The Moonshae Isles are a group of islands
that formed a roughly circular archipelago with the Sea of
Moonshae in the center. They lay roughly 400 miles (644 km)
west of the region of Amn and to the southwest of the Sword
Coast. As of 1371 DR, the majority of the Moonshae Isles are
ruled by High Queen Alicia Kendrick, who ruled from the capital
city of Caer Callidyrr on Alaron.
After the Spellplague, House Kendrick lost
much of their control over the isles. In 1479 DR, much of
the isle of Alaron was ruled by House Kendrick, although the
King's forces did not control the entire island. The Isle
of Snowdown was controlled by the vampire Lady Erliza Daressin,
who was loyal to Amn. The Isle of Gwynneth was controlled
by the Kingdom of Sarifal, which was ruled by High Lady Ordalf.
A tribe of fomorians crossed from the Feywild into Faerûn
after the Spellplague and took control of the island of Oman.
The isle of Moray was under the control of Malarite lycanthropes.
The Northmen were a violent, war-like society
with little interest for or tolerance of the Ffolk's monarchical
ways. Historically, this created a continuous tension between
the two human peoples, with Northmen raids on Ffolk farmsteads
a common occurrence. A large majority of the Ffolk worshiped
a druidic goddess the Earthmother, an aspect of the benign
goddess of agriculture, Chauntea. The Northmen worshiped warlike
deities like Tempus (god of war).
The conflict escalated into what has been
termed the Darkwalker Wars, which lasted a number of years.
In the start of the conflict, the Northmen and the Ffolk fought
a series of battles mainly around Caer Corwell (Gwynneth).
The true force behind the invasion of the Northmen was the
creature known as Kazgaroth The Beast, a minion of Bhaal (god
of murder). Through Bhaal's powers, Kazgaroth had taken the
shape of the Northmen chieftain Grunnarch the Red (Iron Keep,
Oman's Isle). Through him, Kazgaroth initiated the invasion
of Gwynneth and Caer Corwell.
En route to Caer Corwell, Kazgaroth (in Grunnarch's
shape) challenged and killed the Leviathan, which was one
of the children of the goddess Earthmother. Around the town
and fortress of Caer Corwell, the Northmen were halted by
the combined forces of Prince Tristan Kendrick and his companions.
However, in recent years[as of when?], the
conflict between the Northlanders and the Ffolk waned due
to the hard work of the High King Tristan Kendrick and later
through his daughter, High Queen Alicia Kendrick. Through
their queen's work for peaceful solutions to arguments between
the Northlanders and the Ffolk, the Moonshaes enjoyed several
decades of relative peace.
Eladrin domination of Gwynneth
In the Year of Risen Elfkin (1375 DR), the
Fey city of Karador rose from the waters of the Myrloch on
the Island of Gwynneth. The leShay High Lady Ordalf proclaimed
herself queen of the Island, giving it the name of Sarifal.
The human kingdom of Corwell, and its capital Caer Corwell
fell into ruins