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A Brief Timeline of CorylakEdit
The First Empire Edit
?-approximately 5000 BE: The Reign of the Kror. The Kror were a reptilian race of powerful wizards who lived in what are now known as the Ancient Lands. They had an unrivaled ability to infuse magic into powerful artifacts. They were the creators of many of the powerful artifacts of Corylak such as the Crystal Eagle and the Swords of Power. They crafted and guided many of the races into their present forms.
The Golden Empire Edit
Kerenus created the first elves, now known as the Wild Elves. Lauren, goddess of the sun, would later create the High Elves who would build the Golden Empire. As it expanded, Eoghan created the Sea Elves to rule the oceans.
The Golden Empire was a vast trading Empire that spanned most of Essenon. Elven roads spanned the continent, and their fleets ruled the seas. They traded with all, and grew immensely wealthy. Unfortunately, this led to a certain degree of decadence among some of the elves as they used their magic to satisfy their every whim.
As the goddess of magic, many of these elves worshipped Lauryth, goddess of the moon. As gods influence their followers, so their followers influence them. Lauryth began to be jealous of her twin Lauren. Kerenus was consort to both, but Lauryth began to want him to herself. She told him of her desire, but was rebuffed. In a jealous rage, she slew him. As god of the Cycle, he arose again at dawn and utterly rejected her. In horror she fled, taking her followers with her to the hidden places of the earth and transforming them into the Dark Elves. Goddess and worshippers spiraled into madness as each fed the other's insanity.
One of the final races molded by the Kror was humanity. Humans wander the Plainslands before their nomadic existence takes them both north and south to more fertile lands. When they reach the Njord Mountains they meet the dwarves. The two races compliment each other well and trade with the more advanced dwarves hastens the tribes' march towards civilization. The dwarves warn humans to avoid the Great Green.
Approximately 3000-2000 BE: As humans begin to settle the west of Essenon their gods gain in power. The Six Cities are founded and become the centers of human civilization. As humanity pushes east into the Great Green conflict between elves and humans arises. The elves see the humans as little better than the orcs from the same plainslands. The Druidic Order Is founded during this time. Towards the end of this period Kyrlund is settled by humans.
Approximately 2000 BE: A freedom-loving warrior known as Korin leads humanity in a crusade against a tyrannical elven king. In the end both are killed, but Korin is ascended to godhood. The city she saved is renamed Saint Korin in her honor. Her ascension shocks the elves, as no elf has ever joined the Gods in Corylak.
Over the next few centuries war sporadically breaks out between humans and elves. Hostilities fester between the Gods in Corylak and the Gods Above. The native deities feel that the outsiders have no rights to intrude upon Corylak while the Spirit Plane deities see the Gods in Coylak as pseudo-deities.
Approximately 1500 BE: Dwarves settle Mount Kyrlund.
The Dark Empire Edit
Approximately 900 years BE: Tan'jhin is born. During his adventuring career he is the first to discover the Crystal Eagle. The power of the artifact corrupts his once-noble intentions, and he uses it to create his Dark Empire. He invades Essenon, conquering the Six Cities and subjugating most of humanity under his rule. At some point he becomes undead through a compact with Raeghoss.
Approximately 800 years BE: The War of the Gods. Tan'jhin invades the Golden Empire. With the Crystal Eagle his forces are unstoppable. His forces nearly destroy the Sea Elves as Eoghan throws his people into suicidal attacks on Tan'jhin's fleets until led by Dakyaer they rebel. Finally the gods themselves intervene. The Gods in Corylak shatter the Crystal Eagle and scatter it through Corylak, destroy much of Tan'jhin's home country in northern Dracis turning it into the Desert of Sorrows, and are preparing to destroy humanity itself when the Gods Above join the fight. The two sides pit their divine powers against each other and the very earth twists in agony as reality itself begins to unravel. The Ancients choose to stop the war before Corylak is damaged. Arcane, Azan, and Eon appear and force an end to hostilities. The Great Compact is created at this time, ruling over divine actions in Corylak from that point on.
With the death of Tan'jhin, the Six Cities battle for supremacy. A century and a half follow in which at least one of the city-states is at war nearly the entire time.
The Empire Edit
The Clayton Dynasty Edit
24 BE: Boreal Clayton is born
4 BE: Tan'jhin is awakened at the Cursed Citadel
4-3 BE: Tan'jhin gathers his forces and marches against Essenon
4 IY: The city-state Tythus is brought under Boreal's rule.
Raiders from Kyrlund attack Garan destroying much of the city and capturing King Avestes. Sigvard slew the king before Boreal could stop him. The remaining Garan forces and a contingent from Ockveld joined Boreal's forces in pursuing the Kyrlund raiders. Boreal would besiege Trondheim and nearly destroy the city.
5 IY: Garan and Ockveld join the Empire
Abraham 'Lionclaw' Clayton is born
7 IY: Zanad joins the Empire
9 IY: The Empire helps Linfeld repel a massive goblin invasion. Linfeld joins the Empire
39 IY: Taran Clayton Is born
46 IY: Lionclaw forms the Knights of the Empire
55 IY: Prycal is born
71 IY: Prycal joins the Knights of the Empire
76 IY: The demon princess Kethess corrupts Prycal
77 IY: Lionclaw slain by Prycal, as well as most of the Knights of the Empire. The defiled temple of Olstir becomes a portal to the Abyss, leading to the Second Battle of Eaglecrest. In the end Prycal slays Kethess and takes her place.
Lionclaw's son Taran Clayton takes the throne.
81 IY: Tan'jhin frames the Empire for the massacre of the Duhri tribe of Plainsmen. The Plainsmen's distrust of the city dwellers causes serious tensions, and when one of Tan'jhin's lieutenants dominates several key players during peace talks, war erupts. The Plainsmen ride upon Zanad, and the Empire scrambles to reinforce the city in time.
82 IY: After months of siege, Taran Clayton shows the Empire's innocence. After diplomacy had failed, he led a quest to recover Sword of Power known as Verity. He then gives it to the High Warchieftain Naland to use as he sees fit. Naland discovers the truth, and both armies move against the Cursed Citadel, razing it to the ground and destroying Tan'jhin once again.
The Long Peace Edit
347 IY: A horde of Orcs led by Katak One-eye attacks Saint Korin. The Empire assists in repelling them. While Saint Korin still refuses to join the Empire, this event establishes friendly relations between the nations.
657 IY: Tsillanabor is born.
714 IY: Silverfall is destroyed by the red dragon Farkhax. Kire swears vengeance upon evil dragons.
721 IY: Kire kills Farkhax.
768 IY: Kire is knighted by the Emperor for his aid in protecting Tythus from a pair of dragons.
The Dark Times Edit
806 IY: Linfeld is nearly destroyed by a contagious zombie plague caused by a demon engine. The perpetrators are never found.
808 IY: The Final War of the Gods. The forces of Prycal and Tan'jhin invade Kyrlund and cadcpture the Well of Worlds. Boreal Clayton returns and leads the forces of the Empire into Kyrlund, where Brock Magnusson has been fighting the invaders. Tsillanabor and the gods attempt to stop the destruction. Brock slays Prycal, Tsillanabor is finally forced to use Raze and Godslayer together to sever Corylak from the Infinite Road to save it from being consumed by the Abyss. Cut off from the Spirit Planes, the Gods Above perish. The release of deific energy ascends the critically injured Brock, Boreal, Thandarras, and Tan'jhin to godhood, but bound to Corylak. Before hostilities recommence, Eon reminds them that the Great Compact now applies to them.