It has been three years since the Spellplague. Three years since not just the world, but the universe, the planes, all changed forever. Three years of chaos, war, death and madness. For some reason, and noone is sure why yet, magic as was known for aeons has died. The effects were inconcievable. Parts of the world seemed to have broken off and fall into nothingness, or perhaps upon the Underdark. In other places, the Underdark now lies on the surface of the world, with all the madness, evil and chaos contained within now only restrained by their lightblindness and the destruction of nearly all they own, for Drow gear was not made to ever see the sun. Rumors of a lost continent have started to spread among some parts of the world.
Many people died directly when the Spellplague touched them, turning to ash. More died in the wars that followed when the whole world realized that the balance of power was totally destroyed. Those that relied on physical strength more then magic found themselves conquesting armies, while those whose magic had protected them for centuries found themselves in hand to hand combat. Hordes of Orcs and Hobgoblins are feared now more then ever.
Cults and Religions have sprung up, blaming this on everything imagineable. Some blaim the Gods, Shar, Lolth in particular. Some say Myshra is responsible herself, who else but the Godess of magic could do such destruction. Others blame the Demons and Devils, spreading the word that the Blood War may have been won and the victor has set their sights on the whole world instead. And what about Tiamat, could the mother of all evil dragons have been plotting this for centuries, in some grand design not visible to the world. Some curse society itself, blaming sinful ways as a reason for the Gods to punish those who do not heed their words.
The sudden disappearance of magic, of land, and the wars have wrecked the economy. Food is scarce in some regions, simply because all the farms that supplied the region no longer exist. Other regions are nearly completely untouched. Why this is so, noone knows.
But a strange thing has happened. While the wizards who whizzed about the planes were left unable to cast as much as a magic missile, many people, young people in particular, now seem to have minor magic aided skills. Freshly trained ranger shoot arrows faster then battlehardened elves of old. A new generation of wizards is on the rise, wielding magic differently, and some of the old magii, those whose minds are still open to new things, are picking this new knack up too. It seems as though the absence of the Weave, as wizards have begun calling it only recently, has opened up magic for all potentially. So it seems that the new generation will shape the world as it turns into a new era, for better or for worse.
IC thread rules
The Spellplague is described from hindsight here
and is basicly the FR lore reset to allow for 4th edition. However, by the looks of it, most FR material will be set 100 years after, when everything is settled. This seemed to me like skipping through a lot of the fun bits. Or more accurately, interesting times. Feel free to read the 100 year perspective, but at this time, some things, like the true cause of the plague (The death of Myshra) are not known yet. You can give yourself whatever background you desire, the story will Deus Ex you together in Chapter One.
This thread will contain plot hooks, character backgrounds, and after the first session, RP room between characters and whatever place they are in currently. Spoiler any OOC comments. Until Chapter I is up (Which will contain how your party came to meet, and will supply a bit of "getting to know each other" RP) just post a background. I'm aiming for wednesday for C1.