The Common Age

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Although the War of Golla and Marada had ended, some remnants of both the Maradian forces and the Gollan forces stranded on Mythania continued to fight in a senseless war for decades more.

Third Age of Darkness

By 50 CA (the Common Age), nothing remained of the former Maradian or Gollan forces. The entire world had become a lawless frontier of chaos and anarchy, terrorized by Abominations and plagued by barbarian tribes and marauding raiders.

The great cities of Marada had crumbled into ruins, and what remained of its crowning towers loomed over desolate wastelands and wild forests. Yet, out of this darkness, new kingdoms began to arise as warring tribes united under the banner of powerful warlords and sorcerers.

Although the lands continue to be plagued by chaos and barbarians, civilization begins to rebuild. Over the next few centuries, the world population has recovered to about 30 million, and within 200 years would rise to some 50 million.

The Waking of the World

Around the year 390 of the Common Age, the Archidoxy began to send scores of holy paladins and missionaries out from their heavily guarded monasteries to bring civilization back to Celaphania. The Stronghold of Corradon, built upon the deep ruins of Avan Corrion, establishes itself as the last bastion of civilization, ruled by a series of kings determined to bring stability and order to a world shattered by terror, anarchy, and war. Soon after, the kingdom of Armillia is founded by the legendary King Lothair, with its capital of Corradon and a sizable military force to bring peace and order to the land. Several neighboring kingdoms arise as well, including Aeleon.

In Tarrona, the eastern kingdom of Antaria is united by King Dogart Meravan. Antaria flourishes as a kingdom, but is isolated by wilderness and deserts. Early explorers began venturing out to the wildlands beyond the kingdom’s boarders, reporting of strange peoples and kingdoms to the west and to the south. Over the next 100 years, Antaria expands from the shores of the Eastern Bay (the Bay of Antaria), and eventually grows to encompass the entire eastern quarter of the continent of Tarrona. With trade and prosperity renewed, the age of feudal war in western Tarrona comes to an end, and the kings of Tilsha extends their armies from Duntara to Tir Andraith and Alandar. With trade and prosperity renewed, the age of feudal war in western Tarrona drew to an end.

Beginning around 540 CA, a great shadow swept across the lands of Celaphania. Plagues killed thousands, insects and rats infested every home from Glaven to Relmar, and monsters prowled every corner of every duchy and barony. Mystics and seers pointed to the Azanian Jungle as the source of this despair, telling of some unspeakable evil lurking there. The heart of this dark land comes to be known as the Bloodlands.

The Age of Valor

In 550 CA, the holy warrior Kalamon, Temple Knight of the Order of Arani, sets off from the Archidox to face the coming darkness. While exploring a cave in 555 CA, Kalamon had a vision that a great darkness was coming, and when he awoke, he found that he had gained the divine sword Warbringer. By 560 CA, Kalamon succeeded in uniting an army of Archidox paladins and other followers, forging the mighty kingdom of Valaria with its capital, the holy city of Valaris.

However, the malevolent Shadow of Azania grew in power, carving out an empire of darkness. Demonsworn warriors, Fellspawn hordes, and Abominations of every kind stormed into southern Celaphania, led by a malevolent demonic being known as Nightloch. Kalamon lead his army against Nighloch and his Fellspawn hordes, but the war did not fare well for the king of Valaria. In a pitched battle in the heart of the Bloodlands, Kalamon faces off with the Demon Lord himself. Although Kalamon was killed, Nightloch was vanquished and portal to Atracus was once again sealed.

Although Valaria collapsed shortly after Kalamon’s death, the Archidoxy gained followers rapidly as the legend of Kalamon spread across Celaphania and beyond.

The Age of the Three Realms

Fueled by the rise of alchemy, magic, firearms, and clockwork machines, a new age of feudal warfare tears across Celaphania. The great kingdoms clash in a brutal game of politics, intrigue, and warfare, known as the War of the Realms. In 780 CA, the Archidoxy succeeds in calling together the kings of the nine most powerful kingdoms and settles the War of the Realms in the Ratification Treaty of 780. An uneasy peace is at last restored.

In 820 CA the Three Realms were effectively established when the kingdom of Armillia absorbed Camaccia, becoming the Kingdom of Celania, and the kingdoms of Provania and Delcarta unified as the Republic of Glaven. Relica, Seranosa, Crethia, and Frayor also entered a common alliance, and by 850, they had become the Regency of Relmar. During this same time, in Tarrona, the kingdom of Antaria entered its golden age of peace and prosperity.

For the next 300 years, the Three Realms entered into a golden age of science, art, and discovery. The period marks the development of new airships, advanced clockwork machines, and all manner of empowered devices and wondrous artifacts.

However, by the year 1220, the military might of Celania had waned; their leaders had become wealthy, gluttonous, and decadent. A series of drawn out succession wars tore Celania apart, now collectively known as the Patrician War, which lasted until the outbreak of the War of Tyranny. At the same time, the Republic of Glaven and the Regency of Relmar fell into turmoil, resulting in much civil unrest and petty wars. Some foresaw a new dark age looming on the horizon.

With the glory of the Three Realms waning, a new power began to arise. Lord Ptakn of the Tricarian Triumvirancy extended his power from Tricar across much of the southern Sea of Isles. In 1315, under the command of Ptakn’s son, Lord Renek, Tricarian forces seize control of Sculdora. Later that same year, his forces also seized control of the island of Nuram, securing the valuable novarite mines and refineries there. Soon after, an advanced expedition of Triclops forces move through the countries of Arkana and Antilla, and the Tricarian Triumvirancy soon took control of Arkana and Antilla as colonial annexes.

In 1320 CA, the High King of Celania was assassinated in an apparent failed conspiracy between the Patriarch of the Archidoxy and several high ranking Archidox sacredants and theocrats. What remains of the Three Realms fall into chaos. Historians later theorize that agents of the Tricarian Triumvirancy, or their secret allies, may have been behind the conspiracy.

The War of Tyranny

In the year 1322, Triclops forces stormed through southern Celaphania, launching armies and fleets from their colonial annexes of Arkana and Antilla. In less than a year, over half of southern Celaphania fell under the control of the Tricarian Triumvirancy. Celania and Glaven readied for an inevitable war with the Triclopes, but with their kingdoms being mere echoes of what they once had been, the situation was bleak at best.

With much of Celaphania under their dominion, the Triclopes turned their attention to Tarrona, storming into Suddaea and landing ships along the coast of Tilsha. Beginning around 1323, Clovis Maradelion, the new Wielder of Warbringer, formed a rebellion against the Tyranny. He was soon joined by the army of Ulrick of Tilsha, and King Azzard of Suddaea.

The War of Tyranny raged on for several more years as the rebel armies battled the occupying Triclops forces. Torn by internal political conflict and fighting a war on two fronts, the Tricarian Empire finally collapsed in 1330 CA. The insane emperor Renek was put down by his own sister, Myrrian. The War of Tyranny was finally over.

The Rise and Fall of New Antaria

With the Tyranny overthrown, the nations of the world began to rebuild. At the same time, however, barbarism and chaos were also on the rise. In Celaphania, political turmoil and conflicts between feuding lords over various successions and territories continued to escalate. There were countless “minor wars” between nobles, especially in Glaven, which was ruled by powerful merchant houses.

Around this same time, the Dark Kingdoms took shape in the barbaric northern lands of Tarrona. The expansion of Kendes, Darmania, and Kaldea through northern Tarrona was quick and savage. They fell short of the Antarian border, but skirmishes between Kaldea and Antaria along the Vestulga River only escalated as tension between the nations continued to rise. Having scarce natural resources and little arable land, Kendes began to build foundries and factories to produce raw materials and goods.

In 1380, with support from Kendes and Darmania, Kaldean forces invaded northern Antaria. Although he was encouraged to flee, the elderly King Clovis donned his armor and took his mighty sword Warbringer in hand. With the last of his army, King Clovis stood against the onslaught. In an explosion so great “it seemed the sun had descended upon the earth,” the invading armies were obliterated. King Clovis’s body was never found, and Warbringer had again vanished from the face of the earth. Kaldea withdrew back to its northern lands.

With their king slain and their territories in chaos, Antaria collapsed within a matter of years. The Baronies of Ambricar were all that remained of the once unified kingdom of Antaria, thanks chiefly to the establishment of the baronial council in Eddonkeep in Tareneth. To their north, the region between Kaldea and Ambricar came to be known as the Ruined Lands.

The Age of Progress

The modern age, generally known as the Age of Progress, began around 1400 CA. Great technological advances continued during this period, leading to the widespread use of steam-power, airships, and aeronefs, while new discoveries in alchemy, medicine, and engineering lifted civilization to heights not seen since the Age of Marada.

Airship, by Andrew Porter

Between 1500 and 1530 CA, further developments in aeronautics, mechanics, and manufacturing heralded extraordinary new inventions. Locomotive engines thundered across vast distances, hauling trains of box cars and passengers to far-away destinations. Mighty aircruisers plowed through cloud-veiled skies, and burgeoning new manufactories brought jobs to the thousands who flocked to the cities in search of new dreams and new opportunities.

At the same time, the highly industrialized nation of Kendes, under the rule of their ruthless Ramahaj, made even greater strides in the fields of alchemy, thaumaturgy, and aetheric over-science. There, in the heart of the Dark Kingdoms, the Age of Progress became a nightmare of sorcerous evil and urban decay. Alchemical horrors and monstrous war machines brought terror and destruction upon all who opposed the tyrannical regime. While the great and powerful luxuriated in the decadence of unimaginable wealth, the starving masses howled beneath the crushing wheel of unrelenting industry.

The Rise of the Grand Imperium

Threatened by the aggressive Dark Kingdoms, the kingdoms of Tilsha, Alandar, and Braondel united to form the Commonwealth and began building up their armies and fleets. As a result, the Ramahaj of Kendes strengthened his own military forces and formed political alliances with Darmania and Kaldea. With the establishment of the Samadha Hajrahan (the Imperial Ascendancy) in 1520 as the governing authority of the three nations, the Grand Imperium was officially formed. By then, the capital of Kendes, Kalkhemed, had developed into a city of mighty towers, reaching spires, and black iron walls. Their technology was well ahead of Tilsha and Armillia, and their military might grew with every passing year.

In 1530, Leleka and parts of northern Stragovia were annexed into the Grand Imperium. The military of Stragovia fought fiercely to block any further Kendes and Darmanian advances, but to little avail. Conflicts also increased on the northern border of Alandar and in the Ruined Lands north of the Baronies of Ambricar.

In 1536, the Ramahaj and all members of the Samadha Hajrahan were brutally assassinated. The sinister Tenebrean Order seized power and placed a terrifying sorceress, the Imperatrix Mundi, on the throne. In 1537, the Grand Imperium unleashed its massive war machine upon Tarrona. The armies of Darmania stormed into Stragovia and Kaldea attacked Ambricar.

So began the War of Wars.

Juggernaut, by Andrew Porter

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