Aasaurian Chronicles: Epoch Imperium
The Great Being enters the world from the Voidfont. Able to sustain His will, but unable to hold His form, He splits into facets of Himself. The facets (gods) are born. Each facet adopted an elemental property through their journey. They were Zon, god of earth, Jeuno, god of water, Minnaver, goddess of fire, Arthum, goddess of lightning, Benzast, god of wind, Vallum, god of light, and Vorenn, the god of darkness. With these properties they established the earth, the seas, life, order, chaos, light, and darkness. The Great One establishes The Plane of Wisdom where His will could reside with the lesser Aurochs and grander Serriphs, and the Plane of Fury to which those of malicious intent and blasphemers would be cast. The Great Being looked on through each of them and saw that their work was well, and He slept. The first mass of land the facets created was known as Everes, the great garden from which all things sprouted.
~1000AC: The Titans Rebel
The first creation of the gods were the Titans, beings of uimaginable power that were made to be avatars of themselves on earth and help to shape the earth in minute detail. Over time, the Titans became increasingly intelligent, arrogant, and disrespectful. The failure of the gods was made complete when they refused to release the Titans from their bonds of servitude. The Titans rebelled, warring with their creators for a very short while. It pained most of the gods to see their first creations destroied, so instead they had them sealed away beneath the land, using their own essesnces to bind them to their eternal prisons where they stayed.
~4000AC: The Dawn of the Mortal Races
Elves were the first race created after the failure of the Titans who were all but erased from history. They were created by the water god, Jeuno, in order to help cultivate the land created by Zon.
Over the course of many generations some Elves became more versatile, better thinkers, and less attuned to nature. These were dubbed “Mane Elves” after the coarse facial and body hair that they grew naturally. Over the course of time, this name was shortened to “Man.” Thus, humans were born.
~5000AC: The Banishment of Man
Over the course of many generations, the Elves grew more and more intolerant of the carelessness of man. Man had lost his connection to nature and become increasingly aloof, cutting down the forests to build houses and using nature as if they owned it, rather than being one with it. This eventually led to the downfall of man, and they were banished from Elvenrend.
~5200AC: The Rise of the Dwarves
As man crossed the mountains, some felt that the ice-capped rocks should be their home. These were the hardier, stouter, more hairy denizens of mankind. As man marched on, these people stayed behind to carve out a home among the mountains. Over time, these people grew shorter, stouter, and even more hairy to compensate for the lack of heat in the mountainous regions where they made their homes. They called themselves Dwarves as their numbers were dwarfed by the other two races.
~5300AC: The First War
Years passed, tensions mounted in the Elven community as those more in tune with nature felt that banishment for man was not enough. The cries of the earth could be heard by them from across the great mountains where the distant cousins of man, the Dwarves, were slowly chipping away an empire of stone. This drove the Elves to madness, so much so that Vorenn, facet of darkness was able to seduce them to a path of war. He gave them forbidden powers, that of control and manipulation of the Voidfont, a power reserved for the gods alone. These Elves, believing themselves to be the purest of the other races because of their newfound gift, renamed themselves “The Highborne” and began using their powers to enslave Men and Dwarves and kill any Elves who dared to oppose them. The other gods saw this and looked on; some with horror, others with wild fascination, and still others with murderous glee. Humans and Dwarves fought alongside one another for the first time since their conception, Elves soon joined with them in an uneasy alliance to thwart the powers that enslaved and killed them.
~5400AC: The Sacred Dragons
Years passed and the side of light was fighting a losing battle against tides of enemies with far greater power. Soon after Vallum fell in battle to Vorenn, the Will of The Great One awakened from His slumber of eons. Seeing His fallen son, and the chaos that had come from Vorenn’s evil, The Great One devised to create guardians for His world. Through His will, He created five sacred dragons; each taking its own form with power over the elements. He told Veagna, the eldest of light and lightning, and Naerune, the youngest of water and wind to safeguard the alliance of Men, Elves, and Dwarves; attacking only if the Alliance of Highborne, Tameless, and Daemons were the aggressors. He sent Xeirnibog of fire and darkness and Anguellias of fire and earth to do the same for the races of Highborne, Tameless, and Daemons. The fifth, Typhon, was a being created to be The Great One’s avatar on earth. He loomed over the battlefield on wings of fire and death, ready to destroy any who broke his charge. Thus, with neither side able to gain any ground against the other, the war ended and Typhon descended to the earth to give The Great One’s Message.
001SA: The Second Age – The New Covenant
Thus began the Second Age of Illaria. From that moment on, the gods were banished to the peak of the mountain, Thane, unreachable by mortal hands, where they would preside and watch over His creations according to His will. The guardian dragons were given a place to reside that they could be awakened at His call. The Highborne were stripped of many of their powers, and forced to disarm. They continued living high above the world in their floating cities in silence. Humans were given their lands and told to honor the earth. Dwarves were given the mountains to call their ancestral home, save the summit of Thane. Elves were given Elvenrend as their ancestral home that they may continue to be vigilant and fruitful. The Daemons were forced back to the Plane of Fury where they would be presided over by the strongest among them, sowing constant war among them to quell their battle-lust. The Tameless Elves were given a large island far to the northwest of Everes, a land to call their own where they could make war, and be as they had been made to be away from the rest of the world. Thus a new age of prosperity and isolationism began. Each race held onto its traditions and bloodlines apart from the other.
~1242SA: The Covenant is Broken
Over the course of the millennium following the first war, the dragons began to wake from their slumber of their own volition, and walk the earth in the visage of the mortal races. Most of the dragons had a very limited interaction with the mortal races; Veagna was the exception. He enjoyed the company of Elves, and Dwarves, but found Man the most fascinating of all. It was during these visits that Veagna fell in love with a human woman, Lyssia. Their love was forbidden by The Great One, so much so that breaking his charge would cause the covenant The Great One held with mankind to dissolve. He gathered his fellows, the other dragons, for a secret counsel to discuss his plight. Though none of the others shared his enthusiasm towards the mortals, Naerune conceded to let his heart be true and come what may. Anguellias and Typhon put down the notion outright, refusing to endure the consequences. The vote was left to Xeirnibog who hated Veagna for all he stood for. Thus Xeirnibog conceded to let Veagna do as he pleased knowing full and well the consequences of this transgression. Xeirnibog hoped that by letting Veagna break the covenant, he would gain the power to destroy the platinum beast once and for all. The act resolved, Veagna married the woman and soon they had a child which they named Durian. On the Plane of Wisdom, the Aurochs declared the creation of this child, and The Great One was filled with anger. He gathered the dragons on the mountain of Thane and, in the presense of the gods, promptly stripped them of their immortality. Furthermore, he decreed that Veagna should have no more to do with the race of man and must separate from his love. So it was done, and Veagna became mortal along with his kin, the sacred dragons that had a part in it, but did nothing. Typhon, most of all, was infuriated by this.
~1238SA: The Drochari Abandon Their Masters
The servents of the god-dragons, the Drochari, who were made in the image of their masters for the purposes of preforming daily operations and standing as an active military against invaders to their respective domains, were now free of their bonds. They banded together, leaving behind their masters to make their own way in the world. In a few short years, they had established a kingdom in Drochar and several tribes in Everes around Redima, Sard, and Thane.
~1297SA: The Second War
With Veagna banished to the frozen reaches of Drochar, away from humanity, the balance of power quickly shifted as Typhon lead Anguellius and Xeirnibog to strike at those whom Veagna cared for the most; man. Thus, the second war began. This time, the mortal races united against a common enemy, the dragons who had once protected them. Naerune aided them with safe passage over the waters and small gifts of magic. With Veagna gone, the forces of darkness that conspired against the Will of The Great One had the upper hand. The Highborne, seeing this chance to regain their stripped powers, joined with the dark dragon lords and called the Daemons to war. The Tameless Elves refused to join the conflict as their lands were being ravaged by a barbaric off-shot of their race known as Yuruks.
Man rallied their allies, Elves and Dwarves who wished to stay clear of the conflict, soon joined under the same banner as the eminent threat to their race was too great. The Will of The Great One, weakened by His previous endeavors, could not muster the power to release the gods from their bondage, nor could He again form guardians for the land. His strength almost spent, the last thread of His existence dissipated; his charges permanent. The facets, feeling this, became worried that their world would soon come to an end as Typhon gained strength. As a last resort, they sent a messenger; an Auroch named Eytheria descended to earth and told Veagna of the fate humanity would befall should he choose to do nothing.
1305SA: The Dragon Crusade
Over the course of the next eight years, Veagna gathered together all his children, beings created in his image through the dissipated energies of the Great One. He then summoned to his side one of each race that still stood for justice and peace. Durian Holonoc, Veagna’s own son, was chosen to be his champion. At his side was Ascar Redima from the race of man, Werrick Graad of the Windling tribe, Elissya Silversong of the Elves, and Groban Stonescorch of the Dwarves. These, Veagna found to be the strongest, purest example of each race. For eight years he conditioned them, taught them the ways of draconic combat, and gifted each of them with grasp of the Voidfont. Armed with this new power, the first Dragon Knights took to the sky on the backs of five dragons. Under their might, the floating cities began to crumble and the Highborne surrendered before their empire was completely crushed. The Daemons, having no organization without the leadership and manipulation of the Highborne, retreated back to the Plane of Fury where a stable leader, Kashesk Gruul, finally emerged and began to structure his kingdom into a chaotic hierarchy. Those who refused to return began creating their own presences on the soil of Everes itself. Xeirnibog and Anguellias engaged the five knights in mortal combat and fell, one after the other, defeated under their superior tactical movements and skillful use of magic. Both dragons retreated to the sanctity of their lairs where they gathered their strength. When the knights engaged Typhon, there was little they could do. Typhon overpowered them easily, killing Werrik and Groban in a spectacular aerial fire fight. The three that were left; Durian, Ascar, and Elissya travelled to the capital city of the Highborne, still under reconstruction, to demand their aid.
1306SA: The Dragon Gate – Seal of the Destroyer
The Highborne, finally conceding their utter defeat at the hands of powers far superior, agreed to aid the Knights in sealing the Great Destroyer. With their magic, the Highborne created a gate near the summit of Thane, a region unreachable by all except the most powerful of magi. There, the Dragon Knights lured Typhon into the trap. The dragon was drawn into a rift in the Voidfont, sealing him there for all time as long as the Rune Blade and the seven crystalized Ether Keys remained active and hidden. The Keys were given to the leaders of each tribe, divided among them; Human, Elf, Dwarf, Windling, and Highborne. The remaining two crystals of light and darkness were hidden in undisclosed locations. The Rune Blade, Shetteroth, was given to Durian to keep safe. A bargain was struck then, that the free mortal races would never again war with one another for fear of the seal’s destruction.
001TE: The Third Era – Rise of Achadia
The remaining lands of Achadia were divided among the heroes of the Dragon Crusade. Five new nations in all were formed and at the center was Aasauria, awarded to Durian Holonoc who led the Dragon Knights to victory against Typhon. Each other nation was named after its king. Redima was the northernmost land awarded to Ascar Redima, former Dragon Knight. The westernmost lands of Forris were granted to the great general Landen Forris who led allied troops to their first Daemon victory at Bendan Hill in southern the southern hills of Forris. The northwestern lands of Sard were given to Emek Kahn Sard who funded the alliance troops with his vast wealth earned from his grand merchentile lines. The lands of Gallãd to the northeast were granted to Agmūnd Gallãd, a man who inspired his troops to battle on against the Daemons and defend Naerune. The southern lands from the easternmost down to the far south and slightly west along the ridge of the Thane Mountains were previously established as the kingdom of Narūk. Many years of prosperity and peace followed the formation of these Kingdoms. Trade among the nations was encouraged, and the Renaissance of Illaria began in the Third Age.
027TE: Magic and Technology
In just a few short years, all of Illaria became prosperous and jovial as free trade and exchange of ideas and religions created a sense of tolerance that permeated the land. Some embraced these ideals more than others, but most nations overall enjoyed the free rein.
The most influential exchange was that of magic. The Highborne, still not convinced that their debt to the land was repaid, opened academies across the continent where special individuals could learn to manipulate the Voidfont. This was a major step forward for the whole of the world, for now magic had become something every race could use. In response to this, the Emerald Tower built six sattelite towers where honored graduates of the academies could go for further training.
156TE: The Facets Decline
As use of the Voidfont rose, the dependence on the gods decreased. As belief in the gods decreased, so too did their power. Soon, the gods were no longer able to retain their physical forms. When this happened, the charge of The Great One was broken and the gods were able to escape Thane summit and spread throughout the land. Whenever one of these gods moved over an area where his influence was strong, he was able to manifest himself. It is in this way that the gods became able to walk among the mortal races again spreading both hope and terror. Over this time, many incarnations of the gods came and went, leaving behind their legacies as demi-gods, born of mortal and god, arose to take up minor tasks that the gods themselves could not perform.
832TE: Discovery of the Shattered Isles
The Merry Seleste, a ship thought to have been lost in 828, returns from her long voyage, docking at Westport in Forris. From its hull it brought forth many strange goods, and even stranger tales of tribes of people untouched by the hand of Everes. An expedition was called for by the King of Forris, Alban Forris IV. His ships found a group of around a thousand islands, big and small, off a large central island. These were dubbed The Shattered Isles. Here were many wonderful foods, resources, and creatures that had never been seen before. Among them being several races that had never before been recorded. Most looked to be primitive tribes formed of humanoids that evolved from beasts. The Muai, a race of bull-like people, had a very stable shamanistic society on the more arid grasslands. The Gnoll made their homes in the lush jungle regions, shared and fought over by their more established neighbor of snake-like people known as the Yessk. The Yessk proved to be the least primitive of the three, already able to build stone temples and harness a unique kind of energy that did not seem to emanate directly from the Voidfont. The other races call it “Shukré” or “Of the Land.” Glimpses of other races of lizard, panther were seen, but researchers could not get close enough to these elusive people to study them. When the leader of the expedition, Admiral Joss Hilde returned to King Alban with the news, the King was overjoyed and began sending more and more people to the islands, hoping to establish colonies and bring new and exciting wonders to Everes.
849TE: The War of the Shattered Lands
The native tribes did not take kindly to the colonization of their ancestral homes. Soon, small bands of Gnoll and Muai began to kill off colonies of men with hit and run tactics. The King, believing that he had been more than hospitable towards the tribes, ordered his troops to march on the Shattered Isles and overtake what he called “savage, untamed beasts.” Aboard the flagship was a man named Orlan Alden, a Knight-Lieutenant of the King’s army. When he reached the shore and witnessed the horrible bloodshed there, his heart felt heavy. Just after he was ordered to lead his men in a march against a defenseless tribe of Gnoll comprised of mainly women and children, he defected and urged his men to do the same.
853TE: Rise of the Scorpion Kingdom
The King was notified of Orlan’s treachery and sent forces to intercept and destroy his battalion. Orlan had already moved his men into the desert known to the natives as the Shifting Sands of Gizulké. There he beheld an omen. As his men began to die of heat-stroke and dehydration, Orlan woke from a dream to see a bright red scorpion crawling across the sand. Soon it burrowed under the sand and from its burrow, steam poured out into the night air. Orlan realized that this spot held water, and from there, he helped his men dig a small oasis which they used as a base of operations. Soon Orlan met with the neighboring tribes of Muai, Gnoll, Vissk (lizard people), Panthera (panther people) and Yessk to discuss their fate as free people. Orlan agreed to support them in the war with weapons and troops as long as the desert was given to him in return. The tribes had no problem with this as the land was virtually worthless to them, so Orlan began his kingdom; that of the Searing Scorpion.
867TE: The War’s Decline
Over the course of 14 years, Orlan built his kingdom upon a large, rocky cliff near where the scorpion burrowed under the ground. From this fortified position, he ran a campaign along with the neighboring tribes that took such a heavy toll on Forres that the King was forced to withdraw from the Shattered Isles. Orlan had turned the tides of war. Soon he returned to the mainland with his men to negotiate a treaty with the King and let his men bring their families with them to their new home. There, they celebrated a hard-fought victory with the neighboring tribes and solidified their place in the world.
890TE: The Fall of Aasauria
Many years of peace in Achadia followed its initial formation. Small civil wars and acquisition of new lands by William Poluxi in 883TE were the only changes made to Achadia in nearly a millennium. But as Aasauria, the central kingdom, grew in power, wealth, and prestige, many of the other nations believed that it had become too powerful. To maintain the balance in the region, Aasauria had to fall. Aasaurians were slandered, especially the royal house Holonoc. They were called monsters, beasts, and Daemon spawn. To make matters worse, a religious sect opperating under the name of The Order declared the Holonoc house as heritics, and abominations who worship the traitorus dragon-god Veagna. Soon, five of the seven nations rose up against Aasauria. The fledgling Poluxia and Redima, having found common ground with the Aasaurians, but not wanting to evoke the anger of the other nations, stayed neutral in the conflict, giving what aid they could through secret means. The war ultimately destroyed Aasauria and its royal house, leaving it a territory for bandits, thieves, and creatures of tremendous strength to move in and make the region nearly uninhabitable.
896TE: The Death of King Orlan – Discovery of Lodone
At the age of 78, King Orlan died of natural causes in his bedchambers leaving his son, Mathias, to rule over the kingdom. Mathias at this time was 25 and rash. He began cutting the kingdom off from the other tribes in the area, denying trade and immigration stating that he wished to make the kingdom “pure and strong.” The other nations did not take this well, seeing it as an act of negligence towards their previous alliance. The new queen of the kingdom, the former princess of Shearleaf, pleaded with Mathias to stop, but he would not hear it. He banished her to her bedchambers and continued his ruthless ways. Through all of this, it was not until Mathias began to purge the city of all races except that of man through use of force that the neighboring tribes devised a plan to strike back. Mathias had two sons, Lucian and Sylvain. Sylvain, the eldest, was offered the throne by a Yessk emissary. Sylvain accepted and that night, used a deadly poison in his father’s wine. Sylvain blamed the Yessk, causing an all out hunt for Yessk. Any caught would be killed or held as a slave. Lucian disappears into the forests to escape his brother’s madness after his mother hangs herself in her bed chambers. When Lucian heard of this, he swore revenge against his brother and began to train himself to one day return and retake his kingdom.
In the same year, an allied expedition of Men, Elves, and Dwarves was sent to sea to find the corners of the earth. What they found was a continent around one half the size of Everes. The people here were much different. They wore bright colors, carried strange curved swords, spoke in a strange dialect, and lived by time-honored codes of chivalry and might. They found that the continent was called Lodone and had been around for nearly as long as Illaria, though they grew completely separated from the mainland. They had their own idea of the gods and even worshipped strange demi-gods. The explorers were fascinated by these people and offered trade to them. The locals were more than happy to share their knowledge of new magics, and technologies; not the least of which being a coarse, combustible black powder that they used for destroying rubble. A new age of wonders begins…
913TE: Sylvane’s Evil – Rebirth of the Scorpion Kingdom
When Mathias died, the secrets of the kingdom’s vault were passed to his sons. Sylvain, having dabbled in the dark arts, knew of the powers hidden within the vault and sought the “Eye of Nostros” a powerful artifact from the ancient days when the gods walked the earth. With the eye, he took control of the Yessk so that he could use them to take over the surrounding kingdoms before launching an assault on Everes. Lucian found this deplorable, but was helpless to stop his brother as he commanded the power of the Eye.
On the eve of the army’s march, Lucian (going by his surname, “Alden”), assaulted the castle with a group of hired mercenaries and retook the artifact. With victory in hand, the outlook of the kingdom seemed bright as Alden took the crown from his slain brother. However, the group was soon taken from the throws of victory to the jaws of defeat as a mysterious figure, The vampiric lich Rashaad, and his two henchmen overpowered the group and made off with the Eye. Before Alden and his group were destroyed by a large explosion, they made it to the safty of Shearleaf with the help of a homing crystal. There, Alden beseeched his grandmother, the Queen, for aid in again retaking his birthright.
Over the next few months, Alden and his band defeats Rashaad and foils his plan to resurrect the god of darkness, Vorenn. Afterwards, Alden leaves the rebuilt kingdom in the capable hands of his duke and newly-wed dutchess. The Scorpion Kingdom lives on under the rule of Lord Varis Starspeaker and his elven wife Keyko of the Green Way. Alden himself strikes out alone, vowing to return when he is better able to rule.
915TE: The Great Revival
After many years of failure on the part of the gods to spread their influence and gain the belief of the inhabitants of Everes, the governing body of the church of Illaria begins an inquisition towards the gods themselves. Those who prove themselves to be powerful and influential retain their place among those in the cardinal pantheon. Those who fail are pushed into obscurity and into the realm of the demi-gods who have begun to establish a foothold in the spiritual aspect of the Voidspring as true deities.
Eurikis: The demi-god of law and chaos establishes his rule in the Farplane, a spiritual purgatory where lost souls go to live their lives much as they did in life until they slip on into the realms of Wisdom or Hul’un (the Plane of Fury).
Vorenn: The cardinal god of Darkness falls into obscurity behind his son, Yevan – the demi-god of darkness and melencholy. Vorenn slips into demi-god status and is still revered within a few major cults; especially among assassins who revere him as the god of slaughter and malice.
Lodone’s gods have their own battle for dominance. Word of the Everesian inquisition brought about questions that Lodonians had yet to ask of their gods. As a result, many of their time-honored traditions and religious beliefs began to change.
Gojin: The god of war is defeated in the Nine Days of Blood and is replaced by the new god of war, Meiji. This represents the “changing face of war” in Lodone.
Feng-wei: The goddess of the rivers is given the highest place in the pantheon among the new cardinal five known as The Five Temples. She is the provider and nourishing goddess to whom all of Lodone owes its honor and praise.
Xiean-zu: The god of the four winds is awarded his place among the Five Temples as it is his wind that blows ships to distant lands and carries the forces of Lodone to war.
Qabagu: The god of the forge is accepted into the Five Temples as it is by his teachings that Lodone had become prosperous.
Yamuhano: The brother of Xiean-zu and god of rain earns his place in The Five Temples and is wed to Feng-Wei. Together, they represent the basis of marriage and domestic rules for wed couples to live by.
Kenji: God of joy, merriment, and entertainment fills the lowest spot on the tier of Five Temples. His jests, trickery, and games fill the world with color and provide jobs for many artisians so that they too may be prosperous.
915TE: The Forbidden City Rises
Nearing the middle of the year in 915, a great cataclysm initated by the rising of Skaraknd, the Forbidden City of the Highborne, from the depths of the Ceaseless Sea engulfed the whole of Illaria in a darkness that would be called “The Withering.” Black meteors fell from the sky, causing primative beings of black slime to emerge and devour all who died by their hand. A group of heroes investigating the incident is absorbed by the infestation and becomes its hive mind, controlling the infestation. All the kingdoms of Illaria send ambassadors from near and far to the Grand Hall in the Thane Mountains where the Hammer Han Clan assembled a delegation to see what could be done about the cataclysm. In attendence was a group of adventurers led by Tessia McFaeland who witnessed a man named Ethan Draelas steal what he called the Storm Shard. Here, within the halls of the Hammer Han’s capital city of Stonehollow, the young King of Sard is murdered in a way that seemed to be connected with the Forbidden city. The adventurers meet up with another adventuring group known throughout Everes as The Harbingers to enlist the help of the Highborne to gain entry to the Forbidden City. They fly on to Skaraknd aboard small glass carriers and brought it down after many days of arduous laboring in the cities twisted experiment rooms, along with the Draelas who were trying to use a great magical cannon to preform “The Ritual of Purification” and seemingly kill all living beings in Illaria. The group decides to destroy the machine and the city rather than use it on The Withering, which would kill countless people already infected.
Meanwhile, Lucian Alden returns to the Scorpion Kingdom and rallies his former ally Shiela Knightsworn to his side to make towards Skaraknd where he feels a familiar, sinister presense. When they arrive, Alden engages with his brother whom he had thought dead while the others are placed under arrest as the city begins to fall into the ocean. Alden’s group flies out while Tessia’s group, along with Alden’s brother, Sylvaine Alden, plummit into the ocean.