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A Timeline of Blackmoor on Mystara

The dates presented here are based on the assumption (from HW and others) that 4000 BC is the beginning of the Blackmoor era. That being said, there are a few interpretations that could be made- 1) 4000 BC is the date of the events depicted in DA1. 2) 4000 BC is the date of the declaration of the Kingdom of Blackmoor. 3) 4000 BC is the date that Emperor Iyx learns of the Afridhi movement, and hence, the date events leading to Blackmoor's rise begin. 4) 4000 BC is an approximation of the time that Blackmoor begins its rise. For various reasons, I went with 4), making it the first year of the reign of Emperor Iyx. This jibes with some of the information given, plus I like it for aesthetic reasons. Whichever the case you may choose, the dates herein are all relative. (In other words, if you change the date of the 1st year of Emperor Iyx, an event that takes place 15 years later in my timeline will still take place 15 years later.) As always, any commentary/criticism is welcomed. :)

5000 BC/0 UC
  • The First Republic of Thonia begins its rise to prominence in the world.
  • DA1, DAB
    4887 BC/113 UC
  • Legendary birth date of Uberstar Khazakhum, dwarvish hero.
  • DA1
    4500 - 4480 BC/500 - 520 UC
  • Uberstar Khazakhum founds the Great Mines, earning the nickname "the Great Architect." He becomes King of the Dwarves of the North.
  • DA1, DAB
    4300 BC/700 UC
  • The North (and Blackmoor) is being settled.
  • Thonian refugees settle the far banks of the Misauga River; they begin calling themselves "the Unwanted."
  • First Unwanted begin to settle along Misauga River. A second group of Unwanted begin to settle along the coast, founding the towns of Robinsport, Hanford, and Silverbell. Port Dacoit is founded by a group of pirates.
  • The Immortal, Zugzul, begins to influence the Afridhi people of the Goblin Kush Mountains.
  • The Peshwah move into the Plains of Hak.
  • DA1, DA3, DA4, DAB
    4275 BC/725 UC
  • After a minor political upheaval in Thonia, 10 noble families leave to join Unwanted in the west. Oktagern is founded by House Degern.
  • DAB
    4195 BC/805 UC
  • Power hungry wizards begin to press for power.
  • DAB
    4185 BC/815 UC
  • The Mage Wars begin.
  • DAB
    4128 BC/872 UC
  • A handful of scholars begin the cult known as the Order of the Frog. They believe that frogs should rule the world.
  • DA2
    4114 BC/886 UC
  • Skelfer Ard discovers the Spell Focus.
  • DAB
    4106 BC/894 UC
  • Skelfer Ard returns to Archlis to find it destroyed.
  • DAB
    4104 BC/896 UC
  • Skelfer’s Sojourn begins. The Mage Wars come to an end.
  • DAB
  • The Empire of Thonia sends an army to end the independence of the Unwanted. They are defeated at Brushy Fen. Six months later, the Unwanted proclaim themselves the Duchy of Ten.
  • DA4
    4100 BC/900 UC
  • End of Skelfer’s Sojourn.
  • DAB
    4090 BC/910 UC
  • The Wizards’ Cabal is officially founded and begins teaching its first class.
  • DAB
    4075 BC/925 UC
  • Thonia expands its borders to the Misauga River.
  • Summer The Duchy of Ten is founded and the construction of Starmorgan begins.
  • Ten starts to raid Thonian territory beyond the Misauga River.
  • Menander Ithamis becomes lord of Ringlo Hall.
  • DA1, DAB
    4057 BC/943 UC
  • Village of Salt Town is founded in the High Hak.
  • DA3
    4049 BC/951 UC
  • Gul Hadda is born in the Afridhi territories.
  • DA4
    4030 BC/970 UC
  • The mysterious Egg of Coot magically creates a dominion for itself north of Blackmoor. The Realm of the Egg is noticed for the first time.
  • DA1, DAB
    4020 BC/960 UC
  • Umra Dir is born in the Afridhi territories.
  • DA4
    4015 BC/985 UC
  • Baron of Blackmoor Alveraz killed in a surprise attack by barbarians.
  • Uther Andahar born.
  • Gregor Mendicamp is born.
  • DA4, DAB
    4006 BC/994 UC
  • Marfeldt the Barbarian begins his legendary rampage through the Peaks.
  • DAB
    4005 BC/995 UC
  • First Coot Invasion of Blackmoor. Blackmoor City is heavily damaged in the battle requiring massive repair.
  • Blackmoor rebuilt.
  • Kay Degern is born in the Duchy of Ten. (DA4)
  • DA4, DAB
    4004 BC/996 UC
  • Willem of the Heath picks up armor and weaponry from Blackmoor Dungeon and becomes the Blue Rider.
  • Battle against two towers of wizardry, giant vultures in “six hills” of Wolf’s Head Pass. Svenny, Bishop Carr, Blue Rider, and Mello build Freehold to guard said pass.
  • Svenny takes command of small force of 30 men and defeats the Skandaharians at Wolf’s Head Pass.
  • DAB
    4003 BC/997 UC
  • Large-scale invasions by the Egg and its former servant, the “Ran of Ah Fooh.”
  • Spring Invasion begins in earnest. Glendower, Wizard of Wood, Dwarves of the Mines are first to support Earl of Vestfold.
  • Svenson’s Freehold sacked for the first time.
  • The second siege of Blackmoor by the Egg takes place. Most of the Castle’s leadership slain; the Castle itself falls within a week.
  • The Orc-King Funk I, with his Grand Army, controls Blackmoor Castle ruling all orcs from its dungeons.
  • Summer The northern Barons regroup. Bramwald and her Dwarf allies rally to the side of Thonia, with reinforcements from outside (starting with Archlis).
  • The evil forces continue their assault on the North’s fortified cities. Overconfident, they also launch unprovoked attacks on the southern Peshwah.
  • Autumn Campaign of harassment engaged by Thonian forces.
  • Winter Duchy of Ten decides to withdraw. Thonian forces begin counter-offensive. Northern Lords send a token force and the Peshwah send their whole cavalry.
  • Rissa Aleford is born; her mother dies while giving birth.
  • DA1, DAB
    4002 BC/998 UC
  • Elven adventurers successfully take Blackmoor. The orcs are driven to the 10th level dungeon. The Great Svenny slays Funk the First.
  • Svenny later rebuilds his Freehold, deciding to steer clear of Blackmoor politics.
  • DAB
    4002-4001 BC/998-999 UC
  • Nomads and Tenian allies from the Plains of Hak repulsed by Svenny and “the Sniders.”
  • Marfeldt loots the Merchants’ Guild of Maus.
  • DAB
    4000 BC/1000 UC
  • Accession of the child-Emperor Iyx I.
  • Having successfully created a militant matriarchic society, Zugzul sends his Afridhi followers east, towards the Empire of Thonia. They are led by Toska Rusa.
  • Svenny begins building the dungeons of Vestfold and is declared “Protector of the Faith.”
  • DA1, DA4, DAB
    3999 BC/1001 UC
  • Earldom of Vestfold eliminated, although Vestfold remains the center of northern politics. A Council of Regents decides policy, then led by “Co-Regent” Bakura.
  • Bishop “Carr” possibly succeeded by Garamond Bolitho.
  • Sildonis cleans out “Pete’s Place,” becomes the new Wizard of the Wood.
  • Blue Rider made town constable.
  • DAB
    3998 BC/1002 UC
  • The Afridhi overrun valemen settlements and smash their armies. Afridhi armies hunt down and slaughter surviving Valemen.
  • DA1, DAB
    3997 BC/1003 UC
  • Winter Afridhi make the Vales the first province in the Afridhi Empire.
  • Afridhi practice heavy infantry tactics of the Valemen.
  • Afridhi begin to move through the Plains of Hak.
  • DA1, DAB
    3996 BC/1004 UC
  • Umra Dir enters the Sisters of Fire, devoting herself to the worship of Zugzul.
  • Gerry Castegere is born.
  • DA4
    3995 BC/1005 UC
  • Uther’s father is killed in battle against Skandaharians. Uther then becomes Baron of Blackmoor.
  • Ten invade the North and are defeated by Uther Lake Berne.
  • Winter Afridhi complete their march across the Plains of Hak. They have developed light cavalry as they begin their campaign against the Duchy of Ten.
  • In Mohacs, Emperor Iyx I receives word of the Afridhi migration. He ignores it.
  • Fort Mugger is established in the Eastern Hak.
  • DA1, DA3, DAB
    3994 BC/1006 UC
  • Afridhi battle with Ten on field. A succession of sieges begins.
  • DAB
    3993 BC/1007 UC
  • Blackmoor Castle is subdued enough that the king may reside there again.
  • DAB
    3992 BC/1008 UC
  • Northern Barons seek Thonian support to allow them to help the Duchy of Ten. Emperor Iyx I denies the request, sends offers of peace to the Afridhi; Thonian envoys are sacrificed to Zugzul.
  • Hieronymus Castegere's wife (Gerry Castegere's mother) dies during a plague.
  • Egg invades the North for a third time and is repelled by Uther.
  • DA1, DA4, DAB
    3987 BC/1013 UC
  • Afridhi conquer the Duchy of Ten.
  • The Terror in Ten, and first Tenian revolt in reaction.
  • DA4, DAB
    c.3987 BC/1013 UC
  • Bartertown is founded.
  • DA1
    3986 BC/1014 UC
  • Dwarves complete construction of the Steam Bore.
  • DAB
    3985 BC/1015 UC
  • During the first six months of occupation, Thonian temples are burned, and worship of Zugzul declared mandatory. The Peel, Walderon, and Stuyvesant houses are exterminated. Only Kay and Hubal survive for the House Degern.
  • Afridhi raid the Barony of the Lakes. Northern Barons aid Han Aleford’s raid on Afridhi.
  • Governor of the North sent to arrest Aleford, but Uther and Timothy Curlytop stop him at Booh.
  • Uther is chased out of Blackmoor by Thonian forces.
  • Kay Degern takes the title of Baron of Oktagern when his father is slain by the Afridhi. He goes into hiding.
  • DA1, DA4, DAB
    3984 BC/1016 UC
  • Famous Battle of Root River. Epic siege of Bramwald by Orcs led by Funk II. Uther retakes Blackmoor without a fight.
  • Battle of the Neck. 10,000 Afridhi slain in routing the Northern Barons, as they lose an entire wing on the banks of Lake Temperance. Afridhi forced to withdraw.
  • A large contingent of Docrae escape slavery at the hands of the Afridhi and head north.
  • The Northern Revolt. After failed attempts at reconciliation with the Empire of Thonia, Uther declares himself first King of Blackmoor- many rally to his banner, including Bascom Ungulian and Han Aleford.
  • Thonian invasion is repelled. Han Aleford killed by Thonian cavalry. The Great Svenny is made Regent of the Lakes.
  • Rissa Aleford made Baroness of the Lakes.
  • Battle of Glendower against Egg. The Flying Monk burns forest.
  • Menander Ithamis designated as the lord of the Northern Elves.
  • Marshal Taha Marcovic is appointed Duke of Borno, to hold the Empire's northwestern frontier against the new Kingdom of Blackmoor.
  • DA1, DAB
    3983 BC/1017 UC
  • Battle of the Downs; Skandahar beaten.
  • Battle of Blackmoor; Afridhi beaten.
  • DAB
    3982 BC/1018 UC
  • Thonians turned back again in Crystal Peaks, this time they lose heavily; Marshal Taha Marcovic commands the rear guard during the retreat, earning the nickname, "The Iron Duke."
  • DA1, DAB
    3981 BC/1019 UC
  • Kingdom of Blackmoor manages to end immediate threats; New lands open up. Settlements planted between the Crystal Peaks and the Wurm River. University of Blackmoor is started.
  • Summer Newgate, Dragonia, and Ramshead are founded.
  • The Docrae settle at Booh. Williamsfort stripped of its baron and run from Newgate by the Great Svenny.
  • The Peshwan Na Shepro is awarded the Barony of Dragonia; Brother Richard starts a small monastery in his fief.
  • Federation Starship, FSS Beagle, crashes in the lands south of Blackmoor.
  • Shortly thereafter, refugees from the starship, lead by Security Chief Stephen "the Rock" Rockwell, seek shelter in Frog Swamp. 'Saint' Stephen reforms the Order of the Frog; Froggie activity increases.
  • DA1, DA3, DA3, DAB
    3980 BC/1020 UC
  • The Regency Council sends an expedition to the Valley of the Ancients, to investigate the City of the Gods.
  • The Bishop of Blackmoor sends Gregor Mendicamp, a Thonian priest, to serve as an agent in the Duchy of Ten.
  • Wizards’ Cabal suppresses sorcerer revolt in Vestfold.
  • DA3, DA4, DAB
    3978 BC/1022 UC
  • Following the kidnap of his new bride, Bascom Ungulian, the Baron of Glendower, leads a small band of retainers into the domain of the Egg of Coot. He is said to have been captured subsequently.
  • DA1, DAB
    3976 BC/1024 UC
  • Spring Uberstar Khazakhum, Regent of the Mines, taken by Orcs of the Black Hand in Crystal Peaks. Lortz Kharnundrhum invades their stronghold but fails.
  • King Uther is kidnapped while staying at the Blackmoor Comeback Inn. The Regency Council is baffled.
  • Timothy Curlytop, Shiremaster of Booh, is elected Clan Chief and Regent of the Halflings of the Northern Marches.
  • Adventurers from the future appear in Blackmoor. They are instrumental in the rescue of King Uther.
  • Two months after Uther's rescue, Rissa Aleford, Baroness of the Lakes, is captured.
  • Ungulian returns from the clutches of the Egg of Coot.
  • 6th Dwarf-Orc War begins in Crystal Peaks. (DAB)
  • Winter Dwarf-Orc War spreads to Stormkiller Mountains.
  • A second expedition is sent to the City of the Gods (two months after the rescue of Rissa Aleford).
  • DA1, DA2, DA3, DAB
    3975 BC/1025 UC
  • Three months after the completion of the second expedition to the City of the Gods, an expedition is made to the Duchy of Ten, to destroy the Well of Souls.
  • DA4
    3970 BC/1030 UC
  • The present time of “Dave Arneson’s Blackmoor D20 Campaign Setting.”
  • DAB
    3100 BC/1900 UC
  • Emperor Korin II begins his reign of Thonia.
  • DA1
    3088 BC/1912 UC
  • Emperor Nial III begins his reign.
  • DA1
    3080 BC/1920 UC
  • Emperor Ruxpin I, "the Teddybear*”, begins his reign.
  • DA1
    3077 BC/1923 UC
  • Emperor Oser I begins his reign.
  • DA1
    3054 BC/1946 UC
  • Emperor Bodmin I begins his reign.
  • DA1
    3040 BC/1960 UC
  • Emperor Halkad IV begins his reign.
  • DA1
    3030 BC/1970 UC
  • Emperor Ning I begins his reign.
  • DA1
    3014 BC/1986 UC
  • Emperor Melnik III begins his reign.
  • DA1
    3005 BC/1995 UC
  • Emperor Reger I begins his reign.
  • DA1
    3000 BC/2000 UC
  • Great Rain of Fire. The House of Andahar still rules the Kingdom of Blackmoor. (DA1) Blackmoor Comeback Inn sinks beneath the sea in the cataclysm.
  • DA1
    2800 BC/2200 UC
  • Blackmoor Comeback Inn rises from the sea, encased within a glacier.
  • DA1
    2000 BC/3000 UC
  • Glacier encasing Blackmoor Comeback Inn finally melts.
  • DA1
    1700 BC/3300 UC
  • Local cataclysm. Broken Lands shaken by explosion. Blackmoor Comeback Inn survives the effects of the earthquake.
  • DA1, HW
    c.1000 AC/4000 UC
  • Hepath Nun and his companions, Gern, Charo, and an unnamed warlock, enter the Blackmoor Comeback Inn. Their companion Rilk stays outside.
  • DA1
    1000AC+/4000 UC
  • Agents of the Iron Duke use the Blackmoor Comeback Inn (now dubbed the Prison Out of Time) as a staging grounds from which to kidnap King Uther I.
  • DA1
    * I made up the nickname for Emperor Ruxpin. Nowhere is it stated that he is nicknamed "the Teddybear." I couldn't help myself, though, so sue me. ;) DA1= Adventures in Blackmoor module DA2= Temple of the Frog module DA3= City of the Gods module DA4= The Duchy of Ten module DAB= Dave Arneson's Blackmoor D20 campaign book Date (BC = Before Crowning of 1st Thyatian Emperor; UC = Uther’s Calendar)