The Rise of The Fallen
Erithor’s history can be loosely divided into several Ages, which are marked by momentous changes in the cosmology of the world and how active the Gods are in mortal affairs. Each age has ended with a cataclysmic war among the gods. This is a timeline of events.
|The Age of Creation|
The first epoch of creation, when The Nameless One shattered the void, formed creation, and created the first generation of gods. Resulted in The Howling Storm, The Astral Sea, The Ten Thousand Wonders, The Perfect World, and the Rivers of Time and Life.
The First War—The war between the Demons created by The Primordial and The Heavenly Host of The Seven Creators and The Elemental Titans. Cracked The Crystal Sphere, allowing The Far Realm to seep in and poison some of the Ten Thousand Wonders, creating Stars of Ill Omen. Also resulted in the creation of The Seven Hells and The Abyss.
|The Age of Wonders|
The age during which the Seven Creators made The Mortal Races and ruled over them. Benevolent at first, the Seven gradually became tainted by their flaws and squabbles, growing petty and cruel.
The Elemental War—The rebellion by The Elemental Titans and a portion of The Heavenly Host against The Seven. The war shattered The Perfect World into The Three Worlds, causing The Nameless One to leave his creation in disgust. Won by The Seven, who became The Seven Devil Lords and imprisoned the Titans in the Howling Storm.
|The Age of Darkness|
The age of tyrannical rule by the now thoroughly corrupted Seven Devil Lords, marked by constant strife between them as they warred among themselves and turned their cruelty on their creations. During this time the Seven Hells became prisons for those who displeased the Seven, and the rest were consigned to The Shadowfell for eternity instead of released to The River of Time.
The March of The Nine—Rebellion by the mortal races against thee Gods. Nine members of the Mortal Races gained the power of Gods and opposed the Seven, eventually capturing most of them and locking them in The Seven Hells (one was apparently killed, and one joined The Nine in return for amnesty). This was marked by The Harrowing of The Hells, releasing all the mortal souls trapped there and returning them to the River of Time once more.
|The Age of Heroes|
Age where the Nine Heroes reveled in their new divine power, wandering the three worlds, having grand adventures, manipulating mortals for their pleasure, and elevating new gods from the most interesting mortals among them. During this age, The Elemental Titans were freed from The Howling Storm and restored to their rightful place.
The Godswar—The civil war of the newborn gods. Resulted in many divine casualties and massive destruction. Ended with the signing of The Compact limiting divine intervention and the division of the Three Worlds among the Pantheons. The Heavenly Palace is created.
|The Age of Empires|
The cold war of the Gods, as they sought influence and power among each other by raising up mighty empires and exalting Exarchs to act in their name and provide them with worship. During this time The Seven also exalted Exarchs, and stole souls away from the cycle of reincarnation into The Seven Hells for those who served them. Lucius Vecna, the Usurper, stole The Patient One’s powers and became a god during this age.
The Grim Harvest—The Raven Lord, in a bid to control divine worship by creating an Exarch powerful enough to slaughter all the other Exarchs in the Three Worlds, creates The Dark Reaper, who escapes his control and runs amok. The Dark Reaper is actually the reincarnation of The Keeper, the only one of the Seven Devils slain during the March of the Nine. Almost all the Exarchs, and several full gods, are killed before the Dark Reaper is banished to The Frozen Hell.
|The Age of Mortals|
The gods have retreated almost fully from the Three Worlds, acting only through their mortal churches. Empires rise and fall, trying to emulate the glories of the past through mortal labor alone. Dark things from The Far Realm and increased incursions from The Abyss and The Seven Hells lead some to believe that the gods have abandoned them.
First Imperial Cycle
0 KR —After a 20 year campaign, Kelsen Argius unites Northern Alrahon under a single banner. His kingdom, having adopted The Great Church as the state religion, is the first nation in the Age of Mortals that could truly be called an Empire. Kelsen Argius names his new kingdom Kelsenon, and assumes the title of Emperor Kelsen Argius I.
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Second Imperial Cycle
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Third Imperial Cycle
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Fourth Imperial Cycle
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Sixth Imperial Cycle
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1369 KR —Emperor Lucius Arguis XVII of The Kelsenon Empire opens up settlement of the Elondaron region. The natives of the settlement, mostly Elves and Eladrin who colonized the region via treaty, resist human expansion with violence. The Emperor responds by sending in his armies.
1369 – 1376 KR —The Elondaron Campaigns. The Imperial Army fights the elves to a standstill, and the war ends with human expansion allowed
1380 KR —An old Aygeptian settlment (long abandoned by this time) is chosen as the site of a new fortress to protect sea trade between Kelsenon and Erigor. The fortress raised here will come to be known as Fort Karras. A town grows around the fortress.
1395 KR - 1399 RK —A massive dragon begins preying on the settlements near The Gash. The attacks grow in frequency until Sir Kevin Tremayne, a paladin in service to the Great Church and lord of the township of what would later become known as St Tremayne constructs a magical blade capable of killing the beast
1400 KR —Sir Kevin Tremayne slays The Dragon of The Vercot Woods, though he contracts a wasting illness from his wounds (one resistant to magic, thought to be the dragon’s dying curse).
1402 KR —Sir Kevin Tremayne dies from wounds sustained in his battle with the dragon of Vercot woods after a long illness. He is interred in a church in one of the small towns near the garrison of Notre Dame. On the Eighth Day of Summerend, the bones of the slain dragon vanish after an earthquake rocks The Gash.
1412 KR —Sir Kevin Tremayne is officially sainted by the Great Church. The parish where his bones are interred is renamed in his honor, and the chruchtown around it takes the name of St Tremayne. It becomes an important pilgrimage site over the centuries.
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1470 KR —By this time, Fort Karras is large enough and has enough control of El’iari Penensula to be considered a city-state.
1471-1478 KR —The garrison at Notre Dame has grown into a town protecting over 5000 settlers in the immediate area, as well as various towns in the region. To improve troop movement between the city-states, The Emperor of Kelsenon commissions his cousin Lord Martalos Montaire to create a bridge spanning The Gash, a feat thought impossible at the time. Montaire combines dwarven craftsmanship, magical engineering, several free-floating Earthmotes, and the very new development of concrete that can harden even underwater into Montaire Bridge, designed to be a lasting monument to The Empire’s greatness. He completes the bridge in only seven years.
1472 KR —Notre Dame repulses a band of brigands who attack the bridge construction in an attempt to sabotage it. The attack takes place during the Summerend Festival. Though the brigands are slain, the commander of the garrison and some of his important lieutenants are killed as well. They are later commemorated in statue.
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1542 KR —The Doomspeaker Nostromos has a series of visions on The Eighth Day of Summerend that The Seven would soon break their bonds and destroy The Three Worlds. He records these visions in a book called The Rise of The Fallen and rushes to have the work printed. The Doomspeaker’s words shake the learned to their core. The Great Church attempts to suppress the work, and burns Nostromos as a heretic. His work survives the purge, however.
1544 KR —Emperor Kaius Argius IX, his wife, and his three male heirs are killed by an assassin. Five claimants to the throne vie with each other. Lady Mellin Yorick has the strongest claim (being the Empress’s sister), Darius Ravensdale is the emperor’s nephew (his father was already dead, else he’d have been eligible to take the throne) and the LeVaines had one of the weakest claims (their claimant is supposedly a bastard child of the emperor himself, but this could not be proved, and most think their supposed heir is a pretender). The Order Of The Golden Lion and The Great Church, both having large numbers of noble scions among their ranks, also produced members with claims to the throne. The matter comes to blows, and the five claimants raise armies against each other. The Imperial Civil War begins.
1544-1549 KR —The five initial claimants are whittled down to three in a series of battles. The three families that remain claimants are the Ravensdales, the LeVaines, and the Yoricks. The Yoricks have the support of the clergy of The Great Church, the Ravensdales have the support of the war wizards and The Order Of The Golden Lion, and the LeVaines cut a deal with devils to aid their flagging power. This would mark their family line, transforming the LeVaine family and their supporters into Tieflings.
1547-1550 KR —The tiefling population of Baradan rises in revolt, forming the short-lived nation of Corsasia that declares its independence from the Empire. The revolt is put down by The Order Of The Golden Lion, and sets the stage for another, longer conflict and centuries of simmering resentment.
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1550 KR-1562—By this point, the conflict between the three major powers of Kelsenon has settled into a stalemate. These years mark a period of cold war, as the three factions rebuild their forces and attempt to sabotage the others. During this time, a number of Weather Wardens are waylaid by the LeVaines, and a growing number are killed in order to cause bad harvests for the other factions.
1563 KR —Emperor Thael’evorn Goldenbow of Avaleron is assassinated by the Zargoni Conspiracy. His 46-year-old son, Nyroni, is made Emperor of Avaleron. Nyroni wastes no time searching for the assassins, then begins purging disloyal elements from his court. his first major discovery is that The Lord of the Forlorn Tower is actually the changeling Noh The Boojum. More changelings are uncovered, and the Court of Stars panics. The Avaleron Civil War begins.
1563 – 1570 KR —The Court of Stars eats itself in bloody war. A hundred partisan conflicts grip the nation. The distraction of the wars and the purges allow The Zargoni Conspiracy to craft a number of Anchor Portals between The Feywild and The Shadowed Hell.
1570 – 1590 KR —Emperor Nyroni Goldenbow stalls the advance of the infernal legions. Avaleron is invaded, and the petty factions of the Court of Stars hamper Nyroni’s efforts to destroy the devils once and for all. The cold war between The Emperor and The Army of Darkness continues for twenty years, as The Emperor’s forces slowly lose ground against the devils.
1575-1590 KR —A dozen minor skirmishes along The Black Hills, the Gruag-Mal, and The Creel an Morgan signal the beginning or a crisis in The Borderlands. The Imperial Legion is still weakened by the civil war, and response to these skirmishes is almost nonexistent. The Borderlands, left to fend for themselves, rise up in revolt. The Emperor responds to the revolt with horrifically brutal suppression. The orcs respond by marching their hordes into The Heartlands.
1575-1625—The weather changes drastically as the wards used by Kelsenon’s weather wizards to control the climate begin to fail from neglect. The corps of Weather Wardens never fully recovers from the their slaughter during the Imperial Civil War, and are too few in number and too weak in training to hold back the changing climate. Many areas of Alrahon turn vicious and inhospitable as the wards fail. The worst of the hostile weather passes after 50 years, but the climate of Alrahon is never the same afterward, and occasionally bad magical storms rip across the land.
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1581 KR —The Black Hills start suffering raids from forces of undead warriors. Then the city of Myir is attacked by an army of undead led by a being calling itself The Witch Lord. The army of the dead is repulsed, but it will be besieged again and again.
1584 KR —The second siege of Myir by The Witch Lord. [8th day of Summerend]
1587 KR —The third siege of Myir by The Witch Lord.
1590 KR —The Witch Lord gains possession of The Soulstone. Now able to raise limitless numbers of undead quickly, the lich’s undead forces march on Miyr once again, and this time take the city. The Witch Lord proceeds to yank Myir partway into The Shadowfell. The city, existing in two planes at once, is the perfect staging ground for an attack on The Heartlands of the Kelsenon Empire.
1590 KR —Minas Elendrii, the capital of Avaleron, is besieged by The Army of Darkness. Emperor Nyroni Goldenbow is captured, and his son flees to The World to escape the infernal forces. Emperor Goldenbow is executed, along with Morcar Zargoni, who had by this time outlived his usefulness to The Army of Darkness. General Abraxas, The Laughing Silence is installed ruler of Avaleron.
1591 KR —The orc hordes of the Gruag-Mal join forces with The Witch Lord’s undead army. The two armies slaughter their way across the Empire. Forces are recalled from The Borderlands, and the Creel an Morgan celebrates it’s victory over the Empire, declaring itself a sovereign nation. On The Eighth Day of Summerend, [something happens]
1594 KR —The Siege of Argius begins. Refugees flee The Heartlands by the tens of thousands. The lands that would become Calyeron and Coralton grow more powerful. Fort Karras triples in size in less than a year. The West Star Companions meet for the first time while on separate missions.
1596 KR —The Fall of Argius. The city is finally breached by The Witch Lord’s forces after Emperor Darius Argius III goes insane and orders the gates opened. The city’s defenders throw themselves into a great bonfire rather than allow their bodies to be raised as undead. This fails to save their souls from The Soulstone, however—The Witch Lord binds their wandering spirits to him as burning giests. Less than a hundred of the city’s population of over 100,000 people escape the slaughter (The West Star Companions among them). This generally marks the effective end of The Kelsenon Empire. The Young Kingdoms of Calyeron, Baradan, Ironroot, and Myir declare their sovereignty when word of the city’s fall reaches them.
1596 KR —Exalt Rygel Calyer and his closest retainers flee Argius, bearing with them the sacred St Hywel’s Statue. They travel by teleport circle to St Tremayne and establish the court of The Exalt-In-Exile. His motives for choosing the site are less than noble – he wished to get as far from Argius as possible, and he wished to set up a new Holy Seat near family (he is distantly related to Lady Mellin Yorick, one of the claimants for the Imperial Throne during the Imperial Civil War). At his urging, Mellin’s son Elid Yorick reorganizes the province of Calyeron into an independent monarchy.
1597-1613 KR —The West Star Companions gather forces and rally the demoralized troops of the fallen empire. They train a guerrilla army that harries the forces of the orc hordes and the Witch Lord’s forces, carefully avoiding open battle as they liberate areas from the opposing army’s control.
1598 KR —The Black Fleet of The Dread Pirate Hellbeard sacks Fort Karras and enslaves the population. The Black Fleet grows into a powerful force along The Argius Sea. Calyeron abandons it’s claim to the lands south of The Gash, leaving them to the depredations of the pirates.
1602-1607 KR —Hannibal Lightfoot organizes a rag-tag fleet of ships to engage The Black Fleet in battle after his first wife is killed by Hellbeard. Lightfoot’s Privateers become one of the most powerful naval forces of the day, sinking the pirate lord’s ships and disrupting his control of the sea.
1605 KR —Emperor Nyroni Goldenbow, apparently raised from the dead, leads The Luminous Cabal of The Topaz Crown against the devils. Their attacks are small at first, and The Army of Darkness sees the resurrected Emperor as nothing more than an annoyance. The Sorcerer’s Enclave in Notre Dame is quietly infiltrated by The Zargoni Conspiracy, who embark on a project to build a number of magical towers to serve as anchors for a massive portal to The Feywild.
1607 KR —Lightfoot’s Privateers lay siege to Fort Karras, now called Hellbeard Keep. They destroy most of Hellbeard’s ships (including his flagship), take the fort, and liberate the people of the city. Hellbeard himself manages to escape, but vanishes from history. Lightfoot renames the town Coral Town and uses it as a base for his Privateers, which slowly spread throughout the region as a peacekeeping force.
1610-1627 KR —The first of several conflicts arise in Baradan. The areas of Baradan that once belongs to the ancient empire of Bael Turath are repressed by the Order of the Golden Lion after an uprising among the tiefling population. The lands ceded to the pirates by Calyeron form into two city states, Coral Town and Notre Dame. Calyaron attempts to annex it’s former holdings, but is rebuffed.
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1614 KR —The West Star Companions and their army meet the forces of the Witch Lord at Myir. The Liberation of Myir marks a turning point in the war.
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1626 KR —The final Anchor portal is completed. On The Eighth Day of Summered, The Army of Darkness crosses from The Feywild to The World via The Anchors set up by The Sorcerer’s Enclave of Notre Dame.
1628 KR —The Daughters of the Dawn and Lightfoot’s Privateers defeat The Army of Darkness at The Battle of Dulac. Notre Dame joins forces with Coral Town to form the nation of Coralton. Using the distraction of the second invasion, The Luminous Cabal of The Topaz Crown begins systematically destroying the Anchor portals in The Feywild, to cut off the infernal army from reinforcements.
1628-1644 KR —Lightfoot’s Privateers and The Daughters of the Dawn battle The Army of Darkness, destroying The Anchors that allow them free passage into The World. The battles rage across Coralton, Calyeron, and Baradan.
1630-1634 KR —The repressed tiefling population of rise up in revolt in Baradan. A charismatic tiefling leader, [name here], cuts a deal with the Army of Darkness for troops. [Name here] and several noble-blooded scions collaborate with the Army to defeat Baradan’s forces, and declare their independence from Baradan, forming the nation of Corsasia.
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1640 KR —General Abraxas, The Laughing Silence is killed in battle defending the last Anchor Portal in The Feywild. Emperor Nyroni Goldenbow proclaims himself the ruler of a new Avaleron. This decree is premature…The Army of Darkness soon routs him and his cabal of followers. It will be another 18 years before the Army of Darkness is truly defeated in The Feywild, as the diabolic forces import orcish mercenaries from The Gruag-Mal to supplement their numbers.
1634-1644 KR —Corsasia goes to war for independence from Baradan.
0 ACW (1644 KR)—The Battle of Golden Dawn closes the last Anchor Portal in The World. The remaining forces, bereft of their leadership, turn to banditry and raiding. The Battle of Notre Dame reduces the northern half of the city to rubble, but proves a decisive rout of the leaderless forces. The Treaty of Leban ends the war between Baradan and Corsasia (at least for a time) as Baradan recognizes Cosrsasia as a sovereign nation. The Young Kingdoms officially recognize 1644 as the end of the Chaos Wars, and begin to date the passage of years from this point forward. 1644 is designated 0 ACW.
0 – 6 ACW (1644-1670 KR) —Coralton, Calyeron, Baradan, and Corsasia engage in a series of skirmishes, diplomatic treaties, and negotiations to settle their borders and various trade routes. Coral Town and Notre Dame formally combine their city-states into the nation of Coralton, then appeal to Avaleron for aid. Calyeron attempts to seize a huge tract of the lands north of The Gash and [name here mountains], causing a conflict with Baradan and The Kazeron Wilds.
1 ACW (1645 KR)—Myron Yorick is born.
2 ACW (1646 KR)—Construction begins on the great Amyran Cathedral in Coral Town. Meanwhile, ground is broken for The Holy Seat in Notre Dame, after The Daughters of the Dawn sponsor the recovery of St Hywel’s Statue from the ruins of Old Notre Dame. Bishop Miranda DuParis is elevated to the Archbishop of Notre Dame
3 ACW (1647 KR)—On the 8th day of Summerend, the venerable Exalt-In-Exile Rygel Calyer dies. Archbishop Miranda DuParis is elected the new Exalt on the strength of her previous good works. She is the first Eladrin ever to be Exalted.
10 ACW (1654 KR)—Hannibal Lightfoot is assassinated by parties unknown (though most suspect the Eladrin assassin Nightgaunt or the specter Tayce Bloodyblades). Devon Lightfoot is elected head of the Council of Nobles.
10 – 45 ACW (1654-1689 KR)—Devon Lightfoot reigns as High Chancellor of Coralton. During his tenure, the Eladrin Eugenics Program flourishes under the guise of improved relationships with Avaleron. The Amyran faith is promoted over The Great Church. The village of Joyeuse is founded. The famous Bardic Collage of Coralton is founded. It is thought that The White Fox Society is thought to have been founded sometime in this period.
14 ACW (1658 KR)—Final defeat of The Army of Darkness by The Wild Hunt, though the scattered diabolic forces will remain a threat in Avaleron for centuries until the very last remnants are wiped out in 1808 KR (paving the way for The Great Fetch Hunt). On a diplomatic mission to Keregorn, the elderly monarch Rogar MacCwellen discovers that his former friend Balgron Stonehammer has finally been corrupted by his Runeblade and has broken the lock on The Savage Hell to release The Great Beast on his people. Rogar and The West Star Companions battle the Devil Lord and Balgron. Rogar uses The Runeblade to strike the blow that kills The Great Beast, but is slain by the monster’s death throes. In honor of his accomplishments in life and the great sacrifice at the end of it, his soul ascended to godhood, and he became The Storm Prince.
17 ACW (1661 KR)—Wizards from Avaleron, former members of The Luminous Cabal of The Topaz Throne, begin construction of a new Sorcerer’s Enclave in Notre Dame. In order to ease the concerns of the populace, who still have the betrayal of the previous Sorcerer’s Enclave fresh in their minds, the wizard group begins training wizards as protectors, creating wards and defenses designed to keep planar incursions at bay and repent for the mistakes of the past. While originally the Wardens of the Alabaster Aegis are merely another tool of the Eladrin Eugenics Program, overtime they grow less connected to the Undying Emperor and more concerned with actually fulfilling their mandate to protect Notre Dame from magical threats. by the time of Blackfire’s first appearance in the world, the Wardens are completely loyal to Coralton.
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31 ACW (1675 KR)—A bloody coup in Calyeron sees Myron Yorick defeat and behead his brother Calvin. Myron becomes known as Yorick The Mad. He begins a purge of disloyal elements in his government. Calyeron launches a campaign to recapture the territory it had once seized after the Hundred Years Chaos.
32 – 48 ACW (1676-1692 KR)—Yorick The Mad declares war on Coralton and attempts to seize several trade routes, both sea and overland. The Trade Wars begin. Yorick grants letters or marque to pirate crews, which leads to Cyrano The Black organizing a new Black Fleet and reclaiming the title of The Dread Pirate Hellbeard.
33 ACW (1677 KR)—Yorick the Mad sends a force to occupy Notre Dame. They encounter trouble in the monster-infested ruins of Old Notre Dame, then are routed by veterans of the Hundred Years Chaos when they try to cross Montaire Bridge. The attempted siege is broken before Coral Town even receives word of the attack. In response to the attempted invasion, Coralton relocates The Coralton Royal Army to Notre Dame. Yorick orders Old Notre Dame rebuilt, installs his own garrison in the old city, and builds a deathtrap-filled dungeon to dispose of prisoners as a monument to his greatness. Construction of the Dungeon of Doom takes ten years.
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45 ACW (1689 KR)—Devon Lightfoot and his wife are assassinated by parties unknown, though again the names Nightgaunt and Tayce Bloodyblades are bandied about. Devon’s death demoralizes the officers of the Royal Navy and the Black Fleet begins gaining ground in the Trade Wars.
45 ACW onward (1689 KR)—The White Fox, a ship captained by a mysterious raven-haired woman, begins attacking ships of The Black Fleet, often coming to the aid of ships in distress and providing crucial support to the Royal Navy. Cyrano The Black posts bounties on the sinking of The White Fox which grow progressively higher as the years pass.
48 ACW (1692 KR)—The Battle of Reaper’s Grasp, a massive battle around the infamous maelstrom, breaks the Black Fleet. Cyrano The Black’s flagship is forced into the Grasp by The White Fox, though that ship is badly damaged in the fight. The remains of the Black Fleet are picked apart by the Navy, and the few survivors scurry off to Skullport. Coralton marches troops into Old Notre Dame and Cliffport and blockades Caer Calyeri. King Yorick goes down fighting, and legend has it that before he went down he was poisoned, shot, stabbed, beaten, and tossed in [river name], where he finally died of hypothermia after trying to claw his way out of the ice. King Yorick’s successor is forced to sign The Treaty of Cliffport, and Coralton forces moves to occupy The Gash. All Letters of Marque authorized by King Yorick are voided. The Coralton Occupation of Calyeron begins.
59 ACW (1703 KR)—The Wyld awakens. Tens of thousands of residents of the former province of Wylderon are force to flee from the wrath of the awakened forest, straining the resourced of The Feuding States to the breaking point. Whatever authority Argius had over the warlords of the area evaporates, and The Long War begins.
66 ACW (1710 KR)—On the Eighth Day of Summerend, Fort Devilbane (an outpost along the Corsasian/Baradan border) is sacked in retaliation for Baradani raids into The Devilhaven Peaks. Not only is the fortress burned, but the entire town is put to the torch. The razing of Fort Devilbane, intended as a deterrent against future incursions, instead ignites a protracted war between Corsasia and Baradan.
66 ACW - 76 ACW (1710 KR-17 20 KR)—War between Corsasia and Baradan.
76 ACW (1720 KR)—The Corsasian army lures a sizable Baradani force into a canyon along the pass through the Devilhaven Peaks, then creates a massive magical earthquake that buried the force under tons of rock. This fight effectively ends the Baradani war effort, and a treaty is signed between the nations (the peace does not last). The pass becomes known as “Shattered Bone Pass” after the incident.
88 ACW (1732 KR)—Construction on La Cathédrale de Notre Dame de l’Aube, the cathedral built to serve as the new Holy Seat, is completed. Exalt Miranda DuParis officially moves her court from Marteau Abbey to the finished building, though the cathedral had already been in use for many years prior.
89 ACW (1733 KR)—Aubrey Chevalier and Donello Montaire found Aubryville at a crossroad. The village soon grows. The name soon changed to Abbeville. The LeVaine family, sensing a threat to their control of the trade routes in the Southern Province (and upset at Donello himself, as he eloped with a LeVaine heir), use their connection with the regional Governor in Verincourt to levy fines and taxes to burden the settlement, but in spite of these taxes the town flourishes.
94 ACW (1738 KR) —Unrest grips Coralton, fueled by periodic assassin attacks on High Chancellors, as well as growing public distrust of the Council of Nobles, which by this point was beginning to resemble hereditary dynasties rather than duly-elected officials meant to represent the will of the people. The catalyst for The Council Rebellion is a wine tax imposed upon the occupied sections of Calyeron. The tax, which granted preferential treatment to certain Coralton vineyards while making competing wines prohibitively expensive, is sponsored by greedy special interests on the Council. A group calling itself The Sons of Yorick incite a mob in Cliffport to take matters into their own hands. The mob dresses in motley and attacks a storage facility, steals a thousand casks of wine, then smashes them on the lip of the canyon, creating a red waterfall. The Coralton troops stationed in Cliffport retaliate against the mob, drawing blood in a massacre known as Bloody Summerend. The conflict escalates into a full-blown riot. When news of the riot reaches Old Notre Dame, another riot occurs. More riots, often brutally suppressed by the military, follow, and the unrest spreads throughout Coralton.
94 ACW (1738 KR)—Donello Montaire of Abbeville is nearly killed in a carriage accident. He begins to dream of immortality. He contacts a number of alchemists, scientists, and theorists in secret, and begins work on an immortality potion.
94 ACW (1738 KR)—The Council of Nobles hires on an Eladrin mercenary band known as The Hexblades to protect itself. The Hexblades gain wide exposure after The Renyard Salon Raid in Old Notre Dame, wherein they stormed a salon that was being used as a meeting place for protest organizers. The raid turned quite bloody, resulting in the deaths of 13 people. The Council of Nobles reward the Hexblades with a small keep in Trevelyan to use as a base of operations, touching off a wave of anger among the populace. The frequency of demonstrations turning into riots grows.
95 ACW (1739 KR)—In response to the riots, the Council of Nobles drafts a series of acts called The Intolerable Acts to punish sedition in the Calyeroni holdings. Before these can be enacted, a number of prominent politicians in the Council suddenly resign. The Intolerable Acts are scrapped, and a series of impeachment hearings are convened instead. At the end, the entire council is removed from power, and a new one elected. However, it is soon clear that nothing has changed. The new council is just as corrupt as the last, and listens to the concerns of the nobility and local mercantile interests to the exclusion of the populace.
96 – 98 ACW (1740-1742 KR)—Talk of revolution begins to circulate. To forestall a revolt, several of the new councilors resign, and there is talk of impeaching the remainder. Vigilante activity rises in Coral Town, and protesters march in the streets. Talk in Notre Dame about succession leads to increased parades of the Coralton Royal Army in both halves of the twin city.
96 ACW (1740 KR)—Jacques d’Cindres, a necromancer who claims to have studied at The Bleak Academy of Mournhollow, joins Donello Montaire’s secret team of scientists working on the Immortality formula.
97 ACW (1741 KR)—A sudden virulent plague sweeps through Abbeville. Donello Montaire, who had been growing distant from his immortality project, redoubles his efforts after the plague nearly takes his newborn daughter.
98 ACW (1742 KR)—Just after the Yule celebration, a massive scandal rocks Coral Town. A flurry of resignations (and even a few suicides) hit the Council of Nobles and several of the most powerful noble families as evidence of rigged elections, bribery, and outright fraud comes to light. A special election involving delegates from every township in Coralton, meet and draft a brand new constitution that radically alters power in the country. Several new seats on the council are opened (3 for each province, and 4 for Coral Town itself), a number of noble families have their titles stripped from them, and dozens of new titles are issued to wealthy mercantile interests. The offices of Lord Mayor and Lord Sheriff are created in each township, and are granted the right to give minor titles to others, which vastly increases the pool of candidates eligible to hold office in a city’s Council of Nobles. Coralton recalls its soldiers from Old Notre Dame and Cliffport, returning those cities back to Calyeroni control. The reforms, which come to be known as The Council Rebellion, avert a civil war. Rumor has it that “The White Fox Club” played a significant hand in the Rebellion, but the truth may never be known.
99 ACW (1743 KR)—a group of former nobles, stripped of their titles but still holding wealth and land, meet to plan the raising of an army and a bloody coup. Their secret meeting house is destroyed by magical fire, and none of the conspirators survive. The only clue left behind is a burned pamphlet that seems to implicate The Sons of Yorick, but that group never claims responsibility for the attack, and most folk in the know believe that it may have been The White Fox Society’s hand behind the explosion.
101 ACW (1745 KR)—First appearance of The Troll of the Black Hills. The Council of Nobles, eager to flex its muscle and show how quickly it could meet the people’s needs, sent a regiment of soldiers into the Black Hills near Abbeville. Only scattered survivors return.
101 ACW - 108 ACW (1745 KR-1752 KR)—The Troll of the Black Hills continues to stalk Abbeville. During this time, Donello Montiare turns his attention and much of his wealth to finding and securing a series of magical artifacts once owned by The Brazen Cabal, an ancient band of Grim Brothers who fought the undead just after The Grim Harvest.
104 ACW (1748 KR)—The East Alrahon Trading Company commissions the creation of six powerful elemental-powered ships after a demonstration of an elemental-powered stove created by The Greyforge Clan of dwarves. Special elemental-binding shipyards are constructed at the small hamlet of Le Marine-du-Mer.
106 – 108 ACW (1750-1752 KR)—The first prototype elemental-powered ships, known as The Galerunners, are finished and pressed into service. The ships are faster and can outperform any comparable ship, and allow the EATC to grow rapidly. Aside from the elemental technology, the Galerunners are equipped with the latest advancements in cannons and shipboard luxuries. The details of the Galerunner’s construction is a closely guarded secret. Due to the expense involved, only 6 Galerunners are in operation at a time, with a new one commissioned only when a previous ship is lost. The Greyforge Clan secretly constructs a seventh ship in the event of possible betrayal, as insurance that the technology could be replicated elsewhere.
108 ACW (1752 KR)—Donello Montaire, armed with the weapons of the Brazen Cabal, confronts the Troll of the Black Hills. The attacks cease for a time, and it is thought the Troll is destroyed. On the Eighth Day of Summerend, [something happens].
110 ACW (1754 KR)—First reports of a new Deard Pirate Hellbeard, Cynthia Dumer (known to history as Cynthia Flamebraids), starts circulating as The Black Fleet rises to power again. Cynthia Flamebraids bears Hellbeard’s Cutlass, but never actually devotes herself to attunement with it, sparing her from the intelligent weapon’s dominance.
113 ACW - 124 ACW (1757 KR-1768 KR)—The EATC’s Galerunner Fleet puts most of the competition out of business, and the EATC has a near monopoly on trade throughout The Argius and Sword seas. The EATC has enough power to dictate policy in Coral Town, and has its own armed force of soldiers. Though no Galerunners are captured by pirate, more of the ships are lost to strange accidents than the company ever admits. Conflicts with the ships’ own elementals sinks 10 Galerunners, which the EATC takes great pains to conceal. The Greyforge clan is able to create new ships quickly because they have the 7th ship in reserve, ready to hand over when a previous ship sinks.
115 ACW - 122 ACW (1759 KR-1766 KR)—The Mother Sea Company, a venture funded by clerics in the goddess’ service, turn to piracy to make ends meet. Jealous of the Galerunners’ success, the priests turn to their own form of magic to increase their profits. These include such tactics as using magic to becalm ships and summoning monsters to besiege them, among other practices. Cynthia Flamebraids convinces the Mother Sea Company to join her crusade against the East Alrahon Trading Company.
122 ACW - 126 ACW (1766 KR-1770 KR)—The Second Trade War, a series of naval battles between The Black Fleet and the East Alrahon Trading Company, cripples the Coralton economy as the raiders and the monopolists struggle against each other. This period becomes known as The Great Inflation, as prices soar while the EATC and the Black Fleet struggle to dominate each other.
126 ACW (1770 KR)—The Mother Sea Company capsizes two of the Galerunners within a week of each other. The Greyforge Clan are unable to meet the demand for new ships and are forced to relinquish an unfinished “prototype” ship to the company. Yvette is more incensed as the shoddy new ship than the loss of the previous two and threatens to roast the dwarves in their own ovens if her demands for new ships are not met. In response, the dwarves leak the news of the disaster to Coralton’s broadsheets, forever destroying the myth of Galerunner invincibility. Desperate, The EATC tries to put pressure on the Council of Nobles to lend more military aid to their efforts to stamp out the Black Fleet, but High Chancellor Danial DuVoe, elected on a populist platform, tells Yevette L’Claire that she must “Return the money you have taken from the sweat of our brows and release your hold on our nation’s neck, and we’ll consider it.” Outraged, L’Claire orders her fleet to blockade Coral Town. The EATC and the Coralton Royal Navy begin a pitched navel battle that turns sharply against the EATC when The Black Fleet sails to Coralton’s defense. The Battle of El’iari Bay rages for two weeks before Yvette L’Clair receives word that the Glaerunner Shipyards had also been attacked and razed (destroyed by a strike team supposedly lead by The White Fox Society). The EATC surrenders, and the EATC is broken up into several smaller companies. The surviving Galerunners are seized by the Royal Navy, and a series of new anti-trust laws to prevent such power from being concentrated in the hands of any one company again. The Black Fleet pulls back and dissolves into separate pirate concerns.
127 ACW (1771 KR)—The Eldyke Accords, a series of mutual nonaggression pacts, are signed between many of The Feuding States, bringing a semblance of peace to the region. The alliances are tenuous at best—none of the warlords believe that the other warlords will keep their word to protect their “allies” if push came to shove. A cold war of minor skirmishes and intrigue begins, as the warlords each test how far they can push the treaty to secure (or expand) their holdings without technically breaking the Accords. The city-state of Eldyke attempts to enforce the Accords, but its power to do so is limited.
By 128 ACW (1772 KR)—Cynthia Flamebraids vanishes from history. Most pirates believe that Flamebraids either retired or went down with her ship. Hellbeard’s Cutlass does not reappear for decades.
129 ACW - 136 ACW (1773 KR-1780 KR)—Baradan launches its second great campaign against Corsasia. Initially successful, Baradan is able to seize control of Shattered Bone Pass and Illiac. The Corsasians enlist the aid of devil mercenaries from the poison lands in Corsasia’s interior in a counterattack. This move is successful in winning back the land taken by Baradan, but also allows some devils to gain key roles in Corsasia’s government.
136 ACW (1780 KR)—The city of Abbeville is gripped by a rotting plague that kills a number of residents, then raises them as zombies to attack the living. Then a magical necrotic explosion wipes out most of the city, raising them as zombies shortly afterward. Marcel DuParís and Angélique DuParís shelter the survivors in the Amyran Lyceum. They lead the survivors out of the city via a secret tunnel. This tragedy becomes known as The Doom of Abbeville. The doom happens shortly after The Eighth Day of Summerend.
143 ACW (1787 KR)—
149 ACW (1743 KR)—The dragon Snarigarilax takes it into his head to cow the city of Minas Mesidii into sending tribute to him on a regular basis in return for not destorying the village and eating the entire population. The Eladrin send The Wild Hunt after it instead of bowing to demands. When that fails, Our Lady Wynowill summons Tol thanoth the Archmage to the city. He is slain as well. Desperate, Our Lady Wynowill offers a bounty on the dragon’s head. Adventurers from The Feywild and The World travel to Minas Mesidii. Eventually, a band of heroes lead by Ilo Demonblight discover a hidden cache of explosive clay that Tol’Thanoth had been experimenting with. They used the clay to transform a ballista bolt into a ballistic missile, killing the dragon for good. They then laid claim to the beast’s treasure and the bounty, and returned to Coral Town to celebrate their good fortune.
149 – 150 ACW (1793-1794 KR)—A number of Aberrations appear in Calyeron. Most of these monsters are dispatched by The Dragonslayers of Minas Mesidii, but the cause of the aberrant outbreak is never uncovered. The Speaker In Dreams begins whispering to certain members of the Royal Family.
150 ACW (1794 KR)—Sasha and Michelle LaBelle are born.
150 ACW (1794 KR)—The Great Fire of Coral Town is caused by The Sons of Yorick, who posed as mercenary adventuring bands in order to move about the city and place casks of alchemist’s fire at strategic points. The Dragonslayers of Minas Mesidii defend the Council of Nobles from the Sons of Yorick, and form The Draconic Brotherhood to help regulate adventurers in Coralton afterward.
150 ACW (1794 KR)—Cyrus Greyforge The Senior, in order to get funding for his experiments in creating sentient automatons, begins working on recreating the Galerunners. By this time the previous Galerunners siezed by the Royal Navy had all sunk or been put out of commission by trouble with the elementals, so Cyrus Sr. is forced to begin the work from scratch. He contacts all the remaining dwarves from the Galerunner project and founds The Artificers and Enchanters Guild. Cyrus Sr. and his partner Angus Azygth begin work, but a number of human-controlled guilds begin striking back, and a series of shadow wars are waged when the various guilds attempt to steal workers, ideas, and secrets from each other. The Rogue’s Union forms out of this chaos as Thomas DuVoe the Younger unites various feuding criminal gangs to provide black market services to the guilds. The Rogue’s Union is the first modern organized crime organization in operation.
150 ACW (1794 KR)—On The Eighth Day of Summerend, The Dragon Blackfire attacks Notre Dame. None know why the dragon attacked, but the death toll is catastrophic, and many buildings are ruined. On the high seas, Hellbeard’s Cutlass resurfaces in the hands of Blythe The Kracken, the first new Hellbeard in a generation.
151 ACW (1795 KR)—The Council of Nobles offers a substantial cash prize for anyone who can invent a new method of preserving food for the Coralton Royal Army.
157 ACW (1802 KR)—The Dragon of Notre Dame attacks again. The death toll is nearly as bad, but new construction techniques prevent more damage from being inflicted.
163 ACW (1807 KR)—The first Forged are created by The Artificers and Enchanters Guild, based off golem designs created by Greyforge Dwarves who were locked out of Keregorn before it fell. The key innovation of the Forged is that unlike other construct or undead, which are powered either by captured elementals or the spirits of the dead, the Forged use crystals infused with the essence of The River of Life. The Forged are thus given sentience through mortal souls that have been cleansed of their past lives and reborn. The first Forged are built with dwarven proportions, but the A&E Guild decides to build them with more human dimensions as a marketing move.
164 ACW (1808 KR) – The third attack by Blackfire. With the city more prepared for the attacks, the loss of life is kept to a minimum, but much destruction is still wrecked on the city. Blythe The Kracken is caught and hung, but a disgruntled naval captain steals Hellbeard’s Blade from the naval base and immediately reforms The Black Fleet. He styles himself Red Dreyfus.
164 ACW (1808 KR)—The last remnants of The Army of Darkness are dispatched by The Wild Hunt of Avaleron. Emperor Nyroni Goldenbow decrees that the race of Changelings are to be hunted down and eradicated, beginning The Great Fetch Hunt. Our Lady Wynowill begins her preparations for the invasion of Coralton. The Faceless Underground starts moving Changelings from the Feywild to The World. Soveliss Greensteel beings his experiments in recreating The Forged, in order to create an army for the eventual invasion of Coralton.
166 ACW (1810 KR)—Zadok Mordyle, a Corsasian grocer, submits his method for canning to the Coral Town Council of Nobles, winning the prize. He invests his winnings into a canning factory, and the technology spreads from there.
167 ACW (1811 KR)—The Forged that would come to be known as “Jack Brass” begins his career as an adventurer, in order to earn enough gold to buy himself a noble title.
168 ACW (1812 KR)—Red Dreyfus captures and sinks the boat of pirate hunter Sasha LeBelle (now calling herself Sasha Darkwind). In order to humiliate her for spurning him when he was a naval captain, he burns her face with acid and then enslaves her as his personal concubine.
170 ACW (1814 KR)—Melisande Luisser nails a letter containing 95 accusations and failings to the door of The Cathedral of the Sun in Cliffport. In her proclamation, she alleges that The Great Church is no longer concerned with protecting and promoting the true faith of The White Lady and is focused solely on maintaining its own power and influence. Her letter call on all true believers of Morwyn to forsake The Great Church and rededicate themselves to the Goddess. This break-away sect, known as The Dawnbreakers, causes a massive uproar in theological circles as people begin to question the old traditions and values. The Exalt publicly proclaims that The Dawnbreakers are not to be harassed or retaliated against, but a number of Archbishops secretly form an elite cadre of true believers to root out and destroy “the heretics.”
171 ACW (1815 KR) – With the pattern established, the city of Notre Dame develops methods to minimize the destruction and the loss of life cause by the attacks. Bounties are posted for tracking the beast to it’s lair and ending it, but no adventurers are successful.
172 ACW (1816 KR)—Red Dryfus is killed in a mutiny lead by his concubine, Sasha Darkwind. Sasha claims Hellbeard’s Cutlass and takes control of The Black Fleet, becoming The Darkwind Princess. She is the second woman to bear the mantle of The Dread Pirate Hellbeard.
173 ACW - 175 ACW (1817 KR-1819 KR)—Baradan initiates another conflict with Corsasia, this time by attempting to travel through the northern gap in the mountains. In response, Corsasia works out a deal with tribes in The Kazeron Wilds, forming a mutual defense pact against the Baradani. Corsasia annexes the land around the gap and manages to defeat Baradan yet again.
174 ACW (1818 KR)—The timeline of the first campaign. The Coralton Slayers, an adventuring band operating out of St Clarice, The Slayers uncovered a plot by The Jack of Ashes, a necromancer, to undermine the churches of St. Clarice. They participate in the overthrow of the corrupt Merchant’s Guild, then uncover a plot by The Wild Hunt to invade Coralton. The Slayers face and defeat Lord Gaelin Rivendale and his Golden Army at The Battle of Winterend Passage, then raise the alarm. Coralton and Avaleron go to war.
174 ACW - 177 ACW (1818 KR-1821 KR)—The Faerie War. Avaleron attempts to invade Coralton through Faerie Crossings and sabotage from a suborned White Fox Society. The actions of The Coralton Slayers blunts many of the Golden Army’s initial attacks, but the activation of The Halls of Nightmare causes a Worldfall in The Shroudmist Forest south of St. Clarice. St. Clarice is occupied and Eladrin Forces quickly sweep into the Southern Province. A band of Changelings working for the Draconic Brotherhood liberate the disguised death camp of Joyeuse. The liberated Changelings prove able and willing to aid the Coralton Royal Army against the Eladrin in return for enhanced status as a protected people. The Sorcerer’s Enclave of Notre Dame hatches a plan to use the old Anchor Portals in the St. Clarice area to reverse the Worldfall. The infiltration teams (including the Coralton Slayers) succeed in reactivating the Anchor Portals, now configured to reverse the magic of The Halls of Nightmare. The plan works, but in the process a seal to The Shrieking Hell is ruptured. Cut off from home and beset by devils, the Golden Army surrenders to the Coralton Royal Army and the two forces join against the new threat. The incursion is contained, and after The Second Battle of St Clarice an armistice is signed. The war is over, but the relationship between Coralton and Avaleron is strained, and The Shroudmist Forest remains beset by devils and the minions of Verkinx Kazrael.
175 ACW (1819 KR)—The first hellpowder weapons are introduced to the Coralton Royal Army by The Artificers and Enchanters Guild. The weapons turn the tide during The Liberation of Joyeuse. The formula is stolen by spies, and spreads to other nations in Elondaron. The Grommok Clan, envious of the prestige the Greyforge Dwarves have won as inventors and tinkerers, organize themselves into The Grommok Cross Company in order to compete with them. They do this mostly through industrial sabotage and theft, reverse-engineering A&E inventions. The Artificers and Enchanters Guild reorganizes itself into A&E Industries.
178 ACW (1822 KR)—Zifer Cwellen defeats The Dragon of Notre Dame in pitched battle. It is thought to be killed, and the city rejoices.. Our Lady Wynowill, disgraced and banished to the World after the defeat of the Golden Army, is slain by Mai’ali Nightwound, who poses as her daughter to get close enough to assassinate her and steal her Shard of Jillian.
179 ACW (1823 KR)—The first Mageheart devices are developed. Both A&E Industries and The Grommok Cross Company claim credit for the inventions.
185 ACW (1829 KR)—Blackfire, The Dragon of Notre Dame, attacks the city once more. Either back from the dead or a dracolich to begin with, the dragon’s attack catches the city by surprise, and many lives are lost. Zifer Cwellen again battles the beast, but is slain. A statue is later erected to honor the fallen hero.
189 ACW (1833 KR)—The first commercial elemental airships are put into service by A&E Industries, a technology that revolutionizes travel and shipping. Melinko The Mad arrives at the Bastille, claiming to have committed a number of atrocities that, on further investigation, could not be proven to have occurred.
192 ACW (1836 KR) – Another dragon attack in Notre Dame. This one is sustained over a number of days. Lower death toll (thanks to evacuation), but high property damage in sections of the city generally spared from such attacks in the past.
192 ACW - 196 ACW (1836 KR-1840 KR)—The Calyeron-Baradan War. The nation of Baradan, seeking resources for another assault on Corsasia, launch an assault on the northern half of Calyeron to seize the iron mines and steel mills. They justify this war by claiming their patron, The Lion of Heaven, is the King of All Creation and should be worshiped as such, and rejects Great Church doctrine placing The White Lady as the leader of the pantheon. The Baradani leadership proclaim this war is a holy crusade, and Calyeron, as the great bastion of the Great Church in Elondaron, is decried as heretics and blasphemers. The war lasts for four years, and ends with half the land claimed by Calyeron occupied by Baradan. The Baradani begin extracting resources from the region while claiming a holy mandate to renew war against Corsasia and its population of Tieflings.
194 ACW (1836 KR)—By this time, advancements in Mageheart technology lead to them being stable enough to be more widely adopted by the populace. Magehearts allow for the creation of better tools for many common tasks, increasing productivity immensely and allowing for industrial-scale automation and new manufacturing processes. The Mageheart Revolution has begun.
196 ACW (1840 KR)—High Sheriff Maximilian Robespierre raids The Silver Fox Tavern, capturing a number of high-ranking members of the White Fox Society. They are given a show trial and hung. Among them is Leon Bordeaux, a teenager with no actual ties to the Society except for being in the wrong place at the wrong time. The boy’s father, Martin Bordeaux, better known as Martin Tenbones, begins a political campaign to challenge the High Sheriff, but the movement is scuttled when it is revealed that Martin Tenbones served on a pirate ship in his youth. Martian is publicly disgraced and stripped of his title, and leaves Notre Dame in shame. His remaining child, Alice, remains behind.
198 ACW (1842 KR)—The mass-murderer Bloody Marie slaughters over a hundred people in Notre Dame. The Foddertown Slaughter quickly becomes infamous, especially after her well-connected noble family pulls strings to stay her execution, forcing High Sheriff Robespierre to send her to The Bastille for life instead.
199 ACW (1843 KR)—The timeline of the new campaign. The Exalt of the Great Church issues a bull declaring an open crusade against the dragon Blackfire, the necromancers of The Bleak Academy of Mournhollow, and the cultists of The Song of Stars. The campaign begins promisingly when the crusaders destroy The Lord of Dust and capture the Necronomicon.
The Rise of The Fallen—Prophesied time when The Seven will finally break the seals that hold the Seven Hells closed and make war against all Creation, destroying it and rebuilding it to suit their fancy. Considered the end of the Three Worlds, though the outcome is uncertain.