A Brief History of Ærth, as it is known commonly to the Peoples of the Fourth Age.
BP 16, 453 -- The Awakening (First Age of Ærth)
BP 13,781 -- The Foundings of the Ælven Great Households
BP 13,687 -- The War of the Serpent begins
BP 12,856 -- The War of the Serpent concludes
BP 12,684 -- The Sundering (Second Age of Ærth)
BP 10,835 -- The War of the Shadow begins
BP 9,765 -- The Advent of Dwarvenkind
BP 9,760 -- The Intervention, Second Cataclysm and conclusion of the War of the Shadow
BP 9,750 -- The Donation of Man (Third Age of Ærth)
The Goblin Wars 7,643 years BP The fall of someplace The great retreat The council of The foundation of The foundation of the elderian empire. The war of the shadow The fall of the elderian empire
Epochs of ÆrthEdit
Little is known about the time before the coming of Ælvenkind and less yet is known that is certain. It is thought that, even then, Ærth was old and had been inhabited for æons. In those primordial times, great beings, whom lesser beings would later call gods and demons, marshaled their followers against one another, vying for control of the world. It is supposed that these battles lasted for millennia, as each side sought a lasting advantage that would wrest the world from its opponents. It is thought that these machinations resulted in the First Cataclysm, an event that tore continents apart and separated seas. What actions led to this destruction is not known, but it is thought that it was at this time when the great beings who had fought so long for Ærth simply withdrew from it in all but a vestigal presence.
The Awakening (The First Age of Ærth)Edit
It is into this broken yet beautiful world that the forefathers of the Fae awoke in the rift valleys of Baq-Keer, beneath the light of Ærth's triple moons and starry sky. There, they learned to love Ærth, walking in the forests and mountain passes, dancing beneath sun and stars, tasting of fresh air and water. This Awakening marked the beginning of the First Age of Ærth, as it is now reckoned by its current peoples, occuring according to the Fae some 16,000 years ago. As the Fae began to differentiate themselves into kith and kin and as they became more numerous and began to spread over the land, they discovered that they were not alone. Everywhere they found scars of the previous age. Ruinations of evil that sought to destroy; remnants of good and of nature they sought to bend to their will. As a consequence, some of the greatest magicks of Ælvenkind originate from this era. But aside from these artifacts of antiquity, they encountered other beings, the vilest being the Serpentfolk, the Yig-Ti, of Valuch Thossos.
These evil remnants from the past ages had survived deep in inpenetrable jungles in their cities of stone worshipping their departed masters. Though diminished from their former strength when they had served their gods in the flesh, the Yig-Ti still posed a great threat to the nascent Fae. It is from this time that the Founding of the Great Households date, an organizing deemed necessary to meet the reptilian threat of the Old World. With their princes and captains now chosen, The Hosts of the Fae eventually carried the battle to profane sanctuaries of Valuch Thossos and that professed to eradicate that ancient evil from the lands of Ærth, in a lengthy war known to Ælvenkind as the War of the Serpent.
The Sundering (The Second Age of Ærth)Edit
However, as is often the case, victory brought disaffection for the victors, who some felt no longer should continue to pursue martial virtues, but rather should now return to the natural world and its understanding. Amongst the Fey, those known now to humans as the Elves most strongly retained their warrior vigil against the return of evil and many now undertook the building of great cities and citadels throughout Baq-Keer. Others turned to the sea and began building great sea-faring vessels and thus began the exploration and mapping of what was then the shores of Ærth. This in turn led to foundations of cities and citadels on distant shores and the diaspora of the Elves and those among the Fey who sought life beyond the war-weary shores of Baq-Keer, from this Sundering the Fey date the beginning of the Second Age of Ærth, some 12,000 years ago.
Far-flung settlements brought renewed contact with remnants of the First Cataclysm. Though none of the Yig-Ti were encountered, many wilding elemental creatures inhabited the lonely places of Ærth, both good and evil. It was in The Second Age that the Fey first encountered the abominations of nature that resulted when the lesser primordial spirits inhabited the bodies of animals, producing misshapen and fiercer versions of the originals. Some of these the Fey embraced and nurtured, most they hunted to the death. Vast areas of elemental energies still resided in distant lands as well, and those that did not overwhelm and destroy the wide-ranging Fey of the Second Age were harnessed or dispersed.
In the land that would become known as Ærind, the Fey eventually encountered a great fortress of dark design, Angmordia, an entire region bastioned against the coming of the Fey, for the masters of that country knew well the fate of the Yig-Ti. There, great armies of evil had been assembled and marshaled under the scourging of great beings who drove the masses against all who resisted. A great number of Elves had settled upon Ærind in that day, and these were beset in their cities and fortress wherever they had been built. The greatest of the Households now took up the lance and sword again, and turned the battle back upon the Shadow, as the evil was known. These campaigns slowly drove the hordes of evil back into Angmordia, until victory seemed certain for the Elves. At that moment, the ruler of Angmordia was revealed to be no less than Tiamat, and she now released her dragon broods upon an unsuspecting world. These new and powerful creatures overwhelmed the Elves and few could stand before their onslaught.
It was then that Elves made a second discover in Ærind, for unbeknownst to them (and to Tiamat), Dvergar (Dwarvenkind) had awoken beneath the mountains there and had built fabulous cities and mined deep depths. These now revealed themselves to the world, marching into battle against the dragons and allowing the Elves to make an orderly retreat into their fortresses. However, even the assistance of the Dwarves could not tip the balance, and in that time it appeared the free peoples of Ærind would perish beneath the fiendish fist of Angmordia, with the rest of Ærth to follow. It was then that the Great Powers returned to Ærth, an act known to the Fae as the Intervention. Sweeping across Ærind, they drove the mixed draconic armies to the very gates of Angmordia, tore open the pits to the light of day, and cast out Tiamat. In so returning her to Hell, the Powers not only destroyed her fortress, but again rent the very fabric of Ærth in a Second Cataclysm that caused the lands of Ærth to take their now familiar form.
The Donation of Man (The Third Age of Ærth)Edit
The Great Powers looked upon the ruination that both their neglect and their hands had wrought, and further upon the decimation that had been visited upon the Fae and the Elves in particular, and decided that the world was too empty and evil to numerous. Thus they conceived the Donation of Man, creating nascent colonies of mankind throughout the world and setting the Fae as caretakers for the younger race. The Powers predicted that mankind would become numerous and fill the empty spaces of the lands, holding and claiming it in a way foreign to the Fae, but in such a manner as to hinder the open workings of evil. With this Donation, the Fae mark the beginning of the Third Age of Ærth.
And so it came to pass that Men became numerous and emulated their teachers, learning to build in wood and stone in poor imitation of the Elvish and Dwarvish works that preceded them. The Fae discovered that the lives of men were short, but their soul burned hot and in many generations, they had learned to equal the accomplishments of the Second Age, traveling about and building great empires over the face of Ærth. However, everywhere, Men remained jealous of that which the Fae and even the Dwarves could not give, their long lives, and even though in that day men lived several hundred years, the millennia that comprised the Fae and the Dvergar lives made even the longest lived human lifespan seem but a short while.
It was in this Age that the Great Lie was introduced, that somehow the Fae kept the secret of long life unto themselves and allowed their lesser cousins to die. Whence this came was never clear, but it served to interpose mistrust and resentment between the humans and their Fae teachers. separation, strife, lessening of the watch for the Shadows return,
Goblin Wars (demonic/devil intervention)y
The Fourth AgeEdit
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