The Worldwound

A demon-haunted wasteland that lies at the northern and western most reaches of the Silver Marches where it meets the Sprine of the World, the Worldwound is an unnatural blight. Formed shortly after the beginning of the Time of Troubles the Worldwound is probably the greatest threat to life on the face of Faerun. When the Time of Troubles happened and the gods walked the world, which was never intended to happen, a hole was torn in the Fabric of Faerun, and a strange connection was formed from the abyss. Demons started coming through the small tear, but the tear increased and increased in size over time.

Lady Alustriel called for help from across the realms and help came, and it was called the crusades, The demons were held at bay, and here will follow a brief history of the crusades.

First Crusade: Although a fair number of holy warriors came to Silverymoon’s aid in the first several years after the Worldwound opened, the church of Mystra did not declare the First Crusade until years later. This significantly delayed the church’s ability to respond to the growing crisis. By the time the First Crusade reached Silvery Marches, the demons had long since seized control of the area north of the Spine of the World, and had claimed significant
portions of the Northwest Marches as well. The First Crusade bolstered the defenders of the Silver Marches and Silverymoon, boosting both their numbers and morale,and the sudden increase in the enemy’s strength caught the demonic horde unprepared, causing them to retreat back to the Northmounds. With most of the Silver Marches liberated, the crusaders remained in the region to help rebuild the destroyed parts, while Silverymoon remained largely untouched.

Second Crusade: When a second wave of demons erupted from the Worldwound, the crusaders had settled into their new homes in
Silverymoon. They again took up arms against the demons,expecting a short series of fights and boasting that this time they would drive the host back to the very edges of the World wound itself. But their expectations did not come to fruition. This time, the demons pouring from the Worldwound were not only more numerous-they were better prepared. Rather than the haphazard, chaotic, self-indulgent mob the crusaders previously encountered, the marauding demons were now legions driven by powerful commanders. Under their commanders’ direction, the demons orchestrated strike forces, teleported behind enemy lines, drove their enemies toward their advancing ranks, and then crushed their opponents between them. The armies of
the marilith Aponavicius captured the crusader city <must> using such tactics, forcing the church of Mystra to finally call for the Second Crusade.
Even with the influx of troops from the Second Crusade, however, it quickly became apparent the demons were going to win. Fortunately for Silverymoon, the demons aimed the bulk of their devastating attack westward and southward. The impending loss prompted the leaders of
the Silverymoon Crusaders to make a fateful decision theypulled their support from the SPine, allowing the demon army to descend on what remained of that land, and instead concentrated their efforts on erecting wardstones along the bordering rivers. The price of their actions proved steep, but, as the wardstones flared to life, the menhirs contained the demons within lost territoies and saved tens of thousands from grisly deaths. Yet despite this success, the near- total loss of the Spine of the world is generally regarded as the final capstone on a disastrous crusade.

Third Crusade: Now contained within the Spine of the World, and the Silver Marches by a combination of the wardstones, increased pressure from the Mammoth Lords, and the distraction of an entire nation to plunder, the demons continued to press against the borders but seemed largely content to revel in their captured realm. Meanwhile, as the years passed, the Silverymoon crusaders grew more and more corrupt-in part due to the subtle machinations of demon worhsippers, which had successfully infiltrated numerous companies and faiths throughout Silverymoon, but also because the resource-strained church of Mystra had increasingly accepted less trustworthy members into its war effort. The church launched the Third Crusade
primarily as an attempt to galvanize the crusaders, but as its focus increasingly turned toward self-destructive witch hunts and internal squabbling, the crusade collapsed under its own corrupt weight. Ultimately, the Third Crusade accomplished very little within the Worldwound-apart from delighting and entertaining the Worldwounds demonic masters.

Fourth Crusade After a decade of Abyssal rule, a dangerous new addition to the demon armies arrived in the form of Khorramzadeh the Storm King. Scholars of the war are divided as to whether or not the Storm King had been ruling from Iz all along, or if he was but the latest arrival in the region. Regardless, the Storm King’s first assault on the border resulted in no less catastrophic an event than the cracking of the Silverymoon wardstone. The ferocity of this attack caught the crusaders off guard, but in the end the wardstone held. In response, the church of Mystra called for the Fourth Crusade. This crusade proved to be the longest and most grueling of the crusades yet, lasting 10 years and ending more as a result of wartime exhaustion than anything else. The demons lost very little, and in the years since this crusade’s whimpering conclusion, morale along the Worldwound’s borders has reached an all-time low.

The Worldwound

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