After inheriting the throne from his father Uluf, Lord Lashan Aumersair set about to build Scardale’s power and wealth, intending to conquer all the southern Dalelands. In 1356 DR, he conquered Harrowdale, Featherdale, and, for a time, Battledale. He then moved against Mistledale and its ally Shadowdale, but was soundly defeated by a hasty alliance of several dales and foreign powers who had no wish to see the region united under a single, powerful leader like Lashan.
After Lashan’s fall, Scardale was occupied by an uneasy coalition of troops from Cormyr, Sembia, the other Dalelands, and even Zhentil Keep. Lashan’s actions had threatened the security of the entire Heartlands region, so that all the great powers of the Heartlands needed to play a part in seeing that the threat was not repeated. In truth, the Sembians and Zhents wanted to keep Scardale for themselves,and instructed their garrisons to work to those ends.
By 1370 DR, Sembia felt ready to assert its power. The Cormyrian and other Dalelands forces had already left, Hillsfar’s troops had been bribed, and no one would protest overly much if the Sembians drove the Zhents from the dale. Before the Sembians could act, Scardale suffered its second great disaster, the Shaking Plague. The Sembian garrison was particularly hard hit: only three members survived. The towns and countryside of Scardale were hurt far less by the plague.
What’s left of Scardale Town is a lawless area fought over by gangs, agents of the various realms, cultists, and religious leaders. The other Dalelands talk about establishing a new interim government to control Scardale Town and prevent things from getting any worse, but Governor Khelvos and his Scardale Council are opposed to continuing the occupation in any guise.
While Khelvos and the rest of the Council work hard to put the countryside back on its feet and consider the question of how to reestablish the rule of law in their largest city, a growing number of Scardalefolk openly hope for the return of the Aumersair family. No Aumersair heirs have come forward, and Lashan’s fate is still not known, but a document discovered recently has jolted the Provisional Council and sent a shock of alarm through the other Dale;amds. Lashan’s will and testament, discovered in Scardale Town months after the plague, identifies the Zhent knight Scyllua Darkhope (see her entry in the Moonsea, below) as Lashan’s illegitimate daughter and names her as his heir.
The news that the “rightful” heir of the Aumersair family is a Zhent champion received mixed reactions in the dale. Some Scardalefolk believe that Scyllua would make a fine lord and openly support the return of Aumersair rule in any form. Most think that Scardale Town and its former ruling line are problems that their dale would be better off without. In any event, Scyllua has not come to Scardale to assert her claim, although it’s not clear what exactly would happen if she did.