The Time of Prosperity

This period covers a mostly peaceful time for Cimmeria. The era isn’t without its strife though. The Xorian Kingdom entered a decline as did the Amazons. A few more kingdoms and city-states entered the global scene. The greatest of these kingdoms was the Aractrashan Kingdom. Balin led the attack to reclaim old Fangaroot, ending one of the final vestiges of the dragons’ dominion over Cimmeria. The period concludes as Xoria begins to re-emerge as a powerful conquering force.

692BCE: Nomingburg rebuilt in the wake of Kruk-Ma-Kali’s invasion. The guilds reestablished themselves in their current forms, Assassins, Ninjas, Blackguards, and Blood Mages. Peaceful elections for Duke proceeded once again.
Khuz-kukk-ghor and Vokh-jrozzhul began building a tomb for Kruk-Ma-Kali with the help of the elven wizard, Sahamathrian.
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.
Some of the blue dragons of the Shacklack attacked Mars’ Oasis in search of treasure. The experienced Roman soldiers easily defended their community and their families. The blue dragons pleaded with Bavastatner to help, but he refused to get involved. Bavastatner wished to preserve Mars’ Oasis as a good training opportunity for his children.

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.
Through accident and experimentation the people of Mars’ Oasis learned the power of the Dythlaid Pool. The town had grown as people learned it was a safe haven within the Shacklack Desert. To protect the secrets of the Dythalid Pool, the original Roman founders of Mars’ Oasis created the Dythalidee to protect the Pool.

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.

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.

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

665BCE: Sahamathrian completed the process of becoming a lich. He left Crux and returned to the Shacklack Desert to further his study of necromancy and other arcane secrets.

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.
Mars’ Oasis had attracted a population of adventurers that explored the Shacklack Desert for treasure. These adventurers began to encounter more and more undead in recent years. An expedition discovered the source of the undead at an enormous stone obelisk in the desert. A powerful lich necromancer that would be known as the Bane led the undead. The obelisk came to be known as the Lich Shade.

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.

653BCE: Undead attacked Mars’ Oasis in wave after wave. Over the year the people of Mars’ Oasis became practiced in holy magic.

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.

650BCE: Prince Barakah of the sand giants led an attack against the Lich Shade. He and his companions perished in the attack.

649BCE: After fifty years of peace, political assassination returned to the elections of Nomingburg. The leading candidate was murdered and the city descended into street to street warfare. A truce was declared, but Nomingburg was once again divided into four autonomous sections.
The Bane led a genocidal retaliatory attack against the sand giants. Every single sand giant was slain.

648BCE: A solar eclipse let the armies of Hades attack Colchis. Aeëtes led the defense and defeated the Underworld army once again.

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: 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.
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.

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.
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.

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.

638BCE: Balin, the great-great-grandson of Shaelin got the idea to gain glory so he could replace the insane Bjorn. He made a team with his halfling friend, Terry, and his wizard cousin, Isdmir. Together they planned to rid the Dalleer area of monsters.

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.
Balin, Terry, and Isdmir destroyed various lizardfolk bands that had been driven west by the rangers of Eastern Cimmeria.

635BCE: Balin, Terry, and Isdmir slew kobold raiders that were pillaging the settlements west of Dalleer.

632BCE: Balin, Terry, and Isdmir thwarted a troglodyte attack against Dalleer. The smelly beasts had tunneled underneath the city to capture citizens for cannibalistic rituals. The heroic trio discovered the threat, rallied the city’s defenders, and journeyed into the Underdark to slay the troglodyte chief themselves. Within a week Balin, Terry, and Isdmir were the heroes of Dalleer.

631BCE: Isdmir suspected that the troglodytes had been working with someone inside the city. The monsters had gotten too close to completing their plan to have been working alone. Isdmir began investigating.
Balin used his heroic reputation to insert himself into the upper ranks of Dalleer’s politics. Terry retired to a life of luxury and ease. Balin, Terry, and Isdmir maintained their friendship.

629BCE: Mars’ Oasis sought to increase its influence over the Shacklack Desert by establishing a colony. An oasis southeast of the city was picked for development. Unfortunately, a new monster had moved in since the oasis was first discovered. The formian ants had occupied the land around the oasis with twenty-five hives and twenty-five queens.

628BCE: Alerted to the presence of Mars’ Oasis, the formians sent an attack force to the city. The ants were driven off, but many buildings were badly damaged in the attack.

627BCE: A temple to Dionysus was established in Mars’ Oasis to defend the city with chaos magic against the lawful power of the formians.

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.

620BCE: After a decade of detective work and many false leads, Isdmir finally discovered who had let the troglodytes tunnel under Dalleer. The city’s leadership had been infiltrated by a group of evil shapeshifting snake people. Isdmir, Balin, and Terry rejoined to root out the nefarious snakes. They succeeded and the snakes were exposed and executed.
The snake people had made up a good portion of Dalleer’s leadership. With them removed, Balin’s influence became de facto law.

617BCE: Balin used his power in Dalleer to organize an army of dwarves, humans, and halflings. They would soon retake Fangaroot from the kobolds.

616BCE: Balin led the attack to reclaim Fangaroot. The kobolds bravely defended the city. Terry disarmed many of the kobold traps. Isdmir died in the fighting, but his sacrifice helped the city to be retaken. After more than four hundred years Fangaroot was in the hands of the Conclave races again.

615BCE: Balin quit Dalleer to assume leadership at Fangaroot. Using the old name for the city seemed inappropriate, so it was renamed in Balin’s honor as Balin’s Holt. Balin renamed the nearby river the Isdmir in honor of his friend’s sacrifice as well.

605BCE: King Sistro of Makotako died and his last will broke with tradition. Rather than nominating the most competent citizen of Makotako to be his successor, Sistro nominated his twin sons, Brothanon and Tagili. The two were to rule jointly as twin Kings of Makotako.

603BCE: A solar eclipse let the armies of Hades attack Colchis. Aeëtes led the defense and defeated the Underworld army once again.

600BCE: Kings Brothanon and Tagili began to argue over the future of Makotako. Tagili wanted to make reforms to benefit the peasants, apprentice tradesmen, and laborers of the city. Brothanon wanted to preserve the status quo which benefited the merchant class.
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.

599BCE: King Tagili accused King Brothanon of accepting bribes from merchants. Tagili appealed to the common people and began traveling throughout the city with an armed guard of peasants.

598BCE: King Brothanon began traveling with an armed guard of Phoenix mercenaries.
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.

597BCE: A dozen of King Tagili’s armed peasants attempted to assassinate King Brothanon. The mercenaries protected Brothanon, but slew some of the bystanders in the process. Makotako erupted in riots. After a month of unrest, Tagili got the rioters to return to their homes and businesses.

595BCE: Another group of peasants attempted to assassinate King Brothanon. The mercenaries protected Brothanon once again. The mercenaries also immediately arrested King Tagili, accusing him of the assassination attempt. The city exploded once again. Tagili worked out a deal with Brothanon for his release. Tagili would identify leaders within the revolt for execution in exchange for his release. Tagili did so, but rather than execute these people, he fled with them into banishment.

594BCE: King Tagili founded a new settlement east of Makotako he dubbed Gazeara. He called for the people of Makotako who valued their freedom to emigrate to Gazeara. The common people of Makotako left the city in masses. Soon, Makotako’s population was halved.

591BCE: Makotako felt the economic strain of losing half its population. Furious at the commoners for abandoning the city, King Brothanon declared war on Gazeara.

589BCE: King Brothanon and King Tagili met in battle. They struck each other from their horses and dueled on the ground. Tagili knocked the sword from Brothanon’s hand and then Brothanon tackled Tagili to the ground. The twin brothers wrestled in the dirt, punching and kicking each other as they’d done as boys. Reminded of their youth, anger dissolved into laughter. The brothers picked each other up and announced a truce. Both Makotako and Gazeara would continue forward as peaceful partners.

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.

556BCE: A solar eclipse let the armies of Hades attack Colchis. Aeëtes led the defense and defeated the Underworld army once again.

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.

547BCE: A solar eclipse let the armies of Hades attack Colchis. Aeëtes led the defense and defeated the Underworld army once again.

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.
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.

517BCE: Terry of Balin’s Holt succumbed to old age. With his best friend gone, Balin slipped into a deep depression. He abandoned the governance of the city to the city council.

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.

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

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.

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.

493BCE: The fighting between the guilds of Nomingburg resulted in citywide fire. All the guilds had to work together to put out the flames. Concerned that their fighting would result in their own deaths, the guilds began to seriously talk about peace. Unfortunately they continued to disagree on everything, even the conditions for meeting to have peace talks.
A solar eclipse let the armies of Hades attack Colchis. Aeëtes led the defense and defeated the Underworld army once again.

492BCE: The philanthropist, Jingo, was contacted by the four guilds of Nomingburg to resolve their differences. He tricked each of the guildmasters into meeting with each other without weapons. Diplomacy truly began. The guilds aligned behind Jingo as a leader for the unified city. He was declared Duke Jingo of Nomingburg.

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.

470BCE: King Gollard died of old age and Prince Willard the Dragon Rider ascended to the throne. King Willard declared that he was tired of the other cities of Aractrash benefitting from Yuettencal’s defense of the trade route without paying their fair share. He demanded that Lordodo, Satronwook, and Tetalya pay tribute to the greater city. The other cities prepared for war.

468BCE: King Willard achieved victory in the Aractrash Civil War by luring the other cities into a large set-piece battle. There he unleashed Kinderax and laid waste to the armies of Lordodo, Satronwook, and Yuettencal. The leaders of the other cities quickly submitted to King Willard. He declared himself King of Aractrash.

467BCE: King Willard married Vanasta, the leader of the Druidic Healing Guild of Lordodo and Tetalya. The marriage solidified his control over the Aractrashan city-states.

466BCE: Sherlock finished his training at the Mages Guild in Phoenix. He hired some guards and bought some trained dogs. He used his magic, the guards, and the dogs to raid monster lairs east of Phoenix. Sherlock intensely studied the magical items they found in the lairs.
Vanasta gave birth to Prince Ballard.

464BCE: Sherlock found a stone tablet with a puzzle map. The tablet described the location at the map’s end as a tower of infinite height with access to absolute power within. The map spoke of terrible guardians at the tower as well. Sherlock knew his dogs and mercenaries would be no match for the tower’s defenses. He signed on a warrior, a priest, and a scout to help him. The warrior was named Burne, the priest was named Sherry, and the scout was named Egon.

463BCE: Following Sherlock’s puzzle map proved difficult. The adventuring band took many months to decipher the clues and find their next step along the path. While traveling together Burne and Sherry started a romantic relationship.

462BCE: Sherlock, Egon, Burne, and Sherry finally found the tower. It was not infinite, but as they entered they discovered it was larger on the inside. After defeating the tower’s guardians and examining the surroundings they learned that the tower’s power could only be activated from a separate location. Sherlock and Egon stayed at the tower while Burne and Sherry went to the other location.
As the quartet activated the tower, Sherlock’s awareness expanded. Of the two pairs, one in each pair would die. The other would be granted infinite knowledge or perfect being. Sherlock took infinite knowledge for himself while Burne became the stronger than any other mortal. In the process, Egon and Sherry died.
Burne swore vengeance against Sherlock and attacked the tower. Unfortunately, the tower granted Sherlock infinite magical power as long as he stayed within it. Burne retreated and settled in the nearby village of Harbinston.

459BCE: King Demotinira of Xoria died. Demotinira had named Princess Tarigananata as his successor. Despite this, Prince Jevaninada convinced the courtiers and lords of Xoria to consult the Oracle at Delphi before crowning Tarigananata as Queen of Xoria.

458BCE: The Oracle returned the prophecy that Tarigananata would let a rampaging demon into the land of Cimmeria twenty years after her father’s death. Tarigananata was supposedly executed, but in reality she escaped with General Antapike’s aid.
Jevaninada was crowned Jevaninada the First. General Antapike resigned soon after the coronation. Jevaninada quickly began conscripting, training, and arming a large army, using Petar as a base.

456BCE: Xoria declared a war on Dradelden. The Amazons compensated for their lack of troops with the renowned Amazonian cavalry.

455BCE: Border clashes continued between the Xorians and the Amazons.

454BCE: The Amazons pushed into Xorian territory and threatened Petar. Petar’s new defensive structures and silos allowed it to resist a siege.

452BCE: The siege of Petar finished with a loss for the Amazons. The Amazon Queen Chrilethia was distracted by rumors of vast treasure in the King’s Copse of Nox. She led a troop of Amazons into the forest and was slain by an unknown force. The Amazon army retired to Dradelden to hold the tournament to decide the new Queen.

451BCE: A previously unknown angelic Amazon won the tournament. Queen Anajakaze took over the Amazon country. Meanwhile, King Jevaninada led raids into Amazon territory, pillaging much of it.

450BCE: King Jevaninada snuck a troop of soldiers into Dradelden by disguising them as slaves. The Xorian troops opened the gates for the main Xorian army. During the fighting King Jevaninada and Queen Anajakaze went missing. After a night and a day of chaos King and Queen reemerged over the city of Dradelden. They called for a stop to the hostilities. They delivered a joint speech, declaring that a new empire would be forged with Amazons and Xorians working together. The fighting quickly descended into an orgy, possibly due to magical influence. The King and Queen were married with seven strange warriors in attendance. A rumor circulated that the seven were involved in the absence of the royal couple during the previous battle.
Burne turned to banditry with others in Harbinston.

449BCE: A new crop of Amazons was born. Dradelden became a city-state of the Xorian Kingdom.
Despite supply problems for the army, Jevaninada declared war on Colchis.

448BCE: The Colchian fleet mysteriously burned while at sea. Dradelden’s agriculture recovered from the pillaging of the Xorians and the army’s supply lines were greatly improved. Xorian forces pushed into Colchian territory.

447BCE: Xorian forces captured the city of Colchis, but Colchis Castle remained independent. The seven strangers who attended the royal wedding went into the castle. They emerged with King Aeëtes bound under a powerful spell. The seven were given the title of the Seven Rages. Rumors spread that the Seven Rages were responsible for the burning of the Colchian fleet as well.

446BCE: Xoria attacked Makotako. Makotako leadership recalled the burning of the Colchian ships and refused to deploy its fleet. The Makotako troops were forced to give ground without supplies from the sea.

445BCE: Makotako surrendered.

444BCE: Xoria attacked Semanarie. The city did not surrender, but nothing prevented the Xorians from marching into the town center. An insurgency quickly formed.

443BCE: King Jevaninada returned his army to the Xorian countryside to deal with rural peasant revolts. Commissioner Thorn was installed as head of Semanarie.