The Hullack Forest
The Hullack Forest
Cleansed of evil and taint, these lands are sore from their deep wounds. Slowly but steadily, they have begun to heal.
The Great Hullack Forest lays on the eastern borders of Cormyr against the mighty Thunderpeaks which border the nation of Sembia. The Hullack's most northern end is against the Immerflow and the Moonsea Ride is the true demarcation between river and forest before the Tilvergap begin. At the North-West edges lies the Helmlands with only a tiny fraction of the Redwood Forest remaining in the area. It was first destroyed in the Time of Troubles in a conflict between two gods, who cared little for the world of nature. Now all that is left is a corrupted woodland with hideous mutated creatures. To the south, the forest lands grow much damper, with old oaks and ironwood of the central forest giving way to birch and maples and eventually cypress before reaching Wyvernwater. On the west of the Immerflow river valley, the forest once known as the King's Forest is these days called the King's Swamp as the Immerflow river and Wyvernwater flood the entire area in the North of Cormyr. The King's Swamp is separated from the Hullack by the Eastern Wildlands and the city of Arabel, however much of the forest has regained strength since the fall of the Primordial in 1383 and now nearly reach all around the city once again. Though long ago, these were all a single forest.
Realm of Wailing Fog
Scorned earth and wailing fog, the land of the Hags welcomes none.
A fog ridden copse within the Hullack, just on the border with the Thunderpeaks in a natural valley-well, this largely unexplored realm is considered extremely dangerous. Rumor claims it is ruled over by terrible hags who keep ogre servants, but vastly prefer to lure and mate with traveling adventures who they feed to the off-spring of such couplings. The hags are well known enemies of the Hullack Spirits and the Baroness, their hagspawns feared far and wide. After a horrible forest fire which scorned the earth, the valley has slowly begun to recover from the devastation. Despite all the destruction and suffering of the land, the haunting whispers of the Hags still haunts the area.
Once a site of pride for Tel'Quessir, the Wyvernstones now only speak of deep sorrow and painful memories.
The cite of Hullack's ancient druid circle. A sacred pool at the center of the stones is said to have been blessed long ago by Eldath to grant peace to any who drink of them. For the last centuries the pool has been a site of conflict between Eldath's followers and those of Malar, with the later claiming the lands for their hunts. It is said that in Hullack's day, the circle was recognized as a temple and granted all the legal privileges of such in the kingdom of Cormyr as a part of the original treaty between the elves and humans that formed Cormyr. During frequent conflict, the Wyvernstones were tainted by a pack of malarites but was recently cleansed in 1394DR by a young Chauntean cleric and his companions.
Legends speaks of a great tomb of elven heroes from the days of yore hidden within the Wyvernstones circle. Among those said to be buried there are Iliphar Nelnueve and the elf-friend Hullack, in the spring of 1375DR several other heroes were buried here at the conclusion of the Grey Circle War according to Sasha of Westgate's history of the conflict. Sadly, the tomb was desecrated by drow in 1379DR and despite being cleansed of evil by the Wyvernspur family in 1382DR, it has remained sealed.
Left unattended yet closely watched, the shrine was smuggled out of the City of Arabel and into the heart of the Hullack Forest.
After the Second Shadovar War, the elves of Evereskans and Silverymoon were gifted with an Embassy inside the late Lord Maleen's tower for their alliance with Cormyr against the shadovars. The embassy soon turned into a Shrine of the Seldarine, which was kept by the elves of Evereskans and Silverymoon until the death of Lord Maleen in 1382DR. After the death of Lord Maleen, the embassy was left in the hands of High Priestess Rethil whom used the facilities frequently to host elven ambassadors, elven war bands or as a humble shrine for the local elves. At the beginning of the Silence, High Priestess Rethil became deeply involved in religious battles with various faiths whom had stated their ill intentions towards Tel'Quessir. The conflict was brought to an abrupt end when the elves were granted once again an after life by the Seldarine, whilst the other races remained uncertain of their fate in the fugue. Mere weeks afterwards, the High Priestess was kidnapped by a fey Baron whom intended to wed the High Priestess. Revealing during the act, her to be not a pure blooded elf but in fact a fey-touched princess with ties to the neutral fey Court of Seasons. Despite desperate attempts, the High Priestess was never recovered from the clutches of the Baron. After the death of the Baron, the High Priestess remained at large.
With the High Priestess disappearance, along with strong hostility towards Tel'Quessir within Arabel. Many elves and half-elves began to emigrate from Arabel, some settled in Arabel, North with the other races moving there. However, most elves made their way to the Hullack Forest and were never heard of again. As the elven numbers began to dwindle, so too was the shrine of the Seldarine slowly but surely removed from Maleen's Spire over night. Months later, it was rediscovered deep within the heart of the Hullack Forest with still no priestess in sight. After the reveal of High Priestess Rethil as Baroness of Arael, the elves of the Hullack has stopped their attempts to bring her back to the Shrine and judge her duty there to be of higher importance.
Once High Priestess Rehtil was recovered from Arael, two whole years after her kidnapping occurred. The High Priestess was swiftly escorted back to Evereska, allowing her time to recover and catch up the two years which she appears to have no memory of. Nor was it ever clear what truly happened to her within Arael after its mysterious disappearance.
Updated to reflect the completion of Arael's storyline.