The Dawn Age

The Dawn Age was a time of mortals rising up to dominate the world, after the gods have retreated to their astral dominions. The chronology of events during this time is extremely shaky. Without inter-event references, it is difficult to determine whether an event occurred before or after another event.


Some demons flee the Abyss and come to the natural world. (MM, p.216)


Derros are descendants of a mad, power hungry civilization that nearly ripped apart the planes when the world was still young. Craving primordial power but unwilling to bend their knees to any master, the derros create portals to the Far Realm in hopes of harnessing its power. The madness and horror they unleash cause the World Serpent to drag their lands beneath the surface to halt their machinations. (MM3, p.48)


• Asmodeus consolidates his rule over the Nine Hells. (SotAS, p.66)
• Alloces , an angel, begins defending his divine patron, but eventually turned traitor and joins Asmodeus, to eventually become his chief inquisitor. (DR373, p.37) During the War of Betrayal, he serves under Geryon. (Du176, p.58)
• Brother Eiulo, possibly the last servitor of the deceased human creator, pens a massive tome called The Codex of Betrayal. From the choice of words used in this text, some suggest that the god may have been one of knowledge or good. (DR365, p.36)
• Glasya, Asmodeus's daughter, is elevated as Lord of the Sixth shortly after Geryon's elevation without serious opposition after she slays the Hag Countess and usurps rulership of Malbolge. (W&M, p.74; DR365, p.38)
• Levistus slays Asmodeus’ consort, Bensozia. Asmodeus imprisons him in a massive iceberg in Stygia. (W&M, p.74)
• Geryon replaces Levistus as the Lord of the Fifth. (W&M, p.74; DR365, p.38) When the other Dukes try to overthow Asmodeus, he remains secretly loyal and betrays the betrayers. (Du176, p.59). For reasons unknown, he is still deposed and exiled by Asmodeus, who elevats Levistus in his place. (W&M, p.74; DR365, p.38) He finds himself in Tytherion, where he becomes lord of other exiled devils. (Du176, p.59)
• Malagarde, with Beleth's information, manipulates Moloch into rebelling against Asmodeus, alongside other archdukes. The rebellion fails and Moloch is exiled from Hell. (W&M, p.74; DR365, p.38)


• Dragon Sorcerers. Ancient dragons master the power of arcane magic and use it to shape the world around them. Those days of limitless power do not last. The mighty dragon sorcerers soon fall. (DR388, p.14)
• Dragotha, a red dragon consort of Tiamat, is killed by her spawn as a punishment for slying one of Tiamat’s sons. However, Dragotha is pacted with the human priest Kyuss, who promises him immortality in exchange for the dragon’s service. Kyuss raises Dragotha as a dracolich, betraying the pact made with dragon. (Drc1CD p.236)
• Orbs of Dragonkind. The dragons of the world gaze through the veil of magic cloaking the glittering eladrin kingdoms in the Feywild and see places ripe for plunder and weak to conquest. Eladrin wizards create the orbs of dragonkind to overthrow the dragon overlords. (DR394, pp.44-45)
• War of Dragons. At Tiamat's instigation, the dragons fell upon one another in the War of Dragons, with chromatic and metallic battling for dominance. (DU173, p.80)
• Qetian Dynasties. Brown dragons that serve as exarchs and demigods of Tiamat, found the great empire of Maru-Qet, which lasts for “thousand of years”. However, the last pharaoh of Maru-Qet, Nefermandias, wages a war against cataclysmic dragons, which ultimately destroys the empire, transforming the verdant lands into an arid desert. Some brown dragons survive the fall of their empire, including Nefermandias and his youngest daughter, Urum-Shar. (Drc1CD p.240; DU160 p.55)


Dwarves build great empires which later collapse for unknown reasons. (R&C, p.28)
• Overlook and Bordrin's Watch were raised to safeguard the liberated dwarves at the end of the Age of Chains. The Mountainroot Temple was then built deep beneath the Stonehome Mountain (DU157, p.10; DU161, p.6)
• Gar Morra, the City in the Deep, was abandoned by the dwarves. (W&M, p.37)

Eladrin, Formorians, and Fey

Eladrins founded several realms, including the Anauli Empire, the Realm of the Twin Queens, and the Empire of Cendriane. (W&M, p.22)
• Arcane Magic. Corellon gifts mortals with the power to perform arcane magic; the eladrin being the first to master it. (Dr394, p.34).
• Boreanis. The alchemist Boreanis crafted nine bronze griffons for nine eladrin lords as gifts for the esteemed heroes of the war between Corellon and Lolth. (DR384, p.20)
• Cendriane falls. The eladrins of Cendriane push back magical and planar boundaries, opening a gate in the heart of a lost mountain. Within days, every citizen vanishes, leaving their crystal cities to slowly fall into ruin. (W&M, p.22)
• Mindaris. During this period is the career of Mindaris, the greatest of eladrin heroes. (DR394, p.47)
• Sovereign Elk: A powerful archfey imprisons an exarch of Zehir in aprison that exists at a juncture of the feywild and natural world. (Du190, "Force of Nature")
• The Summer Court. An archfey creates the Summer Court. One of the daughters of the Court, Sharaea, falls in love with a mortal, and, to escape an arranged marriage makes a deal with the Raven Queen that she and her lover would be thrust into the future to a time when her intended would agree to release her from her promise of marriage. The betrayal turns the Archfey from the Summer Court into the Prince of Frost. (DR374, p.54) The ring of betrothal cast away by the eladrin maid becomes the ring of winter. (DR394, p.43)
• The War of Sagawehn. In Arvandor, the goddess Sagawehn attempts to destroy all individuality. She is opposed by a group of eladrin heroes, who eventually kill her. One high priestess of Corellon who is overcome in the battle spawns the lamia. (DR390, p.48)
• Winterkin. The winterkin eladrin retreated to the Winter Lands following the Kinstrife Wars that led to the Sundering, and were transformed. (DR384, p.61)


Explorers fashion serpentine owl figurines to serve as companions and scouts for the first elves who travel the world. (DR384, p.23.)


Mighty strongholds built on the rims of volcanoes served as the centers of power of a fire giant empire. Allied with the efreets, the fire giants enslave many humanoid races. The labor of dragonborn, humans, and orcs help build vast fortresses and roads, and the magic of drow and tieflings aid in creating a portal network linking the great fire giant citadels. (MM3, p.96)


Gnolls dwell in a single location before spreading out across the world. (DR369, p.43)


• Bahamut hides his immortal essence in a platinum sword he secretes in the natural world. (DU173, p.33)
• Bane, upset that the gods refuse to follow him after the war, and angered by their decision to allow the Primordials to live on, begins to plot his eventual dominion over the gods. He begins by slaying his brother Tuern. Erathis and Moradin unite against him, and Bane backs down. (DR372, p.27)
• Corellon, according to some legends, fights Gruumsh over some mortal followers. (DR394, p.36) Corellon shoots out Gruumsh’s eye with an arrow. (MM, p.205)
• Gruumsh, with Kurtulmak, steals Corellon's Misty Isle, hiding it somewhere Corellon could not locate it. (DR394, p.39) Later, Gruumsh invades and binds his domain to Bane's. (DR372, p.27) Grummsh's dominion is known as Nishrek, and the invasion occurs thousands of years after Bane kills Tuern. (SotAS, p.51)
• Maglubiyet is subdued by Bane and made an exarch after the hobgoblin Senekos converts many goblinoids to the worship of Bane. (DR372, p.27)
• Melora withdraws completely for generations, her whispers silenced. She passed the time hunting alone in the Hunting Lands of Arvandor. If it weren’t for the sacred task of hunting the abominations that escaped from Carceri, she might have died from heartbreak. (DR401, "Channel Divinity: Melora)
• Tiamat commences a war against Bahamut. (DU173, p.33) Bahamut awakes his immortal sword in the form of a deva named Amyria. (DU173, p.33) She also invades Zehir's dominion of Tytherion, occupying the underground, while Zehir retains the surface world. (SotAS, p.80).
• Zehir becomes locked in a territorial struggle with Tiamat for millennia over who controls Tytherion. (DU175, p.5)


The fomorian king Thrumbolg creates the first gremlins in the aftermath of his assault on Mag Tureah. (MM3, p.106)


An evil elf witch-queen is exiled by a hero who breaks the magic tiara that allowed her to spy on her subjects as a golden eagle. She and her descendants become cursed with half-bird forms, becoming the first harpies. (MM, p.154)


Hobgoblins carve out an empire with goblins and bugbears as servants. They develope magical methods to breed beasts for various purposes. Goblins and bugbears may have been the results of magical breeding projects. The empire falls due to civil strife and possible fey interference. (MM, p.135)


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)

Illithids and Gith

• Nihilath. The mind flayers come from the Far Realm and create an empire in the Underdark, using the gith and the duergar as slaves. (The theory that the mind flayers came from the future is a misinterpretation of the Sargonne Prophecies.) The ancient Empire of Nihilath stretches through the Astral Sea and the Underdark. (SotAS, p. 29.)
• Gith. In their attempt to create the perfect slave race, the mind flayers birth the gith through selective breeding and magical manipulation. The slave race revolt and call themselves the Gith, named after the leader of their rebellion. The gith became divided shortly after winning their freedom. The githyanki fled to the Astral Sea, while the githzerai fled to the Elemental Chaos. The githyanki formed an alliance with red dragons. (SotAS, p.94; SotEC, p.60; MM, pp.128-131, 188; TL, p.20; W&M, p.81; DR377, p.16; DR378, p.80)
• Zerthimon. When the gith were one people, they founded the city of Tu'narath in the Astral Sea within the floating corpse of a dead god. There, Gith declares an enternal crusade against the illithids. Those who desired a respite followed Zerthimon. A civil war followed, at the end of which Zerthimon led his people into the Elemental Chaos. His followers became known as the Githzerai. (SotEC, p.61; DR377, pp.17-18)
• Tiamat Compact. Gith later compact with Tiamat, gaining the support of red dragons in exchange for her soul and the souls of all future leaders of the githyanki. (SotAS, p.95)


A civil war erupts between the two factions of Illumians on Shom, encouraged by the dark whisperings of Vecna, and Ioun's refusal to intervene. Ultimately, the Illumians submit their dispute to the maruts, who decide against both of them and devastate Shom. (SotAS, p. 119-120)


Erathis assumed dominion over the minotaurs now that their god Baphomet had been cast into the Abyss. With her guidance, the minotaurs established the great city of Ruul, which became a model of civilization. But even as Erathis’s followers continued to proselytize inside the city, agents of Baphomet worked in secret to undermine them. When the minotaurs broke from Erathis’s fold and Ruul was overrun by the Horned King, Melora and Kord combined their power to reduce Ruul to ruins. The discord that arose between Melora and Erathis because of these events extended to their followers, who began to view one another as adversaries. (DR401, "Channel Divinity: Erathis)


Nymphs are born from the union of the Archifey of the four seasons and the Archifey of the four winds. (MM3, p.150)


A tribe of humans, called the Shadar-Kai, come to fear death and make a pact with the Raven Queen to be her servants in exchange for a shadowy form of agelessness. Since the shadow form isn’t true immortality, they use pain to prevent succumbing to the ennui of the Shadowfell. (W&M, p.53) A few cut their ties to the death goddess and reject all masters, placing themselves above the gods. They broker with the Shadowfell’s dread powers, offering their shattered souls in exchange for the power to move freely between worlds and do as they pleased. These become the first Gloaming Dancers. (DR388, p.28)


The Xaositects form as a philosophical faction in the great planar city of Sigil, dedicated to studying chaos to master it. (SotEC, p.42)


• Hastani. A tribe of feral humans called the Haastani claim to descend from the ex-slaves of a group of yuan-ti who worshiped a demon called "Merrshaulk" and who ere destroyed by the gods. (DR386,p.6)
• Zannad. The proto-yuan-ti found the empire of Zannad, mastering flesh-contorting magic to improve themselves into the modern yuan-ti. The magic warps their minds, and their society slowly rots from within. (W&M, p.22; MM, pp.269-271) They construct a pyramid structure in homage to Zehir, called "Sarpacala". (DR370, p.30)


One balor legion, seeking to conquer an abyssal layer, spawns the zythar. (Demon, p.158)


A vast and advanced civilization with a language and culture alien to the modern age builds a number of great marble ziggurats for religious worship, magical research, and burial. The civilization later collapses. (DU159, p.24)

A colossal war ends with the annihilation of an empire. After a long struggle, one faction uses a mighty ritual infused with divine power to rain colorless fire on its enemy's lands. It turns the entire civilization into a sea of ash and dust. The downpour eventually ends, but the power remains in the motes of ash and dust, and soon heralds of colorless fire begins emerging to wander the planes. (MM3, p.13)

Andok Sur was ancient when the empire of Bael Turath was merely a collection of loosely allied city-states. The place was established by the warrior tribes of the Eastern Valley, and dedicated to the demon prince Orcus. At the height of the city’s power, a great earthquake rocked the Old Hills. In an instant, the City of the Dead was shattered. It fell into the earth and was buried. (DU187, "Andok Sur")