The Modern Age is the present age, starting with the rise of the human empire of Nerath. So far, only modern events are dated, even then they are often only approximates (e.g. “about 300 years ago”). “CY” is the current year, so an event 300 years ago will be noted as CY-300.

Rise of Nerath Edit

The power vacuum left behind by Bael Turath and Arkhosia allowed Nerath to rise as a new human empire, uniting many different peoples. When elven forests or dwarven mines were overran by monsters, the survivors often flee to the nearest human town. (PHB, p.47)

Long before the rise of Arkhosia or Bael Turath, the druids of the Order of the Golden Peacock discovered an ancient oasis suffused with primal energy and teeming with all manner of avian life attracted to its power. (DU169, p.29)

The first skull lords arose from the ashes of the Black Tower of Vumerion, either created intentionally by the human necromancer or came forth spontaneously from the foul energies of his fallen sanctum. (MM, p.236)

Many centuries ago, a human and elven kingdom had a border war separating the elven Princess Vahlia and human Prince Aben Hawkwinter who had fallen in love. (DR369, p.17)

In "centuries past", Karavakos, a tiefling wizard, made an infernal pact for a legion to secure his petty kingdom from wild monsters and civil rebellion. His kingdom expanded to rival Nerath. But when he tried to invade the Feywild, he was defeated and imprisoned in the Pyramid of Shadows along with his eladrin consort Vyrellis. Their life-forces became splintered, disabling them from escaping. Karavakos decapitated Vyrellis in anger, resulting in the artifact Head of Vyrellis. (PoS, pp.2-3, 22)

The eladrin city of Mithrendain in the Feywild was created several hundred years ago in the waning days of the eladrin empire. (DR366, p. 5)

Many centuries ago, the master psionicist Karrak-Dur lost a battle with a mind flayer named Shankharam and his consciousness was imprisoned in a gold circlet. (DR367, p. 27)

More than three centuries ago, the Grand Warlord Banatruul cut a wide swath across the land in a series of crusades until he was killed by a githyanki general. (DR368, p. 34)

Centuries before Nerath fell to ruin, the Kaorti, an order dedicated to Ioun, became corrupted by the influence of the Far Realms, eventually migrating to the Far Realms themselves. (DU161, pp.73-74)

Centuries ago, a powerful goliath sorcerer named Voran Earthmane constructed a keep in the middle of a rank swamp where he could conduct his arcane research in peace. (DU171, p.5)

Centuries ago, an elf wizard by the name of Cwell created spells that she used in conjunction with her familiar, a dragonling named Cava. (DR382, p. 25) She founded what became known as the Cavalian school of magic. (DR382, p. 26)

Centuries ago, the warlock Eraea forged a pact with the Archdevil Glasya, which she hoped to use to supplant Asmodeus as the leader of the Nine Hells. However, Asmodeus' inquisitors defeated her and her Daughters of Blackest Night. (DR382, p.48)

CY-500: The Primoridal Mual-Tar, imprisoed in the Elemental Chaos, begins to break free of its chains. (DR370, p.26)

CY-410: The minotaur city of Saruun Khel was abandoned after a civil war. The surviving minotaurs were cursed by Baphomet with mindless fury. (Another source dated the ruins to 300 years ago instead of 100 years before the founding of Fallcrest.) (DMG, p.208; TL, p.2)

CY-400: Events from the stories of the hero Vendar and the dragon of Nentir. (DMG, p.198)

CY-400: The Faction War erupts in the planar city of Sigil when the Fated faction unsuccessfully tries to overthow the Lady of Pain. The faction of Mercykillers split once more into the Sodkillers and Sons of Mercy. (DR370, p.15)

CY-400: Four hundred years ago, the Astral Sea had been disturbed by a human-crafted artifact called the Bitter Glass, a huge arcane focus in a human city called Auger that aided in communication. (DU164, p.37)

CY-350: Yazadoun, a tiefling warlock, erected a fortress overlooking the fields of ash that once were Vor Kragal a “few hundred years ago”. A meteorite destroyed his fortress and the site was named Yazadoun’s Folly. (DR364, p.23)

CY-310: Human settlers from Nerath move north into the Nentir Vale, establishing Fastormel, Harkenwold, and Winterhaven. Aranda Markelhay built the Moonstone Keep, around which Fallcrest began to grow. Valthrun’s Tower was possibly built around this time. (DMG, p.198; KotS, p.20)

CY-305: King Eothyr III commissioned the Society of Imperial Artificers to create an adaptive artificial being “more than three centuries ago”. His son, King Elidyr, redirect the project for war, resulting in the warforged. King Elidyr led his armies against gnolls marching beneath the Ruler of Ruin’s banner. More than half of Nerath’s strongholds were razed in the war. (W&M, p.21; DR364, p.30)

CY-200: Kalton Manor was raised by Lord Arrol Kalton, but the tenants were driven off by monsters from the Witchlight Fens. (DMG, p.207)

CY-200: Eladrin from the Feywild discover and name the Canaughlin Bog in the Elemental Chaos. (SotEC, p.70)

The Fall of Nerath Edit

The Stained Page, a sect of devotees of the Raven Queen, is born on the battlefields of the fall of Nerath. (DU171, p.87)

The mithral dragon Aelmedrion hatched while the edifices of the empire of Nerath crumbled (DU173, p.80)

CY-200: The cultists of Orcus created a gate to the Shadowfell, flooding the world with undead. Legionnaires from Nerath sealed the gate and built the Shadowfell Keep. (KotS, p.2)

CY-190: King Elidyr died, along with his heirs and trusted nobles, a “few decades” before the final disintegration of Nerath. Other sources claimed that the fall of Nerath involved orcs, goblins, demons, and perhaps a secret curse. King Elidyr remains today as a vestige, not too powerful but widely contacted by vestige pact warlocks. (W&M, p.21; R&C, p.18; DR364, p.30; AP p. XX)

CY-186: A teenager called Maldeen joined the militia ordered to the Red Rock Pass to stop an orc invasion. His wits enabled the militia to turn the tides of battle. After he reprimanded the local baron, he was imprisoned. His followers beseiged the baron’s castle for three years, after which the baron was killed by his own general. (DR364, p.49)

CY-183: Maldeen restored the baron’s son to power and acted as an advisor for 40 years before retiring from service. (DR364, p.49)

CY-150: Gardmore Abbey was destroyed by evil forces after the paladins reputedly brought back a dark artifact for safekeeping. (DMG, p.206)

CY-143: Daniorra accepts appointment to headmistress of White Lotus Academy. (DR374, p.13)

CY-130: The night hag Grigwartha led her coven to create the first boneclaw via a ritual that conbines ogre parts with oni souls “over a century ago”. (MM, p.37)

CY-130: The moon Iltani first rose in the east. (DR382, p.102)

CY-120: Varain Cawdorai, a raven-haired elf, encountered the retired Maldeen as an old man and became the first Gray Wolf. When she was past her middle age (100+ years old), she became a pack master of the Gray Wolves. (DR364, p.53; PHB, p.41)

CY-120: A fortified town called Fort Dolor was built in the hinterlands "more than a century ago". Its growth provoked repeated attacks by the white dragon Frystiomagythant. (DU157, p.83)

CY-116: Refugees from Delkarem’s Vale fled into Starfall Forest. Maldeen, then 84-year-old, died after scattering the pursuing ogres. He became a folk hero and the Gray Wolves began to grow in numbers. (DR364, p.49)

CY-110: Troglodytes have occupied Hrak Azuul, the Fungal Fortress, for “over a hundred years”. (W&M, p.37)

CY-105: Sir Malagant challenged the alienist cult leader to single combat in the Warwood. Both leaders died, resulting in the scattering of both armies. (DU155, pp.61-63, 78)

Over a century ago, the Cult of Exquisite Agony scour the wreckage of the yuan-ti city of Zannad, and then turned on one another when they succumbed to madness. (DU162, p.5)

CY-100: After “a few decades” without a king, Nerath finally disintegrated into independent states. Talon Pass was sacked by barbarians shortly before the collapse. (DMG, p.198; ToTP, p.1; DR364, p.30)

CY-100: The Nerathi lord of Graefmonte slew his own son rather than see his own son slain in battle, causing his town to be transported into the Shadowfell. (DR375, p.63)

CY-100: Tetherya Acrid founds the Moon Catchers. (DR382, p.103) Shortly thereafter, Iltani explodes. (DR382, p.102)

Recent Times Edit

Founded several decades ago, the Bleak Academy united those with an interest in necromancy, the Shadowfell, and undead in general. Skull City, the city they founded, welcomes any with the same interest, sheltering them within the bone walls provided they swear oaths to Acerarak the Devourer. (DR371, p.10)

CY-95: An expedition three hundred strong led by Prince Nathur (a great uncle of the current ruler of Gontal, Queen Imreera Hethkantan) left Szant some 95 years ago, marched north into the Glaur Barrens, intent on prying great treasures from the ruined plain containing a Dawn Titan’s fallen citadel. Prince Nathur and his expedition were never heard from again. (DR375, p.82)

CY-90: The Bloodspear War began as orcs from the Stonemarch swept across the Nentir Vale. Fallcrest, Kobold Hall, and Fastormel were razed. (DMG, pp.198, 207, 208)

CY-80: Shadowfell Keep was abandoned. Sir Keegan slaughtered the keep’s residents. (KotS, p.34)

CY-75: An earthquake collapsed the upper towers of Shadowfell Keep after “a few years”. (KotS, p.34)

CY-40: The hobgoblin Azarr Kul discovered the Fane of Tiamat in the Wyrmsmoke Mountains. After uniting the tribes and gaining draconic allies, he made plans to conquer Elsir Vale. (RHoD, p.4)

CY-30: An earthquake caused a large portion of Vor Kragal to rise out of the ashes. (DR364, p.19)

CY-30: The bugbear Graala Bloodghost founds the Bloodghost Syndicate. (DR366, p.64.)

CY-25: The wizards Hasifir, Niame, and Samazar came to Saruun Khel and established the Seven-Pillared Hall. (TL, p.2)

CY-20: An upheaval in the City of Brass allowed some slaves of efreet nobles to escape. They created Gloamnull. (SotEC, p.74)
CY-12: Volarn, the leader of the Kaorti, a corrupted Ioun cult trapped in the Far Realms, contacts his last living relative in the World and begins to manipulate him. (DU163, p.51)