Overview: Theme & Timeline

Maps of the Civilised West available here.
Rough technological level of the West discussed here.
Please see the warfare, naval warfare, and economy pages for these topics.

What has happened from just prior to game start to now (1853 IE - present):

The ten year Succession War (1853 – 1863) pitted the Rose, Arturo Romante, against the Thorn, Anton Romante, in the quest for the Galenthian Crown. It tore the southern kingdom asunder, pitting many a former ally against each other and bringing other simmering issues to boil all at once, as many sought to settle scores. On the side of the Rose were all the Sokar Duchy and its vassals as well as a number of Crownland houses from the south of the Romante demesne, while supporting the Thorn were the Tarris houses and those in the soon to be Fallow Lands; the northern Duchy of Wayston stayed neutral under its Arkanin masters, as did the capital at Firen.

As Galenthian slew Galenthian, Aequor watched with a muted satisfaction. The Thirty Years War (1818 – 1851) between both kingdoms had ended in a peace treaty proposed and browbeaten into both parties by the High Priest of the Holy City of Rikton, Alejander II, but Aequor had lost an entire Duchy (of Demesne) that became Four Corners and had been despoiled by Galenthian forces with few successes of its own to claim. Though its former enemies now battled themselves, Aequor had new and potent trouble brewing on its northern border – the Icenailan barbarians, who Aequor had waged a crusade against in the last century and who were now organising themselves to strike back.

Though the Rose was killed in the seventh year of the war (1860) the fight was continued on by his daughter, the young Melisande, and after a stunning betrayal of the Thorn by Duke Gauvain Tarris and nearly all his vassal houses, the Thorn was decisively defeated and his trusted lieutenant killed (the Duke Gauvain’s uncle Alphard Tarris). Although Lord Anton continued to hold on for several more years, his strength whittled away as many of his supporters either deserted his cause or were killed in battle. By 1863, he had few friends other than his most loyal. His capture and execution in 1863 seemed to mark an end of the troubles.

Timeline (by Era)

A Brief Summary of the Ancient History of the Known World

Once the world was ruled by the Old Things. Monstrous creatures out of a mortal man’s nightmare. Humanity existed, but were frightened things, and were little more than food to these nightmares. However the Gods, who have once come from mortal stock themselves, rose up against the Old Things. The terrible war that followed first broke the world, but in the fires of the breaking reforged it into the world of today. The gods quickly ascended this physical plane after the defeat and imprisonment of the the Old Things, and left the world to the mortals, comprising of the Sidhe and the Humans. This was the end of the First era, called the “Forging” by scholars and historians of the church.

Again, war was the result, but not between the Humans and the Sidhe, but an internal, terrible, genocidal war between factions within the Sidhe, though the fledgling human kingdoms were forced to defend themselves as they were caught in the crossfire. Humanity had no real historical records, but many legends arose out of this time, as humanity was forced to defend themselves from the crossfire. Heroes arose, slew dragons, or defeated mighty hosts of Sidhe warrior servants, or even defeated Sidhe Warlords in single combat. When the dust of this era cleared, the Sidhe were nearly destroyed, and disappeared for the most part from human eye. Humanity arose, and now rules the world, this age of warfare and strife was called the Second age, or the Age of Heroes.

The current Age, the Third Age, has not earned it’s own moniker, and is simply called The Third Age. All but one of the ancient Kingdoms of the Age of Heroes have fallen, and new, powerful kingdoms and City States have risen from these ashes. It is an age filled with promise, and filled with wonder as well as danger and wars.

- High Priest Alejander, scion of the One Faith, 1864 IE

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