The Role Of Years

The wide variety of competing and often conflicting calendars causes no end of pain to the historian and the sage. Most use the Roll of Years, a system by which each year has its own personal name. Names for the years are known collectively as the Roll of Years, as they are drawn from the predictions written down under that title by the famous Lost Sage, Augathra the Mad, with a few additions by the great seer Alaundo. The Roll is a long one; some more important years include the Year of the Worm (1356 DR), the Year of Shadows (1358 DR, the year of the Time of Troubles), the Year of the Turret (1360 DR), and 1369 DR (the current year). The Time of Troubles, in which the gods of the Forgotten Realms assumed mortal form and walked the Realms, started when the gods Bane and Myrkul stole the Tablets of Fate from Lord Ao, the overpower god of the Realms. In retribution for this act, Ao banished all of the gods from their outer-planar domains (except for Helm who guards the Outer Planes). The Gods were forced to assume the forms of mortal Avatars until the end of the Time of Troubles, when the tablets were returned to their rightful owner. During the crisis, Mystra's (god of magic) and Myrkul's (god of the dead) avatars were killed, Bane (god of evil and tyranny) was destroyed fighting Torm, and the human Cyric killed Bhaal (god of murder and assassins) in an epic struggle while competing for Bane's portfolio. After the dust settled, Cyric (death, evil, and madness) ascended to new godhood.

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