The Old Empires (or also the Old Kingdoms) was the collective term used by most people to describe the empires of Chessenta, Mulhorand, and Unther, due to their origins being traced back to thousands of years in the past.[1]

After the Spellplague, the area suffered too much damage, and only Chessenta survived the crisis nearly unscathed. Mulhorand was laid to waste and a new empire, High Imaskar, took its place. Unther was presumed destroyed. Tymanther, a nation of displaced dragonborn from Abeir, occupied the former lands of Unther. A kingdom of displaced genasi from Abeir, Akanûl, appeared in west Chessenta as well. During the late 14th century and through most of the 15th century DR the term "Empires of the Alamber Sea" was used to describe those nations, alongside the secretly rebuilt empire of Okoth.[2]

After the Second Sundering (after 1487 DR), the realms of Unther and Mulhorand were rebuilt, and alongside Chessenta, the term "Old Empires" was used again by the common folk to refer to those kingdoms.[3] While not technically part of the "Old Empires", the nations of Tymanther, Akanûl, Murghôm and Okoth are currently associated with this term as well.[4]


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  1. Ed Greenwood, Sean K. Reynolds, Skip Williams, Rob Heinsoo (June 2001). Forgotten Realms Campaign Setting 3rd edition. (Wizards of the Coast), pp. 182–191. ISBN 0-7869-1836-5.
  2. Bruce R. Cordell, Ed Greenwood, Chris Sims (August 2008). Forgotten Realms Campaign Guide. (Wizards of the Coast), pp. 85–86. ISBN 978-0-7869-4924-3.
  3. Kim Mohan ed. (2015). Sword Coast Adventurer's Guide. (Wizards of the Coast), p. 11. ISBN 978-0786965809.
  4. Candlecanon