The Five Eras of History
Auolun has a long history. The different time periods are defined and separated by a number of factors, including, but not limited to: Geological Events, Rulers, Social Developments and Technological Developments. Each race has their own exhaustive Sub-histories which go on for ages (pun intended), but all acknowledge in their histories and myths that the following are the broadest strokes of Auolun’s History. The First and Second Eras are times of which no written account remains. Few, if any, know of these Eras. While no-one soul has every bit of this information, what little is known in the world, of the world, is held secret in bits and pieces by the most reclusive of souls, societies, and some of the oldest, most traditional dragons. The Third through Fifth Eras, being ones of much bloodshed, glory, myth, social and technological development, are recorded extensively (although, concerning modern day accounts, much of the Third Era’s (broadly recognized as the first Age) events and historical figures have become skewed by social attitudes, myth, political agenda or outright not having all the facts. For the sake of clarity; events as they truly happened will be presented first, and myths and knowledge forgotten will be noted shortly after when conveniently possible. Also of note, the Auoleans of the modern-day-mind (even the long-lived Dragons) have no memory or written account of the days before the Mutes, and so divide their history into “Ages.” One who looks back and considers the periods of time prior to that divide the world’s history into “Eras.”
First Era – Auolun’s Spring and Summer
The Seed of all Life in Auolun came to be in the midst of Taeloc and the Blessed Mother‘s holy twixting. It was the Blessed Mother who placed the Seed, and from it sprung forth the Primal Elements and from their labor and mixing rose forth the land, oceans, and lesser denizens of their respective elements.
And in the Heavens, Taeloc and the Blessed Mother were ever in the presence of the Great Host. And of the Great Host, a number were appointed by Taeloc to craft a Celestial Wonder to be hung in the sky, and glean from the elements of Auolun in it’s forging as needed. And so there was a great, crystal moon. With time, the Elements formed Dragons, Elves, Dwarves, Pterakin (working name?) and Humans.
And for unknown generations, Taeloc and the Blessed Mother oversaw that health and well being of the planet as it developed. They taught all life of how they came to be, and where they would go after their lives. The many shapes of life gleaned strength, understanding and unity not only from Taeloc and the Blessed Mother, but from the Primal Elements, as well, and each worked for the needs of another and joyed in other’s achievements. In this age, there were few things that the world could not accomplish together, and it was a time of relative peace and prosperity.
The Second Era – Auolun’s Fall and Winter (The time before time, The Dark Days, )
Many eons prior to this, the planet Xaviliax had been destroyed as it’s inhabitants brought it’s own destruction from greed. Part of the soul of that planet (Xaviliax) hurtled through the heavens. The foreign deity that had birthed that planet gave the asteroid a nudge that sent it on a collision course with Auolun. At the time of it’s arrival, life on Auolun had become very advanced. They could see the asteroid coming, and despite Taeloc and the Blessed Mother’s efforts to protect the planet, with one, obstinant voice, the races of Auolun said “We can protect ourselves without your help” and cursed them by their names. Taeloc was infuriated on behalf of his spouse, and for a long time, they closed their eyes and plugged their ears to Auolun. Meanwhile, the Auoleans did their best to prepare for the asteroid; however, casualties were in the billions. As the Stump of Xaviliax plummeted to Auolun, it bulldozed through the Divine Wonder, shattering it into a thousand crystal shards, which to this day, wreath the planet. Upon impact, it created a crater that in later ages became known as the Illium Valley (I might switch the impact-sight to the Eye of Topaz). The collision was powerful enough to rotate Auolun’s axis. The fires from it’s impact blotted out the sun, and for centuries, the surface of Auolun only rarely was graced with sunlight.
That old, demented, god-shard took root in the earth, and out of it’s nature, unnatural beings emanated, and the first to sprout fourth were the Lichens, and many fell to their infection.
With the stability of life on Auolun shattered, many Auoleans found that they needed to fend for themselves, or utterly perish. The ancient stories and lessons of everyone’s commonality ceased to be passed down from generation to generation, and all life’s origins and bonds of unity faded from memory. To be meant to struggle and stay ahead of others.
Then spilled forth the vile maggots that would burrow into flesh and devour the brain. In time, under the sunless skies, these developed into the fearsome and insidious Isthul. The Isthul vied for dominance in the dark-world. The Oumota were the next to come forth, and they invaded the seas.
Then came forth a race of mouthless humanoids and they became known as The Mute. So alien were their minds that they were completely incapable of any form of conventional communication. They were highly intelligent and organized race that assumed the natives of the planet were little more than beasts of labor. They learned that they could telepathically manipulate the metals native to the Asteroid with the aid of a biological ferrofluid, Asis. With this, they developed advanced technologies, and eventually managed to capture the various scraps of Xaviliax to power their machines. Then they moved to conquer the races of Auolun, and their first step was to clear the skies. It was then that the Isthul fled into the deep caves and crevasses of the earth and to this day, there is great enmity between the Mute and Isthul.
Then, in a war of which no record remains, the Mute conquered the native races of Auolun. But it was in this age that the most Ancient Mute Queen gathered the psychic energy of all her people (somewhere in the millions at the time) to cripple the dumb beasts and dominate her deadliest of foes by sheer force of will (this is how even the dragons were subject to the Mutes). Red and Gold Dragons were especially difficult Dragons to subdue for the Mute. As such, once they had subdued the world, the Mute kept the Red and Gold dragon populations to a minimum (often as practice for the inherent Queen, so as to stay sharp against Dragons).
There is only 1 relic to “survive” this Era, (which in the Ages of Mortals became known as) the Ghostly Ruins of Mossen, where the abandoned hollow-square towers (sky scrapers) are overgrown with all manners of wildlife. It was during this age that the Mute bred and developed the Nularehon from the flying jellies, and placed them in the Mossen Wilds, just north of the Ghostly Ruins of Mossen.
It was in this Era that the Mute had discovered the Turtle People on an island deep in the eastern sea. The Mute found that these Turtle People could faintly precieve their telepathic thoughts, and used them to give their beasts-of-burdens more direct commands. With time, these Turtle People found their place in the world in the shade of their Mute overlords, and so began to call themselves the Attamikarri, or Atmika for short: the Mouth of the Minds. Since the burden of communication with “the lesser Auolean beasts” fell upon the Atmika, they took it upon themselves to put Names to the concepts, places, and persons of the Mute (for the Mute had nothing resembling the concept of ‘words’) – so names and places like: Sunozos, Tlazos, Vathamut, T’nemnak and Tuint’kee (among many more) are all words that the Attamikarri created. The Mute found their slaves more compliant when taught to worship their Masters, which in turn the Atmika trained the Auoleans.
The Mute were ready for expansion, but they had already collected all the scraps of Xaviliax to power their Hives, and so they constructed the World Drill in the Illium Valley. It was built to hollow out as much of Auolun as possible and glean from the embryo of Auolun. The Mute had an unprecedented reign, and dominated the globe from 8 Hives – tall walking cities that were the epicenters of their society.
The Third Era – The End of the Winter (The First Age: The Age of Struggle, The Dark War, The Dawning War)
Among the mortal races rose a voice that even the deaf Mutes noticed. A man named Reb spread dissension amidst the throng of mortal slaves. He spoke of free lives, out from the laborious hand of their Masters. While many slaves had attempted revolt prior to this, Reb’s message was stronger than any other had been because his words inspired the unity of every race.
There was; however, fear in the hearts of some mortals. And so, these cowards fled to their Masters, reporting to the Attamikarri of the great rebellion that was looming. The Atmika, looking into the minds of these men and women, finding sincerity and no subterfuge, christened them with the blessing of the Mute, Asis. These men and women scampered like rats back into the ranks of the rebellion to seek Intel, disrupt operations and sow dissension wherever they could. And when quarrels arose among the brethren, Reb was keen to discern the work of rats; however, he kept this to himself and did his best to keep his brethren united while calculating who was spreading lies about him.
With the infection of Rebellion now known to the Mute, they crashed a rebel meeting and tore the roof clean off. And like bugs from under a rolled log, Reb and his men fled into the Underdark. Many great men and women were captured and never seen again on that day. Reb and his inspired became an underground organization (figuratively and literally where applicable), and after finding an unlikely ally in the Isthul, the rebels began to organize their first assault. Due to the Isthul’s telepathic abilities, Reb was able to plan an assault while keeping his left hand from knowing what his right hand was doing. With a small party of select men, Reb assaulted Sunozos, the Queen’s Throne. It’thaqzagar responded by dominating the Gold Dragon Versveshixen and flew to the fight. It seemed the Dragon was the only Mute weapon on the battle field, but then many of the men at Reb’s side drew their swords against him. They had been Dark Eyes all along! Then, for a couple moments, It’thaqzagar lost control of the Gold dragon. Versveshixen began to wildly tear into the rebels indiscriminately, and the Queen was confused at her loss. Assessing her people, she sensed that many of of them were being impaled, beheaded, crushed or blown to bits at Hives around the world. She could no longer muster the psychic energy required to dominate the Dragon. And at the sight of this, Reb began to laugh heartily. His plan had succeeded. While he marched to his death with the Dark Eyes, the Isthul escorted the majority of the troops through black tunnels to attack the Hives. At the command of the Attamikarri, the Dark Eyes ran to help defend the Queen (perilous, considering the giant, rampaging dragon) and held Agkest at bay long enough to allow the Queen to organize her people, and formulate a hastened defense. In the madness of battle, Versveshixen torched Reb. After a while, Versveshixen was able to discern that he was fighting two groups, when he only really hated one of them. He flew away with many of the rebels and was an asset in the war ever since. And because his bravery unto death impressed even a Gold Dragon (who would go on to recruit other Dragons to the cause), Reb ever after was known as Reb the Dragonheart.
Thus was the historical “First Stand” that took out the Mute Hives T’nemnak, Uum’rital and J’rgantsh. And while Reb was slain in the First Stand; it is said that his spirit divided like fire and dispersed to his generals, and with the same passion and unity he weilded, they carried on the rebellion, and the mortal races were a force to be reckoned with. And with the fall of the three Hives, the mortals had sent a message loud and clear to the Mute – We will die for our freedom.
It wasn’t long for It’thaqzagar to conclude that the infection of rebellion was to widespread, and that a show of overwhelming force would be the best course of action. She had decided to keep the ones that had shown usefulness (the Dark Eyes) and lay waste to every other. She had her people begin to build Harvesters, tall-legged machines that would pluck up rebels, and Wing-weights to neutralize Dragons. The Mute began to convert their World Drill into a weapon of epic destruction.
Versveshixen and Saurivorel were secretive about their affections for one another, and they flew together one night in the Tongue of Storms so that their roars of passion would meld in the roars of the Cave. The Blessed Mother approached Saurivorel that night and instructed her to lay the fertile clutch on a fiery crag in the Mouth of Storms and leave them to Her tending. Saurivorel kissed one of the eggs before she left. The Blessed Mother took note to give special attention to that egg.
In an extended effort, the Mutes managed to corral (war-of-the-worlds style) all but 6 mortals into the Illium Valley for the final slaughter. Taeloc and the Blessed Mother saw this and acted quickly. Taeloc crafted Helms for each which would protect them from the psychic onslaught that the Mute Queen would unleash on them. He also took from the Ruby Ores, and crafted Seven Powerful Relics, which he bestowed to 6 survivors, anointing the weapons as Guardians (in later ages, Taeloc is misinterpreted as anointing the survivors as Guardians – hence a contributing reason why many of these survivors became deified – and Taeloc almost all but forgotten), to drive back the Mutes.
Unto Caellon Tirnocuilë, the Elven Champion; was given the Ruby Bow.
Unto Artherion, the Human Knight; was given was given the Ruby Morning Star.
Unto Elvarion Eldaremiir of the Narnadal Clan, the Elven Juggernaut; was given the Ruby Warhammer.
Unto Duerg, the Dwarven Tyrant; was given the Ruby Ax.
Unto Vaec Geomyr, the Gnomish Strategist; was given the Ruby Staff.
Unto Aledart Undercleave of Midbarn, the Halfling; was given the Ruby Dagger.
The six of them sieged the slaughter-camps, freeing their people, and chased the Mutes from their Hives. The Mutes fought back, but the divine weapons were mighty against the technology of the Mutes. The Mutes began a major project under their cities. Battle after battle took it’s toll on the Mutes.
The Mutes fled to their remaining hives and activated the technology they had been working on for many years – mobilizing their cities and lifting them high above the spears, catapults and magic of their enemies. But Dragons pressed on them from the skies. In a desperate, legendary battle, the last two Gold Dragons and lovers: Versveshixen (StrongFire) and Saurivorel (EyesBeautiful) gave their lives to turn the tide of battle. The mortals had struck a major victory with the murder of the Ancient Queen. Thus began the Great Sundering of the Minds, and the Mute were stuck disoriented and disorganized without the ability to communicate with one another, and the Great War was in the hands of the mortals. The Queen that took her place (known as Mehathzher by the mortal races) scrambled to distribute her Asis and protect her people, with only the Turtle people and the Dark Eyes to aid her. But the Rebellion marched on, and it came to pass that the mortal races routed the last two Mute Hives – Sunozos and Tlazos, into the Illium Valley. Even in the eleventh hour of the war, the Mortal Races were still hell-bent on eradicating the Mute, and they were soon to accomplish this.
As fate would have it, three Gold Dragon eggs survived and the Blessed Mother very discretely passed them to 30 trusted soldiers to be guarded with the utmost secrecy, and she guided them to a remote island in Aestsea. These men later took the title of the Order of the Blessed Mother for themselves.
In the chaos of war, the Mute had to abandon their summer homes, and for the first time, the Nularehon were without their Mute masters. The Nularehon began to colonize Mossen.
The Fourth Era – Auolun’s Spring (The Second Age: The Reclamation)
The intervention and proclamation of the Blessed Mother heralded the beginning of this Age. She chastened the people and the Mute for their warring and demanded that they return to their lands and keep to themselves. She made a show of those on both sides of the war who refused to heed her correction – transforming them into every manner of wild, mindless and savage aberration that walks and crawls through Auolun. However, this act is not recorded in any history book, but the ears to whom this secret passes are told as much as one third of the total population was transformed. History books merely account that “she chastened” or “smote them.”
The Blessed Mother was explicit with the Queen of the Mutes, that their land was to be a fertile valley in the Northern Rhyparian Peninsula (as it was the crater of the Xaviliaxian Stump). And the Queen did submit to the deity’s instruction.
And so it was, the Guardians and ancient fathers of every people set out to draw lines in the earth from which they had wrenched from the hands of the the Mute.
Amongst his people, Artherion was almost instantly crowned King. He and his people traveled south, and established towns throughout Lowland Rhyparia. In the Guardian’s Council, he elected to establish an order of devout, capable and zealous men to comb the known lands to utterly destroy the remnants of Mute civilization. And so he created the Church of Taeloc.
Under Artherion’s rule, the human people lived under a unified banner. And the beginning of his kingdom was Ir Ar Hissabon, Gseni and Mesembract, and his throne was placed in Pterigon Kainos.
All the days that Artherion lived were 78 years, and with his wife, Kala, he begat a son in his own likeness, and called him Areon, and taught him all the ways of the Guardians. Artherion passed down the Ruby Morningstar unto Areon in due time.
All the days that Areon lived were 68 years, and he begat a son in his wife Eira’s likeness, and called him Elpren, and taught him in all the ways as his father, Artherion, had; however, Elpren was loathe to receive the teaching. Areon and Eira also begat Oliver, Qaseh and Liala. Areon kept a weather eye on the Mute alongside Caellon. Areon passed down the Ruby Morningstar unto Elpren in due time.
All the days that Elpren lived were 62 years, and with his wife, Helen, he begat twin sons in his own likeness, and called them Thelmanios and Torell; however, because Torell seemed fairer and stronger of spirit than his older brother Thelmanios, it was decided quietly that Torell would would receive the first-born’s inheritance. Elpren half-heartedly taught them in the ways of his great-grandfather Artherion. Elpren turned his eyes to settling new towns for his people, and expanded to the territories in the south. He established the towns of Qaseh, Beherith, Airion, Ryelack, and the southern-most Phistine. Elpren passed down the Ruby Morningstar unto Torell in due time.
All the days of Torell were 42 years, and with his wife, Glen, he begat seven daughters: Di, Karyn, Tabitha, Lili, Mirabeth, Olivia and Hadara before he finally begat a son in his own likeness, and called him Comriegn. Torell did not teach Comriegn in the ways of his forefathers.
In the 38th year of Torell, Elvarion Eldaremiir arrived in Ir Ar Hissabon to meet with Torell. Elvarion persuaded Torell that the Divine Weapon was needed with the elves up north, that the Mute would be kept at bay. Torell ruled the human nation for 4 more years before he was poisoned. His daughters were sold as harlots and Comriegn, slain.
After this, humanity fractured from it’s 170 years of unity unto 3 banners. Many knelt when Thelmanios took the throne, while some were convinced that Torell had his crown stolen. The Torellians (as they came to be called) were in the vast majority – their ranks stretching from Gseni to Qaseh and throughout the southern plains unto Phistine. The Torellians could not have timed their military move more poorly, as enraged Orcs swept north through the southern plains. Their forces crippled against the Thelmanians in the Mountains, the war was brief and Thelmanios and his ilk held the throne at Pterigon Kainos, while those who had been faithful to Torell settled in the eastern Lowlands to fend off the Orcs who were so zealous for war, the Torellians call them “the Spirits of War.” Phistine, cut-off from any direct route to the Rhyparian Nations had to fend for themselves, and with time, declared themselves a free state (and the none of Rhyparians disputed the matter.
The third group of man did not care one way or the other who sat on the throne and eventually left Rhyparia all together. These kingless people became Merchants, Nomads and Vagabonds that scattered to the Tasmyrulean winds and dotted the coastlines as far as Perunda (but that was many centuries later). In time, merchants became known as the Peregrit People, the nomads became known as the Oberrat People, and the vagabonds became known as the Runagate People. Although they had no formalized leadership, these ancient people became known as the Freemen or more commonly, the Vowless, and with the passage of time and strife, were firmly established in the land as wealthy merchants, explorers and crime lords. For the sake of brevity, the stories and histories of the Peregrit, the Oberrat and the Runagates are recanted in detail under their own pages, and a lumped, abridged history of all three is presented here. While the gnomes and elves in the region had taken care of some of the wildlife in Tasmyrul, there were many wild and dangerous lands to traverse – and with the transformation of Shatup and his Orc kin, the Peregrit struggled with Orcs and sometimes Runagates to establish ports and roads. Some settled in the ancient ruins of their fore-fathers; however, they all avoided the haunted, Ruined Castles (the broken down Mute Hives) that dotted Tasmyrul. The game changed once Peregrits were successful in establishing Ports for themselves, and the Runagates eyed the cities selfishly, and some of them succeeded in acquiring a town or two by less-than-wholesome means. This upset the Peregrits, and the two people would wage war to protect, or take, a city. Oberrats mostly lived off the land, and took great lengths to avoid these affairs. But desperate Peregrits or manipulative Runagates often found a way to force their involvement, and by the end of the fourth era, few true Oberrats continued to live off the land. After some time, local Elves living throughout Amatreos feared that the civil wars of the Vowless’ would spread into their lands and society, so they arranged a marriage with a leader of one of the more powerful Vowless Leaders. From this union, Acennan, the Half-Elf lord, brought some stability to the region in the long years of his governance (altho the Crime lords always gave him trouble).
Early in the era, they were considered as dust that invades every corner of a room.
Duerg traveled south, finding deep tunnels in Gijakudob Varg, and established Azulkhaz, which is beneath the Orcish Badlands. It was then that he enlisted the aid of the Delvers of old to guard the caves and land outlying Azulkhaz. Duerg, a dwarf of war, sought a war to distract his people from social difficulties, and so proposed to take the Underdark for themselves. 20 years later, many of the Dwarven people felt Deurg was misusing the Ruby Ax, and that his corruption would spread to the Ax if he did not end his War on the Underdark. A revolt amongst the lower dwarven casts proved successful in overthrowing Duerg the Corrupt and his oligarchy in an effort to reclaim the Ruby Axe Taeloc had given to the Dwarven people. Duerg and his followers were pursued out of Azulkhaz (in the following Era, those of the Old Oligarchy became known as the Duergar). They (the Duergar) ventured through the Outlands and headed east until they settled in the Lysurus Mountains, whose tunnels are deep.
In Duerg’s place, the dwarf: Romo (in later ages, known as Romodiin and god of the dwarves), was elect to wield the holy weapon as protector of his people. Under his rule, the Dwarvish peoples spelunked deep the Halls of
Eldaremiir the Guardian came to the halls of Azulkhaz to persuade the dwarven people to let him alleviate them of the responsibility of Guardianship. Romo, who had not fought beside Eldaremiir, vehemently refused his offer, and had him forcibly seen to the door.
Elvarion Eldaremiir of the Narnadal Clan, and Wielder of the Ruby Warhammer, became the Father of all Orcs. The elf Caellon Tirnocuilë had just plucked Eldaremiir’s right eye out with with an arrow, which threw him into a blind rage. His anger boiled over and mutilated his body, giving him great strength, but a disfigured body. The elves have come to consider Orcs as the embodiment of Rage. Elvarion swore eternal enmity on Caellon Tirnocuilë and all his children until Caellon’s line was extinguished. Caellon cursed Eldaremiir and called him Zag Hoshat. He fell to his people (Elven men and women of the Narnadal), and they raged against Caellon for his treachery, and swore to follow him where ever he led. They pursued Caellon and the elves to the Eastern continent (since Orcs have come to revere Zag as their god, their account of this was that the Elven god Caellon saw the wrath he had reaped and so fled. Zag spat at Caellon, and from the spit rose the first Orcs).
It was in late-spring, but the Firewall had not yet fallen. Zag was hot on Caellon’s trail when led the elves through the obsidian band just as the Firewall ignited behind them, cutting off Zag. Taeloc and the Blessed Mother saw all of this. Taeloc stood in the Firewall before Caellon and Zag. He reached out and took the Ruby Weapons from them. Taeloc, with the fires of Firewall, forged the weapons together into the Ruby Greatsword. From that day, he kept it on his person. Taeloc, displeased with Caellon and Zag’s plans and quarrels, judged them both. For Zag and his children, he declared a decreased lifespan – thus were the ramifications of blind rage and the violence that followed. Zag led his people south to the planes of Urukand (Orc Corner), while others still (bitter toward Romodin, but not knowing he was about the land in search of Duerg) returned to the Rhyparian Peninsula to raid Azulkhaz. Zag’s seed (and his genetic change) had spread amongst his clan, so the deformation became standard Orc. Zag died at the age of two hundred and thirty. Having slain the few dwarves that remained in Azulkhaz, the Orcs turn their attention to the south, a region known as Phistine.
Caellon was clever. And shortly after the Blessed Mother’s dispersal, he formed the Guardian’s Council, which all of the Guardians readily joined. He elected to man the front line and make sure the Mute stayed in their small valley, so all the elves settled in the outskirts of the Illium Valley.
The Elvish people had the unique scenario of having the people call for a king and two guardians. Caellon Tirnocuilë and Elvarion Eldaremiir discussed the matter between themselves as to who should stand before the people. Eldaremiir confessed that in his heart, he longed not to lead the people, but to stand guard against the Mute. And so, Eldaremiir, with a number of brethren whose heart and loyalty were his, would settle in Highland Rhyparia on the outskirts of the Mute Valley. These people called themselves the Narnadal, and they were a passionate people. And Caellon, with the elvish peoples, would board ships and sail west to settle Tasmyrul.
However, before he left, Caellon spoke quietly with Elvarion, and they contrived that over the next century they would take all the Divine Ruby weapons (by means of politics and subterfuge) with which to rule the new world.
Eldaremiir and his people lived in wood huts while they built the Illium Wall. He and his people established Tirillium, the great watch tower, the town of Hwestaromen (breeze east) and Tiramba (watch wall).
Caellon and his fleet were escorted by the Bronze Dragon Autasath, and made landfall in the Peninsula of Afras. Finding the shore and the land favorable, immediately established the town of Ven Tuima (Green/Young Sprouts). He sent out scouts far and wide to survey the lands good for settling and resources. They returned with reports of vast, fertile plains to the south and seemingly endless forests to the north. Caellon then divided the people and appointed magistrates over them. Avel Ningamel was sent settle the lands in Amatreos. In Tesaurtur, the towns Tareondo (Standing Stones), lónambonnar (Hill Islands), Wingiabonnar (crest of the hills), Sanyafanyarë (Ever Skies), Hisimalos (Fog Wood) and Vlainellë (Mirthbrook) were established. In Amatreos, the towns Nornorata (Oak’s Reach), Pallamendel (Wide Heavens) and Earhwesta (Sea Breeze) were established. Caellon lived in Wingiabonnar. 
Generations of good standing between Eldaremiir and the sons of Artherion led to the day wherein Torell handed the Ruby Morningstar to the Elvarion in good faith that it would bolster the Watch. In trust of Caellon, Aledart and Geomyr gave their Divine weapons for guarding Illium. At the second meeting of the Guardian’s Council, Caellon suggested that Eldaremiir go to meet with Duerg to discus retrieving the Ruby Ax (it was shortly after this meeting that Duerg was usurped). Elvarion returned enraged and emptry-handed, accusing Caellon at fault of his failure and disgrace before the Dwarven people. Caellon, fearing Elvarion’s reckless rage, plucked Elvarion’s right eye out with an arrow.
Caellon cursed him as Eldaremiir’s rage boiled over, transforming his body, distorting it and giving him fearsome strength. Caellon, fearful of this, gathered his family and advisers to flee for Amatreos at once, before the Firewall fell, or be overwhelmed by Elvarion’s wrath. Evlarion sought to murder him and gave chase, but Caellon stepped into Amatreos just as the Firewall fell, and he called that place Ar’una. Because of this, Caellon and his people began addressing Elvarion as Zagdrathiil.
Taeloc and the Blessed Mother saw all of this, and sent Calekith to stand in the Firewall before Caellon and Hoshat. He reached out and took the Ruby Weapons from them, and with the fires of Firewall, forged the weapons together into the Ruby Greatsword, to be an offering unto Taeloc. Taeloc, displeased with Caellon and Hoshat’s plans and quarrels, judged them both. For Caellon Tirnocuilë, he declared long life – so he could see the ramifications of his actions.
It was then, at Ar’una, that a council was held. And the nation of the elves there discussed amidst themselves the punishment of Caellon. Some wanted to exile him, while others were still loyal to him. While some cast themselves to the wind (to make a living for themselves wherever they could) Caellon Tirnocuilë led most of his people north to the forests and established Nornosére (Oak’s Peace). Some of them traveled further north and found the bodies of Versveshixen and Saurivorel. For five days, their mourning watered the corpses when the bodies dissipated, transforming the war-torn mountain-side into a lush, beautiful valley. They named the place Goldfury, to immortalize their selfless sacrifice.
In approximately the 200th year of freedom, Learenoth published her study of the stars and seasons, and introduced her format of recording time, which would become the standard of all the core races by the following age. She also established a school for the study of the stars in Pallamendel.
For the first time in eons, Dragons spread their wings to the skies of freedom. Of all the races that came out from the Great War, Dragons had the most violent and politically changing atmosphere. With the cause of the War no-longer unifying them, and no Guardian to call them under one banner – Dragons fractured on matters of Philosophy and Ethics. At first, all the dragons lived wherever was comfortable with them, but they often lived near one another uneasily. As some of the shorter-lived non-dragon races were raised with their history lessons as mere stories, men forgot that they fought united with dragons, and, in their ignorance of the Mute’s abilities to dominate, feared dragons as the Darkness the oppressed all in the Land. Chromatic Dragons, with their fiery pride took great offense to the campaigns that humans and orcs waged against them, and enslaved many. All the while Metallic Dragons attempted reason and diplomacy, human ignorance and arrogance was deep-bred, and after a couple wars, they found it less troublesome to find more amiable lands – which they found aplenty amidst the elves and dwarves.
The Metallic Dragons, due to their good natures, were able to establish a loose Order, known as the Gavir di Svant Ternock. And while the leaders of each Draconic race were represented by a respected Senior, they appointed a Silver Dragon, called Iseth’tarthiil, as it’s Head Senior. Therith was appointed Senior of the Copper Dragons, Chadraoth was appointed Senior of the Brass Dragons, and Autasath was appointed Senior of the Bronze Dragons. They taught the elves the art and study of Wizardry, and for centuries the two races were amenable.
In the centuries of the chromatic Dragons’ oppressions, they would often take the forms of men and rape natives of the land, and it was in this manner that sorcerous blood began to permeate Orc and Human bloodlines (tho it took 5 or 6 generations for it to delude to a hidden potential) .Of old, it is said the fiery Agkest, Father of the Yolbrod, was the strongest, fiercest, and most fearsome Dragon to survive the war. He was feared for his fiery hatred on the battle field. He brooded his pack from Wyverest or Zajarmal, when the seasons was preferable. He honored Versveshixen and Saurivorel in their death by never raiding or demanding tribute of the elves that resided in the northern valley of Goldfury (as their spirits, in death, had obviously found peace by the elves’ tears and prayers). He was known as Flantar ob Skator by the Orcs of Urukand. He and his brood’s oppressive demands of tribute were feared as far west as Abbadan, a point of pride for him.
Iseth’tarthiil, and Therith, Kadentari (Cloud Driver)
Mute and the Attamikarri
The Order of the Blessed Mother
In Aestsea, is a remote island that straddles the equator. It is here that the Order of the Blessed Mother hides the three young Gold wyrmlings. The Order named them Koorkrein (Summer Sun), Yuvonbrii (Golden Beauty) and Draaldrun (Pray Bring). Draaldrun showed an affinity for clerical devotion. By the time Draaldrun was a young adult dragon (mind you, that’s 50-100 years), he was only one position shy of Head of the Order. Koorkrein and Yuvonbrii begin to mate.
Odds and Ends of this Era (will probably work into Human History)
The Fall of Phistine occurs. Survivors in the Underdark are few, but manage to survive its terrors (See: Underdark for a detailed historical account). Orcs of the north occasionally raid the survivors of topside Phistine – however, they are led by Crixus Spartico, and his zeal is stalwart against the Orcs.
The Fifth Age – Age of Renaissance (The Third Age)
With the Fall of Phistine, the favor of Taeloc and the Blessed Mother amongst the mortal races quickly erode, and much of the world erases them from their histories. The beat-up Taelocian church in Phistine survives the social change by transitioning from a polytheistic faith to a philosophical organization upholding their morals of Justice.
Taeloc passes the Ruby Greatsword to Draaldrun.
The following is an old Historical summary that has not been placed chronologically and has not been edited with the afore-mentioned events in mind.
The Reigning Queen was approaching the end of her long-life and rule. She knew that the genetic-racial timer would soon reveal the next Queen – and it did.
The New Queen was taken in by the old, as countless queens had before, and the Queen could see that there was something wrong with this new queen – she had the signs of madness. She discovered that the young queen was not receptive to the Queen’s instruction and correction, and this troubled her so, for the future of her people. So when it came time for the young Queen to enter her Chrysalis stage and dawn her Queen-dom, the old queen took matters into her own hands, sabotaging the new queen into a prolonged metamorphosis – in hopes that another, better queen-to-be would pop up.
The Queen waited. A couple centuries after this, humanity began to fear the Mute – for they did not understand them. There were some circles that even wanted to take their land so they could take the resource of Asis and monopolize the elves and dwarves (they mistook Asis for a natural resource and not a bi-product of the Queen. They did not realize this until some time much later). Rhyparia sent out their army and waited outside of Illium. From there they sent in a small band of insurgents, led by five men, and stole away into Mute City. Once in the Queen’s palace, by chance one of the leaders drank of the Asis. Realizing the power it gave them, he instructed the other 4 to do the same. They then had little problem killing the Queen, which shattered the psychic connection between all mutes. The remaining Mute, severely confused, started to become violent, so the humans took steps to neutralize many of the Mute.
It took some time for the Elves within Illium to realize that the Queen had been slain and to take to arms. But by the time they had, the humans had blown parts of the North western mountain range, flooding the majority of Mute civilization, as well as the Mute capitol of Sunozos. The elves had humans flanked against the flood waters, when a scout was dispatched to send word to the rest of the Rhyparian Army, waiting in the Wastes, to march and attack the Elves from behind. The Elves were obliterated. The Elves living on the outside of the valley were quickly overwhelmed and few escaped.
The Human Age
Rhyparia sent out their army.
The men’s plan had been largely a success. Not a single Mute was not dazed, confused and isolated from every other Mute and they had all watched her death … even the still sealed queen (who slipped deeper and deeper into a murderous madness with every passing minute). Fortunately, humanity knew nothing of the ascendant queen, let alone her location – so she remained undisturbed for centuries.
At this point, the Five Generals established themselves as the ruling gods of Illium. They welcomed their people from the Lands of Old Rhyparia into Illium as a sign of their benevolence. Those who refused their rule were killed or kicked out, as a sign of the malevolence. For those left in the old lands, Lowland Rhyparia suffered military conquest by highland Rhyparia – with their forces now slim, struggled to defend their homeland from Orcish tribes of the west.
During the last battle of Old Rhyparia – which was just on the doorsteps of Illium – the Five Generals grew tiresome with the bickering and clanking of swords between Orc and Old Rhyparia, so one day, after a long night of heavy Asis drinking (Asis – unnamed at the time – was coined “God’s Liquor” from this historic event) strolled up to the top of grounded Tlazos. Gazing down from the spire of Tlazos, the Generals gave their most terrifying display of power ever, as they leveled roughly 600 miles to the east, south and west outside of Illium.