What? This is a web based master index for reference materials covering the Forgotten Realms campaign setting of the Dungeons and Dragons role-playing game produced by Wizards of the Coast. The Danali Index is like an index found in the back of some books. This one is a set of interconnected HyperText Markup Language (HTML) pages. Simply a set of web pages with links back and forth between them. The major differences are that it covers many sources (books, magazine articles, etc.) all together in one index and provides crosslinks between the various topics. It is mostly a concordance of people, places, things, and events (which are often called subjects or topics) and details on where those subjects are at least mentioned in the sources. This index is named after Danali the Indexer, a Forgotten Realms priest of Oghma located at the Leaves of Learning temple in Highmoon (in Deepingdale in the Dalelands). Danali is detailed in the Forgotten Realms Campaign Setting (2001 published by WOTC).
How? Lets get started! The menu at the top (Subject Lists: # A B ...) will take you to a three column list of subjects starting with that letter (the '#' takes you to subjects starting with numbers). Each subject in the lists is a link to a detail of that subject. The detail has other subjects related to that subject and/or references with page numbers where the subject is at least mentioned. The menu on the left takes you directly to a web page containing details for subjects falling on or between the two subjects in the menu item.
Why? "THERE LIES MADNESS" - Steven Schend. " I am getting chills down my spine just thinking about it... It could be awesome to have such a tool..." - Faramicos (fellow Candlekeep scribe). To see where this all got started visit this scroll, Database of FR entries?, on Candlekeep website. The Forgotten Realms is an extensive and detailed campaign world. My personal favorite. I have played around with the idea of an index for it prior to the forum thread but the discussion was the impetous I needed to really start pursuing it. Now it is becoming an obsession that I hope to infect others with. I have started developing it in a way that it could be converted to be an index for other sets of sources (with a few property and folder changes in the JAR file).
Where? The program used to generate these HTML pages can be found at my site: Indexing Scheme Proof of Concept. It is a Java program. I think the java program is more useful than the HTML pages generated (it is interactive). With it you can do searches on a selected subset of sources (and generate HTML pages for the same if you so wish), make notes of subject entries, and bookmark entries you are interested in returning to.
Who? Special thanks goes to Martyn Quick who had his own index going and allowed me to convert it and plug it into this program. Ed Greenwood - the creator of the Forgotten Realms. Alaundo for having Candlekeep for us all to gather and sift through lore. And all the other scribes who help and bolster each other. If you wish to get a hold of me, I am EvilKnight on Candlekeep.
Created using Danali Index program by Keith M Mingus.