The so-called Time of Whispers was the period during which the evil sorceress Bavmorda cast her dominion over all lands to the North, West, and East of Nockmaar. It all began when Bavmorda, then queen consort of Tir Asleen, ruled in place of her husband, King Tanthalos IX, whom she had bewitched into complete obedience. The years that followed her marriage brought many crimes against the population, from secret trials and public executions to ruinous taxation and unceasing war. Curfews were imposed, legal torture became a common sight, and the Queen's death squads walked the countryside. In the orchards and lakes of Tir Asleen, monsters began to appear. After the birth of their daughter Sorsha, Bavmorda ended up freezing the king in crystal along with the rest of Tir Asleen. She then moved her base of operations to her volcanic fortress of Nockmaar, where she continued her reign of terror. The Time of Whispers came to an end with Bavmorda's death during the battle of Nockmaar.