Cormyr is an independent nation in Interior Faerûn. It was historically one of the most prosperous countries of Faerûn. As of 1372 DR, the country is under threat from all sides and struggling to holding onto order. Nobles bicker over land rights, Sembian merchants and a Cult of the Dragon cell are trying to gain a trading foothold, and there is a Zhentarim presence. The city of Shade and the ruins of Myth Drannor both pose a threat. The country is feeling the effects of the recent Goblin War and the death of King Azoun IV. Bandits inhabit the roads and remnants of orc and goblin armies inhabit the forests. The town of Tilverton was destroyed in a battle against the Shadovar, leaving the strategically important northeast of the country open to raiders wishing to invade.
Adventuring is frowned upon without an official license, but adventurers could likely lend a tremendous amount of aid to the overstretched Cormyrian military. Lady Alusair has been known to offer land in exchange for services rendered to her country, so this is a place adventurers wanting to make a name for themselves tend to flock to.
Cormyr was founded in 26 DR. Its first king was Faerlthann Obarskyr, son of Ondeth Obarskyr and Suzara Obarskyr. The kingdom was initially formed because the elves and humans in the region needed to get along with each other. Since that time, Cormyr has grown by absorbing the realms of Esparin and Orva and claiming the Stonelands as its own.
Some time between 376 DR and 432 DR, Cormyr was invaded by many dragons, including Thauglor, who laid waste to virtually all of the settlements in the country. It was then raided by orcs from the Stonelands, who occupied the King’s Forest until they were finally driven out in 429 DR by King Duar Obarskyr. By 432 DR, many noble families had left Cormyr for either the Dalelands or Waterdeep, or split into small factional bands. The city of Suzail was sold to Magrath the Minotaur and his pirates by a traitor to the crown around this time, and it was after Magrath’s death that the Purple Dragon was adopted as the nation’s official symbol.
In 1352 DR (the Year of the Dragon) Gondegal, also known as “The Usurper King” and “The Lost King”, attempted to establish a separate kingdom centered on the city of Arabel. He was overthrown, after only eight days in power, by an allied army composed of forces from Tilverton, Sembia and Daggerdale, along with the Purple Dragons, led by king Azoun IV.
The nobility of Cormyr are composed of the most wealthy and influential households. There is an annual ceremony at the beginning of the summer where each noble house comes to Suzail to meet and see the monarch and discuss their achievements over the previous year, before retiring to their summer residences. Nobles swear allegiance to the crown on the sword Symylazarr. Nobles owe the king of Cormyr a certain number of troops, in lieu of their military service, under Cormyrian law.
Cormyr in 1479 DR.Often referred to as the “Forest Kingdom”, Cormyr was once covered in thick forests. Due to commercial logging and clearing for farming, however, the once great forests are now restricted to the King’s Forest in the west, the Hullack Forest in the east and the relatively small Hermit’s Wood to the south between Wheloon and the Dragonmere. The Dragonmere, an expanse of water connected to the Sea of Fallen Stars, borders Cormyr to the south. The Storm Horns mountains form a boundary to the north and west of Cormyr, with the Thunder Peaks to the east. The Vast Swamp separates Cormyr from Sembia in the southeast. The Wyvernwater is a large lake in the middle of Cormyr. Cormyr itself is dotted with beacon towers, used to quickly relay messages across the land.
Coins of Cormyr
Coins in modern, ~1300 DR+, Cormyr are minted in either the Royal Mint in Suzail or the mint in High Horn. Older coins exist that were minted in the Elder Forest Kingdom but these haven’t been minted in modern ~1300 DR+ times.
Coins are refered to by the following names
Thumbs are copper pieces Falcons are silver pieces Lions are gold pieces Tricrowns are platinum pieces