You cannot escape the past. I won’t let you.
Anyone with a passing knowledge of history knows of
Iliyanbruen-the great kingdom of the mortal world
that was home and sanctuary to the elves after the
dissolution of the empire of Illefarn. Like the empire
that spawned it, Iliyanbruen also fell in time. Many
of its folk left for Evermeet, even as others retreated
into the Feywild. With powerful magic, the elves of
old transported most of Sharandar, the capital city
of Iliyanbruen, to the Feywild. Their plan was for Iliyanbruen
to rise once more on the site of the original
home of the elven people- but events seldom align
with the intentions of those who live them.
Although Iliyanbruen rose once more, the Feywild
was no empty frontier. The forces that drove the
ancient elves to first leave Faerie for the world still
held sway in many places. Enemies of these returned
folk- particularly the Winter Court and the Twilight
Fey-arrayed against them. Treants, dryads, centaurs,
firbolgs, satyrs, and other creatures that might once
have been allies saw the Iliyanbruen eladrin only as
Generations of battles and legends later, Iliyanbruen
endures as a realm, its borders several days’
walk from the ruins of Sharandar. That land has
always been your home, and your people have lived
there in relative peace for generations.
With the coming of the Spellplague, everything
changed. Faerie and the world were brought into
conjunction once more. Some eladrin grew eager
to determine what had become of their worldly
home. This was easier said than done, however, for a
covey of hags and their dark servants had taken over
Sharandar, making travel difficult at best. Although
you initially had little real interest in old Iliyanbruen
beyond mild historical curiosity, you were quick to
join the effort at ousting the evil fey from the region.
Several of your friends were injured or slain before
your people reclaimed the territory and established
an outpost in the ruins. From there, you and your fellows
ventured back into the mortal world where the
eladrin of Iliyanbruen had not stepped for centuries.
You were horrified at what you found. Though
you had expected the kingdom’s ancient tree-cities
to have fallen into disrepair, you found many of them
looted as well. Their structures were ravaged and desecrated,
with ancient treasures of statuary, artwork,
and holy icons all stolen away.
Fierce debate arose among the fey of New Sharandar.
Some, enraged by what had occurred, demanded
that the eladrin reenter the mortal world in force,
wreaking vengeance on any who lingered
near the ruins of Iliyanbruen-or even the entirety of
what was once Illefarn? Others of calmer mien said
that the eladrin should reclaim the greatest ruins of
Iliyanbruen, restore them to the glory of old, and take
vengeance only on those directly responsible for their
debasement. However, for that effort to work, the
eladrin must learn who has despoiled their ancient
You are determined to find out who has ravaged
the ruins, which are already weakened by time. In
discovering who stole your ancestral treasures- and
what creatures deserve your wrath-you intend that
justice be meted out appropriately. You are driven not
only by anger and vengeance, but also by a sense of
urgency. For you know that if you fail, the wrathful
among your people will gain the upper hand, spilling
the blood of the guilty and the innocent alike.
Many eladrin have made the natural world their
home as they seek answers- and you are one of them.
Some set out in search of allies, hoping that fabled
Evermeet or one of the elven kingdoms of old still
exists. Others have set their Sights on the areas closer
to Neverwinter Wood, feeling certain that those
responsible for the desecration of your birthright
have not gone far.
It appears that you were right. Even as you began
your investigation of the ruins of Never winter, you
arrived late for a rendezvous with your fellows to find
them slain by powerful magic. Whoever the wrongdoers
might be, they outnumber you. You know you
need allies in the fight against them, but if news of the
slaughter spreads among your people in the Feywild,
it could mean war. Even worse, Iliyanbruen might
decide to sever ties with the past once and for all.