Characters of Cimmeria: Croshan

Croshan was one of the elven kings created by the Olympians when they moved to Cimmeria. He led his people to victory during the Goblin War and into the Whitewood Forest when the Conclave dissolved. Rather than face the dragons, King Croshan took his elves into the Underdark to become Dark Elves. From the Underdark Croshan led raids on the surface world for centuries. His death passed with little fanfare on the surface, but sent ripples across the Underdark as Drow culture drastically restructured itself into a religious matriarchy.

Croshan was not born a king, he was created. The Olympians sculpted him to be one of the perfect kings of the elves. He provided clever strategies for his people during the Conclave’s war with the goblins. After the dwarves left the Conclave, Croshan and the other elven leaders followed them. King Croshan took his subjects to the Whitewood Forest to live in peace.

The Whitewood Elves traded peacefully with the humans of Jeutontic for many years. The peace was shattered when the dragons established their hegemony over Cimmeria. To escape domination, Croshan and his people enacted a powerful ritual. Their skin turned jet black as their whole nation was magically altered to survive in the Underdark. As the dragons took over, Croshan and the new Dark Elves went under.

Croshan after his transformation into a Dark Elf

Croshan’s time in the Underdark quickly eroded his sympathy for the surface dwellers. During the draconian occupation, Croshan led raids on settlements for supplies, not caring which side of the Dragon War they supported. The raids continued after the war ended. Jeutontic was the main target due to its proximity to the Dark Elf home base underneath Whitewood Forest.

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Cimmerian Timeline Part 30

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883BCE: 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.

881BCE: Condrofalspeth, a descendant of Sadroston, gathered people to resettle Jeutontic.

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Kingdoms Sprouting Up Part 3

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Jeutontic
Jeutontic served as a trading post between the Elves of Whitewood Forest and the rest of the world for over a century after the Forest’s settlement. This relationship suffered during the Age of Monsters when the elves escaped into the Underdark to avoid the dragons. Trade disappeared for a time and Jeutontic shrunk to a few households determined to stay in their generational homes.
During the Dragon War the Dark Elves were as much adversaries for their former trading partners as for the dragons. They raided settlements across Western Cimmeria for supplies and trade goods. The war consumed the attention of the surface dwellers and the Dark Elves pillaged without fear of reprisal.
At the end of the Dragon War a descendant of Sadroston came to Western Cimmeria with a goal of ending the raids. His name was Condrofalspeth and he was a half-elf mage. Condrofalspeth gathered the dispersed people of Western Cimmeria together so they could better defend themselves against Croshan’s warriors. These settlers rebuilt the town of Jeutontic into a splendid city-state on the edge of Gaia’s Navel. Continue reading

Mortals and Dragons

There was no isolated incident that instigated the Dragon War. Toffoun and Amalgami killed Blackheart. Tentineh revealed his army in Greshendale. Lord Shaelin killed Kenderax. Gorwinua’s army was earliest of all, waging a guerrilla war against Bavastatner for six years before the Dragon War officially began. The combination of these events led to the meeting of the ten Heroes of the Dragon War.

While the ten Heroes of the Dragon War were united in their efforts, the same could not be said for all the leaders of Cimmeria. The Heroes asked for help from the mortal leaders of Cimmeria and most came to their aid. King Cogard of the Dwarves wished to remain out of the war, but Shaelin’s attack on Fangaroot made neutrality impossible. He joined the fight against the dragons. The Elves of Valor and Hardtop fought for the mortal armies. Tracy brought Crafterton and Nomingburg into the fight. The human settlements of Nox and Phoenix joined the mortals as well.

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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.

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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