The Realm of Zerata
The Drow War
The Drow Rebellion
As tensions continued to grow, and treatment of drow and Underdark dwellers grew worse – in Miryzeen as well as Halea and Shiran – leaders began to rise up among the drow and call for the Underdark’s denizens to stand up for themselves. 7E 1477 G1-1 marked the first attack on a surface town – a town on the eastern coast of Miryzeen that harbored bounty hunters that kidnapped drow and sold them as chattel.
From the beginning, a young leader emerged surrounded by legends and tales – Naïlo, a cleric of Lolth. She was treated with reverence; her skin, decorated with fine, white lines as if covered in spider webs, indicated Lolth’s favor. Naïlo was one of the very few who had seen Lolth in person and lived to tell about it.
Naïlo spent 2 decades traveling throughout Miryzeen and, to a lesser extent, Halea to coordinate Rebellion efforts and attacks. By the time she began her 5th decade of life, she was legendary within the Underdark community, and feared and abhorred by the surface dwellers.
It was on her 40th birthday, Lolth once again appeared to Naïlo. She was instructed to kill her family, as their relief efforts on the surface were undermining the Rebellion. Without question, Naïlo returned to her family, now seeking refuge in Drogora, and methodically slew her 12 siblings one by one. As she attempted to kill her mother, she was driven off by her father and barely escaped with her life. Leaving with the job undone earned her Lolth’s scorn for many years.
Naïlo’s siblings were revived the following day. Word travelled quickly to Naïlo where she was being healed in Miryzeen – upon receiving news that her siblings had not only been resurrected, but also had sworn vengeance upon her and discovered her location, she flew into a rage.
She travelled to the tactical headquarters for the Drow Rebellion. Upon arriving, she slew anyone that tried to stop her on her way to the command building. She didn’t end until she burst into the General’s meeting room and slew him mid-sentence. She stated simply that there had been a change in leadership, and any who disagreed with her would end up like the former General, whose head she calmly set on the table in front of her. None objected.
The Drow War
General Naïlo immediately restructured Rebellion leadership and declared all-out war on the surface in 7E 1527, shortly after she took power. She appointed liaisons to coordinate between Underdark communities and created true unity among Underdark dwellers – not out of loyalty, but out of fear of annihilation. The Drow War escalated in violence, and 7E 1528 saw a massive influx in Miryzeenian refugees to Halea and the shores of Zerata.
The war raged on for 2 years, wiping out hundreds of thousands of souls.
The fall of Miryzeen
The first wave contained the majority of the illithid population. Small groups of them sneaked into villages and outlying towns and decimated the populations within while they were sleeping. In the larger cities, the illithids served as the vanguard and took out many of the guards to allow the other denizens of the Underdark to swarm in. As dawn broke on L1-9, the war began in earnest.
Every citizen of the surface pitted themself against the denizens of the Underdark. The drow collapsed many of their tunnels under surface cities, taking entire populations with them. By midday, both sides had lost half of their numbers. While the Underdark had only about 7% of the surface’s numbers, the illithids on their side easily made up for that difference. Very few people on the surface had dealt with illithids before, and therefore there was no defense against their psionic attacks.
Around mid-afternoon, Miryzeen’s capitol city Azuretal fell. Immediately after, the drow army receded back to the Underdark. Within an hour of the drow retreat, Naïlo’s siblings arrived in Miryzeen to find nothing but destruction and chaos. They did all they could to comfort and assist the poor souls they came across while searching for Naïlo.
As it grew closer to sunset, they began to notice a heavy aura of evil magic hanging over the realm. By the time the sun went down the aura had become so stifling it was difficult to breathe. At full dark, Naïlo and her armies returned to the surface. Two of Naïlo’s siblings attempted to attack and were slain almost immediately.
There are few records of what exactly happened next. The few survivors, who had already fled to the coasts of Miryzeen, reported seeing huge explosions hundreds of miles away. In the words of one observer “It looked like everything was simply pushed from a central point outwards.” The most complete witness account was provided by General Jerek. IBI archivists believe this was a combination of arcane spells and abilities including Locate City, Flash Frost, Born of Three Thunders, and Explosive Spell. 14 blast areas targeted by these spells have been located by IBI archivists, the smallest with a radius of 80 miles and the largest with 200 miles. 3 additional suspected blast areas have also been identified, but rather than everything in the spell’s radius being shredded it seems the entire population in the area has turned into wights.
The tremors from this excessive use of magic also set off every single fire mountain in Eola simultaneously. To this day (7E 1725 G2-18 at time of writing) there are still craters and fire mountains oozing molten rock in Miryzeen, and there seems to be a permanent cloud of ash over almost the entire realm.