Campaign Background – Taer Lian Doresh: Fortress of Fading Dreams
Taer Lian Doresh: Fortress of Fading Dreams
Once a proud citadel of the eladrin, known simply as Shae Doresh or the "Spire of Dreams," was destroyed by a curse of the giants in an age long past. Millenia ago, the eladrin feyspire of Shae Tirias Tolai appeared in the mortal realm as the plane of faerie, the Feywild, became coterminous with Klarn. The giants attacked and pillaged the spire, dragging its inhabitants back to their cities to become the slaves that some claim would eventually lead to the split between the elf and eladrin races. The loss of Shae Tirias Tolai was felt deeply by the remaining feyspires but the lords of Shae Doresh determined to fight back. Over the next two-and-a-half centuries they plotted their revenge and when the feyspires came once more to the mortal plane they attacked the giants in a desperate act of revenge. Perhaps if they had convinced the other feyspires to help they might have succeeded, but their attack only angered the titans and the retaliatory strike flung Shae Doresh from both the mortal realm and the plane of faerie into the chaotic Plane of Dreams.
For millenia, the eladrin feared that Shae Doresh was lost forever but it returned along with the other feyspires on the Day of Moonfall when the Heart of Evil fell to the earth and they became stranded in Klarn. Renamed the Fortress of Fading Dreams, the feyspire-turned-citadel rests in the frozen wilderness claimed as part of the Icy Wastes. In their own mist-shrouded realm, the fey of the Fading Dream harbor unconsoleable grief still and command powerful magics. The wyrds, as they call themselves, are a dangerous wild card that many in Klarn are blissfully ignorant of. Unfortunately, the same cannot be said of the darker forces at work in the world.
Shan Lian Doresh, The Lord of the Fading Dream
The archfey Lord of the Fading Dream is the undeniable ruler of Taer Lian Doresh, through a grace which demands loyalty as much as ruthlessness which punishes disobedience. Like any fey court, though, intrigue and petty rivalries make this dictatorship into a labyrinthine sea of secrets.
The Lord of the Fading Dream is a secretive and ancient archfey. He watches the world from his dark tower in Taer Lian Doresh by invading sleepers’ dreams and plots revenge for the events that led to his city’s transformation. Though visitors rarely ever see him in person, let alone get the chance to confront him, Shan Lian Doresh is a powerful foe capable of destroying most challengers. He draws upon his enemies’ fears in combat, creating dreamwraiths which distract and torment them while his breathtaking blade of phantasms slices through flesh and sanity alike. Many fey creatures still swear fealty to the eladrin lord, chief among them his Knights of Terror, but all who live in Taer Lian Doresh are twisted by their association with the nightmares of Dal Quor, the realm of nightmare. The wyrds of Taer Lian Doresh are not the only servants of Shan Lian Doresh, though, and some mortals swear oaths to the fey lord in desperation. Warlocks pledge their lives to Shan Lian Doresh sometimes in exchange for nightmarish powers, and psionic characters also seek the powerful learning of the Fading Dream to improve their powers.