History (Eberron Nights Supplement)
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Era of the Unknown
300 Billion Years Ago - A large meteor collides with the Earth. This meteor is called the Genesis Stone, it is buried somewhere in the Andes. It is theorized that all Super-human abilities originate from this stone, and they just need the right pressure to be triggered.
The first of the true demons and devils arrive on the prime-material plane.
The Tablet Unseen is forged and writ upon, thus ushering the true strength of magic on the earthly realms.
The First begin to build the Crag network. Giant white fossil-like structures, with three “arms” each one containing a magical gemstone crystal that has the ability to transport a user to another Crag in a different location. Sometime before the Sundering knowledge of the Crags is lost and they become part of the divergent timeline.
The past shapes the present, setting the stage for the future that is to come. On Eberron, a rich and tangled history has helped craft the current era. What follows are highlights of ages past. The common era is reckoned from the birth of the Kingdom of Galifar (in the Year since the founding of the Kingdom, or YK). Events from the more distant past are shown as a number of years before the current day.
Age of Dragons
Date: ??? Event: In the mythic past, the world was one and the progenitor wyrms, the first and greatest of dragon-kind, ruled all. The three most powerful (Siberys, Eberron, and Khyber) discovered (or created) the Prophecy. A world-shattering struggle followed, splitting the world into three parts and scattering the Prophecy across the width and breadth of existence. In the end, Siberys became the glowing ring that surrounds the world, Khyber was bound in the darkest depths, and Eberron healed the world between by becoming one with it. Siberys called forth the next generation of dragons, Eberron created all manner of other living things, and Khyber spat out the fiends.
Age of Demons
Date: -10,000,000 Event: Khyber's fiendish offspring overrun the surface world, creating a hellish environment where rakshasas and night hags rule supreme.
Date: -1,500,000 Event: Dragons rediscover the Prophecy and rise from their primitive state to oppose their demonic overlords, allying with other draconic species, including the couatls. The common races, still in primitive states, hide from the godlike combatants and find a way to survive.
Date: -100,000 Event: Couatls sacrifice most of their number to send the most powerful of the demon lords and the majority of the fiends back to Khyber, where they are trapped for eternity. The dragons retreat to Argonnessen to contemplate the Prophecy, ignoring the "lesser races."
- The Sundering occurs, severing the multi-verse, and creating two separate timelines, that are completely parallel to each other.
Age of Giants
- Date: -90,000 Event: The remaining true demons and their various offspring are imprisoned in the Deeper Well.
Date: -80,000 Event: The giants rise from the ruins of the Dragon-Fiend Wars to establish a vast and powerful civilization on the continent of Xen'drik. They enslave elves and drow, which has the inadvertent effect of pulling the first of the common races out of their primitive state.
Date: -60,000 Event: Dragons make contact with the giant kingdoms and begin to teach the giants how to use arcane magic. The elves watch and learn from their place at the giants' heels. The giants quickly master the arcane arts, creating wonders unequaled even in the modern day.
Date: -40,000 Event: The quori invade Xen'drik through a gate that connects Eberron to Dal Quor, the Plane of Dreams. After years of battle, the giants call upon the magic of the dragons to destroy the planar gate. This act results in a cataclysm that shakes Xen'drik to its core and plunges large chunks of the continent beneath the sea. The physical connection to Dal Quor is severed, perhaps forever.
Date: -39,000 Event: The remaining giant kingdoms never quite recover from the events of the quori invasion. Horrible curses and plagues sweep through the land, and the elves use the opportunity to rebel. In desperation, the giants again turn to the same magic they used to stop the quori. Before they can unleash such destruction a second time, the dragons attack. Giant civilization crumbles, the drow go into hiding in the Xen'drik countryside, and the elves flee to the island-continent of Aerenal.
Age of Monsters
Date: -38,000 Event: The giants revert to primitive monsters living in the ruins of their shattered civilization as the dragons return to their secluded continent and the elves settle Aerenal. Meanwhile, on Khorvaire, the first of the goblinoid kingdoms rises in the area that will one day become Breland and Darguun.
Date: -30,000 Event: Orc nations arise in western Khorvaire to compete with the goblinoid kingdoms.
Date: -25,000 Event: The Undying Court appears in Aerenal. First skirmish between the elves and the dragons, which sets a pattern of long periods of peace punctuated by short, devastating battles every few hundred years.
Date: -16,000 Event: The Dhakaani unite the goblinoid nations to create the greatest empire the goblins have ever known. The Gatekeepers appear among the orcs of western Khorvaire.
Date: -12,000 Event: The dwarves migrate from the Frostfell to the Ironroot Mountains.
Date: -10,000 Event: Aerenal elves establish a colony in what is now present-day Valenar. Peaceful coexistence doesn't last, and the elves come into conflict with the Dhakaani. The elves abandon the colony when another clash with the dragons threatens Aerenal.
Date: -9,000 Event: The Daelhyr War decimates the western reaches of Khorvaire.
Date: -5,000 Event: Weakened by the Daelkyr War, the Dhakaani Empire is shattered by infighting and civil strife, eventually leading to the collapse of the goblinoid civilization.
The Current Age
Date: -4,100 Event: The greatpine Oalian is awakened.
Date: -3,200 Event: The Mark of Hospitality appears among halflings of the Talenta Plains. The Mark of Shadow and the Mark of Death appear among the elves of Aerenal. The dragons watch in awe and horror as the Prophecy begins to unfold among the "lesser" races.
Date: -3,000 Event: Lhazaar leads humans from Sarlona to the eastern shores of Khorvaire. The Mark of Healing appears among halflings of the Talenta Plains.
Date: -2,800 Event: The Mark of Scribing appears among the gnomes of Zilargo.
Date: -2,600 Event: The Mark of Sentinel appears among humans of pre-Galifar Karrnath. House Vol, which carries the Mark of Death, is wiped out in Aerenal. Vol the lich is created. House Phiarlan leaves Aerenal to relocate among the humans of Khorvaire.
Date: -2,500 Event: The distinct settlements that will become the Five Nations appear in central Khorvaire. The Mark of Making appears among humans of pre-Galifar Cyre. The Mark of Warding appears among the dwarves of the Mror Holds.
Date: -2,000 Event: Karrn the Conquerer establishes the nation of Karrnath, defeats the remaining goblinoid settlements, and unsuccessfully attempts to conquer the other four human nations. The Mark of Storm appears among half-elves of pre-Galifar Thrane.
Date: -1,900 Event: The Mark of Passage appears among humans of pre-Galifar Aundair.
Date: -1,800 Event: The Mark of Handling appears among humans in the Eldeen Reaches. Kalashtar reach Sarlona, fleeing Dal Quor and the persecution of the quori.
Date: -1,500 Event: Quori begin conquest of Sarlona. Second wave of humans reach Khorvaire's weastern shores. The Mark of Detection appears among half-elves of pre-Galifar Breland. THe dragonmarked houses launch the War of the Mark to end the threat of aberrant and mixed marks. The Twelve is established.
Date: -1,043 Event: Galifar I is born in Karrnath.
Date: -1,022 Event: Galifar assumes rulership of Karrnath.
Date: -1,012 Event: Galifar begins his campaign to unite the Five Nations.
Date: -1,005 Event: Galifar makes a deal with the dragonmarked houses, offering them neutral status in exchange for support in his campaign.
Date: -1,000 Event: The Mark of Finding appears among humans and half-orcs of the Shadow Marches.
Date: 1 YK (-998) Event: Galifar I and his five sicons - Cyre, Karrn, Thrane, Aundair, and Brey - take control of the Five Nations and establish the Kingdom of Galifar.
Date: 15 YK Event: Galifar I establishes the Arcane Congress.
Date: 28 YK Event: Galifar-Lhazaar War, a decade-long conflict, begins.
Date: 32 YK Event: The Five Nations of Galifar adopt the names of King Galifar's children as their own.
Date: 40 YK Event: Galifar, now eighty-five years old, steps down and passes ruleership of the kingdom to his oldest remaining sicon, Cyre.
Date: 53 YK Event: Galifar I dies.
Date: 106 YK Event: House Kundarak is reconized by the established dragonmarked houses.
Date: 299 YK Event: The Church of the Silver Flame is born.
Date: 347 YK Event: House Lyrandar takes possession of an island off the coast of Aundair to create Stormhome.
Date: 498 YK Event: House Sivis discovers the Mark of Finding while exploring the Shadow Marches. House Tharashk is created shortly thereafter.
Date: 512 YK Event: King Daroon orders the construction of the Starpeaks Observatory.
Date: 778 YK Event: Medusas from Khyber take possession of Cazhaak Draal.
Date: 789 YK Event: House Sivis message stations begin operations.
Date: 802 YK Event: The Kingdom of Galifar, in cooperation with the dragonmarked houses, funds the upgrade of the trade city of Stormreach on the northern peninsula of Xen'drik.
Date: 811 YK Event: First lightning rail connects Flamekeep and Fairhaven.
Date: 832 YK Event: The inquisition to wipe out lycanthropes is launched by the Church of the Silver Flame; it lasts fifty years and drives the species almost to extinction.
Date: 845 YK Event: King Jarot begins a public works project to connect all of central Khorvaire via lightning rails. Within twenty years, lines connect the Five Nations, Zilargo, the Mror Holds, and the Talenta Plains.
Date: 878 YK Event: House Deneith begins to provide clients with goblinoid mercenaries from Darguun region.
Date: 894 YK Event: King Jarot, the last ruler of Galifar dies. Thalin, Kaius, and Wroann reject the succession of Mishann. Wrogar backs his sister's claim, and the Last War begins.
Date: 896 YK Event: Order of the Emerald Claw established.
Date: 897 YK Event: Kaius I turned into a vampire by Vol the lich.
Date: 910 YK Event: Kaius II ascends to the throne of Karrnath after Kaius I fakes his death and goes in search of a way to free his kingdom from Blood of Vol.
Date: 914 YK Event: The Mror Holds declares it's independence. Thalin of Thrane dies and the Church of the Silver Flame seizes control of the nation.
Date: 918 YK Event: Unknown saboteurs destroy the Glass Tower of Sharn.
Date: 928 YK Event: Ven ir'Kesslan leads settlers from the Five Nations to forge the nation of Q'barra.
Date: 958 YK Event: The Eldeen Reaches declares itself an independent nation under the protection of the Wardens of the Wood and the guidance of the Great Druid Oalian.
Date: 961 YK Event: Boranel becomes king of Breland.
Date: 962 YK Event: Zilargo formally aligns with Breland.
Date: 965 YK Event: House Cannith perfects the modern-era warforged, living constructs designed to fight the Last War.
Date: 969 YK Event: Haruuc leads the hobgoblin rebellion, and the nation of Darguun is born.
Date: 972 YK Event: House Thuranni splits off from House Phiarlan.
Date: 976 YK Event: Regent Moranna of Karrnat outlaws the Order of the Emerald Claw.
Date: 980 YK Event: Queen Aurala's reign of Aundair begins.
Date: 986 YK Event: A trio of hags known as the Daughters of Sora Kell arrive in Droaam with an army of trolls, ogres, and gnolls.
Date: 987 YK Event: King Boranel pulls settlers back and seals off the land west of the Graywall Mountains. The Daughters of Sora Kell declare the sovereignty of the nation of Droaam.
Date: 990 YK Event: The first elemental airships go into service for House Lyrandar.
Date: 991 YK Event: Kaius III's rule of Karrnath begins.
Date: 993 YK Event: Jaela Daran assumes the power of the Keeper of the Silver Flame.
Date: 994 YK Event: Cyre is destroyed; the Mournland is created.
- The true cause of the destruction of Cyre is far more cosmic than war fueled terrorism. A threat of massive galactic perportions occurs in space, in another dimension, the resulting destruction of the threat tears a rip in time/space and a second Sundering occurs, destroying the nation that shared the same dimensional space as several others. Reality attempts to correct the mishap and alters things so that they fit into the world in which they have landed.
Date 996 YK Event: The Treaty of Thronehold officially ends the Last War. The treaty officially recognizes the nations of Aundair, Breland, Thrane, Karrnath, the Talenta Plains, Zilargo, Q'barra, the Lhazaar Principalities, the Mror Holds, the Eldeen Reaches, Darguun, and Valenar. House Cannith is ordered to destroy all creation forges; the remaining warforged are granted the rights of sentient beings.
Date: 998 YK Event: The campaign begins....
- A red skinned elf stumbles from the Mournlands, his memories fragmented.
- In Passage a ritual is attempted to resurrect the Dragonmark of Death, the ritual fails and the mark ends up on a human, and tainted.
- The City of Passage suffers a massive explosion, killing Kwanti D'Orien. The bombers escape.
- The Eldeen Reaches suffers from a massive fire, thousands of acres burn to the ground, anyone investigating goes missing.
- The Crag Network is activated for the first time in Centuries.
- Raids begin in the Talenta Plains by a species of Elf called the drow, these drow seem to worship some sort of spider diety.
Date: 999 YK Current Campaign Year...
- The Machine City created in the ruins of the Eldeen Reaches, is discovered by one of the chosen, and during the conflict with the cities ruler Nocturnus is slain.
- The Bastion of the Lost Soul is discovered in Frostfell.
- Ramethene, the Sunderer, is released after thousands of years, and one of the Lords of Dust has unlocked its full Legacy potential.
- The first of the Ancient Warforged awakens deep underneath Sharn, the city of towers, its body a prison for some unknown powerful being.