Tale of Years

Note on Timekeeping

Used in the North and the Midlands, the Aegiran calendar is a relic of the old gigantine Aegiran Kingdom.

The twelve months of the Aegir are the following: Hekatombion, Metageitnion, Boedromion, Pyanepsion, Maimakterion, Posedon, Gamelion, Anthesterion, Elaphebolion, Munychion, Thargelion, and Skirophorion.

The Aegiran year begins in the spring, with Hekatombion. The calendar also has an intercalary month called Androphon.

There are two major methods of timekeeping in the North and the Midlands. These competing methods are both human inventions; elves, dwarves, eladrin, and Dragonborn each have other more specialized methods of counting.

The older of the two methods is known as the Year of the City, and counts since the founding of the ancient city of Sargoth. The Sargothine date is currently 4240 C. Years prior to the founding of Sargoth are called Years of Wandering, and abbreviated W.

The younger method was invented during the founding of the Floran Empire. It uses as a benchmark the date of Evrard the Lame’s birth in 1998 C. Therefore, it is currently 2242 in the Year of Kings, noted as K. Many Brothers of the Book and Wayfarers record time in the following manner in their works: 2242/4240 thus denoting that the year they are speaking of is 2242 K. and 4240 C.

Partial Timeline

13000-1000 W Age of Serpents. Dragons are the dominant race, building mighty eyries to please themselves. Dragonkin cluster around mighty wyrms and found dragon-cults.

roughly 1200 W Gigantine Era Begins with the near-simultaneous rise of the civilizations of the Nybilim and the Aegir. Some say that both were founded by Bale One-Eye, a cryptic figure who moves through many legends of the elder years.

roughly 1050 W The Nybilim find scattered tribes of elves and bring them into their lands as freeholders under gigantine protection. The Aegir follow suit. Over time, the condition of the elves degrades into serfdom and, by the time of the Wasting, outright slavery.

roughly 900 W The first dwarven cities form, beginning the time the dwarves call the Eddic Era. The dwarves ally with the giants, particularly the Flint Giants and Nybilim, obtaining their protection against the dragons and other dark things of the newborn world in exchange for expert metalwork.

820-800 W Empire of the Cyclopses rises on islands in the western sea, particularly the massive island of Ker’yis.

753 W The Cyclomachy, the Nybilim-led war to contain the aggressive and numerous cyclopses, begins. It is fought largely with weapons forged by the Graewys for the Nybilim.

471 W An army of men (who were in this time only wandering tribes) and dragonkin destroys the great kingdom of the Graewys dwarves, utterly razing their home city of Leohtcun. The remnant of that kingdom scatters, finding their barbaric cousins and educating them in the speech, skills, and customs of the Graewys. The Eddic Era ends.

270 W For an unknown reason, many great rivers of the old world dried up over the course of a few years. This begins the Wasting and ends the Gigantine Era. The empire of the Aegir was condemned to a slow death, and both the Nybilim and the dragonborn of Abuz suffered great losses of population and territory.

249 W A war over the dwindling water resources erupts between the Nybilim and the Aegir, now led by a tyrant calling himself Bale One-Eye.

247-237 W The Nybilim begin to lose territory rapidly, pressed by simultaneous war with the Aegir, the draconic empire of Abuz, and the cyclopses. The Cyclomachy falters, and the cyclopses begin to seize and hold territory all up and down the western coast.

240-230 W Elven slaves begin to break free of their gigantine masters in large numbers and migrate to the west and north, crossing land that was rapidly drying and heating to form the Wastes.

236 W The civilization of the Aegir collapses with the disappearance of Bale One-Eye. The Concordance begins, opening the ways between this world, Jandana, and the Duat.

234 W Age of Invasions begins as the first Eladrin colonists pour into this world.

1 C Sargoth, the first human city, founded by humans who had thrown off the yoke of their dragonborn masters.

9 C The Temple of the Ebon Flame is completed in Sargoth. The fortunes of Sargoth rise with the rapid conquest of the surrounding tribes.

17 C An army of tieflings attacks Sargoth and is rebuffed. This marks the first appearance of the armies of the Duat in this world. Many more follow, and the tieflings multiply.

130 C The western eladrin renew the Cyclomachy. They take the fight to the cyclopses, making swift headway thanks to their skill in battle and seemingly never-ending reinforcements from Jandana.

135-170 C The Sargothine Empire begins to expand rapidly as more and more humans flock to the protection of the Ebon City.

152 C The eladrin invade Ker’yis. As they slay the last of the cyclopses on the island, Ker’yis begins to sink. Over a matter of weeks, the entire island crumbles and is covered by the waves. The eladrin evacuate, freeing the halflings and giving them means of survival.

167 C The City of Red Glass is built in the far north.

177 C The Concordance ends as abruptly as it began. The ways between the worlds are bent, and the Age of Invasions comes to an end.

177-500 C The long retreat of the Eladrin begins, as they abandon outpost after outpost in the face of stiff opposition. Only after more than three centuries of steadily shrinking numbers and influence do the Eladrin finally slow their decay by consolidating their power in a few places of strength.

180-200 C The Sargothine Empire begins great wars of expansion, pushing their borders west and north.

212 C Ten Sargothine phalanxes under the leadership of Ahushina Namaru-Sim defeat the Court of Nightmares, the last tiefling army claiming allegiance to the Lords Below. No quarter is given, and the tieflings captured in battle are crucified one by one as the phalanxes march back to Sargoth in triumph. Those tieflings within the borders of the empire begin to migrate outward, settling quietly on the fringes of civilization.

330-472 C The Sargothine Empire begins to expand northward, westward, and eastward as the influence of the Brotherhood of the Ebon Flame grows and a zeal for conquest spreads through the aristocracy. At the apogee of its strength, the border forts of the Sargothine Empire marched along the western coast, the easternmost fringe of what is now the Sargothine Waste, and the shores of the Brighttongue River.

332-338 C The remains of the cyclopean forces gather in the mountains north of the Sunreach. After six months of muster, they turn their attention to the Eladrin kingdom of Great Strimaya, which covered most of what is now the Southerwood. In 332 they fall upon the city of Vimanas (now Ripenso) and make a massive slaughter there. Having eliminated the better part of Great Strimaya’s armies, which had been stationed in the city, they sweep south. The long and bloody conflict that ensues gives the name to the Battlewashes, those rivers that run through the Southerwood. Eventually, in league with hobgoblin mercenaries, the cyclopses destroy the city of Strimaya beyond the easternmost extreme of the Battlewashes, scattering the eladrin of southern Arbellor to the winds. The cyclopses themselves take up residence in the ruins, but soon fall to infighting. The eladrin continue a guerilla war campaign, and by 400 C the ruins of Strimaya are deserted.

353-7 C The Senion, fleeing captivity in the east, wander into Sargothine lands. They are promptly declared to be ‘din-Nuun (“Inhuman”) and thus able to be enslaved by any Sargothine citizen. Almost all the Senion are taken by Sargothine slavers, and set to work in various parts of the empire.

472 C Sargothine phalanxes, exploring what is now Arbellor, encounter eladrin forces from the City of Red Glass encamped on the northern border of the Brighttongue River. After a standoff lasting two months, the Treaty of the Waters is forged, forbidding Sargothine troops from passing north of the Brighttongue in exchange for peace with the City of Red Glass and a tribute of gold bars delivered once every seven years.

560-660 C The borders of the Sargothine Empire begin to slowly but steadily contract, as power struggles weaken the military and the ranks of magistrates are filled by nobles who rarely travel to their appointed provinces.

656 C All faiths other than that of the Ebon Flame are outlawed in Sargoth by imperial edict. Many citizens of the empire are killed in the waves of internal strife that result.

660-700 C The heartlands of the empire begin to dry out for unknown reasons. Topsoil blows away in massive windstorms, and food shortages become commonplace. The contraction of the empire’s borders accelerates as the power of Sargoth is bent to feeding its people.

702-10 C A series of plagues wrack the lands around Sargoth, sparing only the great city itself. The Brotherhood of the Ebon flame assumes full control of the government of the city as its population swells with refugees.

707 C The City of Red Glass sends an armed troop of soldiers in place of their tribute. The small honor guard of phalanxeers sent to meet them is annihilated. Their heads are wrapped in gold cloth and sent to Sargoth.

712 C The last Sargothine phalanx stationed more than three day’s march from Sargoth itself is recalled. Most historians consider this to be the end of the Sargothine empire.

1000 C By this time, the lands around Sargoth are completely bare of life. Only in the immediate vicinity of the city can some hardy crops be grown. The Sargothine Waste, as it stands today, is formed.

1300-1900 C The people known as Florans band together in the lands south of the Spearmarches, and begin a slow migration northward. As they go, their social structures and sense of themselves as a people become more solidified.

1980 C The Florans first come into what would later become Floresan. Fierce resistance from Northmanu living around the Aldcop initially discourages them from passing into what would become Arbellor.

1988 C Cantorhill founded under King Clovis the Progenitor, who appoints the first Flamen Cantor to sing the rites of Paela and Cyprissar over the site of the city.

1 K/1998 C Evrard the Lame, first son of Clovis, born. Official year of the founding of the Floran Empire. Years of Kings begin at Clovis’ decree.

234 K/2232 C Under the Amaranth Lanier, the Floran legions pass into Arbellor. They make peace with or conquer most of the tribes there, leaving only the fierce Northmanu of the Aldcop free.

345 K/2343 C The line of succession is broken, as the Amaranth Maslain dies without issue in his ultimately successful campaign to subdue the tribes of the Aldcop.

347 K/2345 C Malain’s half-brother, the Flamen Cantor Yrel, becomes Amaranth without relinquishing the title of Cantor. After his death, the new tradition of investing the titles of Cantor and Amaranth in the same person continues.

512-546 K/ 2510-2544 C Riggsland is ruled by a figure known as the Witch-Prince, or Arcénne, who unites the Northmanu tribes of that region. He makes war on Cantorhill, but his armies, although bolstered by creatures of the Duat and hideous undead, are pushed back by the Floran legions in a ten-year campaign. In 546, the Floran Knight Sir Manex d’Jeremi leads the forces that lay siege to the Arcénne’s fortress and slays the Witch-Prince on the steps of the Wailing Throne itself. Mortally wounded, Sir Manex dies at sunset that day after committing his soul to Paela in a speech that would later be memorized by all educated Floran children. The Poor Knights of the Dusk Lady, or Dusk Knights, are founded in his honor.

742 K/2740 C Emissaries from the City of Red Glass arrive in Cantorhill. They pledge peace with the Cantor Amaranth Avier, in return for assurances that neither the legions of Floresan nor the armies of the City of Red Glass will cross over Riggsland in force unless provoked.

1432 K/3430 C The Cantor Amaranth Bayless dies. His son, Verrill, ascends to the throne but renounces the title of Cantor. It is passed to his older cousin Hervin with the understanding that the priests of Paela and Cyprissar would henceforth choose the Flamen Cantor from one not of the imperial blood.

1630-1770 K/3628-3768 C The borders of the Floran Empire begin to crumble, as easy conquests no longer present themselves, tax revenues shrink, and the costs of maintaining border outposts skyrockets.

1765 K/3763 C The last Amaranth, Yllan, dies of the White Scourge along with his children, wife, and siblings. The line of Amaranth Emperors ends.

1766 K/3764 C The Flamen Cantor Haquet assumes the title of regent, effectively ruling the empire.

1810-5 K/3808-3813 C Waves of orcs come from the east, attacking the Floran heartlands.

1814 K/3812 C The last Floran legions in Arbellor are recalled, along with the governors of the Floran cities. Rule is handed to the head of powerful families to be kept in trust.

1834-43 K/3832-3841 C Floran government nominally returns to Arbellor, only to be withdrawn once again after it became clear that the newly-independent lands could not be effecitvely governed without an impossibly large outlay of funds and troops.

1897 K/3895 C Cantorhill itself is sacked by Northmanu, striking with impunity out of Riggsland. The Cantor ceases to have effective control over any lands except for those immediately around Cantorhill. Most historians consider this the official end of the Floran Empire.

2218-2224 K/4216-4222 C The War of Six Winters, the most brutal conflict to date between the city-states of Arbellor, is fought. The war began with fighting between independent-minded kings in Reyen and Gallezi and rulers in Istri and Ripenso who considered themselves loyal to the Flamen Cantor. By the end of the second winter, however, the conflict degenerated into a free-for-all of injury and reprisal, with only Bosquen remaining largely isolated. The last pitched battle was fought on 3 Thargelion 2221 between the armies of Ripenso and Gallezi. After that, the conflict dragged on for three years as skirmishes between armed men in the woods before coming to an end with the Treaty of Stock and Stone on 23 Skirophorion, 2224.

2242 K/4240 C Early in the year, a warlord claiming to be the Arcénne arises in Riggsland. He united the tribes and leads them to war against the Cantor. Lycon, Istri, and to a lesser extent Ripenso answer the Cantor’s call for aid and send troops north. Remembering the sting of the War of Six Winters, Reyen and Gallezi refuse to send aid. In Metageitnion, a new Sargothine emperor – Emad Ber’Shahanaz – is crowned, and soon thereafter his armies lay waste to Lycon in a surprise attack.

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