The Third Age of Man

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The Third Age of Man began with the foundation of the city of Zeth almost six millennia after the foundation of Thenos in Aebasa, over one thousand years after the Curse of Tongues was inflicted on humanity, leading to the Long Night. The foundation of Zeth on Aurea coincided with the rise of the Kingdom, later Empire, of Balguran on Gallorea. The Old Gods had returned to their creation as the Tuatha de Dannan became less and less involved in the world, though this time they directed their faithful in portents and granted power indirectly to their priests, instead of directly influencing events as they had done in the First Age of Man.

The Third Age of Man is dominated by the rise of the Great Empire on Aurea and its expansion into Duria, as well as its slow contraction from the continent in the last half of the Age. The conquest of Koramia on Duria and the re-emergence of the dwarves after the recovery of the Goblet of Gundagor in the last century of the Age seemed to ensure that this would be the final, lasting Age of Man, but events conspired to bring humanity low once more. First, the Mage-King of Lun Dorak, Lucasa, gained the Imperial Throne in Zeth and set to conquer Koramia before being defeated by a combined army of humans, elves and orcs in the Mage War. Then a dark conqueror from another dimension arrived and attempted to destroy Creation in a bid for not only godhood, but to become the sole god of all universes. Though both conquerors were thwarted, the damage had been done.

With another recession of the Elder Gods, the Dark Times had begun.

Timeline

Original article: Third Age of Man Timeline
Imperial Year Aebasan Year Neptaran Year Event
631 B.I. 5995 A.C. 120 N.C. The Third Age of Man; The Foundation of Zeth, Rise of the Empire of Balguran
458 6168 293 The Republic, touted to be the first democracy, is founded in Zeth
200 6426 551 Aescalapean ships first arrive at Zeth to trade goods from the barbarian north.
192 6434 559 The War of the Golden Coast begins when an Aescalapean pirate vessel attacking Zetian merchant vessels is discovered to be lead by an Aescalapean nobleman.
189 6437 562 During the War of the Golden Coast, Zeth is blockaded by the powerful Aescalapean navy. The blockade is recalled as Zetian infantry arrive in Aescalapea via Ganesia.
187 6439 564 The War of the Golden Coast ends as the Aescalapean city of Dracar is sacked by Zetian troops. The Aescalapean royal palace in Dracar is dismantled and its stones used to build a temple to Galea. House Gabinius is given oversight of the newly-founded Zetian colony.
123 6503 628 Larstat II, a king of the northern barbarians who lived in present-day Koramia, sent a messenger to Zeth to purchase mercenaries to assist in his war against the Xaclos
120 6506 631 Marcus Argentis arrives with most of the Imperial fleet on the shores of present-day Koramia
87 6539 664 Septimius of House Varros defeats Aaronar VI, the last King of the Kamaros, in present-day Cambrecia
80 6545 670 Valerius Marcosi establishes the Code of Urban Law in Neptaris, the legal document that would be used in the city for the next millennia and a half.
75 6551 676 Marcus Argentis dies, having conquered the lands of present-day Koramia, Pelusia, Illyria, Nagos and Media for the Republic of Zeth.
1 I.C. 6626 751 Octavius of House Zetar elected first Emperor of Zeth by the Senate, ending the Republic. Cambrecia is one of the last of the Outer Territories of the Republic to acknowledge his rulership, and rebellions will scar the nation for the next century and a half
149 6774 899 After a century and a half of endless rebellions, Emperor Metius the Elder of House Livius sends Ionnanes II, Pontifex of Zelos, to Septarium in an attempt to quell the rebels through conversion
186 IC 6811 AT 936 NC Garimund of Ryard discovers the Galley of Destiny and the Koram, the holy book upon which the Koramian heresy is based
312 6937 1062 First Succession War in the Great Empire begins with the death of Emperor Antigonus Gabinius.
318 6945 1068 Antipater Varro becomes first Elected Emperor since Octavius.
321 6948 1071 Imperial forces defeat the last of the pretenders to the Imperial throne, ending the First Succession War.
345 6972 1095 Farmers, irritated with Imperial power in Cambrecia, migrate to present-day Enesia
371 6998 1121 Ditis Carnifex of House Gabinius murders ruling Emperor, ending the Time of Elected Emperors and starting the Second Succession War.
376 7003 1126 Octavius Augustus Zetar defeats Vitellis Gabinius, last of the pretenders, ending the Second Succession War.
c. 431 c. 7058 c. 1181 The Empire of Balguran crumbles; Adanar is founded by King Falgran
526 7153 1276 The School of St. Aurelius in Utherios, one of the oldest existing bardic colleges outside of the Empire, is established in Enesia
628 7255 1378 The last two Imperial garrisons in present-day Koramia proclaim their independence from the Empire, ending Imperial rule in the region
645 7272 1395 King Alexius Duros is quietly crowned in Enesia by the local Episcopus of Podalirius, establishing the nation as a monarchy. The Emperor of Zeth does not act to prevent this act of independence.
715 7342 1465 Simon of Gaut, a mercenary, is exiled from the Kingdom of Dregnost and uses his army to found Nadera.
724 7351 1474 The Emperor Cecropius of House Gradivius pens a letter to the Pontifex of Zelos in Septarium informing him that Cambrecia will have to see to its own defenses, signaling the end of true Imperial power on the continent of Duria.
754 7381 1504 The city of Paladinium in present-day Koramia proclaims its independence from the local barbarian king, using Neptaris as a model for its government.
762 7389 1512 Jeremiah Tovex, last of the Cambrecian Kings, abdicates his power of rulership to the Pontifex of Zelos, making Geraldus the first Potentate of Cambrecia.
804 7431 1554 The Electorate in Paladinium decides to disband and elects Bernard Margwenth as its Lord Earl
823 7450 1573 A shipping accident sinks a Lagorkan merchant vessel belonging to the Vazdid family in Nadera, sparking the War of Flame.
830 7457 1580 The War of Flame ends with the capture of the Naderan King; The Vazdid Occupation begins in Nadera. The Saphracine Watch is founded to guard Vazdid interests there.
894 7521 1644 A bloody civil war in the Earldom of Margwenth in present-day Koramia ends in the re-establishment of the Electorate by followers of Vortumnus under the banner of Tristan Greysword I and the city of Paladinium is renamed Paeldain in defiance to its Imperial roots
900 7527 1650 After centuries of denying power to the nobility and, eventually, inheritance by primogeniture, the Potentate of Zelos convinces the Emperor Metaurus of House Drusus to grant the nation of Cambrecia to the Church of Zelos, thus establishing the Holy See of Cambrecia and permanently destroying the power of the noble families. The capital city of Septarium is renamed Zelosia City.
c. 973 c. 7600 c. 1723 After a crippling merchant war at home in Lagorka, the Vazdids leave Nadera, which is subsequently plundered by Vazdid's enemies.
980 7607 1730 The Gray Lord of Thet is defeated in the Battle of Bloodrust in Adanar by King Ilyard of Haleland
989 7616 1739 By this time, Queen Aishah "the Bloody" Izuel has taken effective control of Nadera.
1002 7629 1752 Death without issue of Emperor Orestes Sergius results in the Third Succession War.
1028 7655 1778 Queen Zebba of Nadera expands the powers of the Saphracine Watch to include spying upon and enforcing the Royal Will on the nobility.
1029 7656 1779 Gaius Aurelius Zetar defeats Manius Acilius Drusus, ending the Third Succession War in the Great Empire.
1033 7660 1783 The Fell King of Thet marches against Adanar, starting the Long War
1053 7680 1803 With the death of Queen Zebba in Nadera and the subsequent assassination of her successor by the Saphracine Watch, the Succession War begins.
1073 7700 1823 The Naderan Royal Code ends the Succession War, establishing the Council of Princes.
1108 7735 1858 The bloody War of Eagles begins in Adanar with the death of King Galen Tolgran without heir
1129 7756 1879 King Valmaar Vercimanon is victorious in the War of Eagles in Adanar, but the power of the crown is crushed; as a result, the Council of Lords is founded and gains the power to make laws
c. 1155 c. 7782 c. 1905 King Myrsus Varuna of Nadera, elected to his position by the Council of Princes, mandates that the Saphracine Watch be used to spy on its neighbors, instead of dealing with internal dissention.
1180 7807 1930 William V Greysword is elected Lord Earl of Paeldain, the youngest to hold that position
1183 7810 1933 In a narrow election by the Electorate in Paeldain, William V Greysword is crowned King William I of Paeldain and Lord Protector of the Koramic Code
1197 7824 1947 King William I of Paeldain receives a vision from Vortumnus, commanding him to re-unify the lands of present-day Koramia
1198 7825 1948 The Potentate of Cambrecia releases trade restrictions on Neptaris, resulting in increased trade and a strengthening of the merchant class in both regions.
1201 7078 1951 King William I of Paeldain is proclaimed King of Koramia. The Potentate of Cambrecia issues a strong message of condemnation for the Heretic-King and breaks off trade relations with Paeldain and any who flocked to the Greysword’s banner
1204 7081 1954 Increased tension with Koramia results in the declaration of war by the Potentate, which is reciprocated by King William I.
1210 7837 1960 Koramia is reunified under King William Greysword I.
1211 7838 1961 William Greysword I, King of Koramia, dies in battle, but leaves a legacy of a relatively peaceful kingdom to his heir
1247 7874 1997 Kor'dal becomes Great Khan of the orcs of Tazgrat and begins to march his armies towards the Mabean Marches.
1248 7875 1998
1249 7876 1999
1250 7877 2000
  • The Goblet of Gundagor is discovered in Koramia and returned to the dwarves under the Divian Mountains; end of the Second War of the Sun. Baron Algernon Marn of Koramia becomes first human ambassador to the dwarves in millennia.
  • The Imperial fleet sets sail for Koramia in a planned surprise attack on the nation. Later that year, William Greysword I, First King of Koramia, returns to lead his country against the Imperial invasion.
  • The dwarves of the Janos Mountains, having received word about the return of the Goblet of Gundagore, arrive in Adanar to establish trade relations with humans. The Adan, having never ever heard of the Goblet, are confused, but eagerly begin trading with the metal-rich dwarves.
1251 7878 2001
1252 7879 2002
  • The only son of Emperor Publius Antonius dies. The Emperor's closest advisor, Lucius, is named heir. Lucius, now of House Zetar, leads the armies in Koramia and succeeds in taking Paeldain. King William Greysword I and his family are slain defending Paeldain. The Greysword's son-in-law, Gawyn Asheva, is crowned King and flees to a hidden stronghold in the Divian Mountains. Late in the year, the Emperor of Zeth dies and is succeeded by Lucius, who reveals himself to be the Mage-King, Lucasa of Lun Dorak. The Imperial capital is moved to the Sapphire City in Lun Dorak.
  • In Adanar, the dwarves of the Janos mountains open an embassy and begin trade negotiations with humans in the region.
1253 7880 2003
1254 7881 2004 The Imperial Governor of the [[Mabean Marches] dies and civil war erupts between loyalists to the Empire and local forces. By the end of the year, Tancorix, a Mabean member of the Imperial forces in the Mabean Marches, betrays and defeats Imperial forces. He is crowned King of Donnagh by the druids of Ywys. Ywys breaks its alliance with the Empire and allies with Donnagh.
1255 7882 2005
1256 7883 2006 Mitaria is attacked by an armada of Valtang warships. Instead of merely raiding, the Valtang barbarians begin building forts and seem intent on taking the country. Mitaria requests assistance from the Empire. Still without an Emperor, the Empire sends no troops to Mitaria to defend it from the Valtang invaders. King Tostig the Red of the Valtang arrives in Mitaria to lead the invasion.
1257 7884 2007 With most of the Imperial troops in Mitaria defeated, King Tostig the Red names his son, Aelfric the Bold, King of Mitaria and returns to Valtaan.
1259 7886 2009 King Clovar V Tuepierre of Narbonne is slain in battle and his son, Dagaric, is crowned King by the Bishop of Grischamp. By the end of the season, Dagaric has quelled most of the fighting in the nation with the assistance of the Order of the Red Band, an order of Koramian Paladins.
1261 7888 2011 The Crimson Plague strikes in Lagorka and quickly spreads along trade routes westward. By the end of the year, the Plague has reached Aebasa, despite sometimes militant attempts to curb its spread.
1262 7889 2012