After the Dragon War the heroes of the war built defenses to contain the Orbs of Dragonkind. The final defense would be the heroes themselves, frozen in time and ready to reforge the Orbs if they were destroyed. Plenty of kingdoms formed during this period, most notably the powerful Xorian Kingdom. Additionally the githyanki invaded Cimmeria and ruled the entire region for approximately 25 years. The Early Kingdoms period is ended by Kruk-Ma-Kali’s campaign in Eastern Cimmeria.
883BCE: As word spread the people of the land rejoiced. The dragons were sealed away, hopefully never to return. Cimmerians no longer feared elemental breath raining down on them from above. People went about their lives, happy and safer than they’d ever been.
The Heroes remained concerned that one day the Orbs would be broken and the dragons would be released. Tentineh suggested that the Heroes split the Orbs among themselves and place permanent protections around them. Some of the Heroes did not have the resources to defend an Orb of Dragonkind for eternity. Tentineh volunteered to guard those unallocated Orbs along with his own. The Heroes split up and began constructing defenses around the Orbs and rebuilding their respective societies.
Queen Shortrastor and King Aeetes suffered a loss of prestige for allying with the dragons during the Dragon War. Many cities refused to trade directly with them for years afterwards. The nomadic halflings of Cimmeria stepped in and took over the exchange of goods for Colchis and the Dominarie Mountains.
Ashamed of his actions during the Dragon War, Eathirilu left the Dry Woods. He went to the Dark Reaches and studied the saurian monsters of that region.
Many of the Naturalists of Bigby’s Forest elected to take over the trading post at Semanarie. They set up a druidic enclave there that preached naturalism and separation from civilized society. Most of the buildings were knocked down and the residents slept outside, protected by the druids’ magic.
The Naturalists who did not settle in Semanarie set out to find a new location for their community. They traveled eastward along the Caspian Sea, collecting followers along the way.
882BCE: After Semanarie became a druidic commune it could no longer serve as the trade post for Bigby’s Forest. An enterprising halfling merchant, Glospiel, set up a trading post, but not on the forest’s edge as one might expect. He laid the foundations for a town on the Caspian coast. Glospiel named his city after the halfling word for sea spray, Makotako.
Toffoun joined the royal court of King Cogard. Amalgami and Jovy went with Toffoun.
Humans freed from the dragon’s tyranny began to settle around Valor’s Forest.
As work on the defenses for the Dragon Orbs continued, Tentineh and realized that no matter how well-constructed their protections were, they would eventually be breached. Tentineh suggested a solution. Each of the Heroes of the Dragon War would bind his or her soul to one of the Orbs. When the Orb was broken, that Hero would be returned to life, ready to fight the dragons once again. The other Heroes approved of the idea and Tentineh began designing the complicated spell that would put each of the Heroes in stasis when they were ready to “die.” In this stasis each would await the breaking of the Orb their soul protected.
Gorwinua’s wild nature made her unsuited for helping to construct the Orbs’ defenses. She began writing an epic poem that detailed the Heroes’ exploits during the Dragon War.
King Kaeltotath found his control over Nox quickly slipping away. Without the threat of the dragons, the common folk began to wonder why they needed a king, especially one whose ancestors had worked for the dragons, albeit unwillingly. To appease the commoners, Kaeltotath created a senate composed of members from the most influential families of Nox. The Senate would advise the king and draft policy for his approval.
881BCE: Condrofalspeth, a descendant of Sadroston, gathered people to resettle Jeutontic.
880BCE: Makotako grew as the premier trade outpost between Bigby’s Forest and the rest of Cimmeria. Merchants picked up goods from the elves on the forest’s edge and then brought them to Makotako to sell to ship captains or trading caravans.
While Glospiel founded the city, his desire was wealth, not power. As more people immigrated, he deferred to the settlers on how they wished to lead themselves. Coincidentally, the citizens chose a republican system of government where one had to be wealthy in order to hold public office. Glospiel was the first elected king of Makotako.
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.
Tentineh completed his work on the stasis spell to protect the Orbs of Dragonkind. Tracy entered the hibernation stasis as soon as Tentineh prepared it. She was an old woman ready for sleep. She would reawaken when the Blue Orb was destroyed. Cecilia entered hibernation with Tracy. Cecilia was bored with her retirement. Stasis was a way of skipping to the next great adventure, the breaking of the Dragon Orbs. She would reawaken when the Black Orb was destroyed.
879BCE: With Tracy gone the people of Nomingburg began elections to choose their leader, the Duke of Nomingburg.
Amalgami left the Dwarven Royal Court to assist with the construction of defenses for the Dragon Orbs.
Jovy left the Dwarven Royal Court as he’d worn out his welcome with the nobles. He gambled and won too often. He slept around with too many nobles’ wives and daughters. He got into too many drunken fights.
Jovy returned to his ship that he’d moored on the eastern coast of the Caspian. He was surprised to find a community had sprung up around his ship, viewing it as a sacred artifact of the Dragon War. Jovy took pleasure in their adoration and resumed his title as King of the Caspian. The town that had grown around the Mira Miro was dubbed Lordodo. King Jovy ruled over his subjects, judged their legal cases, made policy, protected them, and took tribute.
After years of wandering, the Naturalists settled in the Aractrashan Jungle and named their town Tetalya. They sought integration with civilization as a way for the natural world to survive against the ever-increasing pressures of mortal expansion into the wild places of the world.
Dark Elf raids threatened Jeutontic. Condrofalspeth defended the growing city-state using his magical abilities.
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.
878BCE: Tentineh and Bigby built a dungeon beneath the sands of the Shacklack Desert. They built many magical traps and created golem and plant creatures to guard the dungeon forever. Additionally they used magic to appear as gods before various tribes that lived in the desert. With their disguises they gave divine commands to the tribes to keep outsiders away from the area above the dungeon. This dungeon would house the Blue Orb.
King Cogard suddenly took ill. He died sick in bed without naming one of his sons as successor. The brothers gathered on the edge of the river east of Jord to discuss the succession. The conversation swiftly turned to blows and the brothers left to prepare for civil war. As the war started by the river, the waterway came to be known as the Cogardes River, after the four sons that began their conflict there.
877BCE: Nomingburg became a home base for many of the rangers in the area.
Bigby retired to the woods of his childhood. He married and had children.
Shratalanda finished building a hidden dungeon deep within the Aractrashan Jungle. She set psionic guardians and traps around the dungeon which would drive people away by trickery or by force. This dungeon would house the Brass Orb.
Danar finished a dungeon in the Underdark beneath his kingdom of Sheerzen. The dungeon had no entrances, only being reachable by passing through hundreds of feet of solid rock. He achieved this with the help of Rhinston, the earth elemental that had given Danar his bronze eye. Rhinston gave Danar a troop of earth elementals to guard the dungeon. In addition to these protectors, the draconic king enchanted many of his full-blooded dragon cousins to guard the dungeon for all time. This dungeon would house the Bronze Orb.
Tentineh himself was responsible for constructing the defenses of five Dragon Orbs. He designed a floating superstructure to house the Orbs, but this massive construct would require more magical ability than Tentineh nor any of the other Heroes possessed. Tentineh began searching in the dark places of the world for the energy required to bring his vision to life.
876BCE: Gorwinua completed her epic poem, the Dracononica. After doing a recitation tour of Cimmeria and leaving physical copies with various scribes, Gorwinua went into hibernation. She would reawaken when the White Orb was destroyed.
Shratalanda traveled to the Shacklack Desert and began building a psionically charged castle in the sand.
Danar returned to Sheerzen and resumed his duties as king. He married multiple women to solidify his position within the aristocracy of Sheerzen. He ruled well and established a just society for his people.
Tentineh found a font of energy that he could use for his superstructure. He freed the Dahak from its ancient prison beneath the Greshen Volcano. In gratitude the Dahak promised to aid Tentineh in his endeavors. The two worked in concert to create a floating city. A gigantic edifice spanning for miles built on the upturned bottom of the Dahak’s volcano and four other lava-filled mountains.
The leader of the hobgoblins, Kruk-Sho-Kar, invaded Eastern Cimmeria. He and his army destroyed the settlements around the Aral Sea. Toffoun, Amalgami, and Jovy responded, but the scattered people of the region were unable to form an effective army.
875BCE: An enormous amount of power was required to keep Tentineh’s superstructure afloat. Tentineh began manufacturing over a dozen artifacts with untold powers. Upon completion he connected them to the volcano quintet. Additionally, the Dahak bound omnielementals to the volcanoes. A minor version of the elemental planes swirled and formed between the lava tubes.
Kruk-Sho-Kar’s hobgoblins continued to threaten Eastern Cimmeria. Jovy brought in reinforcements from Those Blasted Islands. Toffoun negotiated a deal for supplies, weapons, and armor from Queen Shortrastor of the Dominarie Mountains. Amalgami avoided open battle while training and drilling the soldiers around the Aral Sea.
874BCE: The tide of the war between the Aral Sea people and the hobgoblins turned. The unified resistance of Toffoun, Amalgami, and Jovy’s efforts deflected the hobgoblin advance. Kruk-Sho-Kar’s progress stalled. His leadership came into question within the hobgoblin command structure and Kruk-Sho-Kar was forced to retreat to secure his position.
873BCE: Knowing that the hobgoblins could return at any time, Toffoun and Amalgami organized their people into a city-state at the Dirt Plateau. They named the city, Jipangu. With the hobgoblin threat passed, Toffoun and Amalgami left to continue their work with Tentineh to secure the Dragon Orbs.
Jeutontic grew beyond Condrofalspeth’s ability to defend. He organized the citizens into a fighting force that could ward off Dark Elf attacks on their own.
Shratalanda completed her castle in the Shacklack Desert. She sent out a telepathic call to all the psions of Cimmeria telling them to come to her castle for training in the craft of psionic magic.
872BCE: Psions from across Cimmeria arrived at Shratalanda’s school for instruction. She taught them all the disciplines of psionic magic. The school was a success. More and more students continued to arrive.
870BCE: As Nomingburg grew the different survivalist guilds competed for new members. The original guilds of arcane, divine, ki, and technological power united against the newcomer Ranger Guild.
Shratalanda’s school grew beyond her ability to manage. To ensure the continuance of her school, Shratalanda trained her first class of students to pass on their learning to others. Over the years a heirarchy based on talent and public acclaim decided who were the teachers of the school and who were the students.
The people of Jeutontic could defeat the Dark Elves in the field, but their enemies were faster within the Underdark. Condrofalspeth knew his people needed a faster method of mounting a defense. He journeyed north to the Terror Mountains and captured a number of pegasi, hippogriffs, and griffons. The caves along the walls of Gaia’s Navel proved excellent roosting zones for the transplanted aerial creatures. The aerials would be the mounts for Jeutontic’s flying cavalry force. They provided a strong defense for the city and a mobile guard for the caravans that came to Jeutontic with goods going between Cimmeria and Persia.
869BCE: Toffoun and Jovy coordinated with the Dwarven Kings during the Dwarven Civil War to build a dungeon at an unknown location within the Terror Mountains. While many dwarven nobles were involved in the dungeon’s construction, none of them ever revealed a single clue about the dungeon’s location or its defenses. All took the secret to their graves. This dungeon would house the Gold Orb.
Tialaforsnor returned to Valor’s Forest. The two Restnors continued to protect the growing human communities from the wilds. Dwarves, halflings, and orcs began to settle in the area as well.
868BCE: Duke Triceta of Nomingburg from the Ki Guild enacted laws that restricted the activities of the Ranger Guild.
867BCE: King Kaeltotath passed away peacefully. His weak-willed daughter, Trigonora, ascended the throne, but in truth power now lay with the Nox Senate.
866BCE: Croshan hated Condrofalspeth’s new defense system. The Dark Elf leader organized a massive attack on Jeutontic to wipe the city from the face of the earth. The aerial cavalry proved effective against Drow warriors accustomed to fighting underground. Croshan’s strike failed to destroy Jeutontic, but it did claim the life of Condrofalspeth. The people of Jeutontic burned his body with honors and the rulership of Jeutontic passed to Condrofalspeth’s daughter, Queen Jasaetuparth.
Amalgami designed an aquatic dungeon in the swamps of Demeter’s Garden. The entire dungeon existed in the muck and slime beneath the surface of the vast marsh. Amalgami worked with the other Heroes and incorporated elements from each of the other dungeons in the defense of his dungeon. Additionally, he protected the final chamber with a set of doors that could only be opened by a few riddles of Amalgami’s own creation. His dungeon would house the Copper Orb.
865BCE: Amalgami visited his child in Phoenix. His son was now 48 and had lived most of her life without him. The meeting between the prodigal Dragon War Hero and his progeny did not go well. Amalgami left for his hibernation without the resolution that he desired. He would reawaken when the Copper Orb was destroyed.
864BCE: The Dwarven Civil War lasted sixteen years, four years for each of the four brothers. During the war the Fierce Axe of Dwarvish Lords was lost with a rumor that it would only re-emerge when the dwarven people were ready to be one nation again.
No resolution to the war was reached. Each of the brothers was only more entrenched in their position. Cogard’s nation was officially separated into four kingdoms. Albirnon in the Western Underdark as King of the Duergar Dwarves, Steffern in the Northern Underdark as King of the Deep Dwarves, Coldruin in the Terror Mountains as King of the Mountain Dwarves, and Yentbern at Jord as King of the Hill Dwarves.
863BCE: Tentineh placed the artifacts he’d created within his superstructure. He used the five Dragon Orbs entrusted to him to power the structure as well. Red, Green, Black, White, and Silver would power the city, one within each of the volcanoes.
The Nox Senate continued to exercise executive authority, taking over more and more of the simple duties they’d left for the monarch. Queen Trigonora feared the Senate would soon abolish the monarch altogether. She sent a request for help to her cousin Queen Jasaetuparth of Jeutontic.
862BCE: Still more power was needed for the superstructure so Tentineh ripped the raw life from the Greshen Valley and poured it into the floating city. This greedy act created Spheres of Annihilation throughout the Valley. These black holes roamed the land, erasing everything they touched.
861BCE: Tentineh’s superstructure was completed. He bequeathed the construction to the people of Greshen Valley. It would be a new home for them. A floating city that would protect, feed, and shelter Tentineh’s people for all time. In time this city would be known as Greshendale.
The grand wizard gave the leadership of this city to a council composed of his children and his apprentices. Tentineh would not rule the city. He prepared to enter eternal slumber.
Toffoun entered his magical stasis, ready to reawaken if the Bronze Orb was broken.
Tentineh told Captain Jovy that the time had come to retire from his life of luxury. Jovy agreed to go into hibernation in one year’s time. The pirate captain took the Mira Miro on one last pleasure cruise through Those Blast Islands.
Queen Jasaetuparth brought her armies to Nox. The Nox Senate initially attempted to resist, but then fled the city. Queen Jasaetuparth and Queen Trigonora celebrated their victory and toasted to their continued alliance.
860BCE: Jovy returned the Mira Miro to the town, Lordodo, where he had ruled the Caspian Sea for the last two decades. He joined Tentineh in hibernation to protect the Dragon Orbs, leaving behind many illegitimate children. Jovy would reawaken when the Gold Orb was destroyed. Tentineh would reawaken when the Silver Orb was destroyed.
The Nox Senate organized their supporters in the towns and villages surrounding Nox. A civil war played out between the Royals and the Senatorials.
859BCE: In Jovy’s absence Lordodo was ruled by the captains of various ships that docked there. These captains formed the Navigator’s Guild. They met in the Mira Miro and dispensed law from the beached relic.
A junior Senator named Xorius rose up to lead the Senatorials in the Nox Civil War. With Xorius at the head the Senatorials defeated the Royals and reclaimed Nox for the Senate. Precedent still required a king for the government to function. Xorius accepted the crown from the Senate, starting a new dynasty in Nox.
Trigonora and Queen Jasaetuparth retreated to Jeutontic.
Restnor the First died while ranging and Restnor the Second took his place within the ranger guild.
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.
856BCE: Continuing restrictions on the Ranger Guild in Nomingburg finally resulted in the guild’s effective banishment from the city.
The people living around Valor’s Forest were threatened by King Blacktooth of the Lizardfolk who had gathered a large army to raid across the countryside. Restnor the Second united the rangers of the region and led them to victory against the lizardfolk.
855BCE: Without the common enemy of the rangers to unite them the guilds of Nomingburg could no longer work together. A majority could not be reached and a new Duke was not elected.
Danar left Sheerzen to sleep and await the breaking of the Red Orb. He left the same system of succession that guided his ascension for his progeny. There could be only one heir. All others must be sterilized or executed.
854BCE: The wife of Toffoun’s eldest brother Jotuon, took ill and died within a few days. Jotuon controlled the influential Firebeard family. His matrimonial availability attracted many women, including Princess Alfeita of Dominarie. While Jotuon publicly observed the appropriate mourning period, he began to see Alfeita in secret.
Restnor the Second had a child with the human woman, Delilah. The boy was named Restnor as well. Delilah raised the child in safety at her village by the local Temple of Hephaestus.
853BCE: Failed elections continued to be held in Nomingburg. Any candidate that seemed close to gaining a majority found themselves assassinated. Each of the four guilds turned to regulating their own territory within the city.
852BCE: Princess Alfeita married Toffoun’s eldest brother, Jotuon.
844BCE: With Nomingburg elections still ineffective, the guilds began selling their services to people across the world. The guildmasters hoped the money and influence they gained abroad would help them to secure power at home.
841BCE: A group of humans, elves, and halflings settled a small village at a river junction in the Aractrashan Jungle. It was an important trading post for hunters and traders. Many visitors stayed at the village inn, the Inn of Lost Souls. The village was named Satronwook.
840BCE: Restnor the Second took Restnor the Third on a ranger trek. The younger Restnor had grown up studying in the Temple of Hephaestus. The teenager also suffered from hallucinatory visions. Restnor the Second taught his son how to hunt the evil lizardfolk that remained in the area. While on the trailed of a band of nefarious reptiles, Restnor the Third neglected his camp duties. Due to his failure, the lizardfolk attacked without warning and killed Restnor the Second who protected his son’s escape.
Restnor the Third’s hallucinations dominated his mind. He hunted the lizardfolk through his psychotic episode, killing every member of the band that had murdered his father. Unfortunately, revenge did not stop the visions. Restnor wandered into the Terror Mountains and began to have conversations with his hallucinations, believing he was speaking to Hephaestus and Zeus.
839BCE: Restnor’s visions directed him to follow an eagle’s flight. The bird landed behind a waterfall at the source of Talon’s Bed. Restnor found an enormous gold deposit behind the waterfall. The eagle was surprisingly tame and Restnor named it Talon, which the river now bears the name of as well.
Restnor began a mining operation behind the waterfall. He hired the crippled and mentally disabled to build a community around the mine, giving them a place to live and be themselves without fear or worry. The community around the mine came be be known as Restnor’s Point.
834BCE: Satisfied with her work on her school, Shratalanda retired to her slumber. She slept, only to be awakened by the breaking of the Brass Orb of Dragonkind.
831BCE: The Lich-queen of the Githyanki sent scouts into the Material Plane to gather information. They kidnapped people across Cimmeria for torture and interrogation. The people of Shalerton hired mercenaries to mount a rescue attempt. The Gish Trio of Blendegad, Galandir, and Tereman proved successful. The Gish Trio began researching the magical items that githyanki left behind.
A solar eclipse over Colchis brought the armies of Hades once more. This time Hades unleashed a gigantic undead corpse made from the combination of thousands of individual zombies and skeletons. King Aeëtes unleashed the full might of his magic against the giant and destroyed it. The thousands of individual undead scattered onto the ground and began moving towards the city, but the standing army took them down.
830BC: The githyanki attacked Shalerton again using an astral airship. The Gish Trio defended the town using the advanced magical equipment they had designed using reclaimed githyanki reagents.
The githyanki made contact with the Blue Dragon Cult in the Shacklack Desert and assisted in the hunt for the Blue Dragon Orb. They slaughtered the harssaf people and closed in on the Orb’s location.
Princess Alfeita gave birth to Princess Tandia.
829BCE: The Lich-queen sent an adlishar to secure the Blue Dragon Orb. Her representative claimed the Orb, but had to flee form the enchanted Bavastatner. The adlishar escaped and broke into Tentineh’s library to discover the secret of the Orb’s destruction. With the knowledge in hand the adlishar destroyed the Orb, freeing Bavastatner and Renvesharhialisv. The Lich-queen and Bavastatner swore a pact of mutual aid upon the River Styx.
The breaking of the Blue Orb of Dragonkind also released Tracy the Hero of the Dragon War. She reappeared alongside those best able to help her, the Gish Trio. Tracy cheerfully introduced herself to the Gish Trio and the four agreed to a partnership in their mutual goals of ending the threat of the githyanki and the blue dragons. Tracy called upon her old connections in Crafterton and Nomingburg to prepare for the coming war.
827BCE: The githyanki struck everywhere in Cimmeria at once. Their blue dragon mounts and allies made them an unstoppable force. They targeted the strongest individuals of Cimmeria first, neutralizing them and then bringing their unconscious bodies to the Astral Plane. The Lich-queen consumed the souls of the captured to bring herself closer to godhood. These deaths rocked the political landscape of Cimmeria as many of the most powerful people of the land were also the administrative leaders of Cimmeria’s varied governments.
The githyanki occupied the city-states of Cimmeria and began exporting their riches to the Astral Plane. The Gish Trio and Tracy predicted the invasion and prepared defenses for Shalerton, Crafterton, and Nomingburg. The githyanki were successfully repelled from those locations.
King Xorius of Nox died in the Githyanki attack without children. The crown passed to his much younger brother, Forigata. King Forigata claimed Xorius as his family name, effectively starting their line with his brother.
Prior to becoming king, Forigata made several statements about the Nox Senate being an unnecessary institution. The Senate was prepared for war, but King Forigata surprised them by swearing that he would respect the Senate and abide by their decisions.
Bavastatner began summoning demons to discover a way to bind his soul to the River Styx and escape his oath to the Lich-queen.
826BCE: Bavastatner’s escaped demon experiments became a problem for the githyanki controlled communities. Bavastatner continued his work, actually pleased that he was inadvertently harming his supposed allies.
The Gish Trio traveled to the Shacklack School for Psions that Shratalanda established prior to her slumber. The masters of the school tested the Gish Trio’s mind, body, and soul and the heroes passed. They were given access to Shratalanda’s notes on the nature of immortality and oaths. They returned to Shalerton with the information.
825BCE: Bavastatner’s accelerated breeding program yielded a result, a new draconic variety known as the abyssal drakes. Bavastatner hoped to sacrifice hundreds of them in a necromantic ritual to capture the soul of the Styx. He began the necessary work to create these hundreds.
823BCE: Bavastatner’s experiments with the abyssal drakes proved pointless and could not tie his soul to the Styx. He released the hundreds of stored drakes from captivity in the Shacklack Desert. The savage dragons ravaged Eastern Cimmeria and greatly frustrated the Lich-queen in the process.
Tracy saw her chance to strike at the alliance. Using her contacts in Greshendale she sold a copy of Shratalanda’s notes to Blue Dragon Cultists. The information on how to entwine two souls made its way to Bavastatner. If the physical threads were retrieved from the Temple of the Fates on Crete, then the mixing of fates was as simple as rebraiding a string.
822BCE: Bavastatner sent his cultists to Crete to steal the threads for his immortal life and that of the River Styx. With the strings in hand he connected them and bound his soul to the River of Erebos. This act freed Bavastatner from his oaths on the Styx. He recalled his offspring to the Shacklack Desert to prepare for war against the githyanki, their previous allies. The furious Lich-queen came to the Material Plane herself to lead the assault against the blue dragons. All the resources and manpower of her interdimensional empire came bearing down on the Shacklack Desert. Bavastatner’s children defended their home alongside their patriarch’s demon experiments. The Draco-Gith War had begun.
821BCE: The Gish Trio let the githyanki and blue dragons wear themselves down against each other. Tracy and Tereman worked on a banishment spell to throw the Lich-queen back to the Astral Plane. Galandir and Blendegad forged new magical equipment using the metal of the githyanki’s silver swords.
820BCE: Dionysus and Pan began their parade tour of the Caspian starting at the Persian trade post of Baku. They traveled northward, keeping the Sea on their right.
Blendegad noticed a peculiar resonant quality to the silver sword material. He began work on a panoply of armor, shield, and sword that would enhance each other when worn together.
819BCE: Tracy and the Gish Trio’s work was complete. They had the best gear they could manufacture and a spell guaranteed to throw the Lich-queen out of the Material Plane permanently. The heroes waited for the best time to strike. Fortunately, the Draco-Gith War gave them plenty of opportunities. The Lich-queen was weakened after a battle with the blue dragons and the Gish Trio chose that time to strike. Their plan proved successful, but not without cost. Tereman banished the Lich-queen to the Astral Plane, but Tracy’s soul was ripped from her body and consumed during the fight rendering her eternally dead.
The Draco-Gith War continued after the Lich-queen’s banishment, but without her direct presence. The Gish Trio fought on without Tracy, eliminating powerful githyanki wherever they could.
Hades unleashed a new army against Colchis. With thousands of githyanki dying in the Draco-Gith War, Hades had access to a fresh type of corpse. He made psionic githyanki undead and set them against King Aeëtes under the solar eclipse. To defeat this new foe, Aeëtes had created tattoos of protection on his body. Now protected from psionic magic, Aeëtes swiftly slew the returned Astral invaders.
818BCE: Tracy’s death did not dissuade Crafterton and Nomingburg. The two halfling cities continued to fight alongside the Gish Trio to cast out the remaining githyanki invaders. Nomingburg once more held successful elections to select the next Duke.
Blendegad’s guilt over the death of Tracy drove him to alter the shield of the combined panoply he’d made with Galandir and Tereman. With Shratalanda’s notes and his gathered knowledge of the Githyanki, Blendegad changed the nature of the resonant power of the panoply. Now when all three were worn together they would transform the bearer into an immortal being. Blendegad completed his work, donned the gear, and changed into a new breed of immortal, a vampire.
Blendegad noticed the drawbacks of his new nature quickly and hid the effects from Galandir and Tereman. He drank from the githyanki they killed when his allies’ backs were turned.
817BC: Intoxicated by the power of drinking blood, Blendegad began purchasing slaves while traveling to eliminate githyanki. He drank the slaves dry and deposited corpses across Cimmeria. After a few months Blendegad realized his leftovers were rising as vampires themselves, but by then it was too late. Hundreds of victims littered Cimmeria and a new plague of vampires would haunt Cimmeria for centuries afterwards.
Hades sent undead githyanki and dragons along with devils to attack Colchis while an eclipse blotted out the sun. King Aeëtes dealt with the dragons in the sky himself, but the ground army of Colchis was overwhelmed by the other foes. Aeëtes pleaded for aid and was answered by Demeter. She animated the plants in the gardens and fields of Colchis to fight against the invasion. With the help of the animate botany, Colchis was saved.
In recognition of Demeter’s aid, Aeëtes built an enormous magical temple to her in his city.
816BCE: Galandir and Tereman discovered the depraved darkness Blendegad had fallen into. They ambushed their friend and magically bound him beneath an unmarked hill south of Bradel Fields. Galandir and Tereman reclaimed the sword, shield, and armor of panoply but the powerful magic that created the artifacts resisted destruction. The pair resolved to create three vaults to safeguard the items and prevent their reunification.
Dionysus and Pan arrived at Satronwook. Dionysus created the famous alcohol fountain and the pair founded the drinking contest that now decides the leadership of Satronwook. The first winner was a halfling woman, Baradera, who the contest is named after. Dionysus crowned her and turned her into a magically intelligent panda. He gave Panda Baradera the command of a pack of blink dogs to enforce her decree for a single year until the drinking contest was held again.
815BCE: The Baradera of Satronwook crowned a new Panda, but Baradera was shocked to learn that she would not be transforming back into a halfling. Her true form would forever be that of a talking panda. The blink dogs served the new Panda, enforcing her decrees and those of all previous Pandas. The novelty of Satronwook’s leadership and alcohol fountain attracted many people to the village and it grew into a sizable trading town.
811BCE: The githyanki ceased their attacks on Bavastatner and the blue dragons. The Draco-Gith War was over.
808BCE: Galandir and Tereman completed their work on the three vaults to house the panoply corrupted by Blendegad. The pair started a dojo by an oasis in the north of the Shacklack Desert. This dojo would train the next generation of gish knights.
806BCE: Bavastatner turned his ire upon Queen Shortrastor who had betrayed him during the Dragon War. He sent his children into the Dominarie Mountains to slay dwarves.
805BCE: The Dominarie Dwarves retreated from the surface into the tunnels beneath the mountains. The blue dragons followed.
804BCE: Queen Shortrastor called for help, but none came. Cimmeria remembered which side she had chosen during the Dragon War.
803BCE: Queen Shortastor went personally to Bavastatner and unconditionally surrendered. The Blue Dragon Primach allowed her and the Dominarie Dwarves to live. In exchange they would vacate the surface of the mountains, provide Bavastatner with a large tribute every year, and all but one of Shortrastor’s children and grandchildren would be brought to Bavastatner. Any terms were better than the destruction of her kingdom, so Queen Shortrastor agreed. She sent her relatives to Bavastatner and never saw them again. The Dominarie Dwarves remained in the Underdark and began their yearly tribute to Bavastatner’s hoard.
801BCE: After ten years of King Forigata’s rule without Githyanki influence it became clear that his oath to respect the Senate was two-faced. Over two dozen Senators had died since his ascension, but Forigata had replaced none of them. The Senate was slowly dying out.
A cabal of Senators and their allies formed to force the king to appoint new Senators.
800BCE: King Forigata discovered the Senators plotting against him. He had them arrested and executed. The Nox Senate roll call became that much shorter.
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.
798BCE: King Forigata appointed members of her aristocratic families to important administrative positions within the kingdom. These positions functioned as bribes to keep those families from trying to attain Senate appointments.
792BCE: King Forigata passed away. At his death only three Senators remained in office. Forigata’s son, Cristonton, ascended to the throne of Nox. King Cristonton continued his father’s policy towards the Senate.
791BC: Restnor the Third died and his body was cremated. During the funeral ceremony great adamantine walls rose up around Restnor’s Point to eternally protect the town and as a symbol of Hephaestus’s blessing.
Restnor the Third had no children, but Talon did. The eagle’s offspring were bred with magical birds to make the rare breed known as asestaro.
784BCE: Tereman passed away and Galandir became the sole master of the gish dojo.
780BCE: The last Nox Senator died. All legal power in Nox now laid with King Cristonton.
779BCE: King Cristonton ensured that he had the support of the people of Nox and declared war against his cousin in Jeutontic. Jeutontic was now ruled by King Cotinasath, the grandson of Queen Jasaetuparth.
778BCE: Nox’s army made good headway in the field, but they were unable to approach Jeutontic without constant harassment by the aerial cavalry of the southern city. King Cristonton began training his archers and ballista crews to declutter the skies.
777BCE: King Cotinasath ran aerial raids against the settlements surrounding Nox. The defending soldiers increased capability with ranged weapons prevented serious damage where they were present. Unfortunately the army could not be everywhere at once. King Cristonton defended key locations rather than spread his army thinly across the kingdom. The Jeutontic raiders took advantage and Nox’s economy suffered.
After a hundred years of peaceful existence, Bigby decided to return to his responsibilities. He joined the Heroes of the Dragon War and slumbered within the Green Dragon Orb until it would break one day.
776BCE: To better defend his people King Cristonton directed the communities around Nox to resettle in a single fortified location. For the foundation of this new city, Cristonton picked Hades’ Hilltop, three days travel east of Nox. The city would be named Petar.
775BCE: While overseeing the digging of new wells for Petar, King Cristonton noticed the glint of gold at the bottom of one of a well. He went down into the well himself and confirmed the presence of a gold deposit. That well was immediately turned into a mine for the Xorian crown.
773BCE: Construction on Petar continued, but the city was now ready for occupation by civilians.
772BCE: Although the construction of Petar allowed for a robust defense of the citizens of Xoria, King Cristonton still could not make offensive progress towards Jeutontic. King Cotinasath’s aerials were too great an advantage. With no way forward, Cristonton and Cotinasath signed an armistice.
King Glospiel of Makotako died. After his death the crown passed to another wealthy merchant, Testrey, instead of Glospiel’s son. This peaceful transition of power continued for many years.
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.
Princess Tandia married Stroso, the grandson of Lord Bjorn of Dalleer.
Under a solar eclipse Hades sent a new monster to attack King Aeëtes. The new maruts were designed specifically to kill Aeëtes. The armored creatures were too strong for the soldiers of Colchis and the plants. Aeëtes baited Hades’s army into Colchis Castle. Within the warded castle walls Aeëtes separated the maruts and took them out one by one.
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.
765BCE: King Aeëtes made a pact with Prometheus for aid against Hades. In exchange for a future favor from Aeëtes, Prometheus made a new type of fairy, washernias, to serve the Colchian king. Hades attacked with maruts under a solar eclipse soon afterward. Their lawful power was countered by the chaotic magic of the fairies. Without their magical protections the maruts were quickly dispatched by the common soldiers of Colchis.
763BCE: A solar eclipse allowed Hades to assault Colchis once more. The god of the Underworld wasn’t counting on King Aeëtes using reanimated maruts for defense. Within a single decade, Aeëtes had thwarted three attacks by Hades and turned the god’s greatest weapon against him. From this point on, Hades continued to send attacks under every solar eclipse, but more as a formality. Aeëtes was never again threatened.
761BCE: Lord Bjorn of Dalleer died of old age. Bjorn’s son, Olofric, did not succeed him. Instead, Ballath, a wise, human friend of Bjorn’s, assumed the lordship. Bjorn’s family was outraged. Ballath took Bjorn’s name as a title in a failed attempt to keep the peace, but he refused to surrender control. Queen Shortrastor cut off trade to Dalleer and threatened war.
759BCE: Bjorn’s children moved to Jord. Most of Dalleer’s dwarven population followed to Jord or went to the Dominarie Mountains.
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.
737BCE: Bjorn Ballath of Dalleer died of old age. Like his successor before him, Ballath overlooked his children in favor of an experienced friend, Skizofren.
736BCE: Bjorn Skizofren began to drink heavily after Ballath’s death. He started drafting insanely foolish laws while drunk and he was always drunk. Ballath’s heirs attempted to correct Skizofren’s decisions, but the Bjorn seemed unnaturally skilled at political maneuvering.
735BCE: Bjorn Skizofren insulted Ballath’s family. Frustrated with the Bjorn, the children of Ballath left Dalleer. They traveled downriver and founded Bradel Fields near the mouth of the Black River.
734BCE: Luwia, the daughter of Ballath, became Queen of Bradel Fields with her brothers and sisters as fellow nobles. Wandered from across Cimmeria began to flock to the new settlement. Citizens of Dalleer who feared Bjorn Skizofren’s irrational behavior also came to Bradel Fields.
733BCE: Suffering under Bjorn Skizofren’s drunken rule, the citizens of Dalleer planned a revolt. Skizofren was remarkably keen eyed in his drunken state. He identified key members of the revolt and befriended them during his drunken escapades. He learned the names of the other revolt leaders from his new friends and then had them arrested.
731BCE: Orc attacks became frequent for the farming villages surrounding Bradel Fields. Queen Luwia began forming an order of mounted knights to quickly respond to any attacks.
730BCE: A reckless mage opened a dangerous interdimensional portal in Dalleer. Bjorn Skizofren haphazardly led the city guard of Dalleer into the portal and found a way to close it from the inside. The collapse of the portal shunted them back to Dalleer. The people of Dalleer rejoiced that their Bjorn had saved them.
Queen Luwia’s mounted knights repelled the orc attacks and made Bradel Fields safe once more.
728BCE: To assist commerce and travel within the kingdom, Queen Luwia initiated a number of public works projects. Roads and aqueducts were built. A grand arena was constructed in town along with a number of temples and parks.
723BCE: King Cristonton’s aggressive grandson, Kitanotaga, ascended to the throne. He immediately declared war on the Kingdom of Jeutontic.
722BCE: Kona-Ranor gave birth to Kruk-Ma-Kali.
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: Queen Luwia felt her new kingdom had finally matured. She gathered her people together to reclaim her birthright, the lordship of Dalleer. The army marched against Bjorn Skizofren. Skizofren brought his people within the walls of Dalleer and constructed catapults to ward off attacks. Queen Luwia’s army raided and burned the countryside and left.
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.
719BCE: Queen Luwia returned to raid and burn once again. Dalleer’s food stocks began to run low, but Bjorn Skizofren led the people in planting root crops that resisted the fires started by the soldiers of Bradel Fields.
718BCE: Queen Luwia raided the Dalleer countryside again.
717BCE: Bjorn Skizofren negotiated a peace with Queen Luwia. Dalleer would pay a small tribute to Bradel Fields for fifty years in exchange for leaving their crops unmolested.
After the conclusion of the peace, Bjorn Skizofren began training an army of his people. Additionally he hired the local orc raiders as mercenaries.
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.
Bjorn Skizofren sent the orc raiders south to attack Bradel Fields. The orcs rode wargs to escape the mounted knights of Bradel Fields. Queen Luwia recognized the false flag attack and declared war on Dalleer.
The Assyrians invaded Urartu and invited the Xorians to participate as well. King Kitanotaga led his army on a raiding expedition south into Urartu.
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.
Queen Luwia led her army against Dalleer once more, but this time Bjorn Skizofren was ready to respond. His troops ambushed Queen Luwia. Her army was routed and she was forced to surrender. Queen Luwia returned home in disgrace.
King Rusa I of Urartu committed suicide in shame after his defeat at the hands of the Assyrians and Xorians. He was succeeded by King Argishti II who concluded a peace with the Xorians in exchange for paying tribute to them.
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.
Queen Luwia’s defeat destroyed the people’s confidence in her. Her extended family intervened and organized a peaceful transition of power. Queen Luwia would abdicate and a council of five would rule instead. The council would be made up of one member from each of the families of the five children of Ballath. Queen Luwia agreed. She ceded the crown to her relatives and retired.
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.
711BCE: The Celeres’ fleet reached the edge of the world. They beached their ships and trekked out over the edge. They found that the side of the world was as easy to walk on as the top. Proculus led his people down the side, going further west as the Hesperides instructed. Along the way they encountered fiendish monsters that the soldiers slew.
Queen Luwia died in her sleep.
A solar eclipse let the armies of Hades attack Colchis. Aeëtes led the defense and defeated the Underworld army once again.
710BCE: Proculus Julius, the Celeres, and the Oceanides accompanying them arrived at the bottom of the world. They continued “west” towards the eastern edge of the surface. They continued to fight monsters every step of the way, slaying the beasts and claiming treasures from their corpses.
Kruk-Ma-Kali’s psionic powers emerged.
709BCE: Kona-Ranor noticed Kruk-Ma-Kali’s powers and sent him away to learn how to control them. Kruk-Ma-Kali joined the Shacklack School for Psions.
705BCE: While on the dark side of the world the Celeres encountered Remus. He instructed them to continue their journey until they saw six vultures just as Remus had before his deadly conflict with Romulus. At that site they should found their city. Proculus Julius thanked Remus and the Celeres continued on their way.
King Sargon II of Assyria mounted an expedition against the Xorians to reclaim Urartu for the Assyrian domain. Sargon II didn’t account for the strength of the Xorians led by King Kitanotaga. Sargon II was slain in the fighting and his army retreated.
703BCE: Kruk-Ma-Kali left the Shacklack School for Psions with a journeyman’s understanding of telepathic magic.
702BCE: Kruk-Ma-Kali joined Lork-Bran-Dron’s army. He rose through the ranks quickly as Lork-Bran-Dron led the Goblinoids of Trung Town against Tomak’nax. During the Siege of Tomak’nax, Kruk-Ma-Kali found Kharad-khor. With the Sword of War in his hand, Kruk-Ma-Kali came up with a plan that enabled the capture of the city. At the victory parade, Kruk-Ma-Kali challenged Lork-Bran-Dron for control. He defeated his king and took the crown for himself. Kruk-Ma-Kali led his army on a conquering sweep of the Hobgoblin Lands.
A solar eclipse let the armies of Hades attack Colchis. Aeëtes led the defense and defeated the Underworld army once again.
701BCE: King Kruk-Ma-Kali used his secret telepathic powers to forge alliances. Kharad-khor provided the knowledge of how best to defeat those who would not be swayed. In two years of lightning campaigns, Kruk-Ma-Kali unified the Hobgoblin Lands under a single leader.
700BCE: Kruk-Ma-Kali began a long campaign in Eastern Cimmeria. His hobgoblin army marched through the Orc Lands to gain allies. The combined army of goblinoids and orcs attacked Valor Forest, but couldn’t penetrate the interior. Kruk-Ma-Kali took captives, including the elven mage, Sahamathrian. Kruk-Ma-Kali set fire to the forest and left. His army sacked Fangaroot and, thanks to Kruk-Ma-Kali’s telepathic mind, walked away with more troops than they started with.
The Celeres reached the eastern edge of the world after ten years on the dark side of the world. Only half their number survived the journey. Fortunately no monsters bothered them as they went up the side of the world.
699BCE: Bjorn Skizofren tricked Kruk-Ma-Kali, allowing Dalleer to be evacuated. Kruk-Ma-Kali burned the empty city and vowed to return to do the same to its people. He sacked Bradel Fields and placed it under occupation. The people of Eastern Cimmeria unified against the goblinoids. The year’s campaign continued as Kruk-Ma-Kali fought battle after battle towards Nomingburg.
The Celeres reached the eastern shore of the Pacific Ocean. Without a boat they prayed to Mars for salvation. In response a wind picked up pushing the soldiers to the south. In a few miles they found a small forest. They built boats for their sea journey with the aid of the Oceanides.
698BCE: Kruk-Ma-Kali reached Nomingburg and placed it under siege. He defeated Nomingburg’s defenses by using portal magic to flood the city. Sahamathrian assisted with the portal ritual. Nomingburg was sacked and then abandoned to water and disease. Princess Alfeita died during the looting of Nomingburg.
The Celeres got to dry land. They continued to travel west, scanning the sky for vultures.
697BCE: Kruk-Ma-Kali assaulted Jipangu at great loss of life. The goblinoids pillaged the city and occupied it. Kruk-Ma-Kali ordered the execution of all dwarves at Jipangu due to the casualties they had inflicted on his army. Next, Kruk-Ma-Kali led his people into the tunnels beneath the Dominarie Mountains on a genocidal extermination of the dwarves there.
Proculus Julius spotted six vultures at an oasis on the northwestern corner of the Shacklack Desert. The Celeres and Oceanides celebrated for their long journey was finally over. The Oceanides consecrated the ground at the oasis. Those whose husbands had died joined hands and danced around the place of the vulture sighting. As they danced the 125 nymphs turned to water. They flowed into a newly formed pool of amber liquid, creating the Dythalid Pool. The remaining men and nymphs declared Proculus Julius the king of their new town, Mars’ Oasis.
696BCE: Kruk-Ma-Kali’s army ambushed and killed the remnants of the Dominarie army led by Queen Shortrastor. They continued on and reached Shortrastoria. The hobgoblins burned the capital. Princess Tandia entered labor during the fighting, but went missing shortly thereafter.
The soldiers turned settlers of Mars’ Oasis needed a staple food crop in the desert. The nymphs found a cactus fruit called sithica that when soaked in the Dythalid Pool became edible. The soldiers began cultivating the cactus.
695BCE: Kruk-Ma-Kali’s army completed their west to east circuit of the Dominarie Mountains, having slain every dwarf they could find. Satisfied with the destruction of Eastern Cimmeria, Kruk-Ma-Kali led his people home to celebrate in the empire’s new capital, Trung Town.
King Kitanotaga passed away after an excessive drinking bout. His daughter, Queen Jakontago, succeeded him. To strengthen her grasp on the reins of power, Jakontago led the Xorians in an invasion of Phrygia. She sacked the Phrygian capital of Gordium and killed King Midas II. The new queen returned to Xoria with wagons full of gold and other luxuries looted in the conquest.
694BCE: Kruk-Ma-Kali enacted many reforms to strengthen the Hobgoblin Empire and its capital, Trung Town.
693BCE: Kruk-Ma-Kali began planning a second long campaign in Eastern and Northern Cimmeria. Before the plans could be finalized, he was assassinated by a goblin servant wielding a poisoned dagger. The hobgoblin generals that Kruk-Ma-Kali had unified through his telepathic might split into warring factions. Overnight the Hobgoblin Empire became a set of squabbling states.