About -1500 Imperial Reckoning — Elves and Dwarves coexisted peacefully in the early days. Dwarves taking to the deep places of the world; Elves taking to lush green overworld.
About -1000 Imperial Reckoning — Two empires begin to rise. The honorable warrior-like race of Dragonborn, and the intelligent arcane-wielding Tieflings
About -600 Imperial Reckoning — Dragonborn and Tiefling empires begin to expand rapidly, spreading their respective beliefs where they go. The younger race, Humans were swept up by both sides. (Humans at this time weren’t banded together; they lived in small self sustaining groups)
About -350 Imperial Reckoning — The Dragonborn and Tiefling inevitably meet on the field of battle. Each empire has expanded to the point of invasion. Small skirmishes break out across the land
About -200 Imperial Reckoning — The battles between the two empires have increased in intensity and frequency. The nations are on the verge all out war.
About -180 Imperial Reckoning — War breaks out. Casualties are uncountable on both sides. The Dragonborn warriors are without equal in martial skills, and the same can be said for the Tiefling’s arcane abilities. Blood soaks the land, and magic darkens the sky.
About -150 Imperial Reckoning — Unceasing war rages for years, ravaging both nations. Supplies cannot be gathered nor delivered fast enough, and both armies are running on empty.
About -130 Imperial Reckoning — Fearing total loss on both sides: The Dragonborn make a massive push to destroy the capital city of the Tiefling. Unable to stop the onslaught of Dragonborn that had breached their city walls, the Tiefling begin an incredibly difficult ritual to rip the Dragonborn capital from the face of the world. Overnight, both empires fall to complete ruin, both nearly being entirely destroyed by the other. (Centuries pass before either races can even begin to rebuild any semblance of their fallen society, neither race ever rise to power again)
About -100 Imperial Reckoning — In the decades that precede “The Demon-Dragon War” humans learned from the fallen empires of the Dragonborn and Tiefling and have begun to band together forming cities and villages. The idea of nobility is born. Families of Humans develop fertile land or find mineral rich deposits, and grow wealthy on the fruit of the land, expanding their cities and land. These people gave themselves a higher station over the common man, and call themselves Nobles. For years these nobles act as the sole lord over their respective lands.
About -50 Imperial Reckoning — The nobility begins to band together, and form trade ties. Trade begins to prosper between the noble ruled lands, a peaceful time of prosperity and growth begins. The nobles begin clearing lands and building roads to further increase the speed and productivity of their trade lines.
0 Imperial Reckoning — The Chamber of Nobility is founded and the first meeting convenes to discuss the future of the land. A series of guiding principles and laws are passed, to be enforced throughout the land. The topic of a single ruling body is broached at the meeting, and it is decided that Arelius the First will be chosen from among the noble families, and rule under the guidance of the Chamber of Nobility. This newly formed nation flourishes. Seeking alliances with the intelligent races of the world, the Human Empire sent hundreds of messengers out into the world to attempt contact with the more civilized races; Elves, Dwarves, Goblins, what was left of the Dragonborn and Tiefling, etc.
224 Imperial Reckoning — The Human Empire rules over the land with no contestation. The Chamber of Nobility would meet whenever a king died to select a new king to rule. There is a mutual balance between all the races of the world and as the years pass the races assimilate more and more. Some of the races become so close as to breed with one another. The older races of the world begin to teach the young humans the magickal arts, and how to draw from each font of power, be it Arcane, Primal, or Divine. Humans are quite adept at the magickal arts, taking to it as though they had used it all their lives. The era is one of magickal awakening. Magick makes easy the daily lives of all the citizens of the Empire, augments and strengthens the armies and helps them drive back the primal creatures that ruled the world before it was civilized.
658 Imperial Reckoning — The flagrant usage of magick attracts the attention of individuals with sinister hearts and minds, and equally dark ideas. A cult begins to rise, seemingly from nowhere, calling itself The Cult of The Chaos Lords and begins building power. Bent on channeling power from the legendary Ancients, to serve their dark ends, the cult infiltrated every facet of the Empire, from outlying villages to King’s inner circle.
694 Imperial Reckoning — The Cult of The Chaos Lords continues to gain power in secret, performing ritual on top of dark ritual, attaining powers far beyond their level of comprehension, and unleashing a torrent of powerful magicks into the lands. The Spellplague, as it became known, affected the landscape, making the ground rumble and heave up and down like the surface of the sea, fragments on land broke off and drifted to sea forming islands. Curtains of blue flame swept the landscape, reshaping the land by cutting crevasses or lifting and sculpting the plain into hills and ridges. The only place seemingly untouched by the plague was the mountainous peak, Jorvaskar. Waves of azure fires appeared everywhere, killing whatever they touched. Most permanent magical items, such as artifacts, were either destroyed, warped, or simply ceased to function. Many of the members of the cult were killed by this ritual of immense power, and those that weren’t fled into hiding, never to be seen again.
723 Imperial Reckoning — Following the years of the Spellplague, the land began to heal itself, albeit painful slow, however the Human Empire began to decline. The Chamber of Nobility convened again to discuss the failures of King Darius Evellum and how best to deal with him. Two factions immerged within the Chamber, one side wanting to remove the king from his station and replace him with someone they felt more qualified, while the other side was willing to let the current king stay in power under a more watchful eye. No official verdict was ever reached, and the King stayed in power. Upon the death of the king, the Chamber of Nobility met to choose a new King from amongst themselves. This meeting, unlike those of the past, was met with much hostility and infighting, and as such, it was several years that the Empire was without a king but instead lead by the Chamber itself.
786 Imperial Reckoning — Finally the members of the Chamber fell to reason, and a decision was made for the next king, Desmond Gargos. In the years proceeding, the different nobles began to recede further and further into their own lands. They still answered to the call of their King, should there rise a need in the land, apart from that, there were far less patrols send out by the nobles, and soon only the Imperial Forces were left to maintain the trade roads. The Empire continued to decline much the way it had been for years. Its people slowly losing faith in the empire itself, and beginning to depend more and more on the individual noble families. The King tried to hold the nation together as best he could, but his health had been failing for the last few years, and with little-to-no assistance from the Chamber of Nobility, there was nothing he could do but watch the empire slowly fall apart.
852 Imperial Reckoning — The King’s health continues to rapidly decline until he ultimately died at the hand of his trusted aide. The aide had been poisoning the king for years, making it look like he was suffering from an unknown ailment. When the King passed, the aide was nowhere to be found, and no one ever saw him leave the castle grounds. For the decades to follow, the members of the Chamber of Nobility each accused the others of being the unseen benefactor of the King’s assassin. The Chamber of Nobles was unable to come to an agreement on another king, as no member trusted any of the others for fear that they were behind the last king’s assassination.
876 Imperial Reckoning — The nobles had already pulled troops from the Empire, and now they all but walled off the lands they managed to declare rightfully theirs. The noble families built massive walled cities, from which they ruled their lands, each making himself a de facto King in his own right. The lands that made up the empire fell into ruin and became new distinct regions. While still trading with the humans, and in many cases, living among them in the various new countries, some of the civilized races receded slightly. The Dwarves, never having truly left the underground returned to their mountain keeps. The various eleven races, still living in great number among the humans, sought land to call their own, and build their own kingdom.
1000 Imperial Reckoning – Current year.