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 Three dwarven siblings spot a fiery meteor crashing in the Norn mountain of west Tycho. They reach the impact site to discover it had riven the mountainside and created a deep cavern. They named the meteor Moradin's Hammer and they establish a settlement at the site. Over the centuries it becomes the capital of the Everlasting Mountain Kingdom of the dwarves. The dwarf High Kings claim the siblings as their ancestors to this day.

 The humans found the kingdoms of Arcania and Hyrkania in central Tycho. They are the only human kingdoms to survive the Dawn War.

 The Dawn War Ends

 Under the guidance of Maglubiyet, the goblinoid tribes join into larger kingdoms. Maglubiyet grows in power.

 The founding of the Beast kingdoms of south Tycho.


The Archaic Era

1 Draconic Calendar / - 450 Nerathian Calendar / - 2478 Imperial Age

 The Gold One is born.

20 D.C. / - 430 N.C. / - 2448 I.A.

 The elves begin a slow migration to the Primary plane from the Feywild, settling many forests in small communities.

25 D.C. / - 425 N.C. / - 2443 I.A.

 Hyrkanians master horse riding.

 Arcania's mage-kings are said to be the greatest spellcasters in the world. Tradition has it that they erected a magical barrier to stop the northern frost giants from invading.

30 D.C. / - 420 N.C. / - 2438 I.A.

 A dwarven account mentions that there are 30 holds beneath the mountains of west Tycho but fails to list them all. It puts the population of Karaz-a-karak at eighty thousand.

52 D.C. / - 398 N.C. / - 2426 I.A.

 The human tribes of west Tycho begin trading with the dwarves.

70 D.C. / - 380 N.C. / - 2408 I.A.

 The twin brothers Olog and Uruk take control of their orc tribe in the Mashuk mountains. The two brothers are said to be the greatest warriors that exist. Soon they start gathering more orc tribes, either by conquest or intimidation.

80 D.C. / - 370 N.C. / - 2398 I.A.

 Hyrkania suffers a plague that kills a large portion of their urban population, including most of the ruling class. The rest abandon urban centers for a more pastoral and nomadic life.

82 D.C. / - 368 N.C. / - 2396 I.A.

 Olog and Uruk have control of nearly all the orcs in the Mashuk mountains, but they argue with each other over their course of action. The disagreement turns into a fight that ends in a stalemate. In the end each takes half of their forces. Olog heads southwest, while Uruk southeast, both followed by tens of thousands of orcs, as the mountains empty of them.

83 D.C. / - 367 N.C. / - 2365 I.A.

 Olog's horde reaches the northern coast of Mare Nostrum and starts building a fleet to cross it.

 Uruk's horde invades Arcania, crushing the army sent to face it in battle. Over the next years it will pillage and raze most of Arcania, destroying several armies raised to stop him.

85 D.C. / - 365 N.C. / - 2363 I.A.

 Olog's horde makes landfall on the southern shores of Mare Nostrum. A large portion of the ramshackle ships are lost, but the horde is still very large and dangerous. They begin pillaging the local human tribes, as the slowly make their way towards the dwarven lands.

 A number of Hyrkanian nomads accidentally enter the Shadowfell, where they later become the first shadar kai.

88 D.C. / - 362 N.C. / - 2360 I.A.

 A human named Adrotus unites the tribes suffering under Olog's horde and forms an army to face him.

89 D.C. / - 361 N.C. / - 2359 I.A.

 Uruk's horde lays siege on the Arcanian capital.

91 D.C. / - 359 N.C. / - 2357 I.A.

 The dwarves under the command of high king Morgrim march against Olug's horde. The battle goes badly until Adrotus and his army strike Olug's rear. The orcs are defeated. Surrounded and unable to escape, most perish.

 As the capital's siege drags on, the mage-kings of Arcania complete a magic ritual that scatters Uruk's orcs randomly across the entire world. The siege is broken and the few remaining orcs present are dealt with. The magic affects Arcania's population. No new children are born in Arcania after this event.

Timeline

95 Draconic Calendar / - 355 Nerathian Calendar / - 2353 Imperial Age

 After several decades of wars the goblinoid tribes of Eulalia have settled into four hobgoblin led kingdoms. This year marks an alliance pact between them. Maglubiyet grows strong.

100 D.C. / - 350 N.C. / - 2348 I.A.

 The human tribes under Adrotus are the first to learn the secrets of ironworking from the dwarves. They forge an iron crown and crown Adrotus the first king of Lorica.

102 D.C. / - 348 N.C. / - 2346 I.A.

 Arcania's mage-kings complete a magic ritual of unknown purpose, but the archspell backfires. The mage-kings vanish, the kingdom effectively seizes to exist, and over the next decades Arcania's entire population slowly dies out leaving no descendants.

105 D.C. / - 345 N.C. / - 2343 I.A.

 The draconic migrations. Many dragons, including the Gold One set their lairs all over Eulalia, while over the next decades some appear in Tycho. Their place of origin is unknown. Initially the dragonborn, lizardfolk and kobold tribes of Eulalia treat them as gods, but that notion is soon dispelled.

110 D.C. / - 340 N.C. / - 2338 I.A.

 Hyrkanian nomadic tribes reach as far west from the Antler river as Mare Album in their travels.

130 D.C. / - 320 N.C. / - 2318 I.A.

 After three decades of preparations the Goblin kingdoms make war upon the giant strongholds of the northern highlands. These brutal wars will last for a century.

150 D.C. / - 300 N.C. / - 2298 I.A.

 The Beast kingdoms of south Tycho unite under the wise rule of the serpentfolk, creating the Zannad empire.

170 D.C. / - 280 N.C. / - 2278 I.A.

 Ollocnus, an exiled prince of Lorica, finds refuge in an elven community. There he marries Nerifiel and with the help of his father in law makes peace with the local human tribes south of Mare Album.

175 D.C. / - 275 N.C. / - 2273 I.A.

 The Zannad empire makes war against the gnoll tribes on their northern borders.

185 D.C. / - 265 N.C. / - 2263 I.A.

 Ollocnus founds the city of Novice on the Adar river estuary. He spends the next five years uniting the local humans, elves and nomadic Hyrkanian tribes of the Adar river into the kingdom of Aquilonia. He dies before his work is done, but his son, Nasir, becomes the first king.

200 D.C. / - 250 N.C. / - 2248 I.A.

 The Zannad empire subdues the gnoll tribes of the Arid plains. Many of them join the empire's armies.

225 D.C. / - 225 N.C. / - 2223 I.A.

 The Aquillonian borders reach as far west as Lorica. The two kingdoms fight several border skirmishes over the following twenty years.

233 D.C. / - 217 N.C. / - 2215 I.A.

 After a five year long siege, the last of the giant strongholds falls to the Goblin kingdoms. The surviving giants scatter away from the northern highlands of Eulalia. The Goblin kingdoms are all but spent from the conflict.

245 D.C. / - 205 N.C. / - 2203 I.A.

 Wild elf horse tribes begin raiding north from the Sea of Grass into dwarven lands and Lorica.

250 D.C. / - 200 N.C. / - 2198 I.A.

 Kendel the Seafarer is made admiral of the Aquilonian fleet. He sails from Novice to the far end of Mare Nostrum. His ship, the Helerona, is the first to navigate the Northern Gap into Mare Glaciem.

255 D.C. / - 195 N.C. / - 2193 I.A.

 Kendel the Seafarer with five ships manages to navigate past Mare Glaciem into the Great Ocean.

260 D.C. / - 190 N.C. / - 2188 I.A.

 The serpentfolk ruling the Zannad empire turn to the worship of Zehir, god of darkness. They erect numerous pyramidal temples and begin sacrifices of sentient creatures in his name.

262 D.C. / - 188 N.C. / - 2186 I.A.

 The Aquilonian-Lorican war begins.

272 D.C. / - 178 N.C. / - 2176 I.A.

 The battle of Nicia. The advancing Lorican army is all but annihilated in an ambush by the Aquilonian general Elidin Swiftbow. Crown prince Cunegni of Lorica is captured in the battle. Lorica sues for peace.

273 D.C. / - 177 N.C. / - 2175 I.A.

 Aquilonia and Lorica found the colony of Khandavar jointly as a neutral ground to solidify peace.

285 D.C. / - 165 N.C. / - 2163 I.A.

 Aquilonian explorers found colonies all along the Tycho coast as they continue their exploration of the Great ocean. Agos is founded.

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290 Draconic Calendar / - 160 Nerathian Calendar / - 2158 Imperial Age

 A period of intense raids by the wild elves of the Sea of Grass. The raids would be later named the Wild Hunt, though most consider the name inaccurate.

293 D.C. / - 157 N.C. / - 2155 I.A.

 Agos is razed to the ground by the Wild Hunt.

299 D.C. / - 151 N.C. / - 2149 I.A.

 As the Wild Hunt invades Lorica the dwarves send help. Their army is helpless against the elven horse archers and is slaughtered at the battle of Orgol.

300 D.C. / - 150 N.C. / - 2148 I.A.

 The battle of Guadiana river. At great loss the Wild Hunt is defeated by Lorica. King Adrotus III and both his sons die in battle, leaving the kingdom leaderless.

 The Gold One ascends to the peaks of the Pillars of Heaven, where he spends the next century in contemplation.

301 D.C. / - 149 N.C. / - 2147 I.A.

 Lorica suffers a succession crisis, as after negotiations fail, several nobles step up to claim the Iron Crown. King Colavor of Aquilonia also claims the Iron Crown as a descedant of Ollocnus. Civil war begins.

310 D.C. / - 140 N.C. / - 2138 I.A.

 The Aquilonian explorer Vlatos Leoric reaches the Zannad empire by circumnavigating Tycho. When he makes port he and the crew of his flagship are captured and over the next months sacrificed on the altars of Zehir. His second ship escapes and brings these news to Aquilonia in the following year.

311 D.C. / - 139 N.C. / - 2137 I.A.

 Though involved heavily with the Lorican civil war, Aquilonia declares war on the Zannad empire in response to the murder of Vlatos Leoric.

314 D.C. / - 136 N.C. / - 2134 I.A.

 The first battle of Guna Gates. An Aquilonian army attempting to enter the Arid plains is badly beaten by the Zannad empire.

 An Aquilonian fleet circumnavigates Tycho, recolonizes the ruins of Agos to use as a base and begins coastal raids in the Zannad empire. A small number of ships continue exploring, establishing the colony of Carda and reaching the estuary of the Antler river this year, and all the way to Isonzo river the next year, where a small trading post is established.

315 D.C. / - 135 N.C. / - 2133 I.A.

 The Goblin kingdoms regained much of their strength and engage in another war against the emerging orc tribes on their south borders.

 High king Gotrek marches a large dwarven army into the Sea of Grass as retaliation for the loss at the battle of Orgol. The Dwarf – Elf war begins.

316 D.C. / - 134 N.C. / - 2132 I.A.

 The second battle of Guna Gates. The Aquilonians defeat a Zannad army marching north to invade, and then advance south into the Arid plains.

317 D.C. / - 133 N.C. / - 2131 I.A.

 After marching south through the Arid plains, the Aquilonian army invades the jungles of the Zannad empire and suffers heavy loses in several ambushes. They retreat only to also suffer greatly from constant attacks by gnoll tribes. The remnants, a fraction of the original army, manage to reach Guna gates.

319 D.C. / - 131 N.C. / - 2129 I.A.

 After four years of small successes High king Gotrek fails to force the wild elves into a decisive battle all the while suffering loses. He retreats to the safety of the mountains, Over the next fifty years many similar expeditions into the Sea of Grass will follow, with similar results.

320 D.C. / - 130 N.C. / - 2128 I.A.

 The third battle of Guna gates. The Zannad empire breaks through and marches north into Aquilonia.

 The Lorican civil war ends with no clear winner. The Iron Crown is lost and Lorica breaks up into many petty kingdoms.

326 D.C. / - 124 N.C. / - 2122 I.A.

 After losing several battles, Novice, Aquilonia's capital is put under siege by the advancing Zannad empire. The siege lasts six months and the city falls and is razed to the ground. A huge number of captives are brought back to the empire as slaves and sacrifices to Zehir. Those include king Merladon and his entire family, that are sacrificed to Zehir in a public ceremony. Over the following three decades the Zannad empire will constantly raid Aquilonian lands and beyond for captives to sacrifice. Aquilonia ends, though many of its colonies carry on.

330 D.C. / - 120 N.C. / - 2118 I.A.

 The Goblin kingdoms shatter the orcish tribes of the frozen south. They turn their eyes to their east borders, where the draconic states are emerging.

Timeline

350 Draconic Calendar / - 100 Nerathian Calendar / - 2098 Imperial Age

 Numerous draconic states exist in Eulalia, each ruled by a single dragon. They are in constant competition with one another, with alliances and enmities constantly shifting.

354 D.C. / - 96 N.C. / - 2094 I.A.

The serpentfolk ruling the Zannad empire have slowly over the past century , under the influence of divine magics and interbreeding, transformed into the emotionless yuan ti. The resentment of their tyranny over the rest of the races of the empire has grown significantly. A secret cabal plans to overthrow them and enacts a ritual to bind celestial beings to their land and will as weapons. The ritual is a partial success. A large number of rakshasas are bound to the land and will of the cabal to overthrow the yuan ti, but in return demand payment in the flesh of the cabal; all its members are devoured.

356 D.C. / - 94 N.C. / - 2092 I.A.

 The formation of the Grand Alliance. After years of negotiations and travels, prince Arshis Farahi, last descendant of the Aquilonian royal bloodline manages to bring together numerous petty kingdoms, city-states and barbarian tribes, sick of living under the fear of the Zannad raids. Two armies gather north of Guna and Bora Gates while a fleet gathers at Carda.

357 D.C. / - 93 N.C. / - 2091 I.A.

The Zannad empire sends an army north of Guna Gates to destroy Farahi's forces; they are caught in a trap and destroyed. Only a few gnoll scouts escape to bring news of the disaster.

358 D.C. / - 92 N.C. / - 2090 I.A.

 The fourth battle of Guna Gates. Farahi's army marches on Guna Gates, and after a five day battle defeats the Zannad army there. The fleet sails from Carda and raids along the Zannad coast. The second army, under general Clermon Famys passes through Bora Gates into the Arid plains where he defeats a large gathering of gnoll tribes serving the empire.

 The rakshasas undermine the yuan ti power, instigating several minor revolts in the empire.

359 D.C. / - 91 N.C. / - 2089 I.A.

 Clermon Famys suffers a defeat after a surprise attack by gnolls deep into the Arid plains, but manages to retreat in good order. Arshis Farahi marches along the coast of the Arid plains, supported by the fleet. He crosses the Arid plains and meets a Zannad army in battle. The battle ends undecided and the Zannad army retreats in the jungle.

 A storm sinks many transports carrying supplies for the army and scatters the rest of the fleet.

360 D.C. / - 90 N.C. / - 2088 I.A.

 Suffering under constant raids by gnolls, Arshis Farahi begins building forts to secure his supply lines while his army hunts gnolls tribes in the Arid plains.

 Clermon Famys has reorganized his army and begins marching forward again, also hunting gnoll tribes.

 A massive revolt threatens the Zannad capital and takes over a year to quell.

362 D.C. / - 88 N.C. / 2086 I.A.

 The Goblin kingdoms march east, past Black Fire pass. Charhexlax the Red is slain and his lands pillaged. This is the first dragon to fall.

365 D.C. / - 85 N.C. / - 2083 I.A.

 The Grand Alliance has quelled the gnoll tribes serving the Zannad empire. With the supply lines now secure, the two armies march south into the jungles. The fleet, reinforced with more ships, intensifies the coastal raids.

 The yuan ti perform daily sacrifices of slaves to Zehir. When there is a shortage of slaves, common citizens are dragged to the altars for sacrifice.

 Assassinations of yuan ti by the rakhsasa insurgency are commonplace in the cities and yuan ti dare not move outside without heavy escort.

368 D.C. / - 82 N.C. / - 2080 I.A.

 Clermon Famys's army suffers heavily from a plague, losing 8 out of 10 soldiers. Clermon dies as well.

 The Zannad fleet finally sails to meet the Grand Alliance's fleet in battle. They are badly defeated and the capital's port blockaded.

 Arshis Farahi defeats a Zannad army close to the Zannad capital and makes preparations for a siege.

 Another Zannad army wipes out Famys's army's remnants and marches towards the capital.

369 D.C. / - 81 N.C. / - 2079 I.A.

 After a three month siege, Farahi's army faints a withdrawal, as the last Zannad army approaches from the north. Rather than reinforce the capital, the army pursues and is defeated as it tries to cross the Yan river. Thousands drown.

 Farahi marches south again and renews the siege of the capital.

Timeline

371 Draconic Calendar / - 79 Nerathian Calendar / - 2077 Imperial Age

 After a two year long siege, the Zannad capital falls when several gates are left mysteriously open. The Grand Alliance's army rushes in, putting the city to the torch. During the fighting Arshis Farahi is killed as he leads an assault on one of the temples. The capital is razed to the ground, and the temples demolished.

 Over the next decade the Grand Alliance will carry on razing the rest of the Zannad cities, but lacks the focus and leadership Arshis provided. By the end, nothing will be left of the Zannad empire and the few surviving yuan ti will scatter in the world. The Grand Alliance dissolves, its purpose complete.

378 D.C. / - 72 N.C. / - 2070 I.A.

 A hobgoblin army burns to death under the assault of three brass dragons. This does not deter the Goblin kingdoms from sending more armies past Black Fire pass.


The Golden Era

400 D.C. / - 50 N.C. / - 2020 I.A.

 The Gold One descends from the Pillars of Heaven, having received Bahamut's divine mandate.

405 D.C. / - 45 N.C. / - 2015 I.A.

 The Goblin kingdoms stage the largest invasion of the Draconic states. In spite of loses, they advance against the divided Draconic states past Elsir vale and in battles slay seven dragons. They are stopped when an alliance led by the Gold One lays waste to their armies.

406 D.C. / - 44 N.C. / - 2014 I.A.

 The Gold One summons all dragon rulers to an assembly at the shores of Raergil Ryna. He convinces most of them to unite under his divine mandate, but several, mostly chromatic, refuse. Some challenge him in single combat. He defeats all challengers one after the other, and those that still refuse to submit flee in exile.

 Arkhosia is born. At the site of the assembly Ryna Taoul is built, becoming this empire's capital.

410 D.C. / - 40 N.C. / - 2010 I.A.

 Carda and Agos establish several colonies of their own. Carda in particular maintains closer ties with her colonies and using the influence gained as the base of the Grand Alliance's fleet enters several treaties with older Aquilonian colonies along the coast of Tycho.

412 D.C. / - 38 N.C. / - 2008 I.A.

 The wild elves assault Agos, but are successfully repelled.

415 D.C. / -35 N.C. / - 2005 I.A.

 The last remaining Hyrkanian nomadic tribes are absorbed in the various city-states and colonies along the Adar and Antler rivers. Hyrkanian culture dies out.

The council of Carda. The various old Aquilonian colonies send representatives to discuss the possibility of a permanent coalition between them.

416 D.C. / - 34 N.C. / - 2004 I.A.

 The battle of Black Fire Pass. When word that the Goblin kingdoms have amassed a massive army and are marching east arrives, the Gold One gathers thousands of dragonborn warriors and dozens of dragons and marches west to meet them in battle. The Goblin army is annihilated and the Goblin kingdoms sue for peace. Black Fire Pass is renamed Arkhosian Gates and is defined as the border between Arkhosia and the Goblin kingdoms.

420 D.C. / - 30 N.C. / - 2000 I.A.

 Raoul Kalla calculates the World's circumference and later invents the astrolabe, allowing ships to accurately calculate their positions without landmarks. An age of exploration and expansion begins.

430 D.C. / - 20 N.C. / - 1990 I.A.

 The rise of the Eastern states. After the eighth council of Carda a large number of polities decide to unite. Over the next two decades other polities further east on Tycho follow suit, marking the formation of the Republics of Nerath, Turath and Hyrkath.

 The great port city of Vyth Taourthi is founded in Arkhosia.

450 D.C. / 0 N.C. / - 1970 I.A.

 The first official assembly of the Nerathian senate.

 The Hyrkathian explorer Faidon Spineas sails east, away from Tycho, in search of new lands. After a long journey his three ships make landfall in the Albion Isles. The ships continue exploring the region and mapping the fog shrouded islands for the next three years.

453 D.C. / 3 N.C. / - 1967 I.A.

 Faidon Spineas, having lost two ships in the treacherous waters and fogs of Albion Isles, witnesses Astrazalian's Worldfall on the day of the Spring Equinox. His one remaining ship docks in the Eladrin City of Starlight, and will be taken along with the city back in the Feywild, where he spends the next six months.

Timeline

455 Draconic Calendar / 5 Nerathian Calendar / - 1965 Imperial Age

 Along the coastline of Mare Nostrum, where once Lorica and Aquilonia ruled, over 50 smaller states now compete for supremacy, via trade and warfare.

 Chieftain Hrodgar unites the barbarian tribes around the Frost Sea and founds the first Hrodgeir kingdom.

 The first accounts of material shortages in the dwarf realm. The mine shafts dig ever deeper every year, but the population is simply too large to sustain. Many dwarf clans leave their ancestral homes to live among the nearby human states.

470 D.C. / 20 N.C. / - 1950 I.A.

 The Goblin kingdoms begin expanding west, and come into conflict with the elves that have established themselves in the forests there for centuries.

475 D.C. / 25 N.C. / - 1945 I.A.

 The Great Seawall of the port of Vor Rukoth begins construction. When completed in 20 years, it will protect the largest harbor in the World.

 Having heard the tales of Faidon Spineas, Hayani Assyr, a Turathian merchant, begins gathering funds for an expedition. Having read Raoul Kalla's texts, he convinces investors in Turath and Hyrkath to fund a dozen ships for an expedition heading south to discover new lands.

480 D.C. / 30 N.C. / - 1940 I.A.

After a decade of hunting elves in the thick west forest with heavy casualties, bugbear scouts finally locate Sinaelestra, the Fading City, deep in the forest. Two of them manage to escape with the knowledge, but when a Goblin army marches to assault the city, it has disappeared. Out of spite, the goblin army begins uprooting trees and burning them. On their return march they are beset by hidden archers and mad dryads. Very few escape the forest.

 Hayani Assyr's expedition sets off from Vor Rukoth, heading directly south. Halfway through the journey his ships are scattered by the monsoon winds. Hayani's ship along with two more are wrecked upon the reefs surrounding a small isolated island. He names the island Firtina.

482 D.C. / 32 N.C. / - 1938 I.A.

 Maglubiyet's priesthood completes a massive ritual that inflicts a devastating blight upon the vegetation of the west forests, in an effort to discover the Fading City. The elven druids do their best to stop the blight, but fail to do so until it had spread for hundreds of miles. The plants in the region dry out and die and the priests then use their magic to set the deadwood on fire, killing thousands of elves in the wildfires. The afflicted region becomes known as the Blasted Plains and to this day only dry shrubbery grows there.

483 D.C. / 33 N.C. / - 1937 I.A.

 Over the past three years, Hayani Assyr and his remaining crews built a new ship to sail from the island, all the while defending themselves from sahuagin raids. They set sail, taking advantage of the prevailing winds to travel southeast. After a 10 days travel, they reach the tip of a fertile subcontinent that Hayani names Assyria after himself.

 One of Hayani's ships that had been lost three years ago returns to Vor Rukoth, the first ship to reach Eulalia and return to Tycho. They bring information of a new land, infested by giants of stone that they barely escaped.

490 D.C. / 40 N.C. / - 1930 I.A.

 The Arkhosian dragons Noszin and Faadfel begin exploring the Walls of Averlorn after pursuing orcs up the foothills. Eventually they cross the mighty peaks to the east and reach the thick forests where they discover a tribe of horned ogre-like creatures. These oni, after welcoming the dragons, attempt to capture and eat them. The dragons didn't appreciate the treachery and destroyed the tribe's village.

491 D.C. / 41 N.C. / - 1929 I.A.

 Hayani Assyr returns to Tycho with information of a rich, fertile and uninhabited land. Interest in further expeditions renews.

500 D.C. / 50 N.C. / - 1920 I.A.

 Egeg Goldbender and Adar the Wild are the first people known to have visited Sigil and return. The account of their visit has been lost in time.

 Hayani Assyr sets sail from Antigum with 20 ships heading for Assyria, in the first serious attempt at colonization. This time he estimates the monsoon season correctly, reaching his destination with little incident. He dies a year later in Assyria of dysentery.

505 D.C. / 55 N.C. / - 1915 I.A.

 Arkhosia has consolidated its territory. The port city of Vyth Taourthi is founded. The Radiant Commandments are carved in stone, the first known laws that apply equally to all.

 A second expedition sets sail for Assyria, this time from Vor Rukoth. The expedition rediscovers Firtina isle, but wary of the hidden reefs around the island doesn't approach.

 The Goblin kingdoms make forays into Giant's Peninsula.

507 D.C. / 57 N.C. / - 1913 I.A.

 The first account of the Turathian noble houses. The Turathian capital relocates from Unarth to Vor Rukoth.

 Nerath begins expanding north, past the Pyrenees mountain range. At their greatest expansion they reach the city-state of Tacana on the Adar river, that joins the Republic.

Timeline

510 Draconic Calendar / 60 Nerathian Calendar / - 1910 Imperial Age

 The treaty of Delgal. Nerath and Turath sign a treaty establishing their common border on the Antler river.

 Turath and Hyrkath sign the Navio Pact, establishing their common border on the Emba river, swearing eternal friendship and agreeing to common colonization efforts in Assyria.

 Turathian and Hyrkathian settlers found the city of Tyr in Assyria.

 Zebukiel the Gray Wyrm attacks a goblin army marching north into Giant's peninsula, with the help of several giants. He will wage a private war against the Goblin kingdoms for years to come.

515 D.C. / 65 N.C. / - 1905 I.A.

 The Ironbrow clan migrates to Nerath from the Everlasting kingdom. They bring with them dwarven knowledge of crafting and enchanting magical items.

 Faexidor Moonsilver establishes his magic academy in Nerath. This is the first academy of its kind. The elven magical arts, that have coexisted alongside human ones since the Dawn War, begin to slowly replace the latter.

 Silvara, a very young and impetuous dragon, discovers the Turathian and Hyrkathian colonies while exploring north of the Arkhosian Barrier mountains.

520 D.C. / 70 N.C. / - 1900 I.A.

 While hunting in the thick forests of Averlorn Faadfel is ambushed and killed by an oni tribe. They use their magic to raise Faadfel as undead under their control. When this is discovered Arkhosians are appalled. Enraged, Noszin flies the breadth of Arkhosia giving fiery speeches that rouse the populace. The Oni wars begin.

530 D.C. / 80 N.C. / - 1890 I.A.

 As the Oni wars continue the Gold One, concerned with the unaccountability of the actions of many dragons forms the Council of Wyrms and the Arkhosian parliament. The former acts as an advisory board and a court of law for dragons, consisting of twelve dragons that change regularly. The second is a legislative body open to all sentient creatures in Arkhosia.

The Arkhosian parliament, after the many contacts with explorers and the colonists in Assyria calls for the creation of a naval force to explore the seas.

The first Hrodgeir kingdom dissolves.

531 D.C. / 81 N.C. / - 1889 I.A.

 Zebukiel is the first dragon the Council of Wyrms condemns, for his actions violating the treaty with the Goblin kingdoms. He is banished from Arkhosia.

 An account of a Nerathian trade captain reports that the petty kingdoms around Mare Nostrum have grown very rich from trade, despite the near constant state of warfare between them.

552 D.C. / 103 N.C. / - 1867 I.A.

 At the age of ten, Arii-fataia Suatrius is the youngest human to attend Moonsilver's magic academy. By the time he comes of age he will be considered the greatest wizard of his time and will assume the name Mordenkainen.

 After several years of defeats, the remaining oni flee to the Feywild to avoid the wrath of Arkhosia. Arkhosia claims Averlorn as spoils of war, though the thick forested region is ill suited for most dragons and would only ever be sparsely populated. The Oni wars end.

The first Arkhosian ships reach Tyr, transporting an embassy.

565 D.C. / 115 N.C. / - 1845 I.A.

 The Nostrum Commonwealth forms, consisting of many small kingdoms.

 Nerath founds cities in the regions of the dead Zannad empire. Nerathian colonists and local populations intermingle freely.

 The Hyrkathian colony of Balic is established in Assyria.

 The Dragon's Wing is the first Arkhosian ship to cross the Middle ocean, reaching Vor Rukoth.

570 D.C. / 120 N.C. / - 1840 I.A.

 The Goblin kingdoms stage a full scale invasion of Giant's peninsula, to defeat the giants there. The proximity of the region to their borders forces the Arkhosian parliament to respond. A small force, along with Arkhosia's fleet is sent.

 Nerath sets an outpost on the tip of Giant's peninsula, in a flat region around the river Naze. Soon they are attacked by giants. Mordenkainen erects magical barriers to shield the small town. This is the first settlement in the area that Neverwinter would eventually be built.

 On an expedition, another goblin army is lost in the swamps northwest of the kingdoms, ambushed by lizardfolk.

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580 Draconic Calendar / 130 Nerathian Calendar / - 1830 Imperial Age

 A three way war exists in Giant's peninsula, between the giants, Arkhosians and Goblin kingdoms. Nerath remains mostly neutral in the conflict.

 The goliath tribes of the north highlands revolt against the Goblin kingdoms. Distracted with the military campaign in Giant's peninsula, the Goblin kingdoms are slow to react to the organized attacks and their garrisons are lost.

 The Turathian Plaque of Nobility lists the 42 noble houses that make up the Turathian senate.

 Turathian admiral D'Abiego and his 8 ships complete mapping the west Eulalian coast. They set an outpost in an island caldera just off the main coast that will be used many times in the future to replenish ships.

582 D.C. / 132 N.C. / - 1828 I.A.

 The Goblin kingdoms withdraw from Giant's peninsula to deal with the goliath revolt. In response, the Gold One wishes to withdraw the Arkhosian forces from that region, but is advised against it by the Council of Wyrms. The issue is debated in the Arkhosian parliament.

 The exiled Zebukiel forms a pact with the giants and leads an attack on the Arkhosian forces in Giant's peninsula. The forces are routed and Zebukiel kills the dragon leading the forces, Seraphon. The Council of Wyrms and the parliament push for a response. The Gold One relents and a large force is sent to Giant's peninsula.

590 D.C. / 140 N.C. / - 1820 I.A.

 Dwarf accounts from the Everlasting kingdom report that in the search for raw minerals their mines have breached deep into the Underdark. Miners are in constant danger of attacks from strange, nightmarish entities from the depths.

 This winter an extreme cold descends from the Mashuk mountain range all the way to Mare Nostrum. It will get progressively worse each winter over the next three decades, causing havoc in the kingdoms of the Nostrum commonwealth.

 Elves living in the forests west of the Blasted plains make contact with Turathian crews exploring the Orange river.

600 D.C. / 150 N.C. / - 1810 I.A.

 The punitive campaign Arkhosia pursued in Giant's peninsula has broken the strength of the giants. Zebukiel the Gray Wyrm flees rather than face punishment for his actions and escapes the wrath of the Council of Wyrms. The Arkhosian forces withdraw, though a small contingent remains under the command of Kepeskileisgax, a young blue dragon. They establish an outpost near the tip of the peninsula, 150 miles east of the Nerathian outpost.

610 D.C. / 160 N.C. / - 1800 I.A.

 After nearly 40 years of conflict the goliath revolt ends. The hobgoblin led armies of the Goblin kingdoms massacre nine tenths of the goliath population of the north highlands.

 Captain Ach'Deimos of the Turathian ship Swift Wind is the first human to set eyes upon the floating Shundered Isles.

 Admiral D'Abiego and three ships are lost while exploring the frozen southern coast of Eulalia.

620 D.C. / 170 N.C. / - 1790 I.A.

 The Frost Giant invasion of Mare Nostrum. Though people considered them a myth, the Frost Giants descent from the frozen north to lay waste on the kingdoms of the Commonwealth that lie on the north coast of Mare Nostrum. For the first time in history ice forms on Mare Nostrum. The raids continue each winter for seven years, laying waste to the kingdoms. The Commonwealth pleads for help, but only Nerath and the Dwarves answer. The Commonwealth shatters.

 It is not known why the raids stopped or why the Frost Giants disappeared, but stories have Mordenkainen cast an archspell that drove the giants away.

635 D.C. / 185 N.C. / - 1775 I.A.

 An elderly Mordenkainen, having no worthy successors to inherit his spell books, conceals his spells and creates an arcane puzzle of immense complexity. He declares that the first to solve the puzzle will find them. Countless wizards tried to do so thousands of years. Mordenkainen dies in his sleep less than a year later.

650 D.C. / 200 N.C. / - 1760 I.A.

 Turathian colonies are spread all over the world. Turath has become an imperial power of immense wealth. Hyrkath's attempts to set colonies on the Albion Isles over the past decades have failed and are abandoned completely. Instead, Hyrkath pour support in developing the interior of Assyria. Many rare spices grow in the fertile plains around Diyala and Rhasa rivers and precious minerals lie in the Assyr mountains. Hyrkath founds many towns to exploit these.

After several disputes over the lands of Assyria, Hyrkath and Turath sign an agreement detailing the split of the lands between them. Concerned about the immense strength of Arkhosia they also agree to defend each other's colonies should an attack occur.

670 D.C. / 220 N.C. / - 1740 I.A.

 The Goblin kingdoms have recovered their strength after sixty years with no major wars. Zebukiel, after decades in hiding, secretly enters the Goblin kingdoms and acts as an advisor, plotting his revenge on Arkhosia.

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675 Draconic Calendar / 225 Nerathian Calendar / - 1735 Imperial Age

 The Goblin kingdoms send a small force to infiltrate the Darastrix Uthwix mountains, under Zebukiel's advice. Following hidden mountain paths revealed to them by the Gray Wyrm, they reach some of the secret lairs, where dragons keep their eggs. They kill the trusted dragonborn guards, a few dragonlings that had hatched, steal a few eggs and destroy many more. Cries for vengeance sound across Arkhosia.

 The Gold One and the Council of Wyrms issue an ultimatum to the Goblin kingdoms, to surrender the perpetrators for punishment. When they refuse, war is declared.

 The Battle of Black Forest. With Zebukiel's advice, the goblin armies ambush the invading Arkhosians. Zebukiel kills Aujircaex and Uskscivax, both young and inexperienced dragons, before he is attacked by Nundrintut the Red, one of the oldest and most revered dragons in Arkhosia. Zebukiel flees, but it is a ruse. He leads Nundrintut into a trap and slays him. The Arkhosian army manages to escape the ambush and defeats the goblin army.

 The Gold One orders the silver dragon Silvara to gather a force, hunt down Zebukiel and end him.

676 D.C. / 226 N.C. / - 1734 I.A.

 After laying waste to three more goblin armies, the Goblin kingdoms sue for peace. Arkhosia sets especially harsh terms. They are to surrender the perpetrators of the lair raid, withdraw from the north and south highlands, renounce any claims on Giant's peninsula, reduce their armies to a mere five thousand and pay a hefty tribute to Arkhosia each year. Zebukiel flees the Goblin kingdoms again to avoid execution.

700 D.C. / 250 N.C. / - 1710 I.A.

 The creation of the first golem in Nerath.

 The Plaques of Erathis are ratified by the Nerathian senate. They turn into Nerathian law several traditional laws and customs that existed for a long time. Chief among them is outlawing slavery.

 Mare Glaciem thaws, allowing ships to traverse from Mare Nostrum to the Great ocean again.

 Turathian slave traders are driven off west Eulalia by the elves with the help of Silvara. Over the past years they bought numerous elven slaves captured by Zebukiel. Silvara continues her hunt.

 A census of the dwarven capital puts the population at fifteen thousand, the lowest population for centuries. More dwarves live outside the Everlasting kingdom than in it. Nerath's dwarven population at the time is higher than that.

705 D.C. / 255 N.C. / - 1705 I.A.

 The formation of the 2nd kingdom of Hrodgeir.

 The spellspire of Carda is completed. This is the first spellspire in the World.

 Hyrkath's assyrian colonies produce more wealth than the motherland. Hyrkath's attempts to set colonies in Averlorn are rebuffed by Arkhosia.

 Zebukiel begins terror raids in Assyria, killing hundreds and destroying a dozen villages before leaving the region, with Silvara pursuing him.

 Agos is attacked by wild elves again. A Turathian ship squadron in port helps repel the attackers. A few months later, after many negotiations, Agos becomes a Turathian client state.

710 D.C. / 260 N.C. / - 1700 I.A.

 Turath's senate becomes a mere tool of the nobility as each senate seat is henceforth awarded to a noble house permanently. Turath controls most oceanic trade, with colonies and client states spread from Cathay to Assyria. Za'Gallius of house Zarxus is appointed autocrat. The capital moves from Vor Rukoth to Unarth. The Turathian republic ends and the Turathian empire is born.

 The nerathian Dian Ahmad leads an expedition through a portal to Sigil. This is the first written account of a visit to Sigil. A small outpost is established in the demiplane for further exploration.

 The first mention of the existence of the Orium tower.

 Turathian slavers make deals with the Goblin kingdoms. Hobgoblins lead expeditions to the Orange river region to hunt for elves that are then sold to Turath. Many such expeditions end in disaster, but the price elves fetch justifies the costs. Goliaths are soon also included in the slave trade.

720 D.C. / 270 N.C. / - 1690 I.A.

 The Battle of Giant's Neck. Silvara leads a force of dragonborn and eager younger dragons against a force of giants lead by Zebukiel, marching south from Giant's peninsula. In the ensuing bloody battle Silvara slays Zebukiel high in the sky, smiting his body in the crags below. During the past decades he had killed a dozen dragons. Over the years, as Zebukiel's draconic magic seeps into the earth, the area will become very arid and will be renamed the Dry Neck.

 Silvara is offered a position on the Council of Wyrms but refuses, even when the Gold One tries to personally convince her. She leaves Arkhosia in a self-imposed exile.

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725 Draconic Calendar / 275 Nerathian Calendar / - 1685 Imperial Age

 Another Wild Hunt begins, moving north from the Sea of Grass. Without any central power in the region to oppose them, the wild elves cross the Guidiana river within a few months and in three years reach as far as Odense river, before turning south, to pass through Bora Gates.

730 D.C. / 280 N.C. / - 1680 I.A.

 The Battle of Silamos plains. Agosian troops allied with a Turathian army meet the wild elves in battle, as they are marching towards Agos. The battle lasts nearly a full day and as the sun reaches west, a Nerathian lead army strikes the elven rear. They bring with them eight golems. This is the first recorded use of constructs in battle. The wild elves are destroyed.

 Silvara has returned to the west of Eulalia where she lives among the elves. The hobgoblin lead slave raids into the west forests of Eulalia become extremely costly as she deals with them. Many parties are completely lost and the endeavor is no longer profitable.

740 D.C. / 290 N.C. / - 1670 I.A.

 The new autocrat Za'Ekvir of Turath begins construction of the new Turathian capital, Vor Kargal.

750 D.C. / 300 N.C. / - 1660 I.A.

 The Nerathian Republic celebrates its three century anniversary. Year long celebrations occur and dignitaries from almost everywhere visit, including two members of the Council of Wyrms.

Nerath spent the past few decades helping the Mare Nostrum kingdoms rebuild, gaining numerous friends in the region. The Nerathian League forms. Turath sees this as a negative development as the the League members favor Nerath for trade.

 The Nerathian senate asks its best wizards to find a cheaper and more intelligent alternative to golems, which have proven their strength in several battles so far.

 Turathian slavers completely abandon attempts at raids in the western forests of Eulalia, after several years of failures and the destruction of all their outposts by Silvara.

760 D.C. / 310 N.C. / - 1650 I.A.

 Construction of the Guardian Colossi of Vyth Taourthi begins.

 Unrest in Assyria. Talks of independence in many Hyrkathian and Turathian colonies. Both Hyrkath and Turath crack down harsly on the agitators. Fearing Arkhosian involvement, Hyrkath begins heavily reinforcing the colonies. Arkhosia denies the accusations and perceives the shipping of so many troops worrisome.

765 D.C. / 315 N.C. / - 1645 I.A.

 Maglubiyet attempts to court Tiamat, but when that fails, attempts to assassinate the Dragon Queen instead and take her power. He fails and faces an enraged and far more powerful Tiamat. He is severely wounded and Tiamat absorbs much of his power, before he runs away, crippled. With Tiamat snapping at his heels, he begs Bane to protect him. Bane commands him to prostate himself and swear eternal servitude to him. Maglubiyet does so and Tiamat, not wishing to engage the God of War retreats. Slowly, goblinoid races begin worshiping Bane as their patron. Tiamat's empowerment threatens the balance of the draconic gods.

 The Gold One, deeply disturbed, retreats to the peaks of the Pillars of Heaven to meditate. Before he departs, he and the Council of Wyrms ask the parliament to choose a temporary Karpal until his return. They elect the dragonborn Inid Clincash Xarghull as Karpal.

770 D.C. / 320 N.C. / - 1640 I.A.

 Tiamat forms a plot that lures Bahamut into an ambush where she slays him. But having foreseen such a possibility Bahamut's divine powers are sealed to Tiamat. His Divine Spark finds its way in another creature. Tiamat's influence in Arkhosia rises.

 A revolt erupts in Assyria as the colonies seek to free themselves from overseas rule. Hyrkath once again accuses Arkhosia of instigating the revolt, only to receive a very strongly worded denial from the Arkhosian parliament. Both Turath and Hyrkath troops storm the cities to put the revolt down, but underestimate the extent. Though Tyr and Balic are easily secured, the Diyala-Rhasa plains and the gulf of Gulg remain in rebel control.

 Turath formally changes its capital in a week long celebration. Vor Kargal is a marvel of a city with the autocrat's palace only matched in opulence and size by the central temple of the city, dedicated to Asmodeus.

 Turath establishes the city of New Unarth on Firtina Isle.

775 D.C. / 325 N.C. / - 1635 I.A.

 After years of guerilla fighting and civil unrest Turathian troops now occupy and control the Tyr and Balic regions, freeing the Hyrkathian army to march on the Diyala-Rhasa plains in force. The rebels of the gulf of Gulg, desperate, call for Arkhosian aid. The Council of Wyrms advises gaining more information. With the parliament's approval, Karpal Xarghull send two ships under a flag of truce to carry an embassy lead by the gold dragon Martividastudrax to take account of the situation.

 A Hyrkathian fleet sails in and blockades the ports of the gulf of Gulg. When the Arkhosian ships and Martividastudrax approach under a truce flag, they are attacked. Though they manage to escape, Martividastudrax is wounded.

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776 Draconic Calendar / 326 Nerathian Calendar / - 1634 Imperial Age

 Enraged at the attack of the embassy, influenced by Tiamat and after receiving several reports of the oppression and atrocities committed, Arkhosia declares war on Hyrkath. The might of the Arkhosian armies crosses the borders and swiftly occupies the gulf of Gulg. The Hyrkathian fleet burns.

 Barely slowing down, the Arkhosians reach the Diyala-Rhasa plains where the rebel troops are in full retreat. The Hyrkathian army, eighty thousand strong, arranges itself for battle. They outnumber their enemies four to one. Before this army stand the remnants of the rebels, reinforcing three dezka of disciplined dragonborn troops, above them flying a score of dragons. Then the dragons roar. It is one of the most one sided battles of history. Before dusk the plains are littered with fifty thousand Hyrkathian corpses.

 Hyrkath calls on Turath to honor their pact and send aid, but autocrat Za'Zerxes ignores them. Three months later, as the Arkhosian army approaches Tyr, Turathian troops evacuate, leaving Hyrkathian troops to their fate. Tyr falls soon after. Balic follows five months later. By the end of the year all of Assyria has fallen under Arkhosian control.

777 D.C. / 327 N.C. / - 1633 I.A.

 Hyrkath is in crisis. With Assyria lost, nobles cast accusation on one another, until they settle their anger towards Turath breaking their pact, blaming them for the loss of Assyria. They draft and send an insulting letter to the Turathian senate.

 In Turath, the senate is heavily questioning autocrat's Za'Zerxes's decision to abandon Assyria, going as far as to discuss deposing house Zarxus, when the Hyrkathian letter arrives. Za'Zerxes uses it to unite the senate behind him for the moment. Turath declares war on Hyrkath.

780 D.C. / 330 N.C. / - 1630 I.A.

 The Turath - Hyrkath war ends when legate Oz'Akmir takes the Hyrkathian capital and razes it to the ground, enslaving its population. He founds a new city on the location and names it Ariel after his wife, a famous poet.

 A triumph is held in Oz'Akmir's honor by the autocrat upon his return. During his speech before the steps of the temple of Asmodeus, he accuses Za'Zerxes of cowardice and dishonoring all of Turath when he broke the pact with Hyrkath. It is part of a plot with the senate. Za'Zerxes is deposed within the day and Oz'Akmir is declared the new autocrat.

785 D.C. / 335 N.C. / - 1625 I.A.

 The Nerathian archmage Asha'man Chun, completes a twenty year long project to find a cheaper and more versatile replacement for golems. His solution is a sentient, living construct. His first Creation Forge builds the first Warforged.

795 D.C. / 345 N.C. / - 1615 I.A.

 Arkhosia refuses to leave Assyria. Though the population there is better off than with the previous rulers, they didn't gain independence as they had hoped for. Construction on the Golden Tower of Tyr begins.

 Turath consolidates and fully annexes all remaining Hyrkathian territories. The Turathian senate considers Arkhosia the greatest threat they face, a threat that will only grow stronger if allowed to also rule the seas. Autocrat Oz'Akmir reaches out to the Goblin kingdoms. They form an alliance against Arkhosia.

800 D.C. / 350 N.C. / - 1610 I.A.

 The Guardian Colossi of Vyth Taourthi are completed. The Arkhosian parliament is deeply concerned about the Goblin kingdoms, since after the alliance with Turath they raised a massive army, more than two hundred thousand strong. Many call for a preemptive strike and to finish with the hobgoblins once and for all. The Council of Wyrms advises caution and calls for such actions to be postponed until the Gold One returns.

810 D.C. / 360 N.C. / - 1600 I.A.

 Three members of the Council of Wyrms change. Karpal Xarghull dies and is replaced by Karpal Tancir Grefran. The new council advises for war with the Goblin kingdoms, though the members are deeply divided on the subject.

 The Egg Thieves incident. Five bugbears lead by a hobgoblin are found in the Darastrix Uthwix mountains and killed. The memories of the destruction of many eggs more than a century ago are still fresh in the minds of many dragons. It is unknown what the small party was doing in the mountains, but it is enough that the Arkhosian parliament now calls for war.

 It is uncertain who initiated hostilities. In midsummer of this year however, ten dragonborn dezka and over fifty dragons cross the Arkhosian Gates to the west, following a formal declaration of war against the Goblin kingdoms.

 Autocrat Oz'Akmir, confident in Turathian naval superiority believes his mainland unassailable. He calls for the senate to formally declare war on Arkhosia, while readying the fleets for a fight. Three months after Arkhosia invaded the Goblin kingdoms, from the balcony of his palace announces to the population of Vor Kargal that Turath is at war with Arkhosia.

 The Great War begins.

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The Great War

811 Draconic Calendar / 361 Nerathian Calendar / - 1599 Imperial Age

 Last year the Arkhosian army, lead by inid Nathibra and Kepeskixenax, crushed the hobgoblin army guarding the west end of the Arkhosian Gates. Marching on, they secure the forts guarding the gap between the South Highlands and the Krigga mountains, and leave only three dezka to guard it, while the rest of the army marches north through the Dragon river valley. Two small battles are won in the Black forest. The thick forested valley slows the advance. Three months later the battle of Dragon river takes place. Five dezka and thirty dragons face a hobgoblin lead army a hundred thousand strong. It is a hard fought battle that inid Nathibra wins driving the goblin left wing into the river. The goblin army retreats north.

 A second battle takes place three months later, again a victory for the Arkhosians. By the end of the year, inid Nathibra's army reaches Giant's gulf.

 The Turathian navy blockades Tyr, Balic and the gulf of Gulg. A squadron approaches Vyth Taourthi with magics to deal with dragons, unaware that the Colosssi are not just statues and is annihilated by them with no survivors.

812 D.C. / 362 N.C. / - 1598 I.A.

 The remnants of the goblin army that was defeated last year are reinforced by a second hundred thousand strong army. Their combined strength forces the Arkhosians to retreat to Dragon valley. Another fifty thousand strong army marches from the west upon the forts of the Krigga gap.

 Nerath deploys the first Warforged battalion. The Nerathian senate, impressed at the achievement and worried about the war, funds archmage Asha'man Chun to build more Creation Forges. The Nerathian League issues a statement of neutrality.

 Arkhosia trains eight more dezka to reinforce Assyria. Their fleet prepares to face the Turathian navy. As the year ends, six reserve dezka march towards the Arkhosian Gates, commanded by inid Harkath to reinforce inid Nathibra.

813 D.C. / 362 N.C. / - 1597 I.A.

 As the year turns, the goblin armies break through the three battered dezka holding the Krigga Gap, threatening to encircle inid Nathibra's forces. The latter, pressured by the massive north goblin army, cannot retreat south without exposing her army's rear. Nekazzion, the iron dragon, volunteers to lead a rear guard of one dezka to cover the retreat. For a week, five thousand dragonborn and a single dragon held a ford of the Dragon river against a goblin army fifteen times their size. They run out of arrows, their shields splintered, their swords shattered, but they didn't move one step back. When Nekazzion fell, the remnants form a circle around his body, fighting to the last. In their honor, for the remainder of the war the title Uskkorn - Ironheart - would be awarded to Arkhosia's most valorous unit. Their legend still carries on.

 Inid Nathibra's remaining six dezka and the rest of her dragons reach the northern edge of Black Forest at the same time as the south goblin army of thirty thousand exits it. The battle is short, and the goblin army retreats south, only to be caught in a pincer between the forces of inids Nathibra's and Harkath's five days later, and is destroyed.

 The combined Arkhosian army lifts the siege on the remaining forts of the Krigga Gap, relieving the beleaguered forces there.

814 D.C. / 363 N.C. / - 1596 I.A.

 The siege of Tyr. Turath lands troops around Tyr and captures the nearby port, but Arkhosian and locally raised troops hold the city.

 Fifty Turathian navy ships attempt to assault the port of Vyth Taourthi. Before they can even approach, twelve ships are destroyed by the Guardian Colossi. The rest flee in panic, broken in small groups. The Arkhosian navy gives chase sinking or capturing eight more.

 After a long period of recuperation from last year's battles, reinforced with five more dezka and having doubled the number of forts of the Krigga Gap, inids Nathibra and Harkath begin a two-pronged offensive through the Black forest, with a combined force of sixteen dezka. They win three battles in quick succession, forcing the goblin army to retreat north, maintaining most of their forces intact.

 The Turathian senate sends a fleet to the goblin kingdoms, transporting forty thousand troops. Under the command of the hobgoblin warmaster Krekkar Drurz, the goblin army consolidates on the junction of Rune Fork with the Dragon river, spending the rest of the year fortifying the area around the Citadel of the Black Hand.

 Warmaster Shoknurg Gnash, raises more troops in the Tenawe plains, forcefully putting in service goliaths and orcs along with goblinoids. He plans to strike the Krigga Gap with overwhelming force.

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815 Draconic Calendar / 364 Nerathian Calendar / - 1595 Imperial Age

 Inids Nathibra and Harkath scout the expansive fortifications centered around the Citadel of the Black Hand, protected on two sides by the Dragon river and the Rune Fork and decide that an assault would be very costly. Rather they encamp their army 10 miles south, engage in short skirmishes only and concentrate their efforts in damming Dragon river and Rune Fork with all the magic, engineering and draconic muscles at their disposal.

 The siege of Tyr fails, never managing to completely seal off the city. Three dezka arrive from Raam, forcing the Turathian army to withdraw north. a battle follows, with both sides near equal numbers, and very few dragons present. The Arkhosian dezka organization proves more flexible and effective, easily carrying the day.

 Turath pushes Nerathian League members to join the war on their side. Nerath protests. Turath sends a fleet in the gulf of Carda as a show of force. Nerath deploys its fleet as well. After three months of tensions the Turathian navy backs off.

 Martividastudrax arrives in Nerath as the Arkhosian emissary.

 The first battle of Gulg. The Arkhosian navy tries to break the blockade, but is driven off.

 The hobgoblin warmaster Shoknurg Gnash marches towards Krigga Gap leading an army a hundred fifty thousand strong. Tensions erupt between the different racial groups of the army, breaking out into fighting and riots during the third night of the march. Unknown to warlord Gnash, agents of the Qeelakorn order had polymorphed and infiltrated his army, fueling these tensions. Warlord Gnash is almost assassinated by Temepukrax, the mercury dragon leading the infiltrators, escaping with his life, only by luck. His army shatters, and it will take many months before it can become a cohesive force again.

 When the autumn rains raised Dragon river and Rune Fork at their greatest point, inid Nathibra breaks both dams, causing a massive flood downriver, destroying a great many of fortifications and flooding many more. Thousands of goblinoids drown. The Citadel of Black Hand is surrounded, and having their supplies destroyed by the flood the garrison surrenders. Warmaster Krekkar Drurz retreats north with less than half his army, and is joined by the Turathian army.

 The battle of Camstad. Four days before the change of the year, inids Nathibra and Harkath array their army against warmaster's Drurz. After a long and bloody battle the day belongs to Arkhosia. Warmaster Drurz dies in battle, and the remnants of his army, retreat west and north, split in two.

816 D.C. / 365 N.C. / - 1594 I.A.

 Inid Harkath traps the north remnants of warmaster's Drurz's army against the sea. Now commanded by the Va'Niro of Turath this army, about half of it Turathian troops, begins evacuating on Turathian ships, when the Arkhosians attack. Only four thousand manage to escape by sea, most of them Turathians.

 Inid Nathibra pursues the remnants heading west, towards Barghest's Spire, the citadel where the four warmasters of the Goblin kingdoms rule from. Another forty thousand strong army guards there, but most of them are newly raised troops. The pursued troops start confusion and chaos as they move through the lines, bringing the goblin army into disarray. Nathibra takes the opportunity and swiftly crashes both armies, capturing thousands. In the chaos, the citadel's gate is left open and the attack's momentum drives the last defenders away. The citadel and the surrounding town are captured, and the two warmasters present surrender.

 When Nathibra and her guards enter the warmasters' council room to accept the surrender, they discover the room decorated by Nekazzion's head. Enraged, Nathibra decapitates the closest warmaster, her guards killing the other one as he tries to flee. During a long night of rage and vengeance, the captives and any goblinoid found in the citadel or the town are killed. Barghest's Spire and the town are razed to the ground, Arkhosians going as far as ripping the foundations of the buildings. Nothing is left of the site.

 The Turathian senate votes to send a fleet to Mare Nostrum to enforce favorable trade with Nerathian League members. Autocrat Oz'Akmir begins plans for a massive overseas invasion of Assyria.

 The bronze dragon Aujiqumadosfax takes charge of the Arkhosian navy. She begins construction of new ships and trains the crews endlessly.

 The second Hrodgeir kingdom collapses.

 Shoknurg Gnash, the last remaining warmaster of the Goblin kingdoms, reorganizes his army of a hundred and twenty thousand strong, but realizes breaking through the Krigga Gap is useless now that the Arkhosian armies have reached the Great Tenawe river to the north. Sensing that his army would soon be trapped, he marches west to the hills of Mourning, where he plans to make a stand.

 The goliaths of the North Highlands revolt and defeat the small Goblin kingdoms garrisons left.

 Bahamut is reborn, but is still weak and Tiamat very strong. The imbalance of the draconic gods continues.

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817 Draconic Calendar / 366 Nerathian Calendar / - 1593 Imperial Age

 Turmoil in the Nerathian senate. Nerathian League members are complaining of the Turathian trade tactics. For the first time the Nerathian senate considers the option to go to war with Turath. Martividastudrax's gentle diplomacy starts bearing fruit.

 While inid Harkath mops up goblinoid remnants in the north, inid Nathibra marches south along the Great Tenawe river. Defeating several small garrisons, she turns west and reaches the hills of Mourning by mid autumn, bringing with her thirteen dezka and thirty eight dragons. As the two armies array themselves for battle, the goblin armies more numerous and having the high ground, Shoknurg Gnash steps forth and issues a challenge for single combat to Nathibra. Nathibra steps forward. The duel doesn't last long. As Nathibra strikes down warmaster Gnash, his body transforms into acid and explodes, mortally wounding inid Nathibra. It was a deception, as the real warmaster Gnash was safely among his troops. His plan succeeded only partially. Though initially demoralized and leaderless, the roars of the enraged dragons cause the entire Arkhosian army to charge uphill. It was a bloody battle with heavy casualties on both sides. As the sun set on that day, the last Goblin kingdoms army is gone. Warmaster Shoknurg Gnash vanishes without a trace.

 Autocrat Oz'Akmir reviews the massive fleet and army ready to sail to Assyria from Vor Rukoth. Over five hundred ships and nearly a hundred thousand soldiers. A week long celebration begins to see the Grand Fleet off. The Qeelakorn order infiltrates the celebration and led by Temepukrax sabotages the fleet in the expansive port. Many ships are set on fire, but the protective spells woven into the hulls to protect them from dragonbreath slow the fires down enough for the crews to put them out. Only a few ships are destroyed. A hunt for the saboteurs begins.

 This winter starts a trend of ever decreasing temperatures south of the Mashuk mountains and the Rhein river. Ice forms in Mare Boreas.

818 D.C. / 367 N.C. / - 1592 I.A.

 The Turathian navy lands a hundred thousand troops in Assyria, near Balic, seeking to capture the port for their use. Balic falls within a week. The Battle of Assyria begins.

 Martividastudrax informs the Council of Wyrms that the Nerathian senate will vote for war against Turath, but only if Arkhosia supports their defenses. The Council and Karpal Harkath formulate a plan to land troops in Nerath just as Nerath declares war to strike a decisive blow at the heart of Turath, ending the war.

819 D.C. / 368 N.C. / - 1591 I.A.

 The Qeelakorn order, led by Temepukrax, cooperate with Nerathian authorities to uncover Turathian spies in Nerath, and replace them. Nerath covertly prepares its many warforged battalions for an attack on Turath. A Nerathian fleet of eighty ships arrives in secrecy at Vyth Taourthi.

 House Garenia of Turath funds the construction of a temple dedicated to Glasya in Vor Rukoth, as a show of gratitude for protecting the city from the fires last year.

 The Turathian army in Assyria fully controls the western peninsula of the subcontinent. The Arkhosian army reinforces Tyr, but gathers the majority of its forces around the gulf of Gulg.

 The second battle of Gulg. A hundred ships of the Turathian invasion force sail in the gulf to reinforce the blockade, one in five with a spellspire. Aujiqumadosfax, commanding the Arkhosian navy, waiting for such an opportunity, sails into the gulf, behind a conjured windstorm that traps the Turathian fleet against the shore. Only a score of Turathian ships escape, the first major naval loss for Turath.

 The Gold One descends from the Pillars of Heaven, having communed with Bahamut. He finds an Arkhosia at War.

820 D.C. / 369 N.C. / - 1590 I.A.

 The Turath - Nerath War. Six dragonborn dezka and thirty dragons land in Nerath. The operation fails to remain a secret until the end. Turath prepares its defenses. Nerath declares war on Turath. Fifty warforged battalions and just as many Nerathian troops cross the Antler river into Turath, the Arkhosian army close behind.

 Autocrat Oz'Akmir is blamed for Nerath's involvement and is deposed, replaced by Ga'Rexus of house Garenia. With the majority of their seasoned troops in Assyria, Turath is unable to defeat the advancing armies and only slows down the advance in desperate battles.

 The Pact of the Bloodfire Moon. Autocrat Ga'Rexus engages the nobility of Turath and all of Asmodeus's priesthood into a month long ritual at the temples. The ritual completes as the advancing armies are a mere dozen miles from Vor Rukoth. Across the world, the armies and nobles of Turath transform, becoming the first tieflings, bearing the mark of damnation upon them. Hellgates open in Vor Kargal, Vor Rukoth, Unarth and other major cities, spewing forth the legions of the Nine Hells to fight the invading armies.

 The infernal legions push back the invaders. Turath becomes Bael Turath.

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821 Draconic Calendar / 370 Nerathian Calendar / - 1589 Imperial Age

 The infernal legions advance, driving back the Arkhosian-Nerathian armies. For half a year they defeated all efforts to oppose them, destroying unbreakable warforged battalions and slaying several dragons. They have reached half way between the Antler river and Carda, and the only force that even slows them are the numbers of warforged that the Creation Forges constantly now produce. Seemingly nothing can stop them.

 The Gold One vows not to leave the Nerathian people to the carnage caused by the Nine Hells. He instructs Martividastudrax to offer the Nerathian senate sanctuary, along with as many people as their ships can carry. The Nerathian senate agrees, but an impassioned speech by senator Hildebald Notker, convinces the entire senate to be the last to evacuate. Martividastudrax respects the decision and vows to defend the senate until they leave.

 As warforged battalions slow the carnage of the infernal legions down with their lives, a mass exodus takes place from Nerath, tens of thousands flee across the ocean and even more flee west to Mare Nostrum and the Nerathian League. The elderly archmage Asha'man Chun, crafter of the Creation Forges, destroys his note books and then begins destroying the Forges themselves. He is stopped by three Arkhosian dragons; Frimrienax the Red, Brairgos the Green, and Soadana the Black. They argue the value of the warforged as a weapon and the archmage retorts that warforged are thinking, ensouled creatures, not tools to be used. They come to blows, and though Asha'man Chun's spells are powerful, they are no match three great wyrms. However, when the archmage falls, the dragon in rage realize that he merely was biding his time. Most Creation Forges are destroyed, the dragons only able to salvage one. It is transported across the ocean to Arkhosia.

 The infernal legions breach the walls of Carda, while numerous people are trying to escape to sea in small boats. Only three ships remain at the edge of the harbor, ready to sail away; the merchantman Ligaera loaded with refugees, the Stygian, flagship of the Nerathian navy, and the Arkhosian warship Kepesk Vrak. As the devils overrun the city, the Kepesk Vrak sacrifices itself to protect the Ligaera when it is attacked by a large group of War Devils. The Stygian, waiting for senate to evacuate, receives orders to sail away. The Nerathian senate refuses to leave while there are still people in the city. Martividastudrax, true to his vow remains with the senate.

 As the last two Nerathian ships sail away, the infernal legions storm the senate, defended by the High Guard, the last Warforged and a gold dragon. The last defenders of Nerath fight a futile battle to the last.

 Nerath is no more.

822 D.C. / 371 N.C. / - 1588 I.A.

 Earthquakes shake the World. A massive storm forms in the gulf of Carda that lasts for weeks. The druids around the world claim the primal spirits World Serpent and Stormhawk are angered by the massive incursion of the infernal legions. The storm over the gulf of Carda moves east over the ruined city and the infernal legions, causing heavy casualties. The infernal legions retreats to the hellgates, leaving only a small number behind.

 The Turathian army in Assyria has recovered enough from the transformation and advances upon the gulf of Gulg. With the blockade lifted, Arkhosia reinforced the area heavily. Several skirmishes and two battles take place over five months, mostly indecisive, until the Battle of Draaj pits the entirety of both armies against each other. The Turathians use magic that keep the dragons at bay, but the flexibility and strength of the Arkhosian dezka system wins the day. Bael Turath retreats towards Balic, defeated.

 The Gold One grants the lands of Averlorn to the Nerathian refugees to settle. Karpal Harkath gets the Arkhosian parliament to agree, but several dragons complain. The Gold One severely reprimands Frimrienax the Red, Brairgos the Green, and Soadana the Black for their actions in Nerath. The Council of Wyrms is divided in the matter.

 Bael Turath recovers an intact Creation Forge hidden in a mountain near Carda. It is broken down and transported to Vor Kargal and will begin building warforged by next year.

823 D.C. / 372 N.C. / - 1587 I.A.

 The Arkhosian army in Assyria wins another battle during the pursuit towards Balic. The Turathian army, in disarray manages to reach Balic. Aujiqumadosfax brings the Arkhosian fleet to Balic, as the army reaches the city's outskirts. The Battle of Balic is fought both on land and sea. Bael Turath loses badly on land, its remnants retreat in the city. The Turathian fleet fairs better, and retreats in good order, preparing to strike back during the siege.

 The siege of Balic ends in three days. The Qeelakorn order, with help from Balic civilians open the gates at night. Arkhosia recaptures the city. The Assyrian campaign caused the heaviest loses on Bael Turath so far.

 Autocrat Ga'Rexus begins reforms of the Turathian army, modeled on the Arkhosian dezka system. The legions of Bael Turath are born. By the end of the year two fully warforged legions will also be ready.

 Temepukrax sends news from Bael Turath of the new warforged legions. The Council of Wyrms convinces the Gold One to put their own Creation Forge in use.

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824 Draconic Calendar / 373 Nerathian Calendar / - 1586 Imperial Age

 The Frost Giants descent again from the north down the Rhein river and Mare Nostrum. Over the next twenty years, as winters grow colder and colder and Mare Boreas freezes, they will bring devastation upon the numerous kingdoms of the dissolved Nerathian league.

 Admiral Zo'Marick of the Turathian navy sets up a base at New Unarth on Firtina Isle. He begins raiding Assyria and the Arkhosian coast, keeping the slower Arkhosian fleet unbalanced and split as it attempts to protect the coastline.

 The Arkhosian Creation Forge is set in the hidden Akuech Taoul, beneath the foothills of the Darastrix Uthwix mountains. It begins producing Arkhosian warforged this year.

 Bael Turath sends its new warforged legions to the city states of the Pehn sea, forcing them in servitude. They will use the tribute collected and the labor of the people there to rebuild the ravaged ports of Nerath and secure the coast west of the Antler river.

 The spellspire atop the Golden Tower of Tyr is completed. Its control chamber is the largest one ever build, capable of fitting a dragon.

825 D.C. / 374 N.C. / - 1585 I.A.

 Bael Turath captures the old Nerathian colony at the tip of Giant's peninsula and the nearby Arkhosian outpost. They make overtures to the giant tribes of the area to join them, with no significant success.

 Aujiqumadosfax gathers a significant portion of the Arkhosian fleet, leaving many coastal towns unprotected and sails to Firtina Isle. The first battle of Firtina Isle is a success for Arkhosia, as the Turathian ships are caught by surprise, and many burn while the docks are destroyed. This success comes at a cost, as the unprotected towns suffer greatly from the Turathian raids until they latter are forced to withdraw.

825 D.C. / 374 N.C. / - 1584 I.A.

 The Arkhosian Parliament demands a more aggressive war, and the Council of Wyrms advises the Gold One likewise, tired of merely responding to Bael Turath's moves. A war plan develops to pursue the war and end it. The first step is the occupation or destruction of all Turathian outposts in Eulalia.

 Temepukrax goes deep undercover in Bael Turath, with the objective of destroying the Turathian Creation Forge.

 Arkosian dragons, dragonborn and warforged begin organizing into specialized units focusing on specific capabilities each. These units will be known as caexalt, swordwings.

826 D.C. / 375 N.C. / - 1584 I.A.

 Autocrat Ga'Rexus is assassinated. His son, Ga'Mallus is pronounced autocrat. He forms the Hellguard, a secret police to protect his position and search for dissidents.

 The naval docks of Firtina Isle are rebuilt and New Unarth heavily reinforced with its walls imbued with mighty protective magic. Aujiqumadosfax attacks with the fleet again, but is repelled. Eight more battles will take place on Firtina Isle over the next decade, with mixed results.

 Arkhosia begins building fortified towns in the former Goblin kingdoms, in an effort to control rebellious goblins. Bael Turath sends aid to the goblins to destabilize the region. A state of insurrection begins.

 Arkhosia and Bael Turath both focus on control of the strategically important Giant's peninsula. The campaign for control there will last fifteen years.

 Bael Turath forces its vassal states to offer an annual tribute of ships and troops. Autocrat Ga'Mallus plans to use the tribute to bolster the size of the Turathian navy.

836 D.C. / 385 N.C. / - 1574 I.A.

 The 11th Battle of Firtina Isle. Aujiqumadosfax commanding a hundred and fifty ships and four aquatic caexalt, scores a decisive victory against the Turathian navy and lands four dezka on the south side of the island. New Unarth holds firm, but the naval docks can no longer be used for repairs. This marks a permanent Arkhosian presence on Firtina Isle for many years.

 The Battle of the Naze river. Bael Turath repels an Arkhosian advance on their main stronghold on Giant's peninsula, with the help of several giant tribes. The battle is notable as it is the first time that the majority of troops on both sides were warforged.

 Agos refuses to provide tribute to Bael Turath. Within a few months, the city is occupied by Bael Turath, its leadership publicly tortured and executed, a new puppet government installed and the tribute has doubled.

841 D.C. / 390 N.C. / - 1569 I.A.

 The Battle of Roronoo river. The Arkhosian army uses several caexalt to land troops behind the advancing Turathian army. The Turathian army, caught in a pincer and with their flank on the river is destroyed. Bael Turath abandons their stronghold on Giant's peninsula, but still retains many outposts in nearby islands.

 Bael Turath heavily reinforces Firtina Isle, determined to reestablish the naval docks. The Arkhosian forces suffer badly in the assaults and forced to survive under a state of constant siege in the hills on the south of the island.

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842 Draconic Calendar / 391 Nerathian Calendar / - 1568 Imperial Age

 The 13th Battle of Firtina Isle. Aujiqumadosfax leads a hundred ships of the Arkhosian fleet to relieve the besieged troops on Firtina Isle, only to be caught during his approach by a Turathian fleet twice his size. The faster Turathian ships harry his fleet, causing significant damage. Aujiqumadosfax is struck down while flying over his fleet, trying to assess the situation. A third of the Arkhosian ships is lost but the rest escape. Aujiqumadosfax severely wounded, is captured, brought to Firtina isle and executed. The Arkhosian troops on the island will hold for another four months before surrendering.

 The Arkhosian Parliament once again calls for a more proactive strategy, instead of responses to Bael Turath's strategy. The Council of Wyrms argues the case to the Gold One, but he is more concerned of the continuing insurrection in the former Goblin kingdoms, thinking of abandoning the territory. For the first time the Council of Wyrms strongly opposes the Gold One, arguing that such an action would only recreate the enemy on the west. Ideas of exterminating goblins are shot down by the Gold One, and after many meetings, an impasse develops.

 Autocrat Ga'Mallus arrives on Firtina Isle, heading a massive two hundred and fifty ship fleet and tens of thousands extra troops. Many ships and troops are drawn from the vassal states and just as many are warforged. He gathers as many ships as he can get and sails for Vyth Taourthi at the head of a five hundred ship armada, gambling that the defenses of the port would be overwhelmed and the headquarters of the Arkhosian fleet destroyed, giving Bael Turath dominance of the waves.

 The Battle of Vyth Taourthi. Though spotting the approaching Turathian armada early, the Arkhosian fleet is scattered, protecting the coastline from raids. The Arkhosian ships present are heavily outnumbered. Battle begins as the Turathian armada approaches within a few miles of the port, when the Guardian Colossi begin the carnage. Despite horrendous casualties, the armada manages to land troops outside the city walls but is unable to approach the port entrance, guarded by the Colossi. A group of ships finds a blind spot next to the sea wall and disembarks troops that scale the wall. The fight is brutal, as Turathian hellkites and warforged fight their way on the walls to Sunset gate. Capturing the gate would allow numerous troops outside the walls to take the city. Dozens on both sides fall each moment. Ga'Mallus watches this from afar, on board his flagship, the Salvation, when it becomes the target of arriving reinforcements. A caexalt of fire breathing dragons descend upon it, and though two fall, the inferno breaks through the protective spells and destroys the ship. As the advance towards Sunset gate stalls, the Turathian armada retreats, leaving behind over two hundred and fifty wrecks and tens of thousands dead.

843 D.C. / 392 N.C. / - 1567 I.A.

 The young Ga'Remus succeeds his father Ga'Mallus as autocrat. The Hellguard is paid to assassinate him within a month. Da'Luthar of house Dalius becomes autocrat.

 Arkhosia is still shaken by the size of last year's attack on Vyth Taourthi. The Gold One and the Council of Wyrms begin a program of naval expansion and make plans to cut Bael Turath from the wealth of its client states.

 Autocrat Da'Luthar, in an effort to avoid his predecessor's fate, purges the Turathian senate of his political rivals. Houses Zarxus, Garelian and Ozallius are destroyed. New Unarth on Firtina Isle and the outposts on islands around Giant's peninsula are further fortified. A strategy of naval raids without any major land attacks is put into effect.

 The Proxy Wars. Both Arkhosia and Bael Turath shift their focus on fostering insurrections and denying each other the resources of vassal states. Arkhosia sends a fleet to the Pehn sea to directly assist the enslaved city states there against Bael Turath and makes heavy efforts to fight the goblin insurrection in the former Goblin kingdoms. Bael Turath uses agents and resources to foster insurrection in Assyria and the Goblin kingdoms and paying the tribes of Giant's peninsula to fight for them, while continuing raids across the Eulalian coast to keep the Arkhosian navy off balance. This period lasts for three decades, with no major battles.

 Sigil becomes the battleground of small elite groups of both sides. Its myriad portals leading to every place in the World are vitally important during the Proxy Wars. Both Arkhosia and Bael Turath explore the demiplane, use its portals and try to deny their use to the other side.

870 D.C. / 419 N.C. / - 1540 I.A.

 The Silver Dragon order is founded. Many Arkhosian military commanders are part of it. Anarganon the Red and Glorificus the Gold become members of the Council of Wyrms. Plans of a massive operation to take Firtina Isle from Bael Turath begin.

 Unrest has taken root in Assyria, after many years of efforts by Bael Turath.

 Autocrat Da'Luthar dies in his sleep, after twenty seven years of tyrannical rule. He is succeeded by his son, Da'Lucar. The new autocrat calls his generals on assembling a force to take Assyria. Tyr is the first objective.

 Two Arkhosian warforged dezka land near Agos and repel a wild elf attack. With their support, the Agosians overthrow the Turathian puppet government and drive away the Turathian legion occupying the city.

 The city states of the Pehn sea are in open revolt against the Turathian rule.

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873 Draconic Calendar / 422 Nerathian Calendar / - 1537 Imperial Age

 The revolt of the Pehn sea city states drew the Turathian navy away and delayed the invasion of Assyria significantly. Autocrat Da'Lucar orders the invasion to proceed with a smaller force. Two hundred ships sail from Vor Rukoth for Firtina Isle under the command of legate Zo'Garus. There they will join another fifty ships and move to strike Tyr.

 After decades of silence, Temepukrax makes contact with the Qeelakorn order, sending details of the plan to Arkhosia. The Arkhosian admiral Laccas Medgar, already in the final stages of preparation for a massive invasion of Firtina Isle, alters the plans. As he had planned, he uses over a dozen aquatic caexalt to hunt down any Turathian scout ships and clear his route, but his destination is not Firtina Isle, but Tyr. He times his arrival after Bael Turath lands at Tyr, in a plan to trap the enemy fleet and annihilate it.

 The Turathian fleet arrives at Firtina Isle with no incident. Joined by more ships it sails for Tyr, unaware of the trap, but runs into a storm that scatters it and delays its arrival by days. Upon their arrival, they are met by Medgar's fleet that had arrived the day before and was exiting the gulf of Tyr. Legate Zo'Garus was ready for combat, but failed to realize the size of the enemy fleet, thinking it was only the small flotilla that was expected to be protecting Tyr. Admiral Medgar was not arrayed for battle but sailing to hide his fleet nearby and wait for the delayed Turathian fleet. His ships though fewer were not laden with troops and supplies and more maneuverable, while he still had the advantage of several caexalt present.

 The Battle of the gulf of Tyr starts around midday and is a bloody affair for both sides, neither gaining a significant advantage but suffering heavy loses. Legate Zo'Garus retreats to Firtina Isle, failing to make landings. For his failure, legate Zo'Garus is stripped of command and returns to Vor Kargal, where he is tried and executed.

874 D.C. / 423 N.C. / - 1536 I.A.

 Legate Di'Marionna assumes command of the forces of Firtina Isle. Weeks later Admiral Medgar's fleet is spotted on the horizon. The 14th Battle of Firtina Isle begins. Though with heavy casualties, the Arkhosian fleet manages to navigate the coral reefs and make significant landings while the naval battle continues. The Arkhosians establish three fortresses protecting Dragon's Bay, where they rapidly build docks for their ships. The insane defenses of New Unarth and the Turathian naval docks however prevent any success in throwing Bael Turath off the island.

875 D.C. / 424 N.C. / - 1535 I.A.

 Firtina Isle and its surrounding waters became a slaughterhouse for both sides that suffered heavy loses. The fighting slows down as neither side manages to gain the upper hand. Legate Di'Marionna, after a year failing to drive away the Arkhosians, is replaced by legate Va'Narsus and recalled to the capital by autocrat Da'Lucar. Aware of her predecessor's fate, she deserts with three ships rather than face execution.

 Under the command of inid Errhen Zenvys and Noryssaion the Bronze, a small force of half a dozen caexalt, thirty ships, two dragonborn and four warforged ierikc, begin a campaign against the outposts on the islands around Giant's peninsula, with the ultimate goal of destroying them. The campaign will last five years and will occupy significantly larger Turathian forces, ultimately leading to Bael Turath abandoning most outposts.

 The rising star of house Karador, Ka'Tempus comes of age and is immediately inducted to the Hellguard. He will be one of the fastest rising officers, becoming the youngest tribune of the Hellguard just ten years later. Unknown to everyone, Ka'Tempus had been assassinated and replaced by Temepukrax, the mercury dragon when he was fifteen.

880 D.C. / 429 N.C. / - 1530 I.A.

 Autocrat Da'Lucar, drawing as many ships could be spared from other fronts, leads an armada of two hundred ships, to Firtina Isle. The Arkhosians, forewarned, actually withdraw from the island before his arrival. The autocrat futilely tries to bring the Arkhosian fleet to battle for the next six months, before the pressure of the renewed revolts of the Pehn sea and Cathay force him to withdraw the armada to deal with them. The Arkhosian reinvade Firtina Isle with the 15th Battle, the next year.

 Both empires are severely exhausted and in dire economic straits, but Bael Turath's mercantile economy feels the pressure significantly more, since the loss of its trade partners.

885 D.C. / 434 N.C. / - 1525 I.A.

 The Red Senate Affair. Tribune Ka'Tempus - Temepukrax in disguise - leads handpicked members of the Hellguard to a full meeting of the senate, supervised by autocrat Da'Lucar and assassinates the autocrat and all of his senate support. With a bloody blade in hand, he nominates senator Ak'Deimos of house Acheron as the new autocrat. Nobody objects. After the ascension Temepukrax leaves Bael Turath.

 The False Peace. Autocrat Ak'Deimos calls for a ceasefire and negotiations with Arkhosia. The Gold One agrees.

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886 Draconic Calendar / 435 Nerathian Calendar / - 1524 Imperial Age

 After a decade of piracy, Di'Marionna and her three ships cross into the Feywild, where they found the city of Roanapur.

 Emissaries of Arkhosia and Bael Turath meet to discuss terms of the ceasefire and the possibility of a long term peace. Such discussions don't include the fate of embattled regions such as the Pehn sea, or reparations.

 The Council of Wyrms protests to a peace offering that equates to an admittance of defeat to devil worshiping people. The Arkhosian Parliament is divided on the matter. The Gold One does not change his position and the Council of Wyrms is calmed by Anarganon the Red.

 The Turathian senate is uneasy with the ceasefire, but autocrat Ak'Deimos has the support of the Hellguard. Members of house Dalius plot revenge against the disappeared Ka'Tempus. Their long search reveals the true identity of Ka'Tempus - Temepukrax. Armed with this knowledge they plot to retake the autocrat's throne.

887 D.C. / 436 N.C. / - 1523 I.A.

 The Year of the Five Autocrats. Da'Vernia of house Dalius blackmails tribune Fo'Mathus of the Hellguard with the knowledge of Ka'Tempus's true identity and Fo'Mathus's complicity. Fo'Mathus decides to deal with the matter by assassinating autocrat Ak'Deimos and proclaiming himself autocrat. He is in turn killed a month later by his successor in the Hellguard who offers the autocrat's throne to Va'Nero of house Kalhir. By the end of the year, Va'Nero and two more autocrats are murdered, the throne finally going to Da'Vernia of house Dalius.

 Autocrat Da'Vernia executes most officers of the Hellguard and replaces them with warforged.

 The ceasefire breaks down when Bael Turath reinforces Firtina Isle after the agreed Arkhosian evacuation.

888 D.C. / 437 N.C. / - 1522 I.A.

 The Council of Wyrms urges the Gold One to resume the war before Bael Turath attacks. When he refuses, for the first time in the history of Arkhosia he is challenged by Anarganon the Red and Glorificus the Gold. The unprecedented event leaves the Council of Wyrms stunned. The challenge doesn't proceed, as other members of the Council of Wyrms mediate. In the end, the Gold One withdraws to the Pillars of Heaven for a while and his challengers are forced to leave the Council of Wyrms.

 Autocrat Da'Vernia and the senate agree upon a strategy using Firtina Isle as a base for raiding Arkhosia and Assyria, but avoiding any major offensives, merely containing Arkhosia. Instead the offensive focus will fall upon the Pehn sea and other rebellious vassal states.

889 D.C. / 438 N.C. / - 1521 I.A.

 The Pehn Sea campaign. In response to Bael Turath's effort to subdue the city states of the Pehn Sea, Arkhosia sends a fleet of a hundred and fifty ships, three dezka and five caexalt under the command of Fethoalax the Silver, to assist the beast races and humans of the region against Bael Turath. This campaign will last twelve years.

 Marjeris the Grey presents an idea of using massed high flying caexalt for a precision strike against the naval docks at Firtina Isle. She spends several years finding the dragons willing to attempt it and with with the help of several mages and artisans, develop the spells and technology required for a success.

894 D.C. / 443 N.C. / - 1516 I.A.

 The Battle of Anachak straits. Feothalax, commanding part of the Arkhosian fleet and a number of ships from the local city states defeats a Turathian fleet of equal size, attempting to move into the Pehn sea. This battle denies reinforcements to the various Turathian garrisons that are forced to stay on the defensive from now on.

 Small groups of devils begin terror raids in Arkhosia causing many civilian casualties.

 After years of mediations, the Gold One resumes control of the Council of Wyrms. Anarganon the Red is given the task to stop the Turathian raiding fleets and Glorificus the Gold is put in overall command of the defenses of Assyria.

899 D.C. / 448 N.C. / - 1511 I.A.

 Bael Turath is in dire straits. Though the mainland of the empire has not been threatened for seventy years, Bael Turath is isolated, growing weaker every year. The raiding fleets based of Firtina Isle that had been a thorn at Arkhosia's side for most of the war, have suffered serious loses in the past years. Eight times the past three years a single ship returned to Firtina Isle out of a whole squadron, with only a skeleton crew of mutilated tieflings, as messengers of terror to announce that Anarganon had destroyed the rest. Firtina Isle is the one unassailable bastion of Turathian perseverance.

 The stress of the situation takes its toll on autocrat Da'Vernia. She collapses and dies during a war council. Her firstborn son Da'Kestus becomes autocrat. He refocuses efforts on winning in the Pehn sea and finding fresh places to expand. To that end he recalls many ships protecting Firtina Isle or contacting raids, gathering a large force to strike at Pehn sea.

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900 Draconic Calendar / 449 Nerathian Calendar / - 1510 Imperial Age

 A small Turathian raiding fleet looking for new resources sails far from normal routes, reexamining Eulalia's west coast. There they find a small coastal elven town, previously unknown. They spot three very young silver dragons flying above, seemingly in play. With the defenses so weak, they attack. In battle all three dragons are killed and the town sacked, and many of its populace taken away in chains. They sail north to an old but known outpost after the raid. Unknown to them, the three dragons were Silvara's children. She arrives at the scene three days later, finding her three children dead.

 Bael Turath lands many troops at the estuary of Gal Oya, marching inland and putting to the torch rebellious towns and villages and relieves the besieged Iron Keep. An Arkhosian dezka arrives and with the help of the local beastfolk fights them to a stalemate. In the meantime, Feothalax sees an opportunity and gathers the fleet, sailing out of the Pehn sea through the Anachak straits in an attempt to meet the Turathian fleet in a decisive battle. A storm sinks several ships however and many more are blown of course, before her fleet can come anywhere near the enemy.

 Silvara, having entombed her children deep in the forest, with the help of the elves tracks down the raiding fleet responsible. She and the elves fall upon the Turathian raiders with a savage fury, killing every last one of them and freeing the enslaved population of the elven town they attacked.

901 D.C. / 450 N.C. / - 1509 I.A.

 The Battle of Moray Island. A Turathian fleet of a hundred and fifty ships lands two warforged legions on Moray island that guards the Anachak Straits, used by Feothalax's fleet as a base of operations. A combined dragonborn and warforged dezka guards the base. Feothalax uses this opportunity to attack the Turathian fleet with her own. Though the Turathian fleet does not suffer many casualties, they are forced to retreat, abandoning the two legions. The legions are destroyed, when the caexalt supporting the fleet turn inland to help the embattled dezka.

 Iron Keep, the last major bastion of Turathian power in the Pehn sea, falls after a two year siege. With it, the last claim Bael Turath has in the region dies. Feothalax makes plans to attack the Turathian naval base in the Gulf of Carda and asks for reinforcements. Those reinforcements will not arrive for three years.

902 D.C. / 451 N.C. / - 1508 I.A.

 The Gold One recalls Anarganon the Red to Ryna Taoul, to answer for his brutality. He defends himself before the Council of Wyrms and many members support him. He claims that his actions reduced the raids to nearly nothing and that if he is put in command he could take Firtina Isle in five years. The Gold One, seeing the situation slip out of claw, grasps at this and orders him to put together a force to take Firtina Isle.

904 D.C. / 453 N.C. / - 1506 I.A.

 Feothalax welcomes a fleet of a hundred Arkhosian ships at Moray island. She sets out organizing her combined fleet for an offensive to the Gulf of Carda, and even beyond, to Bael Turath.

 Anarganon is furious as the ships he had asked for the attack on Firtina Isle were sent across the ocean to Moray island. He asks Glorificus the Gold for assistance and he offers a significant portion of the fleet patroling the Assyrian coast, as well as five dezka and six caexalt. Most importantly he introduces him to Marjeris the Grey and her project. The three together finalize the planned assault on Firtina Isle.

905 D.C. / 454 N.C. / - 1505 I.A.

 Feothalax brings her fleet to the Gulf of Carda, engaging the Turathian fleet in a series of battles. Both sides suffer loses, but the Turathian fleet comes of worse. Autocrat Da'Kestus personally leads the Home fleet from Vor Rukoth to Carda.

 The 15th Battle of Firtina Isle. The battle opens with Marjeris's high flying caexalt dropping special winged warforged directly on top of the naval docks. Though they suffer heavy loses, they succeed in disabling the magical defenses. Then a dozen caexalt dive upon the anchored ships and facilities, causing terrible carnage. At the same time Anarganon and Glorificus approach with the fleet. The naval docks are destroyed, and Arkhosian troops once again occupy the south of the island, but this time the defenses of the naval docks are not there to stop them marching north. After a series of battles, New Unarth is put under siege.

 The Battle of Torterona. Autocrat Da'Kestus's Home fleet moves to join the battered Carda fleet, but is intercepted by Feothalax's. The battle in the narrow straits is a brutal one with heavy loses on both sides. It is decided when the Turathian flagship, with Da'Kestus on board is destroyed when Feothalax personally leads a caexalt through an opening in the Turathian defenses. Autocrat Da'Kestus dies and the remnants of the Home fleet scatter, hunted down.

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906 Draconic Calendar / 455 Nerathian Calendar / - 1504 Imperial Age

 High priest of Asmodeus, Da'Ferrus becomes the new autocrat after his brother Da'Kestus died. Though the Turathian senate is confident that the defenses of the homeland are strong, they demand of the new autocrat to win this war. Da'Ferrus assures them that he has a plan. He increases the power of the temples and makes several infernal pacts to strengthen Bael Turath. As a result a second wave of even more brutal infernal terror raids plague Arkhosia.

 Feothalax's fleet is caught in a storm and loses many ships on its way to engage the Turathian fleet at Carda. The scattered fleet is instead attacked and suffers even more.

 Last year Anarganon planned the attack on Firtina Isle just before the monsoon season, denying reinforcements to New Unarth for months. By the time ships could cross the ocean again the Turathian fleet protecting Firtina was all but destroyed and New Unarth put under siege. This year, after the most heavy and brutal fighting of the entire war, the magical defenses of New Unarth break and the city is taken by storm. Anarganon, Glorificus and Marjeris, all command to take no prisoners. The entire population of New Unarth is executed, the walls and buildings razed down to the foundation, the rumble thrown in the smaller city port to block it. The draconic triumvirate erects a huge enchanted black pillar where the city center was, commemorating the victory and the names of all the fallen Arkhosians.

 The island becomes an abandoned place, haunted by the ghosts of the fallen. Soon its nickname will supersede its original name and will become known as the Isle of Terror.

 The draconic triumvirate returns to Vyth Taourthi to the mighty cheers of thousands and makes its way to Ryna Taoul where they are hailed as heroes by the Arkhosian parliament. They present themselves before the Council of Wyrms and the Gold One. He once again reprimands them for their brutality, but this time there are no roars of ascent from the Council of Wyrms. Sensing the tides turning, Anarganon seizes the opportunity and declares a challenge to the Gold One. The Council of Wyrms remains silent. The ensuing duel lasts for hours and severely injures both dragons. Unable to continue the duel is a draw. But the damage is done. The Gold One, thought invincible, withdraws to his personal lair to heal, leaving the fate of Arkhosia to the Council of Wyrms. This shakes the very foundations the empire is build upon.

 Glorificus is reinducted into the Council of Wyrms, while Marjeris seeks a way to heal the crippling wounds Anarganon suffered.

910 D.C. / 459 N.C. / - 1500 I.A.

 The past few years saw great unrest in Arkhosia, amplified by infernal terror raids and a reignited goblin insurgency in the West provinces. The Council of Wyrms struggles to deal with the issues, leaving very little chance of mounting an offensive. Feothalax and the remnants of her fleet hide at Moray island, unable to do much.

 Rumors are heard across the cosmos that the energies of the Living Gate are on the rise.

 Autocrat Da'Ferrus promises that a final solution and victory against Arkhosia is at hand. He enforces compulsory prayers and offerings to the temples every nine days. A nine month long ritual begins, spread across all the infernal temples.

 Marjeris the Grey in an effort to save Anarganon from his wasting wounds, enacts a necromantic ritual. Anarganon transforms into the first dracolich, though the years of suffering and the ritual weakened him.

911 D.C. / 460 N.C. / - 1499 I.A.

 Anarganon and Marjeris seek out the Gold One's lair. They find him there, almost back at full health after the grievous wounds he took during their duel. They attack together and though Marjeris is killed by the Gold One, Anarganon slays him. He prepares to return to Ryna Taoul and become the undying ruler of Arkhosia.

 The Ritual of The Unbound Flood. The nine month long ritual complertes at Bael Turath. It channels the energies gathering at the Living Gate and uses them to extract all water from Arkhosia. An arcane wave starts at Ryna Raoul and rapidly spreads, reaching the Walls of Averlorn and the Arkhosian Barrier mountains within a day. Everything dries up and dies, from the tiniest insect to the mightiest dragon. The Walls of Averlorn block the wave from moving east, and the Arkhosian Barrier partially shields Assyria from the wave, losing much of its potency before reaching there. In a single day, the Arkhosian empire is gone.

 The Ritual of The Unbound Flood has some unintended consequences. The final day of channeling is so stressful that eveyone in the temples of Bael Turath have their souls ripped from their bodies. This loss of control, or perhaps the rage of primal spirits against this massive disruption of the natural order, or perhaps both, cause massive volcanic eruptions and earthquakes across Bael Turath that last for years, destroying nearly everything.

 Vor Rukoth escapes destruction as it is suddenly transported to the Shadowfell.

 Both empires stop existing. The Great War is over.

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The Dark Era

912 Draconic Calendar / 461 Nerathian Calendar / - 1498 Imperial Age

 The volcanic eruptions at Bael Turath continue for two decades, covering the sky across the World in ash. As temperatures drop and the sun is scarce, crops begin to fail across the World leading to widespread famine. This also causes significant changes to the predictable seasonal monsoons, and as the Stormhawk spirit rages across the oceans, massive storms that last for months form, preventing any ocean travel. The World becomes pockets of isolated communities, with little contact with one another.

 The Great Migrations. As eastern Tycho becomes increasingly uninhabitable, bearing the burden of Bael Turath's destruction, surviving populations migrate westwards, towards Mare Nostrum. The scarcity of resources though brings many groups into conflict. Records of this period are nearly impossible to find, the only civilization that seemingly has not collapsed being the dwarves of the Everlasting kingdom.

930 D.C. / 479 N.C. / - 1470 I.A.

 The Dragon Wars. In the past decades many dragons, mostly metallic, but also quite a few chromatic, enter Arkhosia, to never return as the energies of the ritual still remained strong. As most of the eldest of dragons were lost in the Desolation, many younger dragons, no longer tied to the ideal of Arkhosia, or restrained by their elders, begin fighting over dwindling resources. The picture is the same all over Eulalia; dragon fights dragon with no quarter asked or given. Many perish. The situation is particularly bad in Assyria, under the effects of a twenty year drought. Those dragons that can't hold a territory flee to other locations.

 By the end of the century only a handful of dragons remain in Assyria. The oldest and mightiest, said to be of the same generation as the Gold One and Anarganon, becomes tyrant of Tyr. His previous names and deeds forgotten, he will be remembered in history as the Dragon of Tyr.

950 D.C. / 499 N.C. / - 1450 I.A.

 Silvara kills Weyojesk the Green, the last in a series of dragons that tried to claim dominion over part of the Eulalian west forests and the elven communities there.

980 D.C. / 529 N.C. / - 1420 I.A.

 The 2nd Hestavar Accords are agreed upon by all Divine powers, in response to the Ritual of the Unending Flood.

 The Dragon of Tyr makes literacy illegal. Reading and writing are reserved only for a few select that their positions need them and will in the future be considered mystical arts.

1000 D.C. / 549 N.C. / - 1400 I.A.

 As roving bands of brigands are a constant threat, the villagers of a small fishing community on the estuary of the Antler river build a tall palisade to protect themselves. Slowly, over the years , the community grows as many more move for protection. They name their village Emnos.

 The Tyranny of Dragons. The west provinces of Arkhosia, formerly the Goblin kingdoms, broke up into small draconic fiefdoms soon after Arkhosia's destruction. As years turned to decades and the Dragon Wars dragged on, stronger dragons began consolidating territory by killing or driving away rivals. Finally, the Dragon Wars ended with eight chromatic dragons, the victors of past conflicts, forming a Conclave in Arkhosian imitation and settling the borders of their territories. It is a mockery of Arkhosia as the tyrannical rule of their subjects, dragonborn, goblin and goliath alike, soon makes them despised by all.

 People with strange psionic powers are born across the world, but the vast majority are in Assyria. The Dragon of Tyr, fearful of these new powers, hunts them down. Some he imprisons and studies, others he eats, but most are just killed immediately. Assyria's fauna also begins to exhibit such changes.

 The Dragon of Tyr commands the construction of the Ziggurat of Tyr, a massive structure designed to channel the lingering energy of the Ritual of the Unending Flood, demolishing an entire district for the space. It will take a century and a half to complete and thousands will die during its construction.

1050 D.C. / 599 N.C. / - 1350 I.A.

 Dwarf records report that the High King raised a large army to deal with the bandits blocking the overland passes through the mountains for the past decades.

 Assyria has turned completely into a desert. The mighty Diyala and Rhasa rivers are little more than streams. Guardhouses protect water wells.

1150 D.C. / 699 N.C. / - 1250 I.A.

 The Ziggurat of Tyr is completed. The Dragon of Tyr uses it to channel psionic energy into him and gain power. Tyr's population is starving. The Dragon of Tyr outlaws all religions. The few remaining druids of Assyria band together into a secret society to preserve everything they can. Though each Assyrian region has its own rulers, all pay tribute to the Dragon of Tyr.

 The Grand Rebellion against the Chromatic Conclave takes root. Rebellious activity will be constant from this point on, until the death of the last of the Conclave.

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1200 Draconic Calendar / 749 Nerathian Calendar / - 1200 Imperial Age

 After decades of drawing psionic power from the Ziggurat, the Dragon of Tyr is transformed beyond recognition and gained strange powers. The population of Tyr is a mere fifth of what it was when he took power and they are all his slaves in all but name.

 Zo'Rictus of the Turathian house Zolfura leads an expedition into his former homeland.

 Halfling folk tales put the life and exploits of the legendary hero Barras Quickblade around this time.

1300 D.C. / 849 N.C. / - 1100 I.A.

 An elven poem of this time laments the dwindling forests of west Eulalia. The single forest that once covered the west part of the continent, due to the changes in the World has been reduced and is split in two, north and south, separated by large plains around the Orange river.

 Magnuses of the Orium tower renew the ancient wards against the frost giants of the north that the mage-kings of Arcania had erected long ago. The cold begins to retreat from Mare Nostrum.

 The Great Fire of Tyr. The psionic powers of the Dragon of Tyr erupt uncontrollably, causing a cataclysmic fire that burns down nearly the entire city. Only the Golden Tower and the Ziggurat remain unharmed. Thousands perish in the flames.

1350 D.C. / 899 N.C. / - 1050 I.A.

 Silvara becomes a thousand years old.

 After three centuries of struggles, the last dragon of the Chromatic Conclave is slain by a party calling themselves Bahamut's Sword, putting an end to the Tyranny of Dragons.

 The Dragon of Tyr sends armies to raid the Diyala-Rhasa area for slaves and resources, leaving behind pure devastation.

 The Council of Emnos. In the burgeoning city of Emnos, the noble houses of Bael Turath that survived and scattered after its destruction, gather after an invitation of house Kalhir. Va'Nero the second of house Kalhir, claims the title of autocrat as inheritance from his ancestor of the same name, and attempts to extract oaths of fealty from the rest of the houses to rebuild Bael Turath. The rest of the houses refute him, as the resurrection of Bael Turath and worship of Asmodeus had become a taboo subject over the centuries.

 The Vampire Wars. House Kalhir attacks the rest of the tiefling noble houses attempting to subdue them. Va'Nero reveals that Orcus himself has blessed his house and unmasks himself as the first vampire. It fails spectacularly to sway the noble houses, leading to decades of conflict.

1400 D.C. / 949 N.C. / - 1000 I.A.

 The secret society of Assyrian druids crafts the Amber Bow and the Amber Spear, a pair of weapons that they believe capable of slaying the Dragon of Tyr.

 The Vampire Wars end with house Kalhir shattered, with only a scant few survivors escaping. These wars were the last attempt of restoring Bael Turath. Tieflings will not get their own homeland for another thousand years.

 The 3rd Hrodgeir kingdom rises.

 The Oni return to Averlorn, conducting raids against the many small towns build in the thick forests by the Nerathian refugees centuries ago. The people there fight back, but the small isolated communities suffer.

1500 D.C. / 1049 N.C. / - 900 I.A.

 Trade once again flourishes in Mare Nostrum. Mare Boreas and Mare Glaciem for the first time in centuries are thawed all year around, allowing travel to the Great Ocean. The city of Khandavar on the Rysnen peninsula grows from trade. The first mention of the cliff city of Medza in Mare Album, as another trade hub. The city is build upon the cliff face looking out to the sea, on several carved stone levels.

 Tensions grow between the dragonborn and hobgoblins of the west Arkhosian provinces. Without a common goal in mind, the ancient enmities grow in strength. Many start living in segregated communities.

 Elves from the Feywild come to Averlorn and help the people there in their struggles against the Oni.

 The twins Lariades and Nyope come of age and complete the challenges given to them by the Assyrian society of druids. They are given the Amber Bow and Amber Spear, and a plan is set in motion to slay the Dragon of Tyr. A civil revolt begins in Tyr. As the Dragon's templars brutally quell the unrest, several druids complete a ritual that severs the Dragon from the energies drawn from the Ziggurat. The twins, with the help of many brave companions face the enraged Dragon of Tyr. Many of their companions die in the cataclysmic battle, but in the end the Dragon of Tyr is vanquished, putting an end to centuries of terror.

 Lariades and Nyope marry and are declared the first High King and Queen of Assyria. They order the surviving druids to begin work on a project that would turn Assyria green again.

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The Starlight Era

1510 Draconic Calendar / 1059 Nerathian Calendar / - 890 Imperial Age

 After decades of sponsored research and travels, the eladrin mages of Astrazzalian, the Feywild city of Starlight, complete the project handed to them by the ruler of the city, Quameral, Ghaele of Spring. Over the next five decades they will open numerous portals to far off lands, uniting elven lands across the Feywild and the World. Travel between far off lands becomes easy for elves of all kinds and communications are trivial. Within a hundred years various elven domains form a loose confederation. Many non-elf domains, sick of the famine, conflicts and fear of the Dark Era, also choose to join. An era of peace and prosperity begins.

1550 D.C. / 999 N.C. / - 850 I.A.

 The kingdom of Averlorn is born. Ever since elves first came to the aid of the humans, elves, dwarfs and halfings that found refuge in Averlorn after the fall of Nerath, a steady number of Feywild elves kept migrating here, after the opening of the portals. After years of struggles the locals and newcomers together successfully repelled the Oni and drove them back into the Feywild. The Feywild elves, calling themselves Vanyar - Fair Elves in elvish - become the nobility of the new kingdom. A feudalistic system of governance is established, with many vanyador - elven lords - answering to the vanyatar - elven king.

 The High King of Assyria dies. With no immediate heirs a succession crisis leads to the throne of Tyr remaining empty for two decades. The rest of the Assyrian city-states declare their independence.

1570 D.C. / 1019 N.C. / - 830 I.A.

 The formation of the Adar Trading Guild by the the halfling Merras Tookalot. With numerous river boats and mule caravans goods from Mare Album reach Hrodgeir and vice versa, connecting regions that required weeks and months of travel. The guild becomes very rich, very fast.

 Madjindis Nodu is crowned the new High King of Assyria, though his direct authority ends at the port of Tyr. Eventually, after many years of negotiations the rest of the city-states will recognize the Throne of the Golden Tower as the supreme authority in Assyria, but will remain completely autonomous otherwise. The new High King will also invest heavily on irrigation and the society of druids, in an effort to improve food production for the people.

1600 D.C. / 1049 N.C. / - 800 I.A.

 Four cities vie for the Mare Nostrum trade; Medza, Vilona, Turova and Khandavar. Merras Tookalot of the Adar Trading Guild, in his old age instigates a plan to tap into these riches. His guild strikes a deal with the merchants of Khandavar, and their ships are the only ones the guild trades with for the routes going up and down the Adar river. Merras Tookalot dies soon after, but the deal remains, bringing unforeseen consequences in the future.

 Elves coming from the Feywild help facilitate a friendship pact between Agos and the wild elves of the Sea of Grass, ending centuries of raids. It will take an additional twenty years before the same can be achieved with the dwarfs of the Everlasting kingdom. Once that is also achieved, the raiding culture of the wild elves will end, giving way to more peaceful ways of living in tune with nature.

 Asad Nodu succeeds his father as High King of Assyria. During his father's reign, the efforts of the druids and the irrigation projects made Tyr the most prosperous city of Assyria, but it is a constant battle against the curse. Balic and the rest of the city-states followed their example. Asad Nodu funds a restoration of the derelict Ziggurat of Tyr, dedicating the top levels of the structure to shrines of every known deity.

1700 D.C. / 1149 N.C. / - 700 I.A.

 The Trade Wars, a series of small conflicts around Mare Nostrum come to an end. Khandavar is forced to give up the exclusive trade rights on the Adar river, the Adar Trading guild is dissolved, splitting into smaller guilds. In the long run however Khandavar comes up ahead of its competition as it forced its rulers to spread out its trade and to begin a martial tradition.

 Dhaafir al-Jaffar becomes High King of Assyria, beginning the Jaffar dynasty. He founds the Great Library of Tyr, housed in the middle levels of the Ziggurat, and by the end of his rule, twenty years later, the Tyr School of Psionics begins teaching gifted people, located at the bottom levels, the first and most renowned institution of its kind.

 The elves of the west forests of Eulalia split into two realms, one in the north forest and one in the south centered on Elocin and Tyelpelasse respectively. Silvara vows to protect both of them. Both realms become part of the expanding elven confederation. Silvara slumbers for fifty years.

 The vanyatar of Averlorn, Irareth Elengil, establishes the kingdom's capital at Fennanfin and its Feywild counterpart, Hithliniath. The Feywild in the region is dominated by Oni, and thus only small fortified settlements and castles exists there. Construction begins at the fortified port of Caras Harad.

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1750 Draconic Calendar / 1199 Nerathian Calendar / - 650 Imperial Age

 The Sigil Almanac is written by the bard Lancard Lestat. It describes the flourishing demiplane city with all its peculiar inhabitants from all around the Cosmos. The anarchic state of the city is evident with the only points of order the dragonborn and tiefling communities, remnants of the Great War, as well as the structured bladeling neighborhood.

 The Caleppian Trading Guild is founded.

 High King Thorgimm of the Everlasting kingdom forbids the elven ambassadors to open portals in the realm. Instead he funds the first dwarf colony, the port city of Barak Varr, on the estuary of the Zhuf river, opening free trade with other races for the first time in many centuries.

1770 D.C. / 1219 N.C. / - 630 I.A.

 The adventuring party Cosmos Conservators delves into the deepest levels of Sigil and discover vaults filled with great, unfathomable machinery and dormant constructs. The party manages to activate some of the constructs, in the hopes of learning the purpose of the machines from them, but the Modrons ignore them as they ascend to the city proper and start constructing buildings, straightening roads and other civil tasks, bringing chaos to the already anarchic Sigil.

1800 D.C. / 1249 N.C. / - 600 I.A.

 The explorer Isla Sorna is commissioned by the Caleppian Trading Guild to chart Giant's peninsula. She uses the elven portals to travel there and chart it. She arrives deep in the interior, at the elven kingdom of waterfalls, Naegwyn, surrounded by a tropical jungle filled with strange reptilian creatures. Later in life she publishes her adventures under the title 'The Lost World'.

 The 3rd Hrodgeir kingdom falls due to civil conflict.

 The elven confederation spreads across the World and the Feywild, more than any empire ever did in the past. The people living under the banners of its constituents, elves and other races alike, prosper. Elven culture spreads even beyond these territories and the elven ways of magic have completely replaced previous arcane traditions, with the exception of the Magnuses of the Orium tower.

 The Khandavar - Ostern War begins over control of the Rysnen peninsula. It will end in five years in Khandavar's favor. The martial prowess of Khandavar and its open society have significantly improved its power in Mare Nostrum and other city-states take notice of the rising power.

 The Caleppian trading guild establishes the port of Moil at the eastern edge of the Shallow sea, to facilitate trade with lizardfolk, dragonborn and hobgoblins.

1850 D.C. / 1299 N.C. / - 550 I.A.

 The Agosian Trading Guild and the Antlerian Trading Guild have been in direct competition with the Caleppian Trading Guild for over two decades, fiercely competing on the coastal trade of Tycho. This competition leads to a series of proxy wars as all guilds hire privateers to attack competitive shipping. These conflicts are known as the Guild Wars and will last for decades.

 The Great Lighthouse of Emnos is completed, making the approach to the estuary of the Antler river and the city's harbor significantly safer.

 Turova founds the colony of Thaemgifell with loans granted by the Agosian Trading Guild. This is the northernmost settlement of Tycho, and its location is vital for shipping between Mare Nostrum and the Great Ocean.

 Sigil has adjusted fully to life with Modrons handling things. A great council of scholars and mages that have investigated the Great Machine in the bowels of the city gathers to share their findings, but only manage to agree that it was created together with Sigil long ago, near the start of the Dawn War.

1900 D.C. / 1349 N.C. / - 500 I.A.

 Ostern and Marren form an alliance against Khandavar and with Turovian funds raise an army. War is declared. After three years Khandavar signs a peace treaty, renouncing its control over the Rysnen peninsula.

 A group of githyanki Far Wanderers, lead by captain Karruk Sazak arrive in Sigil after the destruction of their astral ship by aberrations. Karruk Sazak is convinced that the Great Machine in the bowels of the city is the answer to protecting the Cosmos from Far Realm incursions. They begin investigating the Great Machine.

 The Jaffar dynasty of High Kings ends and is replaced by the Hasan dynasty. Sabaah al-Hasan becomes High King of Assyria.

1920 D.C. / 1369 N.C. / - 480 I.A.

 After two decades of research, Karruk Sazak and his githyanki figure out that the Great Machine is a long forgotten dormant construct with the power to rival deities and that its purpose is to construct an inexhaustible number of Modrons to bring order to the Cosmos. They try to activate the Great Machine, but are stopped by other researchers in a battle that claims the lives of many. Karruk Sazak and his remaining followers flee Sigil with the help of the efreet Melamkurkurra and end up in the City of Brass.

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1930 Draconic Calendar / 1379 Nerathian Calendar / - 470 Imperial Age

 The Wars of the Four Kingdoms. The kingdoms of Arverni, Antigum, Ariel and Tarentum of east Tycho enter a period of intense rivalry and shifting alliances that last for over a century. They fight several small wars, and often those that were allies in one war bitterly fight against each other in the next.

 After several centuries of mistrust and enmities originating from the Great War the dragonborn and hobgoblins of the Dragon and Great Tenawe rivers segregate. Hostilities soon begin, but with no central authority they remain very localized. Attempts to mediate between the two races by the Ghaele of Spring prevent further violence.

 Silvara falls into a deep slumber for the next century. The elves of Tyelpelasse fear that she is growing very old.

 Karruk Sazak leads an expedition into the Abyss funded by Melamkurkurra. Half the members of the expedition are lost, but he returns to the City of Brass with the prize Melamkurkurra sought after, the Deluvian Hourglass. Karruk betrays his sponsor however, and does not hand over the artifact, killing Melamkurkurra in the ensuing fight before leaving the Elemental Chaos along with a handful of followers still alive.

1935 D.C. / 1384 N.C. / - 475 I.A.

 Evard Daing is born to a merchant family residing in the city of Moil, a prosperous trading port of the Shallow sea. As he grows he will show a great aptitude for magic, and become an apprentice to several mages of Moil's elven enclave. Eventually he will become one of the most well known wizards of the World.

 Hil Nivriz writes the first account and and draws the first detailed map of the Shallow sea that has survived to modern times.

 The birth of Irsy the Black Wyrm. Later on in life she will become far more known with her High Rysnen name, Ignatia.

 The dwarf clan Bitteraxe using survey maps indicating mineral wealth, contracts elven mages to make portals to an unknown mountain range against the High King's commands. They leave the Everlasting kingdom to found the mythical dwarf hold of Hammerdeep. Two more clans choose to follow them there, Coldforged and Onyxbrow. Though the portals used are outside the Everlasting kingdom's borders, the High King exiles the clans involved.

1940 D.C. / 1389 N.C. / - 460 I.A.

 After some years running from efreets hunting him for the murder of Melamkurkurra, Karruk Sazak finds temporary refuge in a githyanki hidden mote, a safe harbor for corsairs affiliated with Tu'Narath, the githyanki city, and its ruler Vlaakith. There he successfully recruits a sizable githyanki force to his cause. He returns to Sigil with this force and occupies the deep levels, the location of the Great Machine. His followers fend off several unorganized attempts to oust them in the following two weeks. A more organized attempt is planned, as interested parties recruit bladeling gangs, but it is already too late.

 In the first week of Stormwrack, Primus awakes and becomes fully operational. It creates thousands upon thousands of Modrons that swiftly eradicate residents of Sigil not quick enough to flee. Though the fate of Karruk Sazak is unknown, it is believed that he is one of the first dead. Primus captures the Deluvian Hourglass and it becomes the heart of a new construct, its purpose to hijack all portals in the Cosmos to sent Modrons through.

 As Primus begins hijacking permanent portals across the Cosmos one by one, the gods realize the terrible peril and in an unprecedented event most give at least their silent consent for a fundamental change to the fabric of the magic weave. This tiny alteration is enough to make all magic portals, and existing spells to create them stop functioning. The crisis is averted, but Primus and his forces remain.

1941 D.C. / 1380 N.C. / - 459 I.A.

 The loss of the portals makes the elven confederation impossible to maintain. It dissolves as communications and travel between its distant parts are near impossible.

 Naegwyn floods as the portals used to make the many waterfalls stopped working. Soon the city's area turns into a massive bog swamp and buildings slowly begin to sink. As the elves try to save their city, a dragon egg in their care hatches. Skaljandiir, the orium dragon is born.

 Over the next decade Averlorn loses most of its isolated Feywild holdings. Many are abandoned, but just as many fall to oni attacks. In the end, only Hithliniath remains secure, and while Caras Harad remains an elven port in the Feywild, it becomes an independent city-state.

 Parts of the World enter an era of relative isolation, forcing the use of more mundane ways of travel and a refocus on local affairs.

Timeline

The Middle Kingdoms Era

1950 Draconic Calendar / 1389 Nerathian Calendar / - 450 Imperial Age

 The city-states and smaller states of Mare Nostrum begin coalescing into larger polities that are ever shifting. Guwyth is the first kingdom to form, with a territory covering the peninsula separating Mare Nostrum from Mare Boreas and overall command of the trade out to the Great Ocean.

 The Republic of Emnos forms, uniting the coast from Delgall to Evenfar. The Republic will try to expand and include more territories over the years, but will fail to do so, meeting stiff local opposition.

 Amru al-Hasan becomes High King of Assyria. His reign will be marred by a futile series of conflicts as he attempts to impose his complete authority over the city-states of Assyria. His efforts will in fact have the opposite effect, undoing decades of diplomacy his predecessors had conducted.

 The elves of Elocin, believing that Silvara will never wake again, swear allegiance to Asarnil, who becomes the first elf mage-king of Elocin. The northern forest communities soon give their allegiance to Asarnil. The elves of Tyelpelasse and the rest of the southern forests decry this as a betrayal.

2000 D.C. / 1439 N.C. / - 400 I.A.

 Turova convinces several city-states on the north side of Mare Nostrum to enter a union lead by them. Over the next decade, this union forces more and more to join, conquering those that don't submit, until the entire northern coast of Mare Nostrum, from Buda to Jalasto is united, forming the kingdom of Rigia.

 In response to the Turovian agression, the league of Vilona unites, crowning the Autarch of Vilona the first king of Gedracia.

 Five kingdoms form along the banks of the Adar river; Droven, Busal, Kamelyra, Aselalia and Kharus. Their capitals are respectively Medza, Hestevik, Amanao, Argenta and Rueda. They are in constant competition, but also depend on each other to maintain trade along the river. As a result only a handfull of small wars are ever fought between them. Tieflings and halflings gain wealth as they are the ones that mostly manage the trade along the river.

 The archmage Evard Daing completes the construction of a powerful magic staff, black as night and with strange abilities, a project that took a decade to complete. At sixty five years of age he leaves Moil crossing into the Shadowfell, in a bid to find immortality.

2030 D.C. / 1469 N.C. / - 370 I.A.

 Tensions between Elocin and the southern communities, lead by the lords of Tyelpelasse and Hessinorno reach a critical point after decades of cold relations. King Asarnil of Elocin sends his second son, Doserain, and a sizable army south and the southern elves meet them right after they cross the Orange river, nominal border between the territories. As the battle is ready to begin, Silvara darkens the skies, and lands between in the armies, letting out a furious roar that causes both sides to drop their weapons in terror. The Battle-that-never-was becomes the official separation of the south and north elven realms, and Silvara in no uncertain terms makes it clear to king Asarnil that she will not tolerate any further aggression.

2050 D.C. / 1489 N.C. / - 350 I.A.

 Agos forms a protectorate engulfing all smaller towns and city-states of the Silamos plains. The food output of the plains combined with its mercantile endeavors bring riches to Agosian merchants and spread Silamosian grain across Tycho.

 A merchant captain of the Caleppian Trading Guild notes that over the past decades Moil's population has changed, now including numerous people with snake-like features.

 The kingdom of Tranada, centered around the Odense river, begins a war against the encroaching Marren-Ostern Alliance. The war ends in a devastating defeat for Tranada, with the signing of the Treaty of Sevet. Tranada becomes a client state of the Alliance. Marren and Ostern turn their attention back at their old rival, Khandavar, forcing them into vassalage.

 Asarnil dies in a hunting accident. His first born son, Haldir, becomes king of Elocin, though most would prefer the far more popular Doserain to take his father's crown. A conspiracy forms against the new elf-king, believing that Haldir is responsible for his father's death.

2075 D.C. / 1514 N.C. / - 325 I.A.

 The conspiracy against elf-king Haldir turns to a full scale rebellion after a failed assassination attempt. Doserain is accused as instigating the attempt and joins the rebellion. As both sides gather their forces, a strange plague begins to spread through the ranks of the rebels. The plague turns skin gray and the victims turn animalistic and give out a foul stench as they slowly rot away. It spreads among the elf population of Elocin and the surrounding areas. Doserain is infected, and makes a deal with Orcus for a cure. He becomes the ghoul-king and is pulled in the Abyss. His followers become the first ghouls, king Haldir dies and the rebellion dies down and many of its leaders flee, and the king's council of wizards having contracted the plague choose to use a forbidden ritual to become the Baelnorn liches. Over the next decades the elf population of the north forest dies and is henceforth known as the Forests of the Dead.

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2100 Draconic Calendar / 1539 Nerathian Calendar / - 300 Imperial Age

 Averlornian explorers, under the sponsorship of vanyatar Enendil, recolonize ancient abandoned Arkhosian ruins to the north of Averlorn, near the gulf of Arkhosia. The new city is named Enedthas.

 A decade ago, the Caleppian Trading Guild lost control of Moil to the numerous snakefolk living there, identified as resurgent yuan ti. With reports of ziggurats to Zehir raised in the city, the Guild hires a hobgoblin mercenary army to oust the yuan ti. The exact events of the battle are unknown, as the city, its inhabitants and the mercenary army all vanish without a trace. Centuries later, its ruins are discovered in the Shadowfell, but of the people there was no trace.

 The archmage Evard Daing, having survived in the Shadowfell for a century, meets his end in a fight against sorrowsworn lead by Vorkhesis, Herald of Fate. Before the fight, Evard handed over a copy of his spellbook to his apprentice. Eventually the spells invented by Evard will become widespread. DEcades later, his staff ends in the hands of a shadar kai wizard named Dovad.

 The hobgoblins begin training breeds of drakes and behemoths as beasts of burden and war. The tensions between them and the dragonborn are high, with many atrocities committed by both sides. By this time the communities of both are fully segregated, though scattered along the Great Tenawe and Dragon rivers.

2150 D.C. / 1589 N.C. / - 250 I.A.

 After the Wars of the Four Kingdoms ended, the eastern realms of Arverni, Antigum, Ariel and Tarentum enjoyed a century of delicate peace and balance, until the marriage of prince Xanword of Tarentum and princess Claudette of Ariel shifts the the scales of power, forcing Arverni and Antigum into an alliance against the united realm of Ariel and Tarentum. The War of the Veil starts.

 Silvara passes peacefully in her sleep, deep in the south forest. Unable to move the colossal body, the elves bury her in place and plant a grove of oaks above. As the oaks grow, their leaves turn silver, and soon this spreads for miles around. The nearby community, Tyelpelasse - Silverleaf in elvish- takes its name from this in her honor.

 Khandavar has been a rebellious vassal of the Marren-Ostern Alliance for over a century. Harpax Adramus, a young scion of the aristocracy, gathers enough support among his peers for another rebellion. Claiming descent from ancient Nerath, he raises a golden phoenix banner and rouses the populace of the city, driving away the Alliance garrison. The Alliance sends an army to punish the city, but are defeated in battle. The War of the Phoenix will see Khandavar free, though severely weakened. Harpax Adramus is elected dictator-for-life.

2200 D.C. / 1639 N.C. / - 200 I.A.

 The five kingdoms of the Adar river enter a period of decentralization due to the increasing power of landowners and the merchant class. Central power diminishes, as it relied more and more on locals landowners for administration. A large nobility class, with various ranks and power develops throughout the five kingdoms, accompanied by a rich merchant class.

 When Harpax Adramus died six years ago, power in Khadavar reverted back to the squabbling aristocratic council. The Alliance, mired in the third war against Rigia, seizes this opportunity to retake control of Khandavar. Their attempt is successful and the Adramus family along with many supporters flee in exile fearing for their lives.

 The dragonborn-hobgoblin conflicts reached a peak a decade ago. Harkath of clan Shaarn successfully unites the disparate dragonborn factions and defeats the hobgoblins in many battles. A peace treaty is signed, with Harkath representing the dragonborn and four hobgoblin khans representing the opposing side. Under this treaty, the hobgoblins are to migrate north along the Great Tenawe and Dragon rivers, while the dragonborn south, in a population exchange to seperate the two races. The kingdom of Raiann is born and Harkath is crowned the first king, also founding the Harkathi clan. The hobgoblins follow in the next years in creating the Assau ilkhanate in the north, ruled over by a council of khans.

2215 D.C. / 1654 N.C. / - 185 I.A.

 The great grandson of Harpax Adramus, Angelus, marries lady Eliphira Ivory of Medza, a half-elf claiming nobility from an ancient Aquilonian elven line, and niece to the king of Laesal. Angelus Adramus will become the next head of the Adramus family and will spend the next decade preparing for his family's return to Khandavar.

2225 D.C. / 1664 N.C. / - 175 I.A.

 The Alliance enters yet another war as their client state, Tranada, is attacked by Laesal. As the powerful Marren-Ostern armies move east, Angelus Adramus with a small army enters Khandavar, rising the golden phoenix banner in Treaty square. Most of the aristocracy and the vast majority of the city's population rise in rebellion, overthrowing the Alliance governor and imprisoning the aristocrats that failed to join the rebellion. Surprised, the Alliance is slow to react, as Angelus raises a volunteer army and captures Rotta, gateway between the west and east plains of the Rysnen peninsula. two weeks later, the Alliance loses badly at the battle of Rotta and with the Khandavar army marching towards Marren, they agree to peace. Tranada loses all claims to the lands east of the Teleki-Mithimna line in favor of Laesal and Marren-Ostern surrenders the entire western plain of the Rysnen peninsula to Khandavar, granting it independence.

Timeline

2250 Draconic Calendar / 1689 Nerathian Calendar / - 150 Imperial Age

 The War of the Storm. Oni clans in the Feywild join in alliance under the Storm Lightning and Death Moon clans. They use a new way to cross the veil to the Primary Plane and make war against Averlorn. After many brutal battles, vanyatar Uridan drives the oni back to the Feywild, but not before the kingdom suffered greatly.

 Nabeel al-Hasan dies, ending the Hasan dynasty of High Kings, the longest running in the history of Assyria. With no clear successor, Assyria enters a period of turmoil and wars, lasting a century, known as the Wars of Succession.

 Ignatia the Black subdues several tribes of lizardfolk in the Swamp Coast, forcing them in servitude.

 The Marren-Ostern Alliance, in a revanchist political move, declares war on Khandavar, aiming to reclaim the territory lost twenty five years ago. Khandavar, currently under the rule of dictator Gaius Adramus, is far from weak, successfully holding and even defeating the Alliance armies over the next three years. In a brilliant move of diplomacy, Gaius convinces king Ranald of Tranada to rebel against the Alliance. Distracted by the new rebellion and the twin defeats at Sauheim and Niex a year later, seal the fate of the Alliance. A year after that, Marren falls after a lengthy siege, the final nail in the coffin of the once superpower of Mare Nostrum.

 The Assau ilkhanate establishes its capital at Camstad and finalizes the Rules of Iron that govern way that contracts for mercenary armies are drawn and the contact of mercenary troops to this day. Mercenary hobgoblin armies become a sought after commodity for rich guilds and nobles and distinguish themselves during the Assyrian Wars of Succession.

2300 D.C / 1739 N.C. / - 100 I.A.

 King Iakliss of Raiann commissions the construction of a new capital city for the kingdom on the banks of the Great Tenawe, named Khopesh.

 A ship carrying people fleeing Balic for Draaj to avoid the fighting is blown off course and runs aground on Giant's peninsula, near Punjar. Among the passengers are a large group of halfling families. The yuan ti capture many survivors that are used as sacrifices, but most of the halflings hide in the swamp and wage a guerilla campaign against them.

 The kingdom of Brisea, located around the gulf of Carda, begins a shipbuilding project to compete with the Antlerian and Caleppian Trading Guilds.

 Eldgrim Bragisson manages to unite the warring tribes of the Frost Sea and becomes the first king of the 4th Hrodgeir kingdom.

2320 D.C. / 1759 N.C. / - 80 I.A.

 Over the past century Khandavar slowly but steadily expanded its territory, that reached as far south as Debstavar on the Guadiana river. This year is marked by two events; Khandavar gaining complete control of the Rysnen peninsula after Ostern's ill-fated declaration of war against it and its subsequent subjugation. The second is the death of Aelius Adramus, the last male heir of the Adramus line. Severus Bestia, married to Avidia Adramus becomes the next dictator, until his and Avidia's son Julianus comes of age.

 Rigia comes out of a forty year long succession crisis and civil war that split the kingdom in three. The new king, Kondrad Rozum, focuses on rebuilding the kingdom's declining navy and turns his attention upon the kingdom of Guwyth, that has been a long time rival for control of the trade with the Great Ocean.

 Captain Malco Cardo from Carda makes landfall on the estuary of Vaal river mistaking it for the Orange river, in an attempt to reestablish contact with the elves of west Eulalia after many centuries. He initially takes boats up the Vaal river but after a week he is attacked by ghouls losing half his men. He returns to the estuary and sails south, realizing his mistake. He finally establishes contact with the elves of Tyelpelasse a month later.

2330 D.C. / 1769 N.C. / - 70 I.A.

 The tieflings Nephshoon and Ach'Kavir sail from Emnos on private ships to also establish contact with the elves after Malco Cardo's success. They first land on an island caldera that Turathi slavers used as an outpost over a thousand years ago. Contact with the elves is established three months later.

 Laesal and Tranada, bitter rivals for decades, both try to convince dictator Severus Bestia of Khandavar to marry his son Julianus to a princess of either kingdom respectively. After a masterful use of diplomacy, both princesses are married to eligible members of House Bestia, but the young Julianus, having just come of age, instead marries princess Elisa of Gedracia at his confirmation as dictator. King Kondrad Rozum of Rigia, currently preparing for war with Guwyth, sees this as the prelude of a massive alliance against him forming to his south.

2340 D.C / 1779 N.C. / - 60 I.A.

 An Averlornian ship is attacked by pirates off the coast of Assyria. Many are taken captive and are sold as slaves in Punjar. A few escape on their way to the market and are hunted down in the surrounding swamp. Among them the elves Qimyar and Neriya Desor and Sovexis Harian. As the yuan ti are closing in, the elves are rescued by the halflings fighting against Punjar for the past forty years.

 The War of the North. Rigia begins its invasion of Guwyth. King Kondrad falls ill and dies during the campaign, shortly after landing near Boksmeer.

Timeline

2350 Draconic Calendar / 1789 Nerathian Calendar / - 50 Imperial Age

 After a decade of fighting, Rigia failed to defeat Guwyth, though they gained control of the straits exiting Mare Nostrum and the Isle of Varseveld. Guwyth, though refusing to give up the fight, has suffered greatly.

 The Assyrian Wars of Succession end, with Khalim al-Shaban crowned High King.

 Qimyar and Neriya Desor manage to sail back to Averlorn, bringing with them several halflings eager to learn magic and ways of fighting to defeat the yuan ti.

2352 D.C. / 1791 N.C. / - 48 I.A.

 The Tripartite Treaty. Guwyth successfully bargains the involvement of Gedracia and the Everlasting kingdom in their war against Rigia. Gedracian and dwarven armies march north into Guwyth to join the fight. Rigia fears that more kingdoms will join the fight against them.

2354 D.C. / 1793 N.C. /- 46 I.A.

 The Cerdiza Pact. Agos and Gedracia agree to a significant mutual trade agreement and alliance, sealed with the marriage of duke Thorkild and five lesser nobles to Agosian aristocrats. Thorkild is the younger brother of princess Elisa, wife to dictator Julianus Bestia of Khandavar.

 Rigia proposes peace to Guwyth, as long as they retain control of the Isle of Varseveld. Guwyth declines.

2356 D.C. / 1795 N.C. / - 44 I.A.

 The combined army of Guwyth, Gedracia and the dwarves land on the Isle of Varseveld. Rigia will be expelled from the island in a two year long campaign and agrees to peace. Duke Thorkild of Gedracia will impose humiliating terms on Rigia.

 Dictator Julianus Bestia, keen to restore old traditions, sponsors an academy of magic. He names the expanded realm he rules Rysnen after the peninsula and establishes the emblem of House Adramus, the golden phoenix, as the official banner. His two sons, Adrius and Aurelius Bestia, marry into the nobility of Laesal and Tranada respectively, while his young daughter Artoria, is promised to the heir of Gedracia, prince Verner, when she comes of age.

2360 D.C. / 1799 N.C. / - 40 I.A.

 The halflings that left Punjar for Averlorn, return, having learned the Way of the Shadow. They ask for volunteers to train for the struggle against the yuan ti.

 The Guwyth royal bloodline dies out and the nobility is in tatters after the long struggle against Rigia. Unwilling to start a succession war, they offer the crown to duke Thorkild of Gedracia, a well respected figure among them.

2370 D.C. / 1809 N.C. / - 30 I.A.

 Researchers of the magical academy of Khandavar, successfully create a siphon of energy drawing from the Elemental Chaos to power spells. They discover that the device acquires properties of elemental buoyancy, and floats away in the sky to be lost. Research shifts to this new discovery.

 King Thorkild of Guwyth visits Turova in Rigia in an attempt to mend the wounds the War of the North left. During the reception by king Leon, he is assassinated. Neither Guwyth, nor Gedracia or Rysnen believe the assassin worked alone. As Rigia refuses to hand over the perpetrator, war seems imminent.

2371 D.C. / 1810 N.C. - 29 I.A.

 As a coalition of Guwyth, Gedracia, Agos, Tranada and Laesal, lead by the Rysnen dictator Adrius Bestia, gathers its forces for war against Rigia, the latter preempts them as it raids and burns the city of Pest. The Rigian War is a brutal fifteen year affair, that sees Rigia completely subjucated to the superior forces gathered against it.

2380 D.C. / 1819 N.C. / - 20 I.A.

 A group of paladins of Bahamut, guided by visions and sick of the suffering caused by the Rigian War, form the Platinum Talons, a guild meant to protect the innocent and bring justice to wrongdoers.

 The halfling shadow monks of Punjar successfully assassinate the yuan ti leadership. Chaos ensues as a mob drives the remaining yuan ti from the city.

2390 D.C. / 1829 N.C. / - 10 I.A.

 Visions lead a group of Platinum Talons to take a perilous journey far north. They enter the ice realm of the Frost Giants, and though more than half of them never return, those that do brought with them treasures looted by the giants in ancient times. It takes years to identify most. One of the items retrieved is thought to be the long lost Iron Crown of Lorica. The Platinum Talons use the wealth to raise a temple to Bahamut in Khandavar and lay the foundation for the Church of the Platinum Scale.

 The researchers of the magical academy create the first elemental ring, mounted on a vehicle. The first airship, the Soaring Hawk, completes its flight. The age of the airship begins.

2400 D.C. / 1839 N.C. / 0 I.A.

 The Golden Phoenix rises. The exarch Paziah reveals herself to the Platinum Talons. Under her direction they present the Iron Crown of Lorica to dictator Angelus Bestia. Rysnen, in the process of convincing several friendly kingdoms in joining in permanent union, gains another argument in its favor for leading this union.

Timeline

The Imperial Era

1 Imperial Age

 The official founding of the Rysnen empire. In grand ceremony dictator Angelus Bestia is crowned with the Iron Crown of Lorica by exarch Paziah in Khandavar. Claiming blood ties with ancient Nerath and Aquilonia, he declares that he will bring peace and stability to all the people of all kingdoms under his rule. Present are the royal families and nobility of Gedracia, Guwyth, Tranada, Laesal and others. The aforementioned four are closely tied along to the first emperor by familial blood. A council forms with the head of each state, presided by the emperor as the ultimate authority of Mare Nostrum. Their first act to divide the defeated Rigia into five administrative districts controlled by one of the five council members.

 Paziah chooses to fade into the background, rather than lead the Church of the Platinum Scale. The Church, with imperial support and popular among the population for its charities, begins expanding from Khandavar to all of Mare Nostrum.

 Emperor Angelus flies on The Soaring Hawk, that the magical academy tested over the past decade. He immediately makes the knowledge of airship construction a state secret and separates the researchers and mages into a state sponsored guild, creating the Imperial Artificers' Guild. He funds both it, and the rest of the magical academy, which becomes the basis of the Imperial Arcane Institute. He orders the Artificers' Guild to construct a fleet of airships.

10 I.A.

 The Congress of Argenta. The kingdoms of the Adar river and Brisea, try to form an alliance to counter the Rysnen empire, but in the end only achieve in forming a defensive pact.

20 I.A.

 Agos ends twenty years of negotiations to join the empire when their demands for territorial concessions from Gedracia fail. The Agosian parliament agrees on hiring a hobgoblin mercenary army long term to defend their interests. Representatives sail to Assau for negotiations.

 The first use of airships in combat, as five airships act as archer and ballista platforms during the quelling of a minor rebellion in Rigia.

 The kingdom of Arverni is defunct as the only claimants to its crown are nobility of Ariel or Antigum. In a bid to avoid bloodshed right after the end of another war, the two latter kingdoms make an agreement, choosing a mutually agreeable Antigan noble, Alesso Lorelan for king of Arverni, with the provision that he will marry countess Lauretta Celini, niece of the king of Ariel, Martino Alban.

30 I.A.

 Over the past decade, Agos used hobgoblin mercenaries and their own troops to expand the territory they control into the Sea of Grass with mixed results. This caused them to reevaluate their priorities and sign a defensive alliance with the Everlasting kingdom. Following the agreement, Agos moves troops into the disputed area between them and Gedracia, occupying the independent city of Cedriza on the Guadiana river. The Gedracian king Martinus, grandson of Artoria Bestia, calls the empire for aid, rather than act on his own. Emperor Angelus gathers his forces and declares war against Agos. The Everlasting kingdom declares war on the empire.

 The republic of Emnos and the kingdom of Brisea agree to create a buffer zone between them, ending over a century of border disputes. They raise funds to build Port Villay, as neutral ground between them.

35 I.A.

 The Rysnen - Agosian war ends in defeat for Agos. Airships played a vital role in overcoming the disciplined regiments of hobgoblin mercenaries in several battles, most notably the battle of Ixos. Agos capitulates, the aristocratic families are forced to send hostages to Khandavar and Gedracia takes control of the disputed territory, from Cedriza to Mouri. The dwarves continue fighting for another four years, until a peace agreement is reached.

 Augustinus Bestia is crowned the second emperor of Rysnen.

 Raiann founds the outpost of Balasar castle, to maintain communications and trade with the elves.

50 I.A.

 Alexius Donovan of Carda sails to west Eulalia with twelve ships to expand the colony of Landfall and trade with the elves. Instead, he lands seventy miles further south, and founds his own colony, independent of Brisea. He names it Donovan's Landing and manages to broker a trade deal with the elves of Tyelpelasse within the year.

53 I.A.

 The First Undead Incursion of the Orange River. Landfall falls but most of the people escape via ship. Alexius Donovan holds off the ghouls near Donovan's Landing, but further east, the ghouls raid elven territories. Alexius aids the elves in several battles, and marches east, driving back the ghouls and securing new territories. Caeda Eltoris of Tyelpelasse and he reach an agreement, granting Alexius Donovan the right to colonize the plains around Orange river. Alexius Donovan dies three years later storming Balasar castle, when a miscommunication caused hostilities with Raiann.

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60 Imperial Age

 The Church of the Platinum Scale has expanded greatly across the empire, along with the Platinum Talons that continued roaming the wilder and lawless areas, protecting people. Though their popularity increased greatly, so did the harshness of the punishments inflicted upon wrongdoers. They also gradually began a policy of discrimination against tieflings, culminating this year with the Solini Incident, where the Talons executed three tiefling families for worshiping Asmodeus. This is a turning point for the Platinum Talons, turning them from champions of the helpless to church enforcers and leading to worse atrocities in the coming decades.

 A red dragon known locally as Fumbir and as Tiberius in his Rysnen designation, sets his lair in the highlands of Eulalia, northwest of Raiann, and begins raiding goliath settlements.

 A mysterious magical plague spreads on the island of Cathay. Over the year it will kill a tenth of the population and render far more blind. Ships making port at Cathay will carry it across the World, and t it will begin claiming victims in many more places by the start of the next year. The plague will return periodically every few years.

70 I.A.

 Over the past few decades more people from Brisea, the Adar river and Emnos migrate to Eulalia, building small communities in the region that Alexius Donovan secured from the elves.

 A large revolt starts in the region of Rigia controlled by Guwyth. Emperor Vincentius Bestia sents his armies to quell the rebellion.

 Laesal greatly increases the tariffs on goods imported from the Adar river, nearly bankrupting the region's merchant guilds, and completely bans the Melkor and Cartesian guilds, controlled by tieflings, from trade with them.

 Discrimination against tieflings, fueled by the Church of the Platinum Scale, is reaching its peak in the Rysnen empire.

74 I.A.

 The fourth wave of the cathayan plague spreads, deadlier than before. Two in three people in Cathay die, and the plague soon spreads to Agos, Calepp and Carda, claiming nearly half the population of those cities. Magical remedies appear to work, but many still die.

 Across the empire, sermons of the Church of the Platinum Scale claim tieflings as the culprits of the plague. Soon violence erupts and in larger cities lynch mobs form, mostly instigated by the Platinum Talons.

75 I.A.

 As the violence against tieflings spirals out of control, emperor Vincentius Bestia attempts to reign in the Church of the Platinum Scale, but finds them firmly entrenched in the ranks of nobility and meets heavy opposition. He issues the Eviction Edict, confiscating tiefling property across the empire, forcing tieflings to leave the empire. The Edict for a period has the opposite effect, as it legalizes violence against tieflings that resist it. By the end of the decade, the tiefling population in the empire will decrease to less than a hundredth.

 The plague, although delayed, hits the eastern kingdoms of Tycho as well. It becomes especially virulent there, killing in particular several members of the nobility, including the heir to the crown of Antigum and the king of Ariel. A succession crisis evolves over the following year, that ends up with Ariel ruled by the king of Arverni, Lavinio Lorelan. In the following years, as Antigum has no legal heirs, king Lavinio will also inherit the crown of Antigum, uniting all four eastern kingdoms into Yngvar.

80 I.A

 The half orc Renagash Magnus, wizard of the Orium tower, discovers and breaks the magical curse that caused the cathayan plague, ending it forever.

 Gedracia siezes the opportunity to expand into Agosian territory, as Agos is still recovering from the plague. This leads into a crisis in the empire as other imperial kingdoms don't want Gedracia to double in size or gain easy access to the Great Ocean, while emperor Vincentius is furious at Gedracia for following their own independent foreign policy. In the end, under heavy pressure, Gedracia relinquishes the Agosian territories that become an autonomous region within the empire.

85 I.A.

 Droven, the Adar kingdom closest to Mare Nostrum, attacks Laesal, after the latter's constants raids into their territory. Emperor Vincentius sents his armies to aid, and in addition tries to find a way to curtail the power of his subject kingdoms, as they keep dragging the empire from one conflict to another. Busal and Kamelyra sent aid to Droven. The First Adar War is a decade long affair that sees Droven, Busal and Kamelyra subjucated, and become provinces of the expanding Rysnen empire.

90 I.A.

 As the imperial armies advance along the Adar river a massive migration of many races to Eulalia begins. The tieflings in particular, prosperous from trade are forced to abandon their homes before the imperial armies reach them, taking much wealth with them. Many more of the merchant class and the nobility of the Adar river flee across the ocean, leaving the region in chaos.

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95 Imperial Age

 The population of the Orange river increased greatly over the past few years due to migration from Tycho. As talks between the varied groups of nobles and commoners about forming a state slowly begin, a young exiled Rigian descended Rysnen noble named Decimus Natempestas, starts mediating between the greatly differing opinions. An astute politician and capable leader, he changes the name of his house to Stormborne to avoid any association with the Rysnen empire and will succeed after five years of negotiations to become the first king of Meridiania.

 Emperor Vincentius Bestia dies. He is succeeded by his son, Vespasius the Incompetent. Vespasius will be the last emperor of the Bestia line.

100 I.A.

 The city-states of the Pehn peninsula coalesce into the Republic of Phnom Pehn, after two decades of political maneuvering that followed the end of the cathayan plague. Calepp becomes the capital of this mercantile state, ruled by an aristocratic oligarchy.

 Emperor Vespasius dissolves the Imperial Council, and then reforms it, filling it with close friends. Gedracia, Laesal and Tranada protest strongly and imperial support from these kingdoms drops significantly.

108 I.A.

 King Decimus Stormborne of Meridiania forcibly takes the lands of a large town from the sons of Rothgar as the new capital of Meridiania. He names the capital Threekeep, after the three keeps sir Rothgar had build around the town bridge and for his sons.

110 I.A.

 A rebellion breaks out in the occupied territories of Busal and Kamelyra. Laesal sends its own armies to quell the rebellion without any imperial authorization. An alliance of Aselalia, Kharus and Brisea send their forces to help, emboldened by the lack of an official imperial response. The Second Adar War begins.

115 I.A.

 The Rysnen empire is on the brink of dissolution, as the numerous states refuse to pay taxes, after emperor Vespasius doubled them with the pretext of preparing a proper response for the ongoing Second Adar War. In fact, horrible mismanagement of funds and corruption since the beginning of his reign emptied the imperial coffers, while the emperor refuses to send the imperial army to fight in the war unless the taxes are paid.

117 I.A.

 Emperor Vespasius dies after consuming too much wine during a private feast. Imperial authority was at an all time low during this time. In his will he names his cousin, Adrius Seranus as his successor. This is immediately challenged by many.

 The Time of the Three Emperors. Gedracia declares their king, Ejnar Sune, descedant of Artoria Bestia as Rysnen emperor. A few months later Tranada declares their king, Angelus Virquinal, descedant of Aurelius Bestia as emperor. The next twenty years will be consumed by political posturing among the three claimants to gain the support of the rest of the imperial states in their claim.

120 I.A.

 King Decimus Stormborne of Meridiania subdives his kingdom into five duchies, each ruled by a duke for administration purposes. It is his last major act, as he dies four months later, succeeded by his son.

 Husni al-Mattar becomes the first Assyrian High King of his dynasty.

 The First Raiann - Assau War. The hobgoblins attack south into Raiann, using their disciplined formations, and for the first time make use of specially bred spirehorn behemoths in war, breaking the dragonborn lines time and time again using tactics centered around the huge beasts. Raiann agrees to peace after a year of constant defeats.

 An expedition from Emnos, lead by captain Albaro Samper braves the horrible tales of Giant's peninsula and lands at the tip, setting an outpost at a location of some ancient Nerathian ruins. The outpost will eventually become the city of Neverwinter. A rival expedition from Carda, lead by captain Karsas lands further to the east in a small cove covered in Arkhosian ruins. They name the place Stormreach. The exploration and colonization of Giant's peninsula begins.

130 I.A.

 Elephon Tulius Cumanus, the Laesal general commanding the forces in Busal, brokers a deal with Aselalia to end the long Second Adar War. Aselalia switches sides in the conflict, and general Cumanus' forces swiftly move to strike the unprotected territories of Kharus. The war ends within the year, as Brisea sues for peace. The entire Adar river is imperial territory now, under the control of the kingdom of Aselalia.

 Elephon Tulius Cumanus gains massive popularity in Laesal. A descendant of the second son of Adrius Bestia, who was the father of the first Rysnen emperor, he marries the daughter of king Mirkaldar Thegella of Laesal, the princess Thylendra and is named heir to the crown of Laesal.

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135 Imperial Age

 Captain Vidimir Athair of Port Villay lands in a deep natural harbor beneath a small mountain on the west side of Giant's Peninsula. During the mountain's survey the crew discovers rich silver veins. Despite the danger of nearby giant tribes, they establish a small outpost, planning to return for a more permanent settlement.

 As the year nears its end, a number of well planned revolts begin in Rigia, taking advantage of the absence of any central authority in the Rysnen empire. They soon spread, threatening to overthrow the regional governors.

136 I.A.

 Elephon Tulius Cumanus becomes king of Laesal. King Elephon immediately sets off with his veteran troops to quell the rebellions in the Laesal controlled part of Rigia.

 Adrius Seranus, the Khandavar claimant for the imperial throne, dies of poison. His supporters accuse Tranada and their king, Angelus Virquinal. Adrius's brother, Veres Seranus attempts to gather support as successor to the Rysnen throne but is assassinated by his generals, who declare their support for king Ejnar Sune of Gedracia. Tranada gathers its forces to strike before Gedracia and Rysnen consolidate under the rule of king Ejnar.

137 I.A.

 King Elephon secures Laesal's region of Rigia and proceeds to quell the rebellion in Tranada's and Rysnen's regions as well, subverting Tranadan and Rysnen troops stationed there to his side. As kings Ejnar and Angelus maneuver their armies against one another, Elephon sails from Turova with his army, lands in Helghast and marches upon undefended Khandavar and captures the city with no opposition. He then swiftly moves south capturing Debstavar, cutting communications between Gedracia and Rysnen. A significant part of the Rysnen troops defect to his side, ending the Gedracian - Rysnen alliance. A week later he soundly defeats the returning Gedracian army trying to recapture Debstavar and the bridge over Guadiana river. King Ejnar Sune dies in the battle.

 Gedracia surrenders to king Elephon. King Elephon wastes no time and marches upon Tranada, defeating the advancing Tranadan army at Arnau, and again at Lundau, destroying their army completely. Two months later Obory falls and king Angelus Virquinal is captured. The Time of the Three Emperors ends.

 Elephon Tulius Cumanus returns to Khandavar where he is crowned Rysnen emperor with the Iron Crown of Lorica. The reign of Elephon the Conqueror will see the end of the Rigian revolts and the reestablishment of Rysnen central authority.

145 I.A.

 The mage Ahghairon Hulovir and his companions arrive at Vidimir Athair's mining outpost on Giant's Peninsula. They respond to an invitation by captain Athair as the outpost, expanded into a small fort and docks over the past decade to protect the mine, is under constant attacks by trolls from the swamp north of them. The Trollwars, as the conflict is known, begins.

 Emperor Elephon the Conqueror completes the conquest of the free city-states of west Tycho. The only port to the west left outside imperial control is the dwarf city of Barak Varr.

149 I.A.

 The kingdom of Brisea breaks up, after the loss of the royal family in a storm. Its western colonies, heavily populated by beastfolk, become the kingdom of Prathet Anachak, eventually joined by the rest of the city-states of that peninsula. Brisea's eastern parts are absorbed by Port Villay, while Carda and its surrounding territory become a protectorate of the Rysnen empire.

151 I.A.

 The Trollwars end when captain Vidimir Athair leads his men into an assault in the Troll Swamp, wielding Azuredge, an axe created by Ahghairon. The trolls are wiped out, but Vidimir and all of Ahghairon's original companions die in the battle.

 As the outpost had grown into a small town over the years, Ahghairon sacrifices a white bull to Erathis, to commemorate the fallen and celebrate the founding of a new city. He names the city Waterdeep after the deep waters of the natural harbor.

157 I.A.

 Emperor Elephon the Conqueror dies. He leaves an expanded Rysnen empire - still suffering from the mismanagement of his predecessor and the Time of the Three Emperors - to his son, Laeroth Cassius Cumanus.

160 I.A.

 The protectorate of Carda is absorbed by the Rysnen empire, after the Platinum Talons march in the territory, establish the Church of the Platinum Scale and begin prosecuting tieflings and other people they consider undesirables. Emperor Laeroth the Reformer learns of these actions months after they took place. A mass migration of prosecuted races begins to Emnos, Prathet Anachak and Eulalia. The Republic of Emnos enters a period of crisis over the situation.

 Emperor Laeroth the Reformer and his closest allies put together Plan Meteor in secrecy, aiming at curtailing the power of the Platinum Talons.

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161 Imperial Age

 The Great Reform. Emperor Laeroth the Reformer enacts a series of changes to improve the decaying administration of the massive Rysnen empire. With the crowns of Gedracia, Tranada and Laesal firmly under imperial control and Guwyth in shambles after decades of unrest in its Rigian region, the emperor abolishes the old kingdoms and forms new provinces, naming them Praants, assigning loyal noble families as autonomous governors, while the royal families of the old kingdoms gather in Khandavar, to form the Domus Nobiles - the house of nobles - as the new governing body of the empire.

 Ten Praants form: Lothiran, Durwen, Silamos, Elaekoth, Gerragord, Rysnen, Glaybaen, Thyreclya, Fojar and Aselalia. Each sends forty representatives to Khandavar to form the Senatus Populus - the people's senate and legislative imperial body - though how each Praant chooses these senators is left to them. The senators of Durwen are hereditary positions, of Glaybaen assigned by its governor, while Silamos's senators are elected every ten years. Each Praant must maintain its own army, but the emperor takes measures to ensure that none of these forces are a match for the imperial army.

 The emperor also enacts Plan Meteor. He forms the Order of Justicars, roving paladins that have imperial authority as judges to settle disputes and mete punishment in remote areas, allowing holy warriors of any deity to join, as long as they follow the Order's tenets. The Order directly takes over these responsibilities from the Platinum Talons, but before the Platinum Church had a chance to respond, the imperial army arrested key members, including the Patriarch of the Platinum Talons. In the end the Church was forced to disband three quarters of the Platinum Talon force and those kept had the sole purpose of protecting Church property.

 The final reform was the formation of the Rysnen Air Corps, consolidating all airships into a unified armada and banning the use of airships by anyone else. All these changes would take nearly twenty five years to complete, but ultimately changed the empire from the decaying state it was to the strongest in the world.

170 I.A.

 Ignatia the Black dominates the lizardfolk tribes of the Swamp Coast, who worship her as a god. With trolls and other creatures under her command she establishes herself as the sole ruler Mangrove Bay and the Deep Bogs. Her demands for tribute force the lizardfolk into piracy, building longships to attack vessels blown off course into the Shallow Sea. As decades pass and lizardfolk become better and better sailors, the raids will extent all the way to Giant's Peninsula.

 Ahghairon begins the system of hidden rulership that will eventually become the Masked Lords of Waterdeep.

180 I.A.

 A green dragon, Greenhorn the Fierce, takes residence in the forests near Waterdeep and begins terrorizing the young city, demanding tribute and their subjucation. The elderly archmage Ahghairon, creates the Sword of Waterdeep to arm a champion to defeat the dragon, but no champion of great quality exists at the time. To buy more time, he creates the Dragonward; a magical ward controlled by his staff that prevents dragons from entering a wide area around Waterdeep.

185 I.A.

 Derren Stormborne, the fifth and last Meridianian king of the Stormborne line is deposed and exiled as he loses all support of his nobles after a failed power grab. Though his House survives through his five year old brother, the crown passes on to House Ravenholm's line of kings.

 Ahghairon dies. Greenhorn the Fierce, is still raiding outside the Dragonward. The Masked Lords strike a deal with Skaljandiir, offering a rich reward in silver and ancient elven artifacts if he deals with Greenhorn. Skaljandiir faces him in the sky and defeats him, breaking Greenhorn's body upon the ground.

 Emperor Laeroth the Reformer severely increases the punishment for slave trading in the empire, from a heavy fine to a capital offense.

190 I.A.

 The tiefling city of Deliverance is founded. Over the next decades it will become one of the strongest maritime forces as its merchant ships will carry goods all over the world.

 King Vigor Ravenholm of Meridiania successfully negotiates the inclusion of the elves of High Forest into the kingdom, granting them two of the five ducal titles. Meridiania peacefully expands south as the duchies of Silverleaf and Wintertree form.

200 I.A.

 The Rysnen empire celebrates its bicentennial and mourns the death of emperor Laeroth. The Cumanus line of half-elf emperors continues with his son, Eliphar Gaius Cumanus.

 The Phoenix, the first airship that can stay airborne for a full day, makes its maiden flight.

 The halfling Sanwan Magnus, wizard of the Orium tower, successfully solves the arcane puzzle Mordenkainen had prepared to conceal his spellbooks. Mordenkainen's spells, hidden for nearly two thousand years, are recovered and spread across the world.

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215 Imperial Age

 The brown dragon Apophis takes residence in the Hejaz Mountains of Assyria, extorting tribute from caravans traveling to and from Tyr. Over the next decades several attempts to slay him fail, until the caravan merchants accept the tribute as an additional cost of making business.

 King Edgard Ravenholm of Meridiania creates Coast and Grey counties to the southwest, over lands the elves had abandoned long ago. Elfkeep becomes the capital of Coast county. With the blessing of the elves he founds Temple city on an island at the center of Spirit lake, dedicated to honoring the gods.

 Port Villay asks to join the Republic of Emnos, in fear of the Rysnen empire. The Republic senate, after a very long debate accepts, even though the vote barely reaches majority.

222 I.A.

 Khelben Arunsun is born in Waterdeep. From an early age he will display an aptitude for magic and a disrespect for danger.

 Fumbir, also known as Tiberius the Red has achieved total domination over the goliath tribes of Eulalia's North Highlands. Hundreds of kobolds flock to serve him and he uses their labor and that of the goliaths to begin construction of an impregnable cliffside lair to store his hoard.

230 I.A.

 The Second Undead Incursion of the Orange River. At great cost, the undead are stopped at the Battle of Threekeep by king Edgard Ravenholm of Meridiania.

 Lizardfolk begin raids along the Giant's Peninsula, sometimes accompanied by young black dragons, assumed to be Ignatia's offspring. Trade suffers and unprotected villages are ravaged, forcing Waterdeep to build a naval force to patrol the coastline.

250 I.A.

 The Republic of Emnos, in an attempt to gain power and a position of strength against the Rysnen empire, declares war against Prathet Anachak, sending an invasion force with their armada. Queen Dian Teja Jiahui of Prathet Anachak, a strong advocate for neutrality, surprises everyone and asks the Rysnen empire for aid. Emperor Imnos the Rash quickly responds, sending armies to the east to fight against Emnos.

 A small fleet of lizardfolk longships, accompanied by two young black dragons, enter Waterdeep's harbor to raid. Ahghairon's Dragonward stops the two dragons and after a full day of fighting the lizardfolk are defeated, losing half their longships to the spells of Khelben Arunsun. This brings a stop to lizardfolk raids for the next fifty years. Khelben Arunsun is awarded Ahghairon's staff by the Masked Lords. Later that year he leaves Waterdeep for his adventures.

255 I.A.

 The Rysnen-Emnos War ends. Emnos loses Port Villay, is forced to disband its fleet, pay reparations to Prathet Anachak, and each aristocratic family must provide a hostage. Queen Dian Teja Jiahui offers her second born son, Adi Kuwat Jiajui in marriage to emperor Imnos's daughter. The emperor accepts the deal, and queen Dian secures Prathet Anachak's independence and its alliance to the Rysnen empire.

260 I.A.

 Khelben Arunsun is awarded with the Emblem of Ossandrya by vanyatar Illitran of Averlorn, for proving the misfortunes suffered by the royal family were the machinations of unseelie fey and not an oni plot. Though offered a permanent position as the royal wizard, he politely declines and instead asks for maps for his journey to the Abyssal Isles.

 Emperor Imnos the Rash pressures High King Gromar Ironbrow into joining the Rysnen empire. The Everlasting Kingdom, surrounded by the Rysnen empire for over a century has many advocates for joining the empire especially among the clans relying on its trade. High King Gromar though, publishes a fiery speech riling up the dwarfs opposing such a plan and shaming those that supported it. Emperor Imnos, targeted personally in the speech, feels personally insulted and strong arms the Domus Nobiles to cut all trade with the Everlasting Kingdom. A period of hostile relations begins known as the Cold War.

263 I.A.

 Khelben Arunsun destroys the mutant demonic cults of Abyssal Isles and recovers the sentient artifact Razor.

265 I.A.

 Over the last century, Assyria's population altered as immigrants from Tycho slowly trickled in. Particularly in Balic, whose society was more open, tieflings flourished creating over the decades strong ties with Deliverance and bringing much needed trade in Assyria. This year, Noori al-Ramin becomes the first High King of his dynasty and issues an edict tripling the taxation on foreign trade, an edict that Balic completely ignores, while other cities also protest. But it also causes unrest and violence in the streets against foreigners, that shimmers for years.

 Khelben Arunsun returns Razor to its proper resting place in the Shadowfell. There he faces off against a cabal of shadow sorcerers, defeating them all and claiming their leader's staff as his own. The staff is the same one that Evard Daing crafted seven centuries ago. Khelben will use this staff for the rest of his life, and due to it become known as the Blackstaff.

 The Path of Light is founded around this time in Cathay to fight off slavery.

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267 Imperial Age

 Anuriel of Enedthas is the first person to record descriptions of the aberrant denizens of the Arkhosian Desolation, collected over the past century from adventurers that returned safely from short journeys. Still, none of those that ventured deep in the Desolation ever return.

 Khelben Arunsun slays the Nightwalker Ekhthrar, saving the city of Thay in the Shadowfell. Later in the year, after returning to the Primary Plane, he visits the Feywild city of Astrazalian when it Worldfalls on the Spring Equinox. He will spend half a year a guest there, studying ancient elvish texts concerning the origins of dragons.

270 I.A.

 Raeran Woodsoul, archmage of Astrazalian, develops a theory to recreate the magic teleportation circles that failed seven hundred years ago without drawing Primus's attention. He convinces his two friends, Alas Greensleeves and Tanyl Soundinghorn. The three will gather funds and travel to the remote Feywild city of Tal en'Sul, where they will begin construction of the magical tower of Stormspire. As the construction will take decades to complete, they occupy themselves with other projects, eventually gaining the titles of Bralanis of the Three Winds, and ruling the city.

 Khelben Arunsun arrives in Tyr, asking High King Noori al-Ramin access to the ancient draconic texts that are kept hidden in the Golden Tower. The High King agrees on the condition that Khelben first wins a match against the Immortal Game, an enchanted board of dragonchess that its spectral controller has never been defeated for over a thousand years. He succeeds in the task after a two month long game. He then uses a small fortune to hire three ships for an expedition heading east, past the mapped regions of the world.

275 I.A.

 Stormbringer's War. Olaf Stormbringer instigates a war against Hrodgeir king Odd Hefnd. The war lasts a decade and sees the end of many of the old Hrodgeir tribes. It ends with the death of king Odd and his whole family at the hands of Olaf Stormbringer. The fourth Hrodgeir kingdom ends, followed by a period of chaos and tribal warfare.

 Mount Waterdeep's silver veins dry out. The mine shafts, running deeper and deeper for nearly a century are abandoned but had lessened in importance through the city's life, as Waterdeep's natural harbor brought a lot trade income for decades now.

 Raiann clans begin cross-breeding griffons. The blackwing griffons are the best result of these efforts, though even those are notoriously difficult to handle, imprinting only on a single rider for their whole life and expensive to raise and train. Raiann hopes this will give them an edge over Assau.

280 I.A.

 Khelben Arunsun arrives in the Feywild pirate city of Roanapur with the three ships he hired ten years ago in Tyr. He disbands the crews there, and hires a small group to help him carry several treasure chests to the Court of Stars. After some months spent there, he crosses to the Primary Plane and travels to Waterdeep, where he buys a large plot of land in the city center. Demolishing the old buildings there, he settles down and begins construction of Blackstaff tower. There is no information as to his travels for the past ten years.

 The Third Undead Incursion of the Orange River. Meridiania's border lookouts and elven trained scouts gave ample warning of the invading undead and king Ronald Ravenholm meets them with the full might of his knights as they cross the river, crushing them.

300 I.A.

 The Blackstaff tower is completed this year, as its spellspire is atuned. Khelben 'Blackstaff' Arunsun, nearing eighty years old, also completes work on an artifact known as the Tesseract of which little is known. Over the past two decades he has come to an accord with the Masked Lords, becoming Waterdeep's archmage and a big influence in the politics of Giant's Peninsula.

 Emperor Ivellios Lusius Cumanus, last emperor of the dynasty, asks the Imperial Artificer's Guild and the Arcane Institute to work together with the empire's merchant guilds to come up with a solution for faster and cheap transport across the vast regions of the Rysnen empire. The committee will work on this problem for twenty years before presenting a plan to the Domus Nobiles; the Lightning Rail.

315 I.A.

 The first reports of lycanthropes in the west fringes of Meridiania's High Forest, attacking pilgrims traveling to Temple City. Werebeasts will plague Coast, Raven and White counties for centuries to come.

 Emperor Ivellios dies. The imperial throne passes on from the half-elf emperors to his son-in-law and protege, Simas Caecius Sollemnis. The new emperor is quick to establish his authority, issuing an ultimatum at Emnos for their numerous transgressions over the past sixty years. Emnos rejects the ultimatum and the Domus Nobiles votes for war. Emnos attempts to form an alliance with their long time rivals for the eastern trade, Yngvar, but king Rinieri Alberti of Yngvar instead marries his daughter to emperor Simas's son, ensuring the survival of his kingdom. The Republic of Emnos stands alone.

 Khelben Arunsun dies of old age. His possesions and the Blackstaff title pass on to his longtime apprentice, Vajra Safahr, a wizard of mixed Agosian and Assyrian descent, that becomes Waterdeep's new archmage.

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322 Imperial Age

 After seven years of battles, Emnos is badly pressured by Rysnen and the only reason they have not fallen yet is the extreme length of the Rysnen supply lines and the Emnosian navy controlling the shores. Many in the aristocracy view the war a lost cause however and secretly conspire, convincing general Barak Morceli to stage a coup against the senate and end the war. general Morceli agrees and leads his troops, the Emnos Republican Guard, in a successful coup against the senate, executing the senators opposing peace. He takes control of the city of Emnos and in order to secure his control, imprisons several of the aristocracy and generals. Naming himself dictator, he quickly calls on the Rysnen empire for peace. The terms are harsh for Emnos; though general Morceli is recognized as its ruler, the republic is little more than a protectorate of the Rysnen empire.

325 I.A.

 A fifteen year debate in the Senatus Populus begins concerning the funds required for construction of the Lightning Rail and the routes to be built.

 The orc chieftain Kurmbag, with help from the Shadow oni clan, unites the orcs of the Walls of Averlorn and invades the kingdom. A decade of devastation follows before the kingdom destroys the invading orcs.

332 I.A.

 The Blackstaff archmage, Vajra Safahr, mysteriously vanishes without a trace, though all divinations cast indicate she is alive. In her absence the Blackstaff tower will be run by a council of wizards, and no new archmage will be chosen for Waterdeep. Her fate will remain unknown for over a hundred and seventy years.

340 I.A.

 Barak Morceli is assassinated in Emnos, ending nearly twenty years of tyrannical rule. Emperor Maurice Pupius Sollemnis, following the treaty the empire signed with Barak Morceli, orders general Publius Aurelius to invade Emnos. Unprepared, Emnos falls by the end of the year. Emperor Maurice and the Domus Nobiles form two new Praants to administer the region; Driakith and Agriradia. Publius Aurelius becomes the first governor of Agriradia, ruling from Emnos, and forms one of the most successful and loved dynasties in recent history.

 The Senatus Populus agrees on a plan for the Lightning Rail, voting on creating a route from Emnos to Stanewic, a project the will take fifty years to complete.

 The Second Raiann - Assau War begins, the first time both sides have a sizable aerial force of griffon and warwing riders. The conflict lasts five years.

355 I.A.

 After fifteen years of diplomatic overtures and negotiations, emperor Maurice, building upon the work of his predecessors, restores the relations between the Rysnen empire and the Everlasting kingdom. As High King Gromar Ironbrow dies this year after the reconciliation, his successor, High King Bolvar Redbeard gladly accepts the Rysnen offer of joining the empire as a fully autonomous region. There is little opposition in the Everlasting kingdom. High King Bolvar maintains rule over the region, and sends a trusted relative instead to be part of the Domus Nobiles. For his accomplishments, emperor Maurice gains the title 'Uniter'.

356 I.A.

 King Konnan Ravenholm of Meridiania selects a region close to the estuary of Orange river to be the location of a new port city. The city will be named King's Cross, and will become known for Kingsbridge, the longest stone bridge in the World.

 Construction of Stormspire completes in Tal en'Sul. The massive tower was crafted to hide the creation of portals from all scrying magic. Experiments on the creation of new teleportation circles begins.

360 I.A.

 Supported by the Rysnen empire, Lorgar of the Anansi tribe receives the backing of the majority of the tribes in this year's Moot and becomes king, forming the Fifth Hrodgeir kingdom.

 The goliaths of the North Highlands revolt against Tiberius the Red. Tiberius burns the three goliath mountain cities to the ground, killing thousands and destroying most goliath historical records. The goliath tribes scatter in small hidden mountain villages to escape his wrath.

375 I.A.

 Emperor Marcel Lucius Sollemnis passes the Security Act in the Senatus Populus. This is the founding of the Imperial Guard, responsible for policing Khandavar and protecting officials and well as their two elite psionic units, the Immortals - bodyguards of the imperial family - and the mind-reading Truthsayers. The Act also creates the Rysnen Intelligence Service, that will soon become the eyes and ears of the empire abroad. Construction on Beholder Keep, the Service's headquarters begins just outside Khandavar.

 As construction on the Stanewic-Emnos line of the Lightning Rail continues, the Senatus Populus approves the emperor's plan for extending the Khandavar-Debstavar a line all the way to Agos. For this and several more large construction projects across the empire, emperor Marcel become known as 'The Builder'.

 The Third Raiann - Assau War breaks out. It will last three years before a ceasefire is agreed upon.

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390 Imperial Age

 The Stanewic - Emnos Lighting Rail line is completed, while the line to Agos continues construction.

399 I.A.

 The Fourth Undead Incursion of the Orange River. Undead armies flood Donovan county and cross Orange river in several points. As Meridiania's knights scramble to fight on multiple fronts, the young king Rothgar Ravenholm moves the royal family to Raven Tower, their ancestral home, for protection. Unknown to them the phylactery of a Baelorn lich, held deep in the tower's vault since the time of king Ronald, is used to bring the lich back to unlife. The lich kills the royal family and the tower's retainers, bringing them back to unlife and then proceeds to lay waste to Raven county, destroying the city of Ravenmoor.

 Though the undead army is defeated, Raven county is destroyed, as is the royal family, and the lich escaped north to the Forests of the Dead. Rulership of Meridiania passes on to Marcus Marenatum the Radiant, a distinguished paladin of Pelor of noble birth, whose leadership was crucial in driving back the undead.

 The young wizard Maldas Fiorvante of Yngvar is inducted in the Orium tower.

408 I.A.

 In an effort to protect the kingdom from invasions and to develop its border provinces, King Marcus the Radiant establishes the Meridianian Marches, tax-free border regions under the crown's direct control, administered by nobles assigned by the crown whose duty is to maintain men-at-arms to defend the borders.

413 I.A.

 Maldas Fiorvante attains the status of Magnus of the Orium tower, and assumes the name Maldas Zalbiscos Magnus. He leaves the tower, sailing across Middle Ocean for Waterdeep.

420 I.A.

 The Masked Lords of Waterdeep loosen the rules concerning their hidden identities. Though the tradition of wearing masks in public and the election of an Open Lord each year continues, these become ceremonial in purpose. Maldas Zalbiscos Magnus becomes a member of Blackstaff tower's council.

430 I.A.

 Maldas Zalbiscos Magnus gains the title of Waterdeep's archmage, even though with Vajra Safahr's and Khelben Arunsun's staff missing, he cannot be named Blackstaff. Maldas, while working on personal projects, assumes the name Halaster Blakcloak, creating hidden vaults all over Giant's peninsula to perform cloning experiments.

434 I.A.

 Maldas's Insurrection. Maldas Zalbiscos Magnus is outed as the leader of a devil worshiping cult. Having used his influence in Waterdeep over the past decades he placed several cult members in key positions and once outed he leads a revolt aiming at taking control of Waterdeep. As his cult, heavily armed, marches upon the Lords' Palace, reinforced with mercenaries and bandits Maldas hired, lady Katya Voss leads the city's guard in a counterattack, breaking them. Maldas is captured later this year and beheaded, while the hunt to root out his cult continues for several years. Even so, some fringes of his devil cult survived hidden, and some of his hidden vaults where not discovered for centuries. His body is recovered by some cult members and entombed in Red Serpent valley, and his clones will trouble Waterdeep for centuries.

437 I.A.

 After many delays, the Debstavar - Agos Lightning Rail line finishes. The travel time across the empire significantly shortens, making longer journeys viable and administration easier, especially with the semaphore towers built along the lines, delivering messages across the empire in a day.

440 I.A.

 The Imperial Vats become operational. Their mission is to produce various draconian breeds for the empire. Winged draconians are highly sought after as drop troops by the Rysnen Air Corps, while shapeshifting breeds become very valuable for the Intelligence Service. Draconians become a staple of the imperial military.

450 I.A.

 Rysnen emperor Bezar Cestern Musylva, first of his dynasty, finances the Imperial Arcane Institute to send a series of research expeditions to the region known as the Shundered Isles and explore the elemental properties of the floating earthmotes there.

 The Platinum Talons, having slowly regained their influence since Plan Meteor, begin expeditions in the Badlands of Bael Turath to hunt down and destroy monsters. Emperor Bezar, of the particularly religious Musylva family, approves their expeditions.

 The Fourth Raiann - Assau War. The hobgoblins deploy dragonspawn beasts for the first time. The fleshtearers, a reptilian magical mutation of bears with gray dragon blood, spread terror on the front lines. The war ends four years later with little changes on the borderline.

 After many decades of failures, the Bralanis of the Three Winds manage to create stable teleportation circle spells. They lock the circles of Stormspire with their rings and begin creating a new network of teleportation circles in the Feywild.

Timeline

464 Imperial Age

 A small group of intrepid dwarf and halfling adventurers infiltrate the lair of Tiberius the Red and make off with several treasures from his hoard. Tiberius, in his fury, lashes out against every goliath village he can find, burning them to ash. The Rage of Fimbur, as the period is known to the goliath tribes continues for several years, with the dragon moving further and further away from his lair in his raids as time passes and the thieves are not found.

473 I.A.

 Tiberius raids south into northeast Meridiania. Many villages are turned to ash and Tiberius destroys a group of knights lead by crown prince Alexius Marenatum. The crown prince survives only by the actions of Kenneth Walsh, a young knight that rescues him. A week later, sir Kenneth faces Tiberius in single combat, and manages to slay the red dragon. Sir Kenneth Walsh adopts a red dragon rampant on a silver field as his heraldry. His actions, though unknown to him, free the goliath tribes from Tiberius's bondage.

475 I.A.

 The king of Meridiania, Marcus the 2nd of house Marenatum dies. He is succeeded by his son, Alexius the 4th. Sir Kenneth Walsh becomes Alexius's right hand man.

 Epignomus Pratensis, director of the Imperial Arcane Institute, cooperates with Karaak Vrye, doyen of the Imperial Artificer's Guild on the fourth research expedition to the Shundered Isles. Upon their return they propose a plan to emperor Pontian Nonus Musylva to better protect the imperial domain from the slave ship raids that have begun increasing during this time. In the fateful meeting a young Hortensius Marinus, later to become the imperial court's Count Palatine, and Joseth Crownblade, the newly ordained patriarch of the Platinum Talons, are present. The proposed plan is quickly supported by the latter two and involves the transportation of several floating earthmotes from the Shundered Isles to just off the southern coast of the empire to act as airship mobile bases. Project Skyfall, as it will eventually be named, will fail to achieve its initial objective, and will be later hijacked by expansionist members of the Domus Nobiles as a means of invasion of Eulalia, with Patriarch Joseth Crownblade playing a significant part is influencing the decision.

476 I.A.

 Earl Ared Tywyl, sir Kenneth's adoptive father dies, bequeathing his title to sir Kenneth. King Alexius the 4th also dies in a hunting accident. Paulus Marenatum, Alexius's younger brother becomes king of Meridiania. Earl Kenneth Walsh is commanded to administer the Dragonspine March by the new king.

491 I.A.

 A young half-elf girl living in a coastal village of Driakith praant witnesses her father murdered and her mother taken in chains by tiefling pirates contacting a raid to gather slaves. She will grow up with an intense hatred of tieflings and will channel it to become one of the best military leaders of her generation. Lucresia Imscari, as is her name, will openly worship Bane the Black Lord, often antagonizing the Church of the Platinum Scale and gain the enmity of patriarch Joseth Crownblade. Several decades later, she will ascend to Bane's domain becoming one of his Exarchs and she is now known as Saint Lucresia of the Blade.

494 I.A.

 In the orc and goblin infested south border of Meridiania, Valerius the Adamantine emerges from the Underdark. The dragon quickly subdues or destroys the orc tribes that plagued Dragonspine March, securing the territory south of Meridiania's border as his domain. Soon Valerius tries to expand his territory north into Dragonspine, bringing him in conflict with earl Kenneth Walsh. In the battle outside Coldwater castle, earl Kenneth loses his left arm to Valerius's jaws but in return his adamantine blade takes the dragon's eye. The battle is a draw and Valerius doesn't attempt to expand north again.

497 I.A.

 Doyen Karaak Vrye of the Imperial Artificer's Guild successfully figures out how to tap into elemental energies and move an earthmote. The project, already massively overdue and over budget, and heavily influenced by patriarch Joseth Crownblade has changed direction from the coastal defense of empire to an invasion platform. The Rock, as the first earthmote chosen is known, begins a slow journey north to the Rysnen empire from the Shundered Isles, while many wizards, artificers and workers already began the first construction projects to turn the two mile long earthmote into a flying base of operations.

 Gniuso Festiusin Musylva becomes Rysnen emperor. A deeply religious and honorable man, he picks patriarch Joseth Crownblade as one of his close advisors and is briefed on project Skyfall by him and the Count Palatine, Hortensius Marinus, who present the project as the chance to not just expand the light of the empire and the church to Eulalia, but also to punish the tieflings that fled there. The tiefling city-state of Deliverance is mentioned for the first time as the target of such an operation.

 The Hrodgeir Civil War. Tribes opposing the Rysnen backed king Farbek of the Anansi tribe rise in revolt.

Timeline

500 Imperial Age

 At age nineteen, Lucresia Imscari graduates from the Silver Blade swordmaster school of Carda, gaining this year's platinum pin. Within a month she joins the Rysnen imperial army as an officer of the thirteenth shock brigade. The unit will soon move north to bolster the borders to Hrodgeir that is undergoing a civil war.

 Emperor Gniuso Festiusin Musylva is inducted into the Inner Circle and mysteries of the Church of the Platinum Scale by patriarch Joseth Crownblade. As part of his initiation he communes with exarch Paziah and becomes aware of her influence in church affairs over the centuries.

502 I.A.

 The siege of Nicia. The border city of Nicia on the Veveno river is captured by surprise by an army of Hrodgeir rebels lead by chieftain Wulfgar of the Orondi tribe. They hold a large number of people hostage, to prevent airship attacks. A detachment of the 13th shock brigade arrives a few days later finding the situation in a stalemate. In order to break it, Lucresia Imscari volunteers to lead her unit in a night attack to free the hostages. Against all odds her troops succeed in saving most of the hostages and Lucresia herself kills chieftain Wulfgar and five of his housecarls in single combat.

505 I.A.

 Promoted to commandant of the 13th shock brigade, Lucresia Imscari arrives at Khandavar to be awarded the Order of the Golden Phoenix by the emperor. After the ceremony Joseth Crownblade attempts to recruit her into the Platinum Scales, but she rebukes him, insulting the church's private army and openly declaring to the people gathered that she worships Bane. This begins a bitter rivalry between her and the patriarch.

507 I.A.

 The secret construction work on the Rock finishes. Doyen Karrak Vrye and his crews of mages and artificers complete Serenity Bastion, the fortress that controls the movement of the earthmote. Miles of tunnels and underground chambers are still under construction, while an intricate magical illusion making the Rock invisible from below is already done. The rest of the year many debates on the size and composition of the forces take place.

 Githyanki Gul'othran raiders take notice of the teleportation network of Stormspire for the first time and pay spies to learn more. A small contingent moves to the Feywild, hiding close to Tal en'Sul, where they engage in skirmishes with local gnome barbarian tribes, and ultimately ally themselves with Poisonfang, a mirage dragon.

509 I.A.

 Emperor Gniuso summons the Domus Nobiles in a secret meeting, where he informs them of the existence of the Rock and asks them to vote on the matter of the destruction of Deliverance and the invasion of Meridiania. The nobles are divided, but the tiefling coastal raids end up becoming the deciding argument in favor of the plan. The Domus Nobiles feels that the Rock itself is not enough and plans for an additional seaborne invasion are drawn, while the Intelligence Service is tasked with destabilizing Meridiania.

510 IA.

 Hortensius Marinus steps down from the position of Count Palatine and is given overall command of the Rock. The Rysnen Air corps relocates one hundred airships, their crews and support to the Rock, while Joseth Crownblade, using his great influence over the emperor, manages to place a strong contingent of Platinum Talons on the earthmote as well. Several nobles and generals feel that this gives the church too much influence and convince Hortensius to request the 13th shock brigade under commandant Lucresia Imscari for the operation. Joseth Crownblade protests her inclusion on religious grounds but is ignored. The Rock begins its slow journey over the Great Ocean towards Eulalia.

 The prophet Errath of Raiann has the first visions of a Great Calamity for the Cosmos. He describes a living being of immense proportions, writhing with the energies of the Far Realm. Soon, deities and other otherworldy beings will take notice of a multitude of signs that the Living Gate is about to open.

511 I.A.

 Duke Karl Blackmane of Silver county revolts against the authority of king Marcus the 3rd of Meridiania. The young king, constantly playing favorites during his short rule and his court influenced by Rysnen agents, reneges promises he made to the duke, resulting in insurrection against his rule that only his closest allies are willing to fight against.

 As the civil war is ready to erupt, the liches of the Forests of the Dead begin the Fifth Undead Incursion. Having secured the help of Ignatia the Black in the form of lizardfolk tribes and her offspring and also hiring a hobgoblin mercenary army, they begin a two-pronged attack, targeting Donovan and Orange counties. King Marcus the 3rd loses any popularity left, as he refuses to send any help, focusing instead on the Blackmane insurrection. Only the southern counties and elven duchies, urged by earl Kenneth Walsh, send help to Donovan county, eventually pushing back the undead with the help of Havoc company, that managed to turn the hobgoblin general Raeros Brith, taking the hobgoblin regiments out of the war.

 Earl Kenneth defeats duke Karl Blackmane. When ordered to declare his fealty to king Marcus he refuses, marching his army instead to the capital. King Marcus flees overseas.

Timeline

512 Imperial Age

 On the first day of the year, Loraine of house Walsh is officially crowned the new queen of Meridiania. As information of the Rysnen interference and confirmation of the invasion emerges, she declares a state of war with the Rysnen empire and issues letters of marque and reprisal.

 Later that month Havoc company and captain Ramius of the Scarlett Wynterfylleth uncover the existence of the Rock, its current position and route.

 The githyanki Gul'othran assault Tal en'Sul in the month of Newbirth, capturing the city and Stormspire, but fail to obtain all the rings that are needed to unlock the teleportation circles. They will hold the city until mid Stormwrack, when the city is liberated by a coalition of earl Kenneth Walsh's troops, eladrin soldiers, gnome tribes and Valerius the Adamantine, all lead by Havoc company.

 During Stormwrack masses of drow refugees reach the surface near Waterdeep, fleeing their civil war.

 By mid Starfall, a secondary Rysnen armada, based in Emnos and Port Villay lands troops on Giant's Peninsula, quickly capturing Neverwinter and Stormreach. In an effort to help the Free cities, Meridiania sends sir Liam Walsh as an envoy to Assau, negotiating with general Raeros Brith the use of hobgoblin regiments to fight against the Rysnen troops in Giant's peninsula.

 The pirate captain Shil Yargo receives a pardon and a letter of marque from Waterdeep to fight against the Rysnen invasion of Giant's peninsula. Lady Jayna Voss is chosen dictator of Waterdeep for the duration of the war.

 The firebombing of Deliverance. In the first week of Highsun the Rock is close enough that its airships can reach Deliverance, bombing the city with alchemical bombs. Thanks to prior warning, most people had evacuated. Deliverance enters an alliance with Meridiania, abolishing slavery as part of the treaty.

 Marcus Marenatum, having reached an agreement with Rysnen agents, travels back to Meridiania to unite sympathizers to the empire with the Rysnen promise of him returning to the throne of the kingdom. While sailing there, the ship transporting him, the Princess of Agos, is attacked and Marcus captured by Havoc company.

 In late Highsun, a coalition of Meridiania, Deliverance and Tal en'Sul use the teleportation circles of Stormspire to invade the Rock's tunnel network, lead by lord Verolien Wintertree of Meridiania and sir Lucan Naragaeth. Joseth Crownblade is killed by Havoc company in the temple of Bahamut, and the rogue exarch Paziah is captured and handed over to other exarchs of Bahamut, ending her influence on the empire. While leading an attack, lord Verolien dies in single combat against Lucresia Imscari.

 The Primus Incident. Sir Lucan Naragaeth leads a group in an attack in the tunnels beneath the Rock to destroy stasis chambers that held thousands of draconians near completion, collapsing the chambers. As their escape is blocked, they are forced to use a portal without the use of Stormspire, attracting Primus's attention. The Rock freezes in time and disappears for ten days, as Primus works to hijack the portal. When successful, thousands of Modrons pour through, attacking everything in sight. Most of the Rysnen airships, having taken off to avoid capture are left stranded over the ocean and are forced to move towards land before they crash.

 The Rysnen army, advancing from Neverwinter break through the mountain pass held by giants towards Waterdeep. The city will soon be put under siege.

 Admiral Proudmoore commanding the combined Meridianian and Deliverance fleet uses information about the routes and timetables of the squadrons of the Rysnen armada heading to the west coast of Eulalia to engage them before they can join together. In three seperate battles, he surprises and overwhelms them, destroying the second Rysnen invasion force.

 The Battle of Waterdeep. In early Jolnick, the short siege of the city is lifted when hobgoblin regiments under the command of sir Liam Walsh and lord Morath Vyrix arrive. The battle is hard fought, but swings against the Rysnen troops that are forced to flee northwards towards Neverwinter.

 Havoc company captures Serenity Bastion. With the innumerable Modron legions pushing hard in the tunnels, and now possessing the ability to destroy the earthmote, they force the Rysnen forces to surrender and a general ceasefire. An evacuation of the Rock to Stormspire begins, with sir Torinn Strongheart commanding the rearguard, and once complete Havoc company fires off Temeraire's long range lightning projectors. The captured airship's weapons, overload the anarch spheres in Serenity Bastion that are controlling the earthmote's movement. The Rock explodes in a cataclysmic eruption of elemental energies, the debris falling in the ocean.

 Most of the airships that left from the Rock when it froze in time arrive in Neverwinter. Lord Humbert and general Amerigo Mallory, commanding the invasion force on Giant's peninsula, are informed that governor Lucas Aurelius will not send the reinforcements they asked, due to the destruction of Va'Vua by an unknown force.

 Following these events, exarch of Bahamut Ekar and Perra Ouratiuiri have an audience with emperor Gniuso Festiusin Musylva, convincing him of Paziah's renegade status and guiding him to change the direction of the church of the Platinum Scale. The emperor ratifies the ceasefire.

Timeline

The Rapture of the Living Gate

Jolnick, 512 Imperial Age

 The Court of Stars Stirs. Tiandra, the Queen of Summer pledges their support against the Far Realm.

 The Scouring of Va'Vua. The End of the World cult completes a ritual that acts as a beacon for Far Realm entities. A rift forms for a short while above the city of Va'Vua in Agriradia praant and aberrations pour through. Governor Lucas Aurelius sends the forces raised as reinforcements for the Giant's peninsula campaign to deal with the situation.

 The Neverwinter Disaster. Later that month, the End of the World Cult performs the ritual in occupied Neverwinter, causing untold devastation. The loss of life is huge, but the rift lasts only for an instant, preventing massive numbers of aberrations from coming through. The disaster had the unintended effect of ending the city's occupation, as the Rysnen authorities were destroyed.

Ornick, 512 I.A.

 Imperial forces completely eradicate the aberrations that originated at Va'Vua and had spread.

 Cleanup continues in Neverwinter. Nearly two thirds of the population are dead, many more catatonic. A provisional government is set, supported by Waterdeep.

 Drow refugees, lead by Atalya Baldur are granted lands to build upon in the foothills of the mountains, where the main Underdark entrance is. A new city will be built there, protecting the gate to the Underdark. It will be named Baldur's Gate.

Mithral, 512 I.A.

 The Congress of Hestavar. Heroes and representatives from all planes and powers are called to attend a meeting in Hestavar, Pelor's Bright City, to discuss the upcoming crisis. This eventually will lead to the signing of the 3rd Hestavar Accords.

 Lead by exarch of Ioun Riya Janariah, general Lucresia Imscari and lord Morath Vyrix, a plan to eradicate Primus's ability to hijack portals forms. Lord Vyrix leads an elite group of companions in Sigil, destroying the contructs Primus used to detect and control portals, and in the process freeing the Deluvian Hourglass. They barely escape the demiplane. Primus can no longer detect or hijack portals and is effectively trapped in Sigil, allowing for people to use teleportation circles freely once again.

 An invasion of swarms of aberrations hits Arvandor, Corellon's divine domain. Four of Hestavar's angelic legions and part of its astral fleet head there to assist. The invading aberrations are destroyed by late Mithral.

 The Battle of Hestavar. A massive swarm of aberrations centered on Allabar, the Living Planet and over a hundred astral krakens assaults the divine domain. The defenders, angelic, immortal and mortal alike barely hold out until reinforcements from Celestia arrive. During the last stages of the battle Bahamut is slain, but Allabar is badly wounded by Pelor, causing the aberrations to retreat.

Alphrane, 512 I.A.

 The hunt for the End of the World cult continues, as their machinations are detected in Assyria. There, a rival cult, the mad cult of the Elder Elemental Eye attempts to use a plaque to summon a colossal earth elemental creature to combat them. Both cults are dealt with, though the loss of life is great, as infernal forces are called to deal with the threat.

 The Battle of Elocin. Under the command of baron Lucan Naragaeth and sir Torrin Strongheart, meridianian forces invade the Forests of the Dead and destroy the baelorn liches of Elocin in a bid to recover an artifact required to stop the Far Realm.

 Governor Lucas Aurelius recieves information of further cult activities in Seggelin and send his forces to deal with the situation. The cult cancels their plans for the ritual and the city is saved.

 The hunt for the End of the World cult continues as the group lead by Lord Morath Vyrix and Carric Whiteheart destroy several cells. Their hunt brings them in Averlorn, where they avert another disaster by preventing a ritual.

Dalphrane, 512 I.A.

 Throughout the month the number of fissures appearing keeps increasing and it becomes apparent that the number of them that are unrelated to cult activity becomes a greater proportion of the total. Lord Vyrix and his group track cult activity to Astrazzalian in the Feywild, where they eradicate another cell ready to perform the ritual and figure a way to hunt the cult's leaders. The cult leaders are tracked to Raiann, but the situation in the Hills of Mourning and the Underdark refugees there takes precedence, allowing them to escape, though the ritual is stopped. The cult leaders are finally killed at Talar, ending the cult's terror, but the fissures continue to occur even without the cult's help.

 The Battle of Brainswell Nebula. Hestavar's astral fleet defeats a swarm of krakens gathering in the psychic anomaly.

 Several dwarf Holds of the Everelasting kingdom are under siege from below, as aberrations swarm upwards from the Underdark, behind fleeing Underdark populations.

Timeline

Dalphrane, 512 Imperial Age

 The Siege of Beholder's Keep. A fissure forms on top of the Rysnen Intelligence Service's headquarters outside Khandavar. While Lucresia Imscari leads the forces holding the aberrations at bay and protects the capital, Lord Morath Vyrix and his companions infiltrate the wrecked keep and close the fissure.

 The Battle at Eldregaard. Hestavar's astral fleet suffers a crushing defeat, but its remnants are rescued when the Black armada of Bane joins the fight, destroying the aberrations. Mue Miststrike, commander of the fleet and exarch of Pelor dies, when the flagship, Sunspear is destroyed.

 Underdark refugees and aberrations begin reaching the surface in Yngvar, Hrodgeir and the Sue river valley in Aselalia praant. By the end of the month small temporary fissures appear on a daily basis.

 Throughout the month the Shiradi scour the Feywild hunting aberrations. The Firbolg tribes begin a Wild Hunt, with aberrations as their target. The Unkindness of the Sorrowsworn, lead by Vorkhesis, Herald of Fate, roam the Everflow, protecting the souls of the departed from aberrations.

Wyrmtail, 512 I.A.

 Celestia's fleet joins together with the remnants of Hestavar's fleet. Arvandor's astral fleet, having crushed the aberrations trying to invade the divine domain soon joins. Together they begin tracking the kraken swarms, and soon word from the Black armada reaches them that the swarms are converging on Kalandurren. On their route there a psychic storm forms. The Battle of the Storm will last a week.

 The Siege of Celestia. Aberrations attempt to breach Celestia's veil, but are constantly thrown back by the exalted champions and exarchs of the domain's deities, though without Celestia's fleet victory cannot be achieved. Tiamat herself appears inside the domain supported of her abishai, renegade devils and helped by Dakranad the Mithral. Havoc company puts a stop in their plans. The exarch Paziah dies. Bahamut is reborn.

 The Battle of the Storm. The combined astral fleets discover the wounded Allabar in the center of the storm, surrounded by hordes of aberrations, including hundreds of astral krakens. They begin a long fighting withdrawal, but the storm appears to follow them, slowly pushing them towards the Triad islands. The githyanki fleets join the fray, while the Black armada fights the aberrations on the other side of the storm and Baator's infernal barges also enter the fray.

 The Living Gate Opens. The battle continues, while the ship Hope's Bastion infiltrates the storm taking the prophet Xavier and lord Vyrix and his companions to the Living Gate Sanctum. Reality fissures begin forming everywhere. Protected by Carric Whiteheart, the prophet manages to close the Living Gate, but both of them are trapped in the Far Realm.

 The Living Star Erevanne forms. Allabar is trapped in the Far Realm. The fissures across all planes close, though it will take weeks of fighting to destroy most aberrations that are left behind and even then some evade destruction.

 The crisis ends.

 

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