Messages From the Past
Year of Origin (0 Common Time): First city built—civilization starts; this first city is the fabled Aetheron, believed to have existed somewhere in the central hill country near Odessa
100 C.T.: Time of Founding
Human settlements and city-states in the coastal plain south of the Central Forest begin to flourish
Orc tribes from the Everwinter Mountains move into the Forenzan Plains
Elves begin to build large cities in the flatlands on the northeastern coast in the shadow of the Everwinter Mountains
Dwarves from the Everwinter Mountains leave their original homes there and colonize the mountainous Far Islands
200 C.T.: humans and some gnomes migrate into the western plains and hills and found new settlements; after a period of political unease, orcs and humans begin to build settlements together in Forenza; Dwarven cities in Far Islands grow
295 C.T.: the Elven city of Tir Azul founds the first empire and begins to subjugate neighboring Elven lands, quickly causing most of the nearby region to accept their dominance
301 C.T.: a large army from Tir Azul lays siege to Aetheron, after a month of hard fighting, The Event occurs—The Event was a large flash of light seen as far as 500 miles away, after the flash died down, the city of Aetheron had disappeared, and Tir Azul’s army had been turned into stone statues—the loss of the majority of the military forces spelled the end for Tir Azul’s regional empire and the city itself was destroyed by former subject Elves the following year; after The Event, magic was discovered in people for the first time; some myths still told in Urarail today hold that Tir Azul originally gained power by making a pact with a “dark force,” and that Aetheron knew of ways to combat the “dark force” when the siege came
409 C.T.: the House of Elric, through diplomacy and intrigue, unites the great Elven cities and nobles to form a kingdom based in the city of Urarail; the kingdom itself takes its name from the city and becomes the Elven Kingdom of Urarail with the leading noble of House Elric becoming the first king
600 C.T.: Elven forces and settlers from Urarail begin to expand into the Forenzan Plains, claiming land for their kingdom.
The existing settlements of both Humans and Orcs and remaining nomadic Orc tribes begin forming regional alliances with each other in the face of Elven encroachment.
The political situation between the native Forenzans and Elven colonists quickly deteriorates.
650-750 C.T.: the Age of the Elven Wars; Urarail subjugates those living in Forenza, and then goes on to conquer almost two-thirds of the continent in a series of expansion campaigns pushing west
755 C.T.: fearing immanent invasion from Urarail, the leading human city-states in the southern coastal area begin to call for a unified state in order to give the area a better chance of repelling invaders; representatives of the three great city-states of St. Ark, Thade, and San Salvacion meet in a small village in the Armitage Islands and sign a treaty forming a new country with a centralized republic form of government—the new country comes to be called the Republic of Armitage with its capital at San Salvacion
800-820 C.T.: Urarail unsuccessfully attempts to invade Armitage in 800 and again in 802; sporadic fighting continues for two decades in southern Forenza between Armitage and Urarail, but no major military campaigns are launched by either side after the invasion of 802
821 C.T.: the Duchy of Cilesia forms after Ambrose Cilesia, a human mercenary general hired by the King of Urarail during the border wars with Armitage, receives a title of nobility and a land grant in the far western plains from the King of Urarail as a reward for his services; the Duchy is made a province of Urarail
835 C.T.: Armitage invades Urarail at the request of subjugated orcs from Forenza; Urarail’s armies are driven back for the first time in history; in 845, Urarail signs a treaty recognizing Forenzan independence after their largest army was defeated by Armitage’s legions and Forenzan rebel forces seized control of Urarail’s largest colony in Forenza; this defeat marks the beginning of a period of decline for Urarail
847 C.T.: Several villages in the western plains are found completely empty of all inhabitants, some show signs of struggle
850 C.T.: a mysterious event called “The Nightmare” occurs—major urban centers in Urarail are depopulated completely and armies from Forenza and Armitage go missing; rumors of a “dark army” and mass killings in Urarail’s western frontier areas; odd astronomical phenomena are also observed
870 C.T.: King Francois III of Urarail dies without a legitimate heir; the kingdom is plunged into civil war between the Houses of Elric, Metz, and Valis
870-875 C.T.: the Elven Civil War The House of Elric was led by the king’s brother and family, and was supported by the court nobles and most of the common people The House of Metz’s family head was the leading general of Urarail’s armies, and Metz forces were supported by nobles of military backgrounds The House of Valis was led by the king’s illegitimate son, Denis Valis (his mother was a noblewoman of House Valis), and was supported by minor nobles from the outlying provinces and military units stationed in the border regions
In 875, the leaders of House Valis struck a deal with the Republic of Armitage and with Armitage’s military support, House Valis defeated House Elric’s main army in the field and proceeded to lay siege and sack the city of Urarail itself; House Elric is destroyed with the few survivors of the royal house escaping from the city’s destruction and fleeing into hiding; Denis Valis marries the daughter of House Metz’s leader and is crowned king at Arelia, the new capital of Urarail—Old Urarail, as the ruins of the city come to be called, is declared off-limits due to the precarious condition of most of the wreckage, and it becomes a holy site for many of the common people, who hate the new government for destroying the capital
877 C.T.: King Denis I of Urarail is assassinated by a radical supporter of House Elric, his unborn child is named his heir; 3 months later, the Duchy of Cilesia proclaims itself an independent nation and declares war on Urarail; a few months later, Cilesian forces defeat Urarail’s Western Army soundly
878 C.T.: a joint human/orc/half-orc army from Forenza attacks Arelia; the Duchy of Cilesia also secures its independence and seizes several outer provinces from Urarail’s control
880 C.T.: the Kingdom of Forenza officially forms with its capital in the heart of the plains; the newly formed nation seizes control of the western portions of the Forenzan Plains from Urarail by the end of the year
883 C.T.: the Duke of Cilesia proclaims himself Emperor of the new Cilesian Empire and the true ruler of Urarail’s lands in the west; Urarail immediately declares war and rushes its armies west
883-907 C.T.: war between Urarail and the Cilesian Empire; Armitage enters the war in 901 C.T. following Cilesian supply raids on some of Armitage’s border outposts and settlements (Armitage does not side with Urarail however, and fights the war independently).
The war ends with Urarail’s surrender to the Cilesian Empire following a crushing defeat at Cerulean Pass; Cilesia reaches a truce shortly later with Armitage.
In the peace agreement, the Cilesian Empire gained 75% of Urarail’s remaining lands and the Kingdom of Urarail becomes a protectorate of the Cilesian Empire with internal autonomy but dependent on the Empire in foreign affairs
910-1000 C.T.: the Cilesian Empire expands
From 969-980, the Empire fights and wins a series of territorial wars with Forenza. Foreanza was absorbed into the Emipre by the end of 985. This leaves the Empire in control of a vast majority of the continent.
1000-1085 C.T.: the Pax Imperialis
The Pax is a Golden Age for the Cilesian Empire as its strength, economy, and prestige boom. Multiple important cultural works produced in Imperial lands and a general peace pervades international politics.
Despite Cilesian dominance, cool relations between the Empire and Armitage persist.
1085-1090 C.T.: A 5 year war between Armitage and the Cilesian Empire.
The war was keyed off by an unsuccessful assassination attempt by assassins of Cilesian ethnicity on Armitage’s two consuls’ lives.
The war ends in a stalemate with Armitage winning battles but unable to break across the Imperial frontier due to superior manpower on the Cilesian side
1090-1500 C.T.: a state of cold war exists between Armitage and the Empire for 4 centuries.
Periodic skirmishes and border conflicts do occur though, but never any major conflicts or wars
1300 C.T.: widespread bandit attacks begin to occur in the outer provinces of the Empire following several years of bad harvests and an economic downturn
1300-1301 C.T.: a large-scale rebellion in Forenza occurs due to high taxes and attempted conscription of Forenzan orcs and half-orcs into the Imperial Army; the rebellion is crushed but with high losses for both sides; from this point on, the Empire begins experiencing economic and political struggles and hardships
1349 C.T.: the Valis monarch of Urarail dies without an heir, the throne is left empty and Urarail is internally governed by the newly formed Council of Five Nobles
1499 C.T.: uprising in ancient Forenzan capital of Farwatch turns into general rebellion across Forenzan plains following a political crackdown on anti-Imperialist protests
1501 C.T.: the 45,000 strong Second Imperial Army chases Forenzan rebel forces across the border into the Republic of Armitage, triggering war between the Empire and Armitage
1501-1551 C.T.: “the 50 Years of War” between Empire and Armitage; Armitage wins a bitter victory in the end, and the resulting peace treaty forces the Empire to recognize Forenzan independence and pay yearly tribute to Armitage; this defeat causes great disillusionment inside the Empire
1552 C.T.: Kingdom of Forenza re-established; Forenzan rebel leader Matteus Schubaltz is elected king by popular vote
1555 C.T.: Cilesian Emperor Ambrosius IV is assassinated by a general leading a palace coup; the general is hanged by a mob a day later; the Emperor’s 10-year old son becomes Emperor Antonius III
1556 C.T.: Baron Aetius Terregut leads the Fourth Imperial Army to the trade center of Odessa in the central hill region and establishes an independent state based around the city of Odessa
1557 C.T.: Baron Henri Valis, nephew of the last Valis monarch, is named King of Urarail following a series of intrigues and conspiracies following widespread rumors of descendents of the overthrown royal House of Elric coming out of hiding
1556-1558 C.T.: Cilesian forces unsuccessfully attempt to retake Odessa from the breakaway forces of Aetius Terregut; in 1558, Imperial forces withdraw from the region and Baron Terregut proclaims himself the first Duke of the Independent Duchy of Odessa
1560 C.T.: Cilesian Empire is forced to recognize Urarail’s full independence following a riot in Arelia and the expulsion of the Imperial garrison from the city
1562 C.T.: King Henri the Restorer is killed by a jealous mistress, he is succeeded by his son (King Henri II); Urarail becomes a Cilesian tributary to stave off Imperial invasion and while technically a fully autonomous state, is reduced to little more than a client state of the Empire
1562-1579 C.T.: cold war between Empire and other major nations as Empire consolidates holdings and forms new economic alliance with Dwarven city-states
1580-1589 C.T.: Armitage declares war on the Empire following Imperial seizure of several of Armitage’s border outposts; known as “the Great War”; this conflict is the deadliest and costliest war ever recorded as Armitage’s legions and the Imperial armies clash along their border; the war ends in a stalemate with Armitage crushing several Imperial armies but once again lacking manpower to launch a sustainable counteroffensive deep into Imperial territory; a truce is declared but no peace treaty is every reached; the war leaves most of the central hill region and the Armitage-Empire border a vast “no man’s land” technically in the Empire’s realm, but in reality isolated from outside government—this “no man’s land” falls into isolation as Imperial government and military abandons the area to a large degree, choosing instead to concentrate on more valuable lands
1591 C.T.: “The Second Nightmare”—border towns in Urarail are found with their entire populaces slaughtered; contact is lost with the Eleventh Imperial Army stationed on the fringes of the “No Man’s Land’ and is found butchered and cannibalized a few days later by Cilesian scouts; no proof is ever found about those responsible for the attacks; an eclipse blackens the continent for three days around the time contact was lost with the Eleventh Army
1595 C.T.: “The Dread Nightfall”—called so because some fear another Nightmare is imminent; small villages in Odessa found with all villagers killed in ritualistic manner; rumors of a “dark horde” fill the “no man’s land” after several trade convoys go missing; a strong earthquake hits the central hills and desert region
1596 C.T.-present: all nations enter heightened state of alert following the events of the past few years
Present (1599 C.T.): Duchy of Odessa puts out call for mercenary troops following an Imperial military buildup near their border; a cleric known only as “Dying Light” in the border village of Witchhaye gains note following her predictions that another Nightmare is approaching