|Period||1577 HE - 1600 HE|
|Theater||Aerie of Dragons|
A little over fifty years following the Third Burn, the last of the wars between Arkhosia and Bael Turath began. This war was all about domination, with Bael Turath seeking to take all the lands of Arkhosia and either drive off its people or bring them on as subjects. Galirkrad was enticed to join as ally with the promise of an end to all worship of Bahamut when Arkhosia fell.
This war was started a year after the Third Dragon Wake (1575 HE - 1576 HE). During that time the dragons ran amok in the Aerie of Dragons destroying, killing, and looting - including attacking each other. Everyone suffered from this year long dragon rampage, but the Arkhosians suffered more than any other civilized nation of the region. Bael Turath had chosen to take advantage of Arkhosia's weakened state by a large scale assault that their general staff claimed would bring their enemies to their knees in five years. Their prediction turned out to be off by 19 years. Ten years into the war, Bael Turath sued for peace with the reason that her economy had never fully recovered from the Third Dragon Wake and then had to suffer what was turning out be a drawn out war. Arkhosian negotiators saw this as weakness, thinking that if they held out another year or two, Bael Turath would suffer massive desertions by unpaid soldiers and then could be defeated on the field. This would then allow them to readdress some of the land and holdings they gave up in the Third Burn. It turned out that these negotiators underestimated Bael Turath for they bartered a recently captured Underdark city to Dhaunril'yraen in return for gold support. The war continued on for another decade with Arkhosia losing her capital in 1600 HE. At the war's conclusion Bael Turath was deep in debt and spread across the width of the Aerie of Dragons.
Bael Turath's economy never fully recovered from this war. Several years later, she was wracked by a civil war that splintered the empire into city-states.