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The Dalelands, North Faerûn Societal Information

Race(s): Humans 78% Half-elves 8% Elves 6% Gnomes 4% Halflings 3% Other 1%.
Religion(s): Chauntea, Lathander, Mielikki, Silvanus, Tymora
Population: 14,020 in 1372 DR
Imports: Jewelry, manufactured items, ore Exports Ale, looted magic items, produce
Alignment: LG NG CG LN N CN LE NE CE
Political Information Government type: Elected Lordships
Historical Information: Established 906 DR

Shadowdale was a farming community in the Dalelands, in North Faerûn, and is the home of the archmage Elminster Aumar and was the home of two of the Seven, Storm Silverhand and Syluné.  Through its history, Shadowdale has battled both Zhentarim and drow invasions. Due to the number of ruins in Shadowdale, it was a popular place for adventuring companies to settle.

Originally Shadowdale (then known as the "Land Under Shadow") was controlled by the drow, who constructed the original Twisted Tower to protect their underground routes in the area.  The drow maintained a population of humans and other races on the surface, used as slaves.  The first human ruler of Shadowdale was the water wizard Ashaba, who took power in 906 DR. and the Twisted Tower bore his name thereafter, along with the River Ashaba.  Aumry Obarskyr became Lord of Shadowdale in 1300 DR.  Aumry ruled peacefully over the dale with his wife Syluné Silverhand.  The peace in the dale encouraged attacks and sabotage from the Zhentarim, and led to Aumry's assassination in 1339 DR.  The assassins responsible for Aumry's death were captured and killed by Jyordhan.  Aumry is interned in Aumry's Tomb under Watcher's Knoll.  After Jyordhan's death in 1345 DR, Syluné was unofficially the ruler of Shadowdale, and she was aided in its defence by the adventuring company Mane's Band, although she was not the lord.  This led to the period being dubbed "the Time of No Lords", with Syluné opting not to occupy the Twisted Tower and assume official leadership.  The period lasted until 1348 DR.  When Florin Falconhand was invited to take up the lordship by Khelben "Blackstaff" Arunsun in 1348 DR, he declined the honour and deferred it to his fellow Knight of Myth Drannor, Doust Sulwood instead.  Doust ruled until 1353 DR, by which time he had grown tired of court life and preferred instead to return to adventuring.  He passed on the lordship to Mourngrym Amcathra.  Mourngrym ruled until 1375 DR, and led the dale against Lyran Nanther in 1357 DR and the Bane-led Zhentil Keep army in 1358 DR.  In 1374 DR, Nightal 15, under the cover of darkness, an army of Zhentarim, lead by Scyllua Darkhope, invades Shadowdale with the assistance from the Church of Shar and House Dhuurniv.