Age of Mortals, the Fifth Age
Article written by Joe Mashuga & Kranar Drogin
The Last Heroes' Tomb is built as a memorial to those lost in the Chaos War. The Dragon Overlords appear on Krynn. Dalamar the Dark secretly moves the Tower of Palanthas to Nightlund before Khellendros, the blue overlord, can attack it. Malystryx, the red overlord, kills thousands of kender at Kendermore before Riverwind distracts her; many of those kender near the destruction become afflicted kender. The Dragon Overlords learn how to absorb the spirits of slain dragons and the Dragon Purge begins. Sara Dunstan founds the Legion of Steel. Goldmoon discovers the Power of the heart as Palin continues hunting for the new magic mentioned by Fizban, secretly Takhisis, in the Age of Despair.
The green overlord Beryllinthranox attacks Qualinesti. Knights of Takhisis begin expanding out from Neraka as draconians form the nation of Teyr. The black overlord Onysablet turns New Coast and Blöde into swampland and begins experimenting on the creatures of her domain. Goldmoon founds the Citadel of Light on Schallsea. Silvanesti surrounds itself with a magical shield that prevents all entry. Gellidus, the white overlord, rules Southern Ergoth. More dragons control different territories of Ansalon.
Dark mystics reinstitute the Vision for the Knights of Takhisis. Takhisis makes her first appearance as the Shadow Sorcerer. Beryl controls Qualinesti as Brynseldimer, the sea dragon overlord, terrorizes the Dimernesti. At the Last Conclave, the Shadow Sorcerer teaches sorcery to Palin Majere - now Head of the Conclave - and the Master of the Tower. Palin disbands the Orders of High Sorcery. Beryl attempts to conquer Thorbardin and the dwarves seal their gates, but some dwarves follow Severus Stonehand in leaving the mountain. Palin founds the Academy of Sorcery. Malys calls an end to the Dragon Purge. Severus cures Zhakar of a mold plague and restores its name of Thoradin.
Mina, a red-haired orphan girl, washes up on Schallsea and is raised at the Citadel of Light. The Heroes of the Heart bring hope to the people by killing Brynseldimer and thwarting Malys's plans to ascend to godhood. The magics of sorcery and mysticism begin to fade. Morham Targonne changes the Knights of Takhisis to the Knights of Neraka. Mina leaves the Citadel of Light. Beryl's forces apparently destroy the Academy of Sorcery, though Ulin Majere is the true source of the academy's destruction. Palin is captured and tortured by Beryl's troops and later released.
A great storm sweeps over Ansalon, beginning the War of Souls and calling to the dragons. Goldmoon's body returns to its peak, much to her dismay. Metallic dragons who try to answer the call are imprisoned by Takhisis. Goldmoon sees the spirits of the dead. The minotaur emperor Chot Es-Kalin is overthrown, and a new emperor is crowned with backing by the Forerunners. Out of the storm, Mina appears to a group of Knights of Neraka and proclaims her devotion to the One God. She begins gathering an army. Tasslehoff Burrfoot emerges from within the Last Heroes' Tomb, carrying the Device of Time Journeying and a fantastic tale. He is brought to Palin, and the pair travel to the Citadel of Light. Iyesta and Stenndunuus, the brass and blue dragonlords, are both slain by Abyssal Lances. Beryl attacks the Citadel of Light, seeking Tasslehoff and the device, but he escapes with Palin. Goldmoon follows the river of spirits. Mina's army penetrates the Silvanesti shield and enters Silvanesti. Cyan Bloodbane, creator of the shield, is killed and Silvanoshei uproots the Shield Tree, destroying the shield.
Gilthas, king of the Qualinesti, leads his people to safety as Laurana (the Golden General) and Marshal Medan lay a trap for Beryl. Beryl's death spasms level Qualinost and create Nalis Aren, the lake of death. Goldmoon follows the spirits to the Tower of Nightlund where she meets Mina, who reveals that Takhisis never abandoned the world and exists as the One God. Goldmoon dies, and Mina places her body within an amber cocoon. Mina then confronts Khellendros, who mortally wounds himself as his breath weapon is turned back upon him.
Raistlin Majere uses Tasslehoff and his time-traveling device to form a link to Krynn so the other gods can return. The gods convene to determine Takhisis's punishment for her treachery. Mina's army capture Sanction, and Mina kills Malys with the aid of a Dragonlance and a death dragon. A smitten Silvanoshei heads to Sanction after Mina, and Alhana leads the elves to Sanction to rescue her son. As the elves are away, minotaurs attack and seize Silvanesti. Tasslehoff and his allies journey to the single moon and free the captured metallic dragons. Tasslehoff returns to his own time and dies, completing the link between the old Krynn and the new. As Takhisis prepares to enter Krynn, the gods strip her of her godhood. Paladine is stripped as well to maintain the balance. Takhisis prepares to kill Mina but is herself slain by the love-struck Silvanoshei. Mina kills Silvanoshei, gathers the body of Takhisis in her arms and promises to hunt down the elven race. The War of Souls ends with the gods' return to the world, and both clerical and wizardly magic return to the world. The single pale moon is replaced by the familiar triple moons and the old stars return to the sky, except the constellations of Paladine and Takhisis.
The sorcerer Kalrakin acquires the Irda Stone from Nalis Aren and attempts to destroy the Tower of Wayreth. His attempts are thwarted by Dalamar, Jenna, and the young Coryn, who reestablish High Sorcery in the world.
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