The Time of Prosperity

This period covers the time between the Early Kingdoms and the formative events for my actual D&D campaign play. It’s an interim period without much a theme so there isn’t a good name for it yet. As I write more of it, a better name might come to me. As the period is “boring” in my current conception, I imagine it must be a peaceful period, one that many people would call a golden age of prosperity. And here we are!

692BCE: Khuz-kukk-ghor and Vokh-jrozzhul began building a tomb for Kruk-Ma-Kali with the help of the elven wizard, Sahamathrian.

672BCE: General Graz-Khrodun emerged from the wars after Kruk-Ma-Kali’s death as the owner of the Trung Town capital.

670BCE: Work on the Tomb of Kruk-Ma-Kal was completed. Sahamathrian turned Khuz-kukk-ghor and Vokh-jrozzhul into undead guardians of the tomb as his last act to earn his freedom.
The elf went to Crux to learn the secret of becoming a lich.

641BCE: Bjorn Skizofren of Dalleer finally came to the end of his life. He named an unknown young man as his successor. The people of Dalleer followed their Bjorn’s wishes. This new Bjorn became stark mad when he took the throne.

640BCE: Graz-Khrodun’s daughter, Graz-Lokbar, ascended to the throne of “Emperor of the Hobgoblins.” Her charismatic pull actually made it seem that she could reunite the Hobgoblin Lands. Many unaffiliated goblinoids flocked to her banner at Trung Town.

639BCE: Graz-Lokbar led her legion of goblinoids on an invasion of Dalleer’s territory. The Bjorn took the city’s army out and waited to ambush the hobgoblins. The enemy entered the kill zone, but the Bjorn refused to give the command to attack. The hobgoblins walked past the Dalleer army and raided villages. The Bjorn’s commanders were infuriated. They took the army into their own hands and vanquished the hobgoblin threat.
When the generals returned they conferred with the other authorities in Dalleer. They agreed the new Bjorn couldn’t be allowed to make decisions. The position’s power was reduced to that of ceremony while the civil servants would run the city from the shadows.
Graz-Lokbar returned to Trung Town in disgrace. Her magnetic personality brought her followers, but she had no skill in battle. The former capital of the Hobgoblin Empire entered a steep decline.

600BCE: The expanding civilization in Zeus’s Canvas drove the uncivilized races of Eastern Cimmeria south towards the Aractrash Jungle. Raiding problems rose for the communities located in and around Aractrash.

598BCE: Persephone entered premature labor while walking through the Aractrash Jungle. The son of Hades and Persephone was born on the surface world, out of Hades’s household. Without his father’s roof over his head, the boy was only partially divine. Persephone named the boy Darnard, but she was unable to stay with him or bring him with her. Instead, she gave Darnard to a half-elf sorcerer named Khygantha to raise.

581BCE: Darnard grew into a strong man with fists like metal. He learned a bit of magic from Khygantha, with a particular focus on necromancy due to his father’s heritage. Knowing that the Aractrash Jungle swarmed with evil kobolds, gnolls, ogres, and trolls, Darnard begged Khygantha to help him do something about it. The odd pair set out to protect the people of the jungle from the monsters lurking within the trees.

579BCE: Darnard and Khygantha fought off monster attacks in each of the three Aractrash cities of Lordodo, Satronwoork, and Tetalya. They instructed the people of each town in how to properly defend themselves in the future.

578BCE: Darnard and Khygantha confronted the most vile monster in all of Aractrash, the silver dragon Snisterflixt. The pair defeated the dragon’s ogre attendants and slew the dragon itself. Within the dragon’s cave they found an egg. Rather that smash the egg, Darnard chose to keep it and raise the dragon. Also within the dragon’s cave was a massive, untapped gold vein.

577BCE: Darnard and Khygantha founded a new community south of the dragon’s cave. The dragon egg hatched into a friendly silver dragon. Darnard named the beast, Kinderax. The gold mine at the cave provided boundless funding for Darnard and Khygantha’s city plans as immigrants swelled their community.

574BCE: Darnard and Khygantha finally realized their love for each other. They were married.

570BCE: Darnard and Khygantha’s growing city of Yuettencal was blessed by a son for its rulers. Khygantha gave birth to a son, Gollard.

552BCE: As Gollard grew into an adult he took an interest in the gold mines of Yuettencal. He learned the mining process and worked alongside the miners to understand their needs and desires. Gollard also practiced his swordsmanship against the threats of the Underdark. When he came of age he was declared captain of the guard.

551BCE: The Underdark races attacking Yuettencal’s mines spoke Undercommon during their raids to coordinate. Gollard learned the language by studying books and speaking with enslaved captives. He used his fluency to comprehend the attackers shouted commands during their attacks. Gollard turned back many Drow, Svirfneblin, and Duergar attacks using this information.

549BCE: A fearful Drow woman, Medrika, surrendered to Gollard and asked for his help. She’d stolen a clutch of alchemically modified spiders from King Croshan of the Drow. If Gollard could protect her, she promised to give the spiders to him. The young man was smitten with Medrika’s beauty. He agreed to protect her. Gollard and his subordinates defeated the Drow that had stalked Medrika through the Underdark and then took her to the surface.

548BCE: Medrika revealed that the spiders she’d stolen were redwire spiders, capable of spinning thread as strong as steel. She used these threads to weave redwire silk armor for Gollard. Gollard wore this armor into battle when King Croshan and his army attacked Yuettencal. Darnard, Khygantha, and Gollard led their people into the Underdark tunnels to drive the Drow back. With Medrika providing them information about Drow tactics, they were able to defeat the invaders.

546BCE: Gollard and Medrika had a daughter named Andima. Despite their love, Darnard forbade their marriage due to Medrika’s Drow lineage.

533BCE: King Shardamar became King of Gazeara.

531BCE: A vicious group of thieves moved into Gazeara. Burglaries, robberies, and murders sky-rocketed. The town guard were unable to apprehend the criminals.

530BCE: King Shardamar worked with the wizards of Greshen Dale to install scrying dweomers throughout Gazeara. These dweomers were used to catch criminals and reduce the crime rate of the city.

529BCE: The gang of thieves in Gazeara was wiped out. The people celebrated King Shardamar’s success.

528BCE: King Shardamar began using the scrying dweomers to spy on political enemies in his court. He gathered compromising information on them and used it to eliminate them as threats to his power.

526BCE: King Shardamar used the scrying dweomers in a scheme to acquire more personal real estate within the city. The citizens protested but were dispersed by the town guard.

525BCE: The citizens of Gazeara rose in rebellion against King Shardamar. He hired a platoon of mercenaries from Phoenix to put down the revolt. The mercenaries stayed in town to protect the king.

522BCE: A group of disgruntled Gazearan citizens attempted to poison King Shardamar. He noticed their attempt through the scrying dweomers and had them arrested. His control over the city became almost absolute.

520BCE: Gollard fell in love with Chatkal, a nymph of the Aractrash Jungle. Medrika and Andima were set aside as Gollard slowly forgot about them.

516BCE: Darnard died and Khygantha followed him soon after. Gollard assumed leadership over Yuettencal. He married Chatkal. Zeus blessed the marriage by bestowing a golden crown upon Gollard. He became King of Yuettencal. Medrika and Andima left the kingdom, filled with furious jealousy at Gollard’s betrayal.

515BCE: King Gollard began a reorganization of Yuettencal’s administration and infrastructure. The city had grown organically, but the natural system could no longer support itself under the population increase of the last few decades. Chatkal gave birth to Prince Willard.

509BCE: Trade along the Aractrash River was threatened by ogres and Drow. King Gollard placed guards on every transport and at key rest stops along the river. Mercantile goods flowed faster and freer due to his influence.

506BCE: King Shardamar’s son, Shardamar II, was born.

503BCE: As Prince Willard grew he formed a close friendship with Kinderax, the family’s silver dragon. The boy and the dragon often walked together through the city.

494BCE: Prince Willard learned to fly on Kinderax’s back. The pair patrolled the Aractrash River, rendering aid as needed to the trade outposts established by King Gollard.

480BCE: King Shardamar died of old age. Shardamar II ascended to the Gazearan throne. The citizens hoped their new king would cease using the scrying dweomers to concentrate power and wealth in himself. Sadly, King Shardamar II followed in the steps of his father.

474BCE: King Shardamar II used the accumulated wealth of the city to fund a great monument in front of the royla palace. The Great Fire was built by a group of mages from Greshen Dale. Fed up with the king’s excesses, Leopold Anigama led a revolt and deposed Shardamar II. The royal family was executed in the Great Fire.

473BCE: Leopold Anigama shared the hoarded wealth of Gazeara with its people. He used the local temples to distribute food and clothing to everyone. Vouchers were given out that could be redeemed for housing in various new buildings constructed throughout the city. Every citizen was offered a free education. To exemplify the feeling of giving, Anigama walked through the streets of Gazeara adorned in gold cloth and jewelry. He gave a piece of it to whoever asked. In return he asked for the people’s loyalty. By the end of his walk Anigama was naked, but for the faith of his citizens.

471BCE: The people of Gazeara began worshipping Leopold Anigama alongside the Olympians. To celebrate his ascension, all art that did not feature Anigama or a Classical myth was burned in the Great Fire. In thanks to his people he used his divine powers to bring rain for their crops, but sun for the city festival.
In secret, Anigama continued his predecessor’s use of Gazeara’s scrying dweomers. He used them to control crime and maintain his hold on the city. He kept his psionic powers hidden, only revealing them to his most trusted allies.