Discard By clicking “Post Your Answer”, you acknowledge that you have read our updated terms of serviceprivacy policy and cookie policyand that your continued use of the website is subject to these policies.

Views Read Edit View history. They did instead transfer to Abeir. We also know that Amaunator couldn’t, because the collapse of magic was in the domain of Mystryl, not Amaunator – his hands were tied.