Chaotic Age (Patronage Supplement)
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914 Lucinda declares herself Empress.
The Chaotic Age begins with the disappearance of one Patron race -- Dragons -- and ends with the disappearance of a second Patron Race: the Avatars. With the loss of the Dragons, this time forever, and then the disappearance shortly thereafter of Empress Lucinda, the Dragonlands were sent into disarray. The three nations Lucinda founded to succeed her were soon squabbling with one another. Rebellions and invasions became commonplace. There was little order or stability. The Chaotic Age is peppered with dynastic changes, the rise and fall of kingdoms and unceasing warfare. In some ways, the Chaotic Age continues even to this day. However, historians generally denote and end to this historical era with the birth of the Alabastrian Empire, a moment when at least one mortal race -- the deva -- appear to take responsibility in the absence of Patron protection, to become their own masters and bring peace to their subjects. The Chaotic Age followed the Lost Age and preceded the Xalian Age.
Lucinda's campaigns affected every Patron Race. The Dragons were vanquished. The Anthropophagi retreated across the Savage Sound, and have never permanently occupied any portion of the mainland. The Oni too, retreated wholly into the Green Lands. The Shinigami were rarely seen beyond their Mounds, and the Titans never seen outside their Temples. The Fey stopped attempting to absorb the Wild Forest into their Realm. The Leviathans tried to flood all of Patronage in retaliation for the extinction of the Dragons, but were magically subdued by the Avatars. The Avatars soon thereafter prepared their own retreat form the world, but before they did, they anointed Xalia to restore some semblance of order and civilization to the squabbling Free Kingdoms. Only the Elementals seemed unaffected, pounding away in the Forges, as they always have.
Before departing, Lucinda divided her Empire into three parts and bequeathed them to her three most trusted non-halfling aides: the goliath Nikos goverened the Second Empire in the north, the human Antigone governed City of Dragonseye and the Eastern Kingdom, and the shedu Filia and the ravin Mnemon rules the southern Kingdom of Sarrun. The three Lucindan Empires were supposed to be paragons of Lucindan virtue, demonstrating that a free peoples needed no Patron to guide them. But each Empire fell prey to its own vices. The Eastern Kingdom sought to reclaim the glory of Lucinda's conquests by waging war against the Avatars, but found itself manipulated and conquered by the more sophisticated Patron races. The Second Empire started with the most noble intentions, but the goliaths who held that throne slowly succumbed to the temptations of tyranny, oppressing their own people, until overthrown by an even more oppressive and brutal dynasty. The Southern Empire descended into a den of debauchery, infighting, and treachery that exposed them to infiltration, and an eventual bloodless conquest by a more disciplined enemy.
It was up to the Avatars' anointed representative to set things right. The appointment of Empress Xalia of the Alabastrian Empire, and her mission to civilize the Free Lands, heralds the end of the Chaotic Age, and the beginning of the Xalian Age.