Cimmerian Timeline Part 27

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1099BCE: The Elven leaders became jealous of the Dwarves independence. Constant complaints by the Humans about the Dwarven traitors further frustrated the Elves. The Sylvan people left the Conclave and setup new societies in the forests of Cimmeria. Croshan the Honorable took his people to the Whitewood Forest. Rarventataa the Wary took her people to the Dry Woods (which would later be known as Bigby’s Forest). Valor the Boastful took his people to Valor’s Forest and promptly named the forest after himself. Kithania the Strong took her people to the Hardtop Forest (now known as the Robber’s Forest).

1082BCE: Trading villages were established on the edges of the Elven forests to move valuable goods between the Elves and the other communities of Cimmeria. Shalemstead served Valor’s Forest, Semanarie served the Dry Woods, Harbinston served Hardtop Forest, and Jeutontic served the Whitewood Forest. These villages were initially populated by humans, but in time their demographics changed into multi-racial communities.

1018BCE: Eathirilu was born to an Elven couple in the Dry Woods.

975BCE: The Green dragons killed Rarventataa in their initial attack and claimed the Dry Woods as their territory. The Gold dragons claimed sovereignty over the Hardtop Forest. Kithania admirably resisted, but the Gold dragons were too much for her. The same was true for Valor against the Silver dragons.
Croshan had a plan to evade death without surrender to the dragons. He took his people into the Underdark. The Elves of Whitewood gathered together and cast a great spell that changed their physical appearance and their magical abilities. They evolved into the dark-skinned Elves we know as Drow today. Croshan attacked the beasts below the surface and carved out a position for his people beneath the earth.

972BCE: Two Elven factions formed within the Dry Woods. One, a group of druidic naturalists allied themselves with the Dragons, viewing them as the pinnacle of the natural order. The other, a group of Elvish patriots who sought to subvert and overthrow the Dragons. The Patriots named the western river of the Dry Woods in honor of the martyr, Rarventataa. The Patriots and the Naturalists of the Dry Woods bickered and skirmished with each other until open hostilities broke out during the Dragon War.

936BCE: Eathirilu became enamored with the Naturalists within the Dry Woods, but disliked the discordant political situation created by the factions.

925BCE: Increasingly frustrated by the infighting of his kinsmen, Eathirilu left the Dry Woods and traveled west.

920BCE: Eathirilu returned to the Dry Woods as Cecilia arrived for training. Eathirilu took no part in the woman’s training, but he spoke with her frequently. Eathirilu rejoined the Naturalists and rose swiftly to become a major leader of the faction.

883BCE: 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.

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Cimmerian Timeline Part 26

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1072BCE: The Orcs took matters into their own hands. They left the Conclave and elected a group of elders to lead them. This council is known as the Maglibarjil. The Orcs went east and carved out a region of Cimmeria for themselves. The Orcs integrated the Goblins of that region into their new society instead of enslaving them.

1046BCE: War with the Humans had subsided and the leaders of the Maglibarjil separated to lead their individual communities. These communities developed their own cultures and became the many tribes of the Orclands.

1021BCE: Bugbear raids against Orc settlements increased drastically. The Goblinoid cannibals carried away Orcs and ate them.

1020BCE: The Maglibarjil reformed to combat the Bugbear threat, but each tribe sought to protect only itself from the incessant attacks. The cannibal raids continued.

1018BCE: A powerful Orc, now known as the First Chief, rose up and drove away the Bugbears around their tribe. No one knows for sure which tribe the First Chief came from or what their name was. Each of the oldest tribes claims the hero as their own. The First Chief commanded their tribe to protect the closest neighboring tribe. They drove off the Bugbears there and the process continued.

1016BCE: Each of the Orc tribes worked together under the First Chief’s leadership. No quarter was given to the cannibal Bugbears. The First Chief’s genocidal war resulted in the almost complete destruction of the Bugbear race.

1015BCE: The First Chief swore that the orcs would never know fear like the Bugbear raids again. The hero took their fight to the source of the Bugbears menace, Zeus himself, for who else controlled the fates of mortals? The First Orc Chief marched against Mount Olympus and engaged Zeus in combat. Zeus killed the rebellious mortal, but not before the First Orc Chief had cut off a tusk of Zeus’s. The tusk fell to the earth beside the First Chief’s body.
To honor the hero the Maglibarjil took the tusk of Zeus and forged it into the tip of the First Chief’s sword. Additionally they took the First Chief’s skin and made a suit of hide armor out of it. These items were to be wielded and worn by the greatest champion of the Orkish race. The sword is known as Ynedg-Drathul the Tusk of Heaven and the armor is known as the Skin of the First Chief.

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Cimmerian Timeline Part 25

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982BCE: King Cogard elected to build a new capital for his kingdom at a site he had seen while traveling. He and most of the Dwarves of Dalleer left, heading north by northwest. Lord Shaelin of the Dwarven Regency Council was left behind to rule Dalleer.

974BCE: To preserve his new capital, King Cogard surrendered to the Dragons. Lord Shaelin had sworn an oath to resist the dragons, but he gritted his teeth and followed his king’s orders. The surrender proved fruitful and the bulk of construction on Jord was completed. Cogard invited Dwarves from all across Cimmeria to come to a ceremony declaring the new capital as the center of his kingdom.

971BCE: Queen Pristanon gave birth to quadruplets, all sons, named Coldruin, Steffern, Yentbern, and Albirnon.

961BCE: King Cogard sent his four sons to be raised by different Dwarven lords. Coldruin to the Terror Mountains, Steffern to the Underdark, and Yentbern to Dalleer. Albirnon went to the Dominarie Mountains to be raised in Queen Shortrastor’s court. In exchange, Queen Shortrastor sent her daughter, Alfeita, to be raised by King Cogard.

905BCE: Lord Shaelin completed his long guardianship over Prince Yentbern. During the prince’s time in Dalleer the city had grown into an industrious multi-racial city. Shaelin’s teachings gave Yentbern a healthy respect for hardwork and the other races of Cimmeria.
Lord Shaelin sent a request with Prince Yentbern to King Cogard. With the guardianship concluded, Lord Shaelin wished to be released from his oath of fealty to King Cogard. Cogard granted the request and allowed Shaelin to name his successor. Shaelin passed over his own son  and gave the leadership of Dalleer to Bjorn, a respectable and qualified friend of Shaelin’s.

904BCE: With his vow to King Cogard fulfilled, Shaelin was free to fulfill his oath to oppose the Dragons of Cimmeria. He sent out a clandestine call for all like-minded people to join him in Dalleer for an attack on the Dragons in two years time.

902BCE: Lord Shaelin took his gathered warband and attacked Kenderax in Fangaroot. Shaelin led his army admirably. They penetrated the city and Shaelin himself slew the dragon. Unfortunately, the kobolds were too numerous. They drove the army out and Shaelin’s body was left behind, never to be recovered.

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The Rise of Shaelin

Shaelin vs Kenderax

King Cogard of the Dwarves arrived at the temporary capital of Dalleer in 983BCE. In 982BCE, he left to build a new capital for himself. He took most of the Dwarven populace of Dalleer with him. Those left behind were ruled by Lord Shaelin, an honorable Dwarf paladin.

Shaelin vowed to resist the Dragons when they took flight to conquer Cimmeria. Unfortunately, it wasn’t too long before King Cogard ordered him to surrender. Shaelin complied, choosing his oath to his king over the oath to resist the Dragons. Continue reading

Characters of Cimmeria: Eathirilu Part 1

Eathirilu Head

The Patriots and the Naturalists of the Dry Woods bickered and skirmished with each other for fifty years. The young druid Eathirilu grew up in this environment. He aligned more with the Naturalists in his personal desires, but was frustrated with the discordant political situation of his home. Frustrated with his kinsmen, Eathirilu left on a journey of self discovery upriver.

Eathirilu encountered Danar’s attempt to civilize the swamp. Eathirilu opposed Danar’s efforts. Invernix the Red Dragon Patriarch took notice and inserted himself into their conflict on Eathirilu’s side. Not for the first time, Eathirilu felt that Invernix went too far. He allied with Danar against Invernix, but both were defeated. The young elf’s goal of reducing civilization in the marsh were successful, but at great cost of mortal life.

Eathirilu returned to the Dry Woods as the hero, Cecilia, arrived for training. Eathirilu took no part in the woman’s training, but he spoke with her frequently. He found her hopes for a world free from the dragons unrealistic and dangerous to the natural order. The doubts that Invernix’s harsh behavior had kindled were extinguished by Cecilia’s heroic optimism which Eathirilu saw as naive. Eathirilu rejoined the Naturalists and within a few years was a major leader of the faction.

Eathirilu fought with the Dragons in the Dragon War. He switched sides in the final years of the war, just as he had in his conflict with Danar. Ashamed of his actions after the war, Eathirilu left the Dry Woods. He went to the Dark Reaches and studied the saurian monsters of that region.

Eathirilu would eventually return to Cimmeria, but not for many centuries.

Elves After the Conclave

Elf Forest

After seceding from the Conclave the Elf leaders split apart, each taking a portion of their coalition to a different dense forest of Cimmeria. Croshan the Honorable took his people to the Whitewood Forest. Rarventataa the Wary took her people to the Dry Woods (which would later be known as Bigby’s Forest). Valor the Boastful took his people to Valor’s Forest and promptly named the forest after himself. Kithania the Strong took her people to the Hardtop Forest (now known as the Robber’s Forest). Each of these Elves had been created by the gods as 100 year old adults and 50 years had passed since. Their bodies were 150 years old and still young for Elf standards. They ruled their realms with the approval of their people for many years. Continue reading

Characters of Cimmeria: The First Orc Chief

This post deals with a little splash of syncretism. There are many races in Cimmeria and it’s natural for them all to view the gods as physically similar to themselves. And who can say that they aren’t?

When the Orcs left the Conclave to conquer the Goblins they were a single unit led by a council of elders known as the Maglibarjil. Once they subjugated the Goblins the Maglibarjil elders split apart to lead different communities. These communities developed their own cultures and became the many tribes of the Orclands today.

All the separated Orc tribes soon learned of a threat the Goblins had kept secret, Bugbears. The Bugbears raided Orc settlements relentlessly. The Maglibarjil attempted to organize the tribes, but each tribe wished to protect only themselves and not the Orcs as a whole. Cannibalistic attacks continued until a powerful Orc rose up and drove away the Bugbears around their tribe. No one knows for sure which tribe this Orc came from or what the Orc’s name was. Each of the oldest tribes claims the hero as their own.

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Cimmerian Timeline Part 24

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947BCE: Queen Shortrastor used Prince Albirnon’s disappearance as an excuse to conscript soldiers within her kingdom and invade the Underdark. Thousands of Dwarves were organized and sent into the deep in groups of various sizes “looking for the prince.” In reality these groups were raiding and pillaging the other Underdark races and species.

946BCE: The groups of Dominarie Dwarves invading the Underdark discovered evidence of Prince Albirnon’s survival in the deepest reaches of the tunnels. King Cogard arrived in the Dominarie Kingdom to lead the rescue effort personally.

945BCE: A group of Cogard’s scouts found Albirnon. A cabal of Drow witches led by a demon held the prince captive. The Dwarven soldiers killed the prince’s captors and freed Albirnon, but he was not the same young man who had gone to Shortrastor’s court. No hair grew on his head and the glint of demonic possession glowed behind Albirnon’s eyes and soon the same could be said of his rescuers as the possession passed to them. The first of a new race of Dwarves were created, the Duergar. Prince Albirnon stayed in the deep and began turning more and more of Cogard and Shortrastor’s fortune seekers to his will.

944BCE: Rumors of a new band of bald dwarves with red eyes led by a male who resembled Prince Albirnon reached the Dominarie court. Desperate to find his son, King Cogard himself went into the deep. Down in the dark Cogard met his son and recognized the corruption within him. The king and the demon fought for control of the prince. Cogard achieved a half victory. The demon was not cast out of his son, but the contagion could no longer spread. Cogard sealed the hellish presence within Albirnon and all the other afflicted, but the demon would live on in their descendants.

943BCE: Cogard brought Albirnon back to Shortrastor’s court. The Queen was informed of Albirnon’s new passenger. Not wishing to welcome a viper into her home, the Queen commanded King Cogard to remove Prince Albirnon and the other duergar from the Dominarie Mountains. The King did so, moving the duergar people to the wild regions of the western Underdark.

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Cimmerian Timeline Part 23

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982BCE: King Cogard elected to build a new capital for his kingdom at a site he had seen while traveling. He and most of the Dwarves of Dalleer left, heading north by northwest.

981BCE: The Dwarves reached the new site of their capital, Jord. They began building fantastic structures both above and below the ground in the great hills of Jord.

974BCE: The bulk of construction on Jord was declared completed. Cogard invited Dwarves from all across Cimmeria to come to a ceremony declaring the new capital as the center of his kingdom.

973BCE: A grand party was held in Jord. Dwarves from Zeus’s Canvas, Dalleer, the Terror Mountains, and the Underdark arrived to pay homage to their king. A delegation arrived from the Dominarie Mountains bearing gifts for the new king. The Dominarie delegates clarified that they were only congratulating King Cogard on his achievement and they were not declaring fealty by any means. Cogard responded by announcing his engagement to Pristanon, the daughter of a clan leader in the Terror Mountains. The priest in the Dominarie delegation smiled and said a blessing to grant King Cogard many children.

971BCE: Queen Pristanon gave birth to quadruplets, all sons.

961BCE: King Cogard sent his four sons to different parts of the kingdom. One to the Terror Mountains, one to the Underdark, and one to Dalleer. His final son was sent to the Dominarie Mountains to be raised in Queen Shortrastor’s court. In exchange Queen Shortrastor sent her daughter to be raised by King Cogard.

948BCE: Albirnon, the son of King Cogard sent to the Dominarie Mountains, went missing. Queen Shortrastor apologized profusely. The boy had been rambunctious and constantly wandered into the unsafe tunnels beneath the Queen’s capital city. King Cogard demanded that his son be found. Shortrastor’s daughter became a hostage. The Queen of Dominarie began a kingdom wide search for the missing prince.

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Cimmerian Timeline Part 22

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995BCE: King Cogard swiftly realized that the royal courtiers were cutting him out of decision making to enrich themselves and their clans. Not wishing to play the dance of politics, Cogard went on a tour of the far-flung Dwarven communities.

994BCE: King Cogard met with the disparate Dwarven settlements in Zeus’s Canvas. He listened to the concerns about resource distribution among the clans and promised to resolve it. He organized trade deals between the different villages and granted titles of nobility to those who cooperated. The Dwarves of Zeus’s Canvas became enamored with their king.

993BCE: The inept Dwarven Council realized King Cogard’s tour was an attempt to circumvent their control and go directly to the people for support. As Cogard continued on his journey to the Dominarie Mountains, the Dwarven Council sent emissaries ahead to spread rumors that would upset Cogard’s diplomatic visit to that country. When the Dwarven King arrived he proposed a united kingdom through his marriage to Queen Shortrastor. The deceitful warnings of the Council spoiled Cogard’s plans. Shortrastor rebuffed his advances. Cogard left with nothing gained for his trip to the south.

991BCE: King Cogard continued his journey northward and met with the clans of the Terror Mountains. He offered human slaves as sacrifices to the dragons, ingratiating himself into the favor of the clan leaders by following their local customs.

989BCE: Cogard went deep into the Terror Mountains and eventually he reached the Underdark. His entourage had grown considerably since the start of his tour. In the Underdark where the dragons couldn’t reach they grew into an army. The Deep Dwarves were in conflict with the other Underdark races. King Cogard organized his citizens and went on campaign for the first time.

984BCE: King Cogard’s campaigns in the Underdark went well. His talented command earned him the loyalty of the Deep Dwarves. He began the return journey to the Dalleer refugee camp.

983BCE: King Cogard arrived back in Dalleer. The Dwarven Regency Council knew they were beat. They surrendered control to their king.

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