The Ten Black Days of Eleint

 

The Black Days had begun again in Brost.

The people of Tethyr had a long memory, and there are many stories in every duchy and in every county about the robber barons that have abused the privileges of land ownership, harming or neglecting their lands and the people tending them.

According to some, it was the widespread worship of Bane that fueled the chaos of the Ten Black Days of Eleint. Others argued that the rampant misfortune of the events that started the Alemandrian Interregnum was the work of Beshaba. In truth, many sages have come to agree that it is impossible to discern a single source for the strife that pitted commoner against noble in the land of Tethyr.

It was well known that by the dawn of the twelfth day of Eleint, 1347, Castle Tethyr had burned to the ground. The royal family including the King Alemander IV, his queen, and all his heirs perished in those flames.

The Ten Black Days saw the destruction of eight entire noble families, four of Tethyr's largest castles, and the temples of Bane, Bhaal, Helm, Lathander, Mystra, and Oghma. The sudden deaths of over six hundred other people with ties to the royalty such as guards or servants happened without a trace.

No place was safe if the mobs believed it harbored anyone of noble birth. Of the fifty-six seated nobles that ruled Tethyr before the 13th day of Eleint, only two dukes, one count, and five barons survived to the end of the Black Days within Tethyr. They were spared by either luck, fear, or their natures as kind, just masters whose people came to their defense.

The Ten Black Days of Eleint now serve to remind the nobles of Tethyr and the whole Realms of the fate that awaits those who abuse their power and influence over others. According to the few surviving nobles from those years, some were aware of the unrest in border states around the Forest of Tethir where the peasantry suffered the worst in conflicts with Wealdath elves.

Priests and diviners have investigated the causes to come from dark gods, but truly which are responsible remains unclear. One legend claims that the vengeance of the elve's gods forced many peasants to rise up against their overlords in retribution for the torment they visited upon the Tel'Quessir.

Every Eleint in Tethyr, the peasants placed down their working tools and they remembered the Alemandrian Interregnum years and those before them. Every Eleint, the nobles of the land shuttered themselves away, knowing that simply being seen was sometimes enough to stoke the fires of anger that remained in the hearts of Tethyrians, like flickering embers that they never let die so they might never forget what they have been fighting for all their lives.

 

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