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The world of Krynn was forged by Reorx in the Age of Starbirth. It is believed that five major continents exist on Krynn, though there are many islands and lesser land masses as well. Things that are of Krynn, such as people and places, are said to be Krynnish.

Planetary Bodies

Krynn is orbited by three moons: the white moon Solinari, red moon Lunitari, and black moon Nuitari. Nuitari is only visible to astronomers and those with evil in their hearts. Krynn's constellations are representative of the gods; the constellations will occasionally vanish when it is believed that the appropriate god is walking on Krynn. All constellations briefly vanished during the Cataclysm, and the constellations of Paladine and Takhisis vanished during the War of the Lance.

After the Second Cataclysm, the moons and stars of Krynn were replaced by strange and unfamiliar ones. One pale moon shone where there were three, and the stars were misaligned. This situation was reversed after the War of Souls.

Lands of Krynn

Map of Krynn in Pre-Cataclysmic Times.
EnlargeMap of Krynn in Pre-Cataclysmic Times.
Perhaps the most well-known of Krynn's continents, Ansalon is located in the southern hemisphere. Ansalon is bordered by the Turbidus Ocean to the north, the Courrain Ocean to the east, the land of Icereach to the south, and the Sirrion Sea to the west. Ansalon was once a single land mass, except for a few islands such as the Isle of Sancrist. The Turbidus Ocean bordered western Ansalon at that time, until the Cataclysm destroyed the Empire of Istar and caused massive shifts in both land and sea. Ansalon is approximately 1,300 miles from east to west, and 1,000 miles from north to south. Notable islands near Ansalon include the Blood Sea Isles, Northern Ergoth, Southern Ergoth, Sancrist Isle, Schallsea, and Storm's Keep.

Icereach may or may not be a continent, but it is one of Krynn's largest land masses. Much of Icereach is unexplored, and it may extend south for thousands of miles. Icewall Glacier connects the frozen land to Ansalon.

North of Ansalon, near Krynn's equator, are eight islands collectively known as the Dragon Isles. This island chain is considered a myth to most of those on Krynn, and is the home of the good dragons.

This is an unofficial fan based interpretation of what Krynn looked like in Pre-Cataclysmic Times with what Adlatum and Gargath might have looked like.
EnlargeThis is an unofficial fan based interpretation of what Krynn looked like in Pre-Cataclysmic Times with what Adlatum and Gargath might have looked like.
Far to the northeast of Ansalon lies the shattered continent of Taladas. The Cataclysm, known to Taladans as the Great Destruction, broke the continent into several large land masses all clustered around the Burning Sea. Notable geographical features include the Guurlamskas Ocean to the north, the Wildless Ocean to the south, and the aptly-named Western Ocean.

The Spine of Taladas is a coral island chain located southwest of Taladas but northeast of the undersea Watermere. The Irda island of Anaiatha was once here, but broke off during the Cataclysm. The remainder of that island is called Selasia, and is the largest island in the Spine.

Located somewhere east of Ansalon, the small continent of Ithin'carthia is the home of the blue-skinned Tarmak and their subjugated Damjatt and Keena neighbors. The Tarmak brutes are a strange people that respect only power, and consider it an honor to be burned by dragon breath.

History of Krynn

Map of Krynn as of 422 AC.
EnlargeMap of Krynn as of 422 AC.
The vast majority of known history is written from the perspectives of those on Ansalon–this history continues that format. Most scholars of Ansalon use the abbreviations PC or Prae Cataclius, AC or Alt Cataclius, and SC for Saer or Secundus Cataclius. The inclusion of a Taladas history will be forthcoming, but much is still unknown.

Age of Starbirth

Main article: Age of Starbirth

The Age of Starbirth began with the High God calling the three principle gods, Paladine, Gilean, and Takhisis, to rule the world and to select their companion deities. Reorx shapes Krynn and creates the first dragons under the guidance of Paladine and Takhisis. This is followed by several wars over the destinies of the newly-formed creatures, culminating in a truce between the warring factions of dieties. Additionally, the Graygem is forged by Reorx.

Age of Dreams

Main article: Age of Dreams

This is an unofficial fan based interpretation of what Krynn looked like in Alt-Cataclysmic Times with what Adlatum and Gargath might have looked like.
EnlargeThis is an unofficial fan based interpretation of what Krynn looked like in Alt-Cataclysmic Times with what Adlatum and Gargath might have looked like.
The Age of Dreams is often considered the beginning of recorded history, and runs ca. 9000 PC - 960 PC. Three time periods collectively form the Age of Dreams: the Foundation (ca. 9000 PC - 5000 PC), the Time of Light (ca. 5000 PC - 2000 PC), sometimes referred to as the Age of Light, and the Time of Knights (ca. 2000 PC - 960 PC). In addition to the creation of humans, elves, gnomes, and ogres, the first civilizations are formed. With the rise of the elves under Silvanos in approximately 4000 PC, the First Dragon War is fought when Silvanos brings his people to a forest inhabited by the chromatic dragons. The elves won the war with five dragon stones, provided by the gods of magic, which captured the spirits of the first dragons, and were subsequently buried, ending the war.

In the centuries following, many civilizations are created, including the kender nation of Balifor, the dwarven kingdom of Kal-Thax and the minotaur realms of Mithas and Kothas. Unfortunately, while delving their realm of Kal-Thax, the dwarves unwittingly unearth the dragon stones, and release the dragons, resulting in the Second Dragon War. Several mages unleash immense magical power to open the earth and defeat the dragons, but also causing massive destruction at the same time. As a result, the gods of magic take the three mages to the Lost Citadel where they are taught the rules of magic. Thus, the Wizards of High Sorcery are founded, and the Towers of High Sorcery are constructed.

The Kinslayer War is also fought between an expanding Empire of Ergoth and the growing elven kingdom of Silvanesti; after countless deaths over many years, the war ends in a truce with the signing of the Swordsheath Scroll and the founding of the elven nation of Qualinesti in the west. As a symbol of elven, human and dwarven cooperation, the citadel of Pax Tharkas is created, and peace reigns for many years, until civil war erupts in the Empire of Ergoth. The Rose Rebellion, led by Vinas Solamnus, culminates in the schizm of Ergoth and the creation of the nation of Solamnia and the Knights of Solamnia. Solamnia quickly rose in power, ushering in an era of learning, symbolized by the growth of Palanthas and the construction of the Great Library. The nations of Istar and Sancrist are formed. Ergoth continued its decline as Silvanesti withdrew from the world.

Takhisis began the Third Dragon War by sending her dragons across Ansalon in massive numbers. The Wizards of High Sorcery created the Dragon Orbs in order to defend their Towers. Huma Dragonbane and the silver dragon Heart sacrificed their lives to defeat Takhisis, who agreed to depart Krynn as long as the world was whole.

Age of Might

Main article: Age of Might

The Age of Might comprises events from the end of the Third Dragon War through the rise and fall of Istar as a result of the Cataclysm. The rise of Istar began with the protection of the city during the Third Dragon War by a priest of Paladine, endearing the god to the local populace. As the population grew, the nation of Istar began to establish trade with the dwarven kingdoms and other nations of the world. Istar's expansion continued throughout the millennium leading up to the Cataclysm, resulting in clashes with the various nations of Krynn, especially Hylo and Silvanesti, and the many new nations of the world sign the Swordsheath Scroll.

Istar's expansion continued, resulting in its growth into the superpower of Ansalon. Ruled by the Kingpriest beginning in 280 PC, Istar declared itself the moral center of the world and began to enforce Paladine's edicts throughout Ansalon. Zealous in the enforcement of what was believed to be Paladine's will, the Kingpriest and his agents repressed the freedoms of the populace and declared that certain races (such as minotaurs and ogres) are inherently evil and should be hunted for bounties. Tensions mount between the Istarian clergy and the Wizards of High Sorcery, until Kingpriest Beldinas began the Lost Battles by sending Istar to war with the Towers of High Sorcery in 19 PC. Two towers are destroyed but the wizards agree to exile themselves to the Tower of Wayreth, ending the conflict. Istar begins using mind readers to ensure that no one is thinking evil thoughts.

Ultimately, Kingpriest Beldinas prepares to ascend to godhood with the aid of the Disks of Mishakal. The people of Istar applaud the effort and are sent Thirteen Warnings by the gods to warn them of their folly. Belindas's efforts culminate in the Cataclysm, tearing the lands of Ansalon and Taladas asunder, killing millions of innocents, and ushering in the dark ages of Krynn.

Age of Despair

Main article: Age of Despair

The fallout from the Cataclysm lasts for centuries. Plague and famine wrack the lands. Beleaguered hill dwarves and humans attempt to gain entry to Thorbardin for food and begin the Dwarfgate War, resulting in the destruction of both armies and the fortress Zhaman. Unknown to anyone, Takhisis brought the sunken Temple of Istar to the Abyss, and took the temple's Foundation Stone to Neraka to be used as a gateway for herself and her Abyssal minions to invade Krynn when the time is right; however her plans are thwarted by Berem Everman's discovery of the foundation stone and the death of his sister Jasla. Waking the chromatic dragons, Takhisis instructs them to steal the eggs of the metallic dragons, ransoming their children for their agreement not to participate in the upcoming war.

Under the command of the Dragon Highlords, Takhisis' forces advance across the face of Krynn, attempting to find Berem. Draconians are created from the captured metallic dragon eggs and used to bolster the Dragonarmies. While the Dragonarmies gather their might, the Companions pursue separate leads in search of the lost gods. The War of the Lance begins with the capture of Balifor and Nordmaar in 348 AC. With Silvanesti sealed by the corruption of the forest in Lorac's Nightmare, much of the continent of Ansalon is controlled by the Dragonarmies by 351 AC. The few remaining free nations send representatives to Whitestone Glade to discuss an alliance. The Companions rediscover dragonlances and retrieve the dragon orb from Silvanesti, which slows the forest's corruption. As a result of the alliance, the Golden General defends the High Clerist's Tower from the Blue Dragonarmy with the help of Sturm Brightblade, who dies in the battle. The elven prince Gilthanas, and the metallic dragons D'argent, and Cymbol infiltrate Sanction and discover the truth about the metallic dragon eggs. The good dragons enter the war with a vengeance upon learning the fate of their children. The Dragonarmies falter, and the armies of the Whitestone Council lay siege to Kalaman.

With the discovery of Berem by the former Companions, now the Heroes of the Lance, a small group heads to Neraka to reunite him with Jasla and the Foundation Stone and to prevent Takhisis' entry into the world. Berem sacrifices himself to free Jasla and reunite the gem as Tanis Half-Elven kills Duulket Ariakas, leader of the Dragon Highlords. The Temple of Neraka explodes, and the dragonarmies collapse in the ensuing power struggle. The War of the Lance ends.

An uneasy peace prevails for several years, but ends with the attack of Palanthas by the Blue Dragonarmy; the unsuccessful attempt is called the Blue Lady's War. In the years following the war, Lord Ariakan, a Dragonarmy prisoner of war, is released by the Knights of Solamnia. He receives a vision and founds the Knights of Takhisis, while the elven nations unite with the marriage of Porthios Kanan and Alhana Starbreeze, and end Lorac's Nightmare in Silvanesti. The Knights of Takhisis begin their conquest of Ansalon, which frightens the few remaining Irda. The Irda break the Graygem and free Chaos, who destroys their island before retreating to gather his strength. Silvanoshei, child of Porthios and Alhana, is born. The Knights of Takhisis occupy most of Ansalon within a month but before they can secure their lands, the return of Chaos heralds the start of the Chaos War. Forces of good and evil alike are destroyed by the minions of Chaos. Reorx, with help from Palin Majere, Usha, and Tasslehoff, retrieve the broken pieces of the Graygem. The few remaining Knights of Takhisis join forces with their former Solamnic prisoners in mounting an attack against Chaos himself. Tasslehoff stabbed Chaos in the toe, and Usha caught a drop of Chaos's blood in the Graygem. This is used as leverage to force Chaos to leave Krynn.

The gods supposedly agree to leave Krynn as well, but this is nothing more than a trick by Takhisis. Using the gods' fight with Chaos as a diversion, Takhisis consolidated her power and, at the right moment, moved the entire world to a place where she can be the only god. She takes the guise of Fizban, an avatar of Paladine, and explains to Palin and Usha that the gods had to agree to leave Krynn as well. Both clerical and wizardly magic vanish. Takhisis tells Palin that another type of magic exists and that the Age of Mortals has begun, then she retreats to gather her strength and await the next phase of her plan.

Age of Mortals

Main article: Age of Mortals

After the theft of the world, the Dragon Overlords appear on Krynn. Dalamar the Dark secretly moves the Tower of Palanthas to Nightlund before Khellendros, the blue overlord, can attack it. Malystryx, the red overlord, kills thousands of kender at Kendermore before Riverwind distracts her; many of those kender near the destruction become afflicted kender. The Dragon Overlords learn how to absorb the spirits of slain dragons and the Dragon Purge begins. A new form of clerical magic, Power of the heart, is discovered by Goldmoon, who founds the Citadel of Light; similarly, Palin Majere discovered wild sorcery and founded the Academy of Sorcery to instruct students in its use. At roughly the same time, the Orders of High Sorcery are disbanded.

In 39 SC, a great storm sweept over Ansalon, beginning the War of Souls and calling to the dragons in hiding as a result of the Dragon Purge. Out of the storm, a woman, Mina, appeared to a group of Knights of Neraka and proclaimed her devotion to the One God, and began forming an army. At the same time, the long-dead Tasslehoff Burrfoot emerged from the Last Heroes' Tomb carrying the Device of Time Journeying and telling tales of an alternate reality. Reunited with Palin, the two escape and are pursued by Beryl, seeking both Tasslehoff and the device. Mina's army penetrates the Silvanesti shield and enters Silvanesti. Cyan Bloodbane, creator of the shield, is killed and Silvanoshei uproots the Shield Tree, destroying the shield. The Qualinesti elves leave their land in secret and begin an exiled march to Silvanesti. Beryl is killed by a joint dwarven and elven ambush in Qualinost, but the city is destroyed, creating Nalis Aren, or lake of death. Goldmoon journeys to the Tower of Nightlund where she meets Mina, who reveals that Takhisis never abandoned the world and exists as the One God.

Raistlin Majere then used Tasslehoff and his time-traveling device to form a link to Krynn so that the other gods can return. The gods convene to determine Takhisis's punishment for her treachery. Mina's army capture Sanction, and Mina kills Malys with the aid of a dragonlance and a death dragon. A smitten Silvanoshei heads to Sanction after Mina, and Alhana leads the elves to Sanction to rescue her son. As the elves are away, minotaurs attack and seize Silvanesti. Tasslehoff and his allies journey to the single moon and free the captured metallic dragons. Tasslehoff returns to his own time and dies, completing the link between the old Krynn and the new. As Takhisis prepares to enter Krynn, the gods strip her of her godhood; Paladine is stripped of his as well to maintain the balance. Takhisis prepares to kill Mina but is herself slain by the love-struck Silvanoshei, who is in turn killed by Mina. The War of Souls ends with the gods' return, and the return of clerical and wizardly magic. The single pale moon is replaced by the familiar triple moons and the old stars return to the sky, except the constellations of Paladine and Takhisis.

Presently, the world is undergoing considerable turmoil as the after effects from the War of Souls play out across both Ansalon and Taladas.


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