887BCE: Eathirilu and Davonisi patched up their differences and worked together to re-energize the dragon-allied Elves. While he and many others feared the war was already lost, they were not prepared to surrender just yet. With the new army formed, Eathirilu awaited the command of the dragons.
886BCE: The remaining dragon patriarchs gathered with their armies in Apollo’s Plains. The red dragons, Invernix and Sartoria; the green dragons, Cordax and Hashterainon; the gold dragons, Agohimano and Hontalawi; and the bronze dragon, Langudina. Rilopenaril the traitor did not join his brethren. Giants, Ogres, Humans, and Elves made up the dragons’ armies.
The draconic forces marched eastward and burnt everything as they went. No settlement, no person, no blade of grass escaped the wrath of the dragons. Directly in their path was the old seat of the Conclave, Phoenix. Continue reading →
The Bwarlorn Dwarves finally get their vengeance in this post. Their act parallels the original Dwarf curse in many ways. They target a group that did not suspect such an attack. The group suffers heavy causalities and then forced pregnancies. The pregnancies result in horrible unwanted mutant babies.
The Bastards of the Book don’t target the Dwarves though. They attack the Dwarven allies, the Elves.
But in the grand scheme of history, rape is just another tragedy of war. What makes this special enough to include?
The creation of a new race because the hybrid genetics is why. The Hobgoblins will come to play a big role in the Lower Maw.
And we’ve also got the Rana slowly developing into their humanitarian selves by founding Gurutama’s equivalent of the real world charity organization, The Red Cross.
429 NA: The group of Najaran men sought to rebel against their Dwarven overlords. They sent scouts into the Eastern Maw to recruit primitive Humans outside of the boundaries of the Empire to assist in fighting the Dwarves. While the small rebellion of these men was one among many to be squashed by the Dwarven jackboots one good thing came of the Najarn scouts’ journey. They made contact with the Rana.
The words of the Najarns troubled the Rana and left a lasting impact. They had never heard of people who openly sought violence upon other intelligent beings. The Rana set about to bring light to all those who wanted to see once again…
The Rana gathered many of their beloved children, great sages, silver-tongued peace-makers, and humble friends, and sent them forth into the world. And they named them, the Monks of the Gossamer Waves, an order of peace, pacifism, and kindness.
441 NA: With each year the ranks of the Bastards of the Tattered Book grew and their fury seemed endless. Many spoke of purging the Metal Tiers and of making the women and children of Hearthland suffer as their men made the Bwarlor suffer. Still more wanted to storm the Najaran coast and join forces with the Najarns against the Empire Dwarves.
But a cruel streak coming from their primitive ancestors inspired another course of action. The Bastards unfurled their black sails and set out, not west to the Hearthland nor north to join the numerous rebellions against the Empire Dwarves. No, the Bastards went south to the ripe forests hidden behind the indomitable Mandibles.
442 NA: It is said that history is doomed to repeat itself, and just as the Dwarves of Hearthland imposed their sons on the Bwarlor, so did these new Dwarves rape the city of Shianosoth and sow their children amongst the innocent Elven people. A new breed coalesced in the shadow of that damned city, mockery of the goodness and order, a savage combination of its three father races: the swiftness and stature of the good Elves, the greed and steadfast determination of Dwarvenkind, and the madness of their grandfather, Humanity. The first Hobgoblins were born into the world…
The Hobgoblins are the offspring of a dwarven curse cast at the beginning of the dwarven invasion of Najar.
The dwarves asked the Bwarlor people to assist in the invasion, but the Bwarlor humiliated the dwarven diplomats (Beard shaving!).
The dwarves, not to be outdone, cast a terrible curse upon the Bwarlor.
Every firstborn Bwalor human was taken away by a black mist that covered Bwolo Isle.
The curse was worse than that. For centuries after the black mist, every firstborn of the Bwarlor would be have the body of a dwarf instead of a human.
These dwarf children formed a community of second class citizens in Bwarlor culture. They called themselves the Bastards of the Book as the curse that affected them originated from the dwarves magical Book in Hearthland.
The Bastards shared a common hatred, but not for the Bwarlor that outcast them. They hated the dwarves that had cursed them initially.
Eventually a group of Bastards came together with the aim of violence against the dwarven community.
Unfortunately for them the dwarves were safe within the Metal Tier mountain range of Hearthland.
But the dwarves had friends…
The Bastards of the Book cobbled a fleet together and sailed against the elves at Shianosoth.
They attacked, pillaged, and raped the city.
The offspring of the mixed cursed human, dwarf, and elf blood formed Hobgoblin babies.
This was the darkness that afflicted the Halusho Forest that I wrote of earlier.
The Hobgoblins were a savage and violent race, matching their origins, until the Hykmans civilized them.
The Hobgoblins adapted to civilization and organized government quickly, but their violent ways never left them.
A few decades after joining the Hykmans the Hobgoblins revolted to form their own nation.
That’s about it for the Hobgoblins. They live in the northern half of the Halusho Forest and in the Mandible mountains along the northern coast of the Lower Maw. All the cities in that area are Hobgoblin cities.
The elves of Gurutama joined the dwarven invasion of Najar, but when their beachhead at Cyflenwi was captured, the elves abandoned the cause.
What happened to the elves after that?
A dark presence entered the Halusho Forest (more specifics on that later when I pick apart the timeline of Gurutama as a whole).
The darkness joined several of the “evil” races together. Hobgoblins, orcs, trolls, and giants all started ranging through the wood.
The elven cities of Prestounasi and Shianosoth were overrun.
The remaining elves retreated to their capital at Crodolan and hid behind the city’s magical defenses.
The elves feared the evil races, led by the Hobgoblins, would penetrate their defenses, so an escape route was built.
The elven constructed Freedom Road connected the western sea of the Lower Maw to the eastern canal.
Freedom Road was protected by the same magic that kept Crodolan safe.
The elves then built the Homestone Bridge over the Great Canal.
On the Bridge the elves placed a powerful enchantment, preventing any Hobgoblin from ever crossing.
The elves built a new city south of Hykma named Rotandean.
Rotandean developed a good relationship with Hykma and eventually joined the Hykman League.
The elves who stayed behind in Crodolan petitioned for aid against the Hobgoblin menace.
The Hykman League sent a stunning force that defeated the Hobgoblins at Crodolan, recaptured Prestounasi, and rebuilt the city as a western port for trading with Hearthland.
The Hobgoblins were amazed by the Hykmans and asked to join the League. Their request was swiftly granted.
The elves argued against this decision, but the humans in charge of the League insisted that building alliances was wiser than keeping enemies.
Some elves could not accept this judgement and split off to form a rebel faction known as the True Arrows.
After this the situation became quite complicated as more forces influenced the growing Hykman League from the outside and from within. I’ll talk more about that when I start posting the timeline of specific events in Gurutama.
Only three descriptions of races left to go. The Rana (Preservers in the Trimurti), the Grez (Destroyers in the Trimurti), and the Hobgoblins (an extra race created outside of the Trimurti theme).
Last time I mentioned that the elves allied with the dwarves against the human Najar Empire.
Elves are typically enemies of dwarves in high fantasy. Which is strange because they are both “good” races in D&D.
Tolkein started this trend by making dwarves and elves good, but having them disagree on nearly everything.
Tolkein’s dwarves and elves disagree on how to wage war, on how to act socially, on what professions are honorable, etc.
I controlled the elves and the dwarves in our Dawn of Worlds game, so I decided to change that rivalry into a partnership.
But first! Where did the elves come from?
Our first four races were based around the four elements. Water for Merfolk, Air for Avians, Fire for Humans, and Earth for Dwarves.
The second set of races only had three positions in it. One of my friends became too busy to keep playing the game and dropped out (resulting in his race, the Avians, becoming a subject population).
The new set of three was based off of the Hindu Trimurti, Brahma the Creator, Vishnu the Preserver, and Shiva the Destroyer.
The elves represent creation. Everytime I had the elves do something I always tried to tie it into creation.
The elves built many of the wonders of the world that exist in Gurutama.
This also allowed me to stay within normal elf stereotypes. They live in the forest, are good with magic and bows, and they make beautiful things.
In our Dawn of Worlds game, the elves showed up and began expanding through the Halusho Forest, seen above.
The elves joined the dwarves against the Najar humans because they also thought it was the right thing to do. Demons should be sent back to Hell after all!
The elves created the port city of Cyflenwi at the upper left of the posted image. This city supplied the dwarven invasion of Najar.
The city was subsequently taken over by the Merfolk and handed back to the Najar humans under some treaty or another. The details on it are a little hazy, just like everything else when you look too closely at the Dawn of Worlds game.
After Cyflenwi was taken over the elves became more independent from the dwarves. I’ll talk more about the rest of the elves history in my next blog post on Gurutama.