Cimmerian Timeline Part 56

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Loose ends for coming to the end of the timeline!

1115BCE: The Olympians recognized that the new toys they’d given their mortals were strong tools in the right hands and explosive mistakes in the wrong hands. To ensure the magical artifacts weren’t misused, Zeus created the Museum of Power in Nox. To guard the building, Poseidon set powerful enchantments around it and Hades brought Argus back from the dead to defend it.

742BCE: Enough vampires had arisen in Cimmeria to form a community centered in Crux. They pooled their resources to acquire blood to drink. They offered gold in exchange for blood. This collection of gold and blood grew into the Bank of Lamentation, one of the most securely guarded locations in Cimmeria.

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: 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.

520BCE: 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.

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Cimmerian Timeline Part 51

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A little more mixing of history and fantasy. The Persians invaded Scythia in 513BCE to scare off the Scythians before the Persian invasion of Greece. In the real world the Scythians/Amazons just ran away and came back after the Persians left. In my version they ran away to their colony in Cimmeria. Also the founding of Tectoctar.

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: 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.

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.

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Cimmerian Timeline Part 49

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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.

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.

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.

640BCE: 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.

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.

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.

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Cimmerian Timeline Part 48

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Before I can continue the Xorian story I have to add some stuff about the Amazons and the foundation of Dradelden to the timeline. I wrote about the initial Amazon invasion back in my Kingdoms Sprouting Up Part 5 post, but I never committed those events to a particular date. My notes say about 800BCE, so lets get going with that!

799BCE: Amazon Queen Saikolok invaded Western Cimmeria. Her warriors tore through the outlying settlements of Colchis, Nox, Jeutontic, Cecilia, and Makotako. The barbaric warriors were unable to pillage the walled cities themselves. Queen Saikolok concluded peace settlements with each of the city-states in exchange for tribute. She established a colony named Dradelden to be the Amazon power in the area. Saikolok returned to Scythia and left a subordinate in charge.

692BCE: 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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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Cimmerian Timeline Part 47

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I get to mix in that historical Cimmeria stuff I was posting about earlier. Hurray!

770BCE: Free from war with Nox, King Cotinasath of Jeutontic declared war against the town of Cecilia. A port would allow for greater trade income for the crown.

766BCE: After a lengthy siege, a group of merchants opened the gates of Cecilia and betrayed the city to King Cotinasath. Cecilia joined the Kingdom of Jeutontic.

723BCE: King Cristonton’s aggressive grandson, Kitanotaga, ascended to the throne. He immediately declared war on the Kingdom of Jeutontic.

721BCE: The bread basket of Petar gave the Xorian Kingdom the population to push through the Jeutontic aerial defense. The new queen Stanasha of Jeutontic was captured and forced to surrender the city to King Kitanotaga.

720BCE: King Kitanotaga consolidated control over Jeutontic and quietly had Queen Stanasha assassinated. He then moved against Cecilia and put the city under siege. Merchants within the port once again betrayed the city and opened the gates for the invaders. The Xorian Kingdom now controlled Nox, Petar, Jeutontic, and Cecilia.

715BCE: The Assyrians invaded Urartu and invited the Xorians to participate as well. King Kitanotaga led his army on a raiding expedition south into Urartu.

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Cimmerian Timeline Part 46

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This is my 500th post on my blog. Neat!

779BCE: King Cristonton ensured that he had the support of the people of Nox and declared war against his cousin in Jeutontic. Jeutontic was now ruled by King Cotinasath, the grandson of Queen Jasaetuparth.

778BCE: Nox’s army made good headway in the field, but they were unable to approach Jeutontic without constant harassment by the aerial cavalry of the southern city. King Cristonton began training his archers and ballista crews to declutter the skies.

777BCE: King Cotinasath ran aerial raids against the settlements surrounding Nox. The defending soldiers increased capability with ranged weapons prevented serious damage where they were present. Unfortunately the army could not be everywhere at once. King Cristonton defended key locations rather than spread his army thinly across the kingdom. The Jeutontic raiders took advantage and Nox’s economy suffered.

776BCE: To better defend his people King Cristonton directed the communities around Nox to resettle in a single fortified location. For the foundation of this new city, Cristonton picked Hades’ Hilltop, three days travel east of Nox. The city would be named Petar.

775BCE: While overseeing the digging of new wells for Petar, King Cristonton noticed the glint of gold at the bottom of one of a well. He went down into the well himself and confirmed the presence of a gold deposit. That well was immediately turned into a mine for the Xorian crown.

773BCE: Construction on Petar continued, but the city was now ready for occupation by civilians.

772BCE: Although the construction of Petar allowed for a robust defense of the citizens of Xoria, King Cristonton still could not make offensive progress towards Jeutontic. King Cotinasath’s aerials were too great an advantage. With no way forward, Cristonton and Cotinasath signed an armistice.

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Cimmerian Timeline Part 45

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898BCE: The people of Nox rose up against the draconic descendants of Sadroston. Without Shivara and Tikanile to reinforce their reign, the half-breed tyrants were swiftly removed. Tachydorn’s grandchild, Kaeltotath, claimed the throne, but he had little popular support.

882BCE: King Kaeltotath found his control over Nox quickly slipping away. Without the threat of the dragons, the common folk began to wonder why they needed a king, especially one whose ancestors had worked for the dragons, albeit unwillingly. To appease the commoners, Kaeltotath created a senate composed of members from the most influential families of Nox. The Senate would advise the king and draft policy for his approval.

867BCE: King Kaeltotath passed away peacefully. His weak-willed daughter, Trigonora, ascended the throne, but in truth power now lay with the Nox Senate.

863BCE: The Nox Senate continued to exercise executive authority, taking over more and more of the simple duties they’d left for the monarch. Queen Trigonora feared the Senate would soon abolish the monarch altogether. She sent a request for help to her cousin Queen Jasaetuparth of Jeutontic.

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Characters of Cimmeria: Leopold Anigama

Leopold Anigama rose to prominence during the rebellion against King Shardamar II of Gazeara. He played a leading role during the revolution and upon its success, he became the new dictator of Gazeara. He built a cult of personality around himself as Gazeara’s head and soon used his hidden psionic powers to become the living god of the city. During the First Alliance War, Anigama joined the Alliance. He held his own against the Rages of Xoria, but unfortunately the tide of war turned against him. Grave and Wrath killed Anigama and Gazeara was conquered by Queen Anajakaze.

Anigama’s father, Josephus Anigama, was a sorcerer of limited ability from Gazeara. Wishing to gain greater power to better his station, Josephus made a deal with Hecate, the goddess of dark magic. Josephus promised her his firstborn child in exchange for the power to realize his dreams. With his blood, Hecate forged the pact. Josephus joined the Adventurers Guild of Phoenix. Over several decades he proved himself in the field using his eldritch power and with the occasional assassination he rose to the top. After forty years Josephus was Guildmaster of the Adventurers Guild. Additionally Josephus had maintained a vow of celibacy for those forty years. With no firstborn child he had no need to repay his debt to Hecate or so he thought.

Hecate saw through Josephus’s plan. The mortal unknowingly entered his final year of life and the dark goddess enacted her revenge. She plucked him from the mortal plane to her chambers on the shores of the River Styx. There Hecate tortured Josephus for the remaining year of his life in vengeance for denying the commodity she’d bargained for. At the end of the year she took what she wanted from Josephus and became the vessel for his fulfillment of their bargain. Hecate carried Josephus’s child and dumped the mortal’s body into the Styx. The unfortunate man’s soul would wander on the wrong side of the River Styx by his murderer’s home for a century before Charon allowed him across.

Leopold Anigama’s upbringing was particularly unusual. Anigama was born to Hecate nine months later. She suckled him at her breast and raised him by the River Styx until he was five years old. At that age, Hecate took her son to live with her cult at Lagina in Southern Ionia. The eunuchs of the cult brought Anigama up. They taught him the basics of combat, history, and leadership. Additionally, his mother continued to visit to train him in his budding magical talents. Hecate had instilled psionic powers in her child. She helped him to master these abilities. When Anigama reached the age of eighteen he was already one of the most powerful magic users in Cimmeria.

Anigama wanted to make a difference in the world while keeping the origin of his powers a secret. He feared persecution if others learned he was the son of a Titaness. To disguise his powers, Anigama focused on using his magic to enhance his physical body. To the untrained eye he seemed to be a strong warrior, but only due to the layers of magical powerups that he placed on himself. Anigama joined an adventuring group in Western Cimmeria. Together they defeated an Duergar and Drow invasion into the surface world. In doing so, Anigama’sa group became famed throughout Western Cimmeria.

After stopping the Underdark incursion, Leopold went to Gazeara to see the home town of his father. He lived there for a few months and grew fond of the Gazeara’s unique culture. However, he hated the restrictive power the city’s scrying dweomers gave to King Shardamar II. The people bent under Shardamar’s tyrannical rule until they snapped. The commoners rose up all at once against their evil king. Anigama traded on his fame to step into a leadership role during the uprising. His group of rebels took the royal family captive. Anigama gave a stirring speech to the gathered populace about equity and equality before the law. At the climax he kicked the bound Shardamar II into the Great Fire of Gazeara. The king burned along with the rest of the royal family. Anigama declared that he would lead Gazeara forward into a new age of equality.

As the new leader of Gazeara, Anigama distributed King Shardamar II’s hoarded wealth to the people. He gave everyone food, clothing, shelter, and education. To exemplify the spirit of generosity, Anigama walked through the city streets 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. 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.

Anigama used his psionic abilities to perform miracles for the citizens of Gazeara. He lifted entire buildings over his head. He started raging infernos with a thought and then conjured rainstorms to extinguish them. As his magic was neither arcane or divine the people assumed that his powers had an origin in Anigama’s own psyche. Slowly, they began to worship their dictator as a god. They prayed to statuettes and pictures of Anigama. Due to the scrying dweomers of Gazeara, Anigama heard their prayers and answered them. The people’s faith in their leader grew to heights never seen before.

Anigama guided his town well and led the people towards what he saw as a moral high ground. Gazeara’s culture warped over the three decades of Anigama’s rule. The citizens zealously adopted his specific ethical code and incorporated it into every aspect of their lives. In only a few years Gazeara bore almost no resemblance to the other city-states of Cimmeria.

Due to this wide cultural difference, the Gazearans fiercely resisted all foreign invasions. Under the direction of Anigama they turned back the Xorians and joined the First Alliance organized by Princess Tarigananata. Unfortunately, after Amalgami’s betrayal the First Alliance’s fortune’s turned in the war. Anigama met his end in a battle with three of the Seven Rages. Tempest, Wrath, and Grave attacked Anigama at the same time. Even with this stark disadvantage, Anigama managed to kill Tempest before he was slain as well. Queen Anajakaze occupied the town of Gazeara and installed an Amazon military governor.

Anigama’s cultural legacy within Gazeara ended up saving the city in the end. His fight for equality and independence stuck with the Gazearans who fled Xorian occupation to Bigby’s Forest. The Xorian Rebellion started with those few and spread across the Empire. After more than forty years of warfare they retook Gazeara from the occupiers. Anigama’s life continues to be honored by the Gazearan people as an exemplar of generosity and justice.

The Days of Kruk-Ma-Kali Part 13

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Kruk-Ma-Kali’s tomb was eventually found and raided by the Second Alliance. The Alliance members sought Kharad-khor, having heard rumors of its magical power to win battles. The traps and creatures of the tomb were defeated by Tagenadi, Torin, Amalius, Aldarian, and Terroc. At the end Terroc claimed the sword and revealed himself as a secret agent of the dragovinians. With Kharad-khor in hand he teleported away to the Xorians.

King Jevaninada II had hoped to use Kharad-khor in the same manner that the Second Alliance had, as a weapon of war. Unfortunately, the spirit of Kruk-Ma-Kali was impossible to reason with. The hobgoblin ghost would be wielded by a hobgoblin or by no one. Frustrated by the sword’s obstinance, Jevaninada threw it into the Caspian Sea. Jevaninada assumed that no one would never see the sword again as it sunk to the bottom of the sea floor, but even in the water there are creatures that can wield swords.

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Historical Cimmeria

I write a lot of stuff about my D&D campaign world which I’ve dubbed Cimmeria. I’ve plopped the Greek Pantheon of gods into Cimmeria to use. Its easy for my players and me to remember which god is which and there’s a deep reservoir of myths to aid storytelling. Most of you probably already know these things from reading my blog. What you might not’ve known is that Cimmeria was a place attested to in The Histories of Herodotus and a few other early histories. Whether that makes the place “real” or not is probably up to how trustworthy you consider those sources. Regardless, there is some historical justification for why the geographical region of my D&D campaign world is called Cimmeria.

The historical Cimmerians are described in the Assyrian archives from about 700-600BCE. They engaged in a number of border skirmishes with the Assyrians and other ethnic groups around the northern coast of the Black Sea. After 600BCE they disappear from the historical record. It is likely that after a particularly harsh defeat by the Assyrians that the Cimmerians were assimilated into one of the other cultures in the area. As they sought protection from that stronger group they ceased to be a distinct people.

I’d like to incorporate the historical events into my campaign world. The dates are a little uncertain with different historians using different dates. I’ve decided to use the estimates provided in The Landmark Herodotus. The rough events are detailed below. I’ll need to incorporate them into the story, but that will have to wait until after I’m done with The Days of Kruk-Ma-Kali and have gotten a decent way into the Time of Prosperity period. Basically, I want to finish everything else in my campaign world up to 600BCE and then wedge in the historical events however they fit. Probably as the early history of the Xorian Kingdom.

So here are the historical events for Cimmeria with the dates I’ve decided to plop on them.

714BCE: Suicide of Rusas I of Urartu, after defeat by both the Assyrians and Cimmerians.

705BCE: Sargon II of Assyria died on an expedition against the Cimmerians.

695BCE: Cimmerians destroyed Phrygia. Death of king Midas.

679BCE: Cimmerians invaded under King Teushpa. Assyrians led by Esarhaddon defeated Cimmeria and incorporated a Cimmeria unit into army.

676-674BCE: Cimmerians invaded and destroyed Phrygia, and reached Paphlagonia.

669BCE: Attacked Lydia.

660BCE: Teushpa died, but his son Lygdamis was even more aggressive. Gyges asked for Assyrian aid.

657BCE: Gyges defeated Cimmeria.

651BCE: Cimmeria civil war. Tomb along Don River.

644BCE: Cimmerians pressured out by Amazons, captured Sardis and killed Gyges.

640BCE: Failed attack on Assyrian turkey and death of Cimmeria King Lygdamis. Succeeded by King Sandakhshatra.

626BCE: Lydian Alyattes defeated Cimmerians.