Friday, August 21, 2015

History of Monvesia: Elder Ages

ybe = years before the [Divine Drajan] Empire
ye = year of the [Divine Drajan] Empire
The most likely "universal" date count.
ybk = years before the Kleimland
yk = year of the Kleimland
The dates as counted during my original campaign.
Human history begins with the fall of Prosperity The Elder Ages were a time of Legend--history and mythology are blended.  Dates are not exact, though a rough progression of events can be understood.

First Age / Spiritual Age

Over 3,000 ybe (Over 4,000 ybk)

  • As the giant races near extinction at the hands of the HMDJVNW they choose six humans--the sons of Honsu/Golai--to carry on their legacy as the patriarchs of the goliaths
  • By the end of the Giant-HMDJVNW War, the land of Prosperity has been transformed into the land of Desolation.
  • The HMDJVNW enslave the human and goliath races by psychological and emotional means.  They create the Taint to prevent human and goliath cultures from developing enough to become a threat--creating orcs and ogres.
  • Last of the serpent-folk dynasties of the Scalykind Empire; first of the lizardfolk dynasties.
  • Dwarven expansion leads to the second dwarven schism, establishing the duergar and korobokuru subraces.

Second Age / Luminous Age

Circa 3,000 ybe (Circa 4,000 ybk) 

  • Formation of the Cult of Human Perseverance as part of a resistance movement. Humans and goliaths revolt against the HMDJVNW.
  • Goliaths arrive in Monvesia by sea, hoping to escape a curse in their homeland. The goliaths spread through the southern portions of elf lands.
  • The arrival of the goliaths permanently divides the elvish races between Prace and Xahaca.
  • A portion of the human race settles in Fuhon, becoming the hengeyokai.

Circa 2,900 ybe (Circa 3,900 ybk)

  • Appearance of trolls in Prace.  Goliath medicine workers assume these are the result of a second strain of Taint native to their new homeland.

Cira 2,500 ybe (Circa 3,500 ybk)

  • The human exodus passes through the Scalikind Empire--regions human history call the Forest of Vines and the Sea of Sand.  Humanity encounters lizardfolk for the first time.  The lizardfolk lead the humans away from Henjal.
  • Appearance of troglodytes and yuan-ti in Henjal.

Less Than 2,500 ybe (Less Than 3,500 ybk)

  • Last of the lizardfolk dynasties lead to the final collapse of the Scalikind Empire.
  • The mantle of Nagaraja passes on to the yuan-ti.
  • Rise of the Three Vanara Kindgoms.
  • Neanderthals begin to migrate from Prace to the Crown.

Over 2,000 ybe (Over 3,000 ybk)

  • Taint spreads to the other races of Monvesia--creating goblins, hobgoblins, and gnolls.  Elves are not transformed.
  • The first humans ascend to sainthood.

Third Age / Igneous Age

Circa 2,000 ybe (Circa 3,000 ybk)

  • Humans arrive in Monvesia after crossing the Sea of Sand. They settle in the southern portions of rakasta territory [Veldistan].
  • Last known presence of neanderthals in Prace.

Less Than 2,000 ybe (Less Than 3,000 ybk)

  • Initial appearance of bugbears, assumed to be the human counterparts of trolls.
  • Lizardfolk sightings begin in Monvesia; many do not believe this elusive race could not have traveled this far, but sightings become more prevalent over time. While they are accepted as a presence, they are still rarely ever seen.
Circa 1,500 ybe (Circa 2,500 ybk)
  • Composition of The Hierophany of Mohas--the founding text of modern Temperamental Philosophy.  In this work, Mohas explores: 1) the inevitable ascension of his companion Baltus, whom he identifies as an "Anointed One," and 2) the cosmology of the Spheres and their inhabitants.
  • Humans expand into elvish territory [Notopoli, Cuorria]

Fourth Age / Terrestrial Age

Circa 1,000 ybe (Circa 2,500 ybk)

  • Humans expand into dwarven territory [Honderreich].

Circa 500 ybe (Circa 1,500 ybk)

  • Humans expand into the northwest [Galtain] and east [Voztok].

See Also:
Ancient Era
Sixth Age

Edited August 22nd, 2015; June 25th, 2016; June 15, 2018; September 9, 2018; September 15, 2018; May 25, 2019; May 30, 2019; Nov 30, 2019; Dec 9, 2019; April 21, 2020.

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