Cimmerian Timeline Part 56

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Loose ends for coming to the end of the timeline!

1115BCE: The Olympians recognized that the new toys they’d given their mortals were strong tools in the right hands and explosive mistakes in the wrong hands. To ensure the magical artifacts weren’t misused, Zeus created the Museum of Power in Nox. To guard the building, Poseidon set powerful enchantments around it and Hades brought Argus back from the dead to defend it.

742BCE: Enough vampires had arisen in Cimmeria to form a community centered in Crux. They pooled their resources to acquire blood to drink. They offered gold in exchange for blood. This collection of gold and blood grew into the Bank of Lamentation, one of the most securely guarded locations in Cimmeria.

647BCE: The blue dragons of Shacklack took advantage of the sand giant genocide to attack fire giant tribes in the desert. Without their sand giant allies, the fire giants had weaknesses in their defensive network. Many fire giants were wiped out, relocated, or swore fealty to the blue dragons.

646BCE: Chirrigar the fire giant’s tribe was wiped out. Without a home he wandered through the desert and came upon an abandoned scepter. He grasped the rod and felt tremendous power flow into him. He went to the cave of the dragon that had slain his tribe and killed it in return. Chirrigar claimed the dragon’s hoard for himself and then left Shacklack Desert to avoid retribution.

645BCE: Chirrigar spread the dragon’s wealth across Eastern Cimmeria. He told stories of a new city he was founding east of the Aral Sea.

644BCE: Chirrigar went east of the Aral Sea and planted a large piece of quartz he had found his dragon treasure hoard. The quartz grew into the stunning ice city of Dorrowsan.

520BCE: The old lich of Crux, Vectra, developed a new spell of unimaginable destruction. The magic was capable of wiping out all life within a three mile radius of the casting. Vectra demonstrated the spell and then opened negotiations with various governments to sell it. She sold copies of the devastation spell to Xoria, Persia, Ethiopia, and some of the Indian kingdoms.

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Cimmerian Timeline Part 54

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King Aeëtes leads Colchis eternally, but he comes under attack by the armies of Hades every solar eclipse. I detailed some of the earlier eclipse attacks, but I’ve been leaving them behind for a while. Here’s the rest of them!

978BCE: A solar eclipse allowed Hades to attack Colchis, but he was rebuffed by King Aeëtes’s newly created stone golems. The magical protectors tore through the undead hordes.

923BCE: A solar eclipse opened the gates to Erebos and Hades sent an army for King Aeëtes’s soul. This time the army was composed of devils and demons. They tore through the golems of the city, but Aeëtes used his magic to enhance the weapons of of the common people of Colchis. Their buffed armaments were able to defeat the hellish army of Hades.

885BCE: A solar eclipse darkened the sky over Colchis and Hades sent an army of devils and undead. King Aeëtes had trained his soldiers further on how to defeat devils using blessed weapons and holy water. Luckily the sanctified weapons were effective against both devils and undead.

857BCE: Hades attacked Colchis under the shadow of a solar eclipse. He brought an unholy combination of devils and machinery to bear on the city. King Aeëtes unleashed the dragon of Colchis to destroy the machines while the trained army dealt with the devils.

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Cimmerian Timeline Part 51

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A little more mixing of history and fantasy. The Persians invaded Scythia in 513BCE to scare off the Scythians before the Persian invasion of Greece. In the real world the Scythians/Amazons just ran away and came back after the Persians left. In my version they ran away to their colony in Cimmeria. Also the founding of Tectoctar.

513BCE: The Persian Shah Darius declared war on the Amazons and other tribes north of the Black Sea to pre-emptively protect his borders during his future campaign in Greece.

512BCE: Facing overwhelming odds against the massive Persian army, the Amazons abandoned their homeland north of the Black Sea. Queen Idanthyrsia relocated the entire kingdom to Dradelden in Cimmeria.

509BCE: With the additional force at Dradelden the Amazons sought not just to extract tribute from Western Cimmeria, but to rule it outright. Queen Idanthyrsia personally led the strike against Cecilia and Makotako. Cecilia capitulated quickly. Makotako resisted and Idanthyrsia besieged the city.

508BCE: Aid for Makotako arrived from Gazeara. King Shardamar came to relieve his cousin with the army of Gazeara. Queen Idanthyrsia led the Amazons to engage both armies in battle and soundly defeated both. She personally slew King Cordant of Makotako. Idanthyrsia forced Shardamar to swear fealty to the Amazons and placed a subordinate as military governor of Makotako.

507BCE: Queen Idanthyrsia turned the Amazon war horde against the Xorian Kingdom. King Gigontaya of Xoria had made an alliance with King Aeetes of Colchis. The two armies stood together against the Amazons. The two sides maneuvered around each other, neither wishing to risk everything in a single engagement.

506BCE: General Tectoctar grew frustrated with King Gigontaya’s refusal to engage the enemy. He seceded from the Xorian Kingdom and took his army north.
Fearing that other generals might follow Tectoctar’s example, Gigontaya finally fought the Amazons in battle.Once again, Idanthyrsia slew a king in combat. She cut down Gigontaya, but Aeetes returned the favor and killed Idanthyrsia with magical blasts. With no other to match his power, Aeetes laid waste to the Amazon army. They retreated and peace terms were agreed upon.
Young Prince Demotinira succeeded his father to the crown of Xoria.

505BCE: Tectoctar settled his troops in Danar’s Swamp upon receiving a sign from Zeus. Tectoctar had his lieutenant general give him mind-reading powers to keep the troops in line as they founded their new city named after him, Tectoctar.

504BCE: The city of Tectoctar was well established within the marshes, but the strain of hearing everyone’s thoughts took its toll on General Tectoctar. He went insane and fled into the swamp, never to be seen again.

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Cimmerian Timeline Part 49

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656BCE: Noga’anyo, the descendant of Queen Stanasha, led a rebellion against King Lygdamis. Jeutontic and Cecilia declared independence from the Xorian Kingdom.

655BCE: King Lygdamis besieged Cecilia. Tired of the city’s history for betrayal, he assaulted the walls rather than accept a peaceful surrender of the city. Upon gaining entry, Lygdamis pillaged the town before reinstating Xorian control.

654BCE: Noga’anyo moved with the aerial cavalry against Petar, but fell into a trap set by King Lygdamis. The cavalry suffered heavy losses to ballistae hidden around Petar’s rooftops.

651BCE: After five years of grinding war, King Lygdamis besieged Jeutontic. Seeing the end, Noga’anyo ordered her followers to surrender before she committed suicide. Lygdamis felt pity at the sight of her body and her sacrifice for her people. He ordered that she be given a hero’s burial, but outside the Kingdom of Xoria. Noga’anyo’s tomb was made along the southern shore of the Don River to the north of the Xorian Kingdom.

644BCE: The Amazons of Dradelden levied a large tax on the Xorians. To afford the tribute, King Lygdamis invaded Lydia. The Xorians sacked Lydia’s capital of Sardis and killed King Gyges. The treasure was delivered to the Amazons and used to fund their own invasion of Palestine and Egypt.

640BCE: King Lygdamis led an invasion against the Assyrians in Anatolia, hoping they were weak after a series of revolts within the Assyrian Empire. Unfortunately, Lygdamis was killed in one of the initial battles of the campaign. His son, Sandakhshatra succeeded him.

637BCE: King Ardys of Lydia declared war on the Xorians. He used the new Lydian weapon of war dogs to great effect in the battles of the war. Additionally, Ardys gained aid from the Assyrians in his war.

626BCE: The war between Lydia and Xoria concluded. King Ardys now had firm control over Anatolia and Sandakhshatra vowed to not invade or raid into the peninsula for a hundred years.

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Cimmerian Timeline Part 48

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Before I can continue the Xorian story I have to add some stuff about the Amazons and the foundation of Dradelden to the timeline. I wrote about the initial Amazon invasion back in my Kingdoms Sprouting Up Part 5 post, but I never committed those events to a particular date. My notes say about 800BCE, so lets get going with that!

799BCE: Amazon Queen Saikolok invaded Western Cimmeria. Her warriors tore through the outlying settlements of Colchis, Nox, Jeutontic, Cecilia, and Makotako. The barbaric warriors were unable to pillage the walled cities themselves. Queen Saikolok concluded peace settlements with each of the city-states in exchange for tribute. She established a colony named Dradelden to be the Amazon power in the area. Saikolok returned to Scythia and left a subordinate in charge.

692BCE: Queen Jakontago felt the power of the Xorian Kingdom was strong enough to end the tribute paid to the Amazons. She ended the payment and immediately the Amazons raided villages within Xoria.

691BCE: Queen Jakontago attacked Dradelden and put the city under siege. Queen Ishpaka of the Amazons brought the main force in from Scythia to relieve Dradelden. A battle ensued outside of the city and Jakontago perished in the fighting. Her brother, Teushpa, succeeded her to the throne. His first act was to reinstate the tribute paid to the Amazons.

679BCE: With the Xorian army recovered King Teushpa led them in an invasion of Assyria.

678BCE: King Esarhaddon of the Assyrians defeated the Xorians. As part of the peace terms, King Teushpa would have to provide one thousand Xorian soldiers for the Assyrian army.

675BCE: To recoup losses from the Assyrian invasion, King Teushpa led the Xorians in a raid through Anatolia. These raids continued every few years throughout Teushpa’s reign.

669BCE: King Teushpa started a war with King Gyges of Lydia, a rising power in Anatolia.

660BCE: King Teushpa died of old age. His son, Lygdamis, was even more aggressive in his attacks against Lydia. King Gyges asked for Assyrian aid.

657BCE: With the help of Assyria, King Gyges defeated Xoria. As part of the peace terms, King Lygdamis relinquished Xorian control over Urartu.

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Cimmerian Timeline Part 47

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I get to mix in that historical Cimmeria stuff I was posting about earlier. Hurray!

770BCE: Free from war with Nox, King Cotinasath of Jeutontic declared war against the town of Cecilia. A port would allow for greater trade income for the crown.

766BCE: After a lengthy siege, a group of merchants opened the gates of Cecilia and betrayed the city to King Cotinasath. Cecilia joined the Kingdom of Jeutontic.

723BCE: King Cristonton’s aggressive grandson, Kitanotaga, ascended to the throne. He immediately declared war on the Kingdom of Jeutontic.

721BCE: The bread basket of Petar gave the Xorian Kingdom the population to push through the Jeutontic aerial defense. The new queen Stanasha of Jeutontic was captured and forced to surrender the city to King Kitanotaga.

720BCE: King Kitanotaga consolidated control over Jeutontic and quietly had Queen Stanasha assassinated. He then moved against Cecilia and put the city under siege. Merchants within the port once again betrayed the city and opened the gates for the invaders. The Xorian Kingdom now controlled Nox, Petar, Jeutontic, and Cecilia.

715BCE: The Assyrians invaded Urartu and invited the Xorians to participate as well. King Kitanotaga led his army on a raiding expedition south into Urartu.

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Cimmerian Timeline Part 43

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Mars’ Oasis has a very brief history within my campaign. It is a monarchy founded by Romans who traveled around the dark side of the flat world. After the city’s founding the people of Mars’ Oasis fought the other desert inhabitants for space, notably the blue dragons, the undead of the Lich Shade, and formian ant people. This section covers the founding of the city. I drew on the already existing myths surrounding Romulus.

716BCE: A whirlwind absorbed Romulus, taking him to Olympus by the side of his father, Mars. The Roman Senate ruled in Romulus’s place until a successor was chosen.

715BCE: The Roman Senate selected Numa Pompilius as Romulus’s successor. Numa enacted a series of reforms to make Rome a more pious and peaceful city. His first act was to discharge the 300 Celeres cavalry that served under war-loving Romulus. The Celeres left Rome in anger, heading northward out of Italy.

714BCE: Proculus Julius, the tribunus celerum and leader of the Celeres, took the cavalry group over the Alps and westward through Gaul. As they traveled they raided settlements for supplies.

713BCE: The Celeres arrived in Erytheria. Proculus Julius sought advice from the Hesperides on what their company should do next. The nymphs prophesied that the Roman cavalry should continue heading west to gain glory.

712BCE: Proculus Julius led the Celeres aboard six ships and sailed into the Atlantic. A ship was lost in the ocean storms before the group reached Atlantis. The Celeres dined with Oceanus and Tethys. Unfortunately the Titan couple’s hospitality was violated when the Celeres slept with the Oceanid daughters of Oceanus and Tethys. The Romans fled to their ships with their Oceanid lovers. The men and nymphs sailed westward towards the edge of the world.

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Goblin Overview

When the Olympians invaded, the Animal Pantheon of the Goblins gave their subjects a blessing. Prior to the invasion, the goblins were a relatively homogenous race. When war started various sub-races were born to goblin mothers. One out of every hundred births was a hobgoblin. One out of every five hundred births was a bugbear. One out of every twenty thousand was a barghest. Various other sub-races came about as well (bakemono, dekanter, tasloi, etc.). Each of these new goblinoids were more powerful than the original goblins and better suited for war agains the Conclave races of the Olympians. The Animal Pantheon had hoped that this infusion of strength would bring their petitioners victory, but it was sadly not enough.

Since before the Olympian invasion the goblins practiced ritual cannibalism. At funerals a goblin’s family would consume portions of their corpse so that the goblin’s spirit would continue to reside with the family. Additionally, the goblins consumed the flesh of powerful foes they had defeated to absorb the spiritual strength of that foe into themselves. This tendency towards cannibalism increased among the sub-races created by the Animal gods, most notably in the bugbears and barghests. During the Goblin War the two sub-races had plenty of Conclave races to eat, but after the retreat into the east they found their dinner selection rather limited. Without enemy races to consume, the bugbears and barghests began to devour those they were meant to protect, the goblins.

In the six centuries since the Goblin War, cannibalism has become common within the Hobgoblin Lands. Bugbears and barghests continue to hunt the lesser races. Additionally the scarcity of resources in portions of the Hobgoblin Lands leads to cannibalism out of necessity. A fresh body can command a decent price among the upper-class. Poor goblin families occasionally sell their children, not as slaves, but as meals for a local noble to eat.

The goblinoids of Cimmeria have a diffuse population distribution. Most of them do not live in centralized communities, but instead in small villages supported by subsistence farming. Each of these smaller communities are typically ruled by the hobgoblins within them. A hobgoblin birth is considered a blessing for a goblin family as their child will be strong and enjoy an elevated position within the community. Bugbear births are more akin to a curse. Most goblins eat their bugbear children or kill them through exposure. If they reach adulthood, they can be an asset to their family, but they’re also a risk. After all, what’s stopping the violent cannibal from eating its parents?

The goblins worshipped an animalistic pantheon before the Olympians arrived. They valued the particular accomplishments of each animal. Through worship the goblins hoped to please the ideal spirit of that animal. If the ideal animal was pleased then it would provide the worshipper with a blessing related to the unique traits of the animal. When the Olympians invaded and defeated the animal pantheon there were syncretic changes that occurred to the pantheon. The Animal Pantheon became associated with the Titans that the Olympians had defeated during the Titanomachy. Now each of the Animal gods shares a prison cell in Tartarus with a Titan as the two personalities slowly merge due to syncretism.

Historical Cimmeria

I write a lot of stuff about my D&D campaign world which I’ve dubbed Cimmeria. I’ve plopped the Greek Pantheon of gods into Cimmeria to use. Its easy for my players and me to remember which god is which and there’s a deep reservoir of myths to aid storytelling. Most of you probably already know these things from reading my blog. What you might not’ve known is that Cimmeria was a place attested to in The Histories of Herodotus and a few other early histories. Whether that makes the place “real” or not is probably up to how trustworthy you consider those sources. Regardless, there is some historical justification for why the geographical region of my D&D campaign world is called Cimmeria.

The historical Cimmerians are described in the Assyrian archives from about 700-600BCE. They engaged in a number of border skirmishes with the Assyrians and other ethnic groups around the northern coast of the Black Sea. After 600BCE they disappear from the historical record. It is likely that after a particularly harsh defeat by the Assyrians that the Cimmerians were assimilated into one of the other cultures in the area. As they sought protection from that stronger group they ceased to be a distinct people.

I’d like to incorporate the historical events into my campaign world. The dates are a little uncertain with different historians using different dates. I’ve decided to use the estimates provided in The Landmark Herodotus. The rough events are detailed below. I’ll need to incorporate them into the story, but that will have to wait until after I’m done with The Days of Kruk-Ma-Kali and have gotten a decent way into the Time of Prosperity period. Basically, I want to finish everything else in my campaign world up to 600BCE and then wedge in the historical events however they fit. Probably as the early history of the Xorian Kingdom.

So here are the historical events for Cimmeria with the dates I’ve decided to plop on them.

714BCE: Suicide of Rusas I of Urartu, after defeat by both the Assyrians and Cimmerians.

705BCE: Sargon II of Assyria died on an expedition against the Cimmerians.

695BCE: Cimmerians destroyed Phrygia. Death of king Midas.

679BCE: Cimmerians invaded under King Teushpa. Assyrians led by Esarhaddon defeated Cimmeria and incorporated a Cimmeria unit into army.

676-674BCE: Cimmerians invaded and destroyed Phrygia, and reached Paphlagonia.

669BCE: Attacked Lydia.

660BCE: Teushpa died, but his son Lygdamis was even more aggressive. Gyges asked for Assyrian aid.

657BCE: Gyges defeated Cimmeria.

651BCE: Cimmeria civil war. Tomb along Don River.

644BCE: Cimmerians pressured out by Amazons, captured Sardis and killed Gyges.

640BCE: Failed attack on Assyrian turkey and death of Cimmeria King Lygdamis. Succeeded by King Sandakhshatra.

626BCE: Lydian Alyattes defeated Cimmerians.

Cimmerian Timeline Part 33

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This post will cover the lives of the Restnor family.

882BCE: Humans freed from the dragon’s tyranny began to settle around Valor’s Forest.

880BCE: The human settlements around Valor’s Forest suffered a number of monster attacks. They petitioned the Elves of Valor’s Forest for assistance. Rather than directly protecting the settlements, the Elves offered to train one hundred humans to be monster-hunting rangers. Restnor the First was one of the humans who volunteered for this training.

879BCE: Restnor the First fathered a child with an elvish woman, Tialafosnor. Rather than raise the child in Valor’s Forest, Tialafosnor elected to travel with Restnor on his monster-hunting treks. While Restnor the First was trained to be a ranger, the boy, Restnor the Second, was born a ranger.

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