Gurutama Timeline Revising Part 19

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Most people in Gurutama fear the Grez, but one group doesn’t, the Empire Dwarves who still believe in their original mission to destroy Navillus, no matter how corrupted that mission became.

We also see the splitting of the Elves into two groups, those who stay behind in Halusho and those who build a new home in the Eastern Maw. This move also coincides with the start of Hykma’s rise to power as the commercial center of the world. Hykma will remain on top by the end despite facing many challenges. Hykma hasn’t been mentioned in the Timeline since 245 NA when the city was founded (Part 9), but it’ll be showing up a lot more from now on.

620 NA:While the rest of the world feared the Grez, the Syluki Dwarves reveled in the destruction of the Demon’s city after so many crusades. The Great Alliance, created so long ago, finally paid off. Not caring that the Hero died in the carnage, the Syluki Dwarf nobility sent a congratulatory embassy to the Grez. The Grez thanked the Dwarves and said they were happy to do their part to remove the Navillus threat.

622 NA: The Syluki Dwarves began to gather their forces once again. They planned to retake the Najaran cities, crush the Bwarlor, and punish the Merfolk for their betrayal. Secretly the Brotherhood was in control and a new crusade would begin.

625 NA: The Farpoint Dwarves officially split off from the Syluki Dwarves. They no longer wished war with their Human neighbors. The Dwarves of Syluk vow to subjugate the Farpoint Dwarves as well.

630 NA: The mighty Najaran Empire faded into ashes and the cities gave up their last false pretenses of supposed unity. Cynelle, the youngest daughter of Old Najar, was the first to proclaim herself a free city. Emissaries were sent to the nations of the world, suing for peace and offering prosperous trade agreements

637 NA: The Elves enacted their long thought out plan. The Homestone Bridge was built at great expense over the Great Canal. All but the most stubborn Elves waved their corrupted forest home goodbye. They traveled into the east and set up a new city in the Lower Maw called Rotandean. The elves struck up a positive relationship with their new neighbors, the Hykmans and the Rana. The Bridge of the sylvan folk was covered by a great ward. Only non-Hobgoblins may pass across the Homestone Bridge.

638 NA: The Hobgoblins continued their barbarity after the majority of the Elves left Halusho.

-Mister Ed

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An Overview of Gurutama Part 10

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If you know your Latin roots then you can already guess what type of people the Rana of Gurutama are.

Rana is Spanish for frog and the Rana are frog people.

The Rana live in and around Tonsil Lake and joined the Hykman League.

The Rana are pacifists, but they recognize that the violence that threatens the world can often only be countered by violence.

In order to meet violent threats without direct intervention, the Rana have a tradition of forging amazing swords and other weapons.

Chances are that if an adventurer finds a magic sword it was made by a Rana and gifted to a hero in the past to bring light in dark times.

The Rana are also accomplished artists and doctors.

A Rana organization called the Monks of the Gossamer Waves functions like the Red Cross in Gurutama. They provide aid to whomever requires it.

Because of their amphibian biology and passive nature it is rare to see a Rana far from Tonsil Lake or the Hykman cities surrounding it.

Rana that travel far afield are either Monks on missions or outcasts due to their rejection of the Rana’s pacifist culture.

Because the Rana do not often leave their home country they have had little influence on world affairs as a whole.

However, within the Hykman League the Rana are always involved in the betterment of all people, big or small, rich or poor.

Recent events in the Hykman League have caused some Rana to act against the Hykman government. This is due to a resurgence of Navillus worship in the Hykmans.

But more on all that in the forthcoming timeline posts!

-Mister Ed

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An Overview of Gurutama Part 9

The picture of a Hobgoblin from one of the D&D Monster Manuals.
The picture of a Hobgoblin from one of the D&D Monster Manuals.

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I’ll be covering the Hobgoblins of Gurutama next.

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.

-Mister Ed

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An Overview of Gurutama Part 8

The elves of Gurutama live in the Lower Maw.
The elves of Gurutama live in the Lower Maw.

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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).

-Mister Ed

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An Overview of Gurutama Part 5

A section of Gurutama that covers the human territories along the Upper and Eastern portions of the Maw.
A section of Gurutama that covers the human territories along the Upper and Eastern portions of the Maw.

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Last time I talked about the humans of Najar pushing the Bwarlor humans off the continent.

Today, I’d like to talk about a few of the other human tribes.

One of them got very little attention in the Dawn of Worlds game, the Alrador.

The Alrador lived in the eastern forests of the Great Valley.

When the Najar ascended to prominence with the help of Navillus, the Alrador were absorbed into the Najar tribe.

Another tribe, the Tylanor, lived to the west on the other side of the Western Red Peaks.

The Tylanor were never subjugated by the Najar and only became important later on in the history of Gurutama.

The Najar people formed an Empire that spread throughout the Great Valley and then eastward around the edges of the Maw.

Two other cities were colonized by the Najar, Farpoint in the shadow of Mount Solorum and Hykma.

Eventually the Najar Empire fell and Farpoint and Hykma declared their independence.

Farpoint remained a city-state for a long period, but Hykma had a different fate.

Hykma became a major economic player after the fall of the Najar Empire.

Hykman became synonymous with wealthy and Hykman influence spread far and wide.

The Hykman formed alliances and established colonies. Eventually a larger governing body was required to rule the many people that owed allegiance to the city.

The Hykman League spreads from Farpoint (a recent addition through conquest) and south and west all the way to New Prestounasi.

The Hykman League includes members of all races, Merfolk, Dwarves, Elves, Avians, Hobgoblins, humans, halflings, gnomes, and Rana (a frog race that live in Tonsil Lake in the east.

Events near the end of the Dawn of Worlds game induced revolts throughout the Hykman League.

The Hykman hold on territory south and west of the city is tenuous at best, but they still claim the region as their own.

That’s all for the first glimpse at the humans of Najar. Next up are the Dwarves!

-Mister Ed

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