Dates in Imperial Reckoning
Year 1 Founding of the Empire of the Inner Sea.
205 The dwarven fortress-city of Stonegard in the mountains of Grond is overrun by orcs (rumor has it
that the orcs were led and organized by a dark Wizard from the Inner Sea, in search of artifacts
among Stonegard's treasure hoard). The few survivors march west to refuge among their kin at Irongate.
499 Conquest of Kesh. The Ninety-Ninth Priest-King, Thun-Knephet, commits suicide and Kesh
becomes a vassal kingdom of the Empire.
The Empire of the Inner Sea at its height, c.750 IR.
777 The Wizard War, involving the most powerful Wizards of the Inner Sea Lands and the West. The
island of Khosos is devastated and Hyraklon destroyed. The surviving Wizards of Mythandar
establish the High Circle to limit their numbers and power in the world.
812-20 Emperor Varian begins construction of Emperor's Gate across the largest, most traveled pass
through the Stormover Mountains. Designed to protect the Inner Sea provinces from barbarian
invasion from the North, the project will cost the Imperial Treasury dearly, occupy thousands of slave
laborers and the finest engineers in the Empire ... When completed, the Gate is a three-mile long
crenelated wall flanked by cliffs and pierced by two city-size portals with massive doors of iron-bound
oak. Four giant towers along the span mount catapults and ballistae. A paved Imperial road is built at
the same time, following the Vistine River north to the pass. (The fortification will fall into disrepair
and become little more than a massive ruin over the next 400 years.)
Fall of the Empire of the Inner Sea. The Patriarch invokes the Holy Ban, expels armies from Tharsis
and ends the sack of the city.
1001 Governor-General Antarius is elected Imperial Regent at Carthene.
1021 The Council of Tharsis divides the Imperial provinces. Tharsis is declared a protected city under
Patriarchal rule. Duke Teodor of Varena is crowned King of the West (Isthia and Eredor) and Keeper
of the Imperial Scepter. Antarius is crowned King of Carthenia and the South, Defender of the
Imperial Seal. Nikovar of Mycea is recognized as King of the Aeonian Isles and Khosos.
1022 Castellan, Aquilore, Korduval, Andua and Sevarre in Eredor rebel against Isthian rule. The War of the
1024 Lady Selene of Syrene refuses Nikovar and destroys the Mycean fleet by magic, establishing
1027 The War of the Crowns ends: Everon of Castellan conquers the other cities to unite the kingdom of
1044 Syrene, Ilion and Ithakos form the Syrenean League to oppose Mycean dominance in the eastern
1050 Thelron the Great unites the Koths in the North and founds the Kingdom of Anglamar. Thelron
makes a covenant with High Lady Aravel and the Elves in the North withdraw to Everwilde (the
Wildewood) where men are forbidden to enter.
1098-99 Haramir Farfarer of Vygaard discovers Helkar Land, beyond Ice Fang Bay, and reports the
existence of other isles and an unknown continent even farther west. He returns to Norland and
establishes a steading at Winterstar Fjord (later clalled Haramir's Hold).
1100 Prince Konstand of Vladimar defeats the armies of Karalya and Korov and is crowned Konstand I,
King of Varalkia.
1112-13 The "Pirate King," Varosa, sails into the port of Khem with two galleys, loots the Sun Palace while
crew sets fire to several foreign ships at dock, and escapes. He attacks Thyrenian treasure ships,
then captures a Carthenian wargalley at Narene before fleeing to Kordina.
1118 Varossa's pirate fleet of nine wargalleys and galleys raids the capitol cities of Varena and Castellan,
is pursued into the Western Ocean. Caught between the navies of Eredor and Carthenia, the Golden
Vengeance turns west into a hurricane and disappears (later, tales are told of Varosa discovering a
barren island where he hides his treasure).
1132 King Thelmar of Anglamar is summoned by the Patriarch to Tharsis. There, he is given the Church's
blessing and the northern monarchy is sanctioned.
1142-45 Ha'addin-Shar of the Shamir subdues the southern tribes of the Great Desert, is proclaimed Sheik of
Sheiks and first Kaliph of Sharaaz.
1155 Sir Aedn of Anglamar and a mercenary army sieze the city of Andua in northern Eredor. Aedn is
granted the title of Duke of Aragond by Teodor III and the war ends with the loss for Eredor of both
the north and the port city of Sevarre to Carthenia.
1156-58 Haagon Dragonslayer becomes chieftain of Vygaard (Dragonsgaard), conquers the other chieftains
of Norland and proclaims himself King at Dragonslayer Hall.
1175 An orc horde numbering some 30,000 swarms out of Grond and across eastern and central Varalkia
nearly to the walls of Vladimar. Black Wolf Castle is cut off and besieged for three months while
Varalkian forces battle to drive the orcs back to the Urt. Among the nearly 11,000 casualties of the
invasion is Prince Bulvar, heir to the Varalkian throne.
1185-87 The North War: The Wizard-King rises in the Far North, attacks Irongate, ravages Korov in Varalkia,
and attacks northern Anglamar. Beregond rebels and, joined by Norlanders, attacks from the west.
With the aid of the Wizard Izander, the enemy is defeated at Battle Down.
1200 Queen Menelika XXI of Isfar refuses to pay tribute to Kesh and, with Azuni allies, defeats a Keshite
army at the Battle of the Kafar River.
1202 A fleet of Alay merchant galleys reaches the Carthenian colony at Oroncar from the south, claiming
to have circumnavigated the southern land mass. They report that the Serpent Empire of the K'ta is
growing in power in the Far South.
1203 Varalkia begins construction of a port at the mouth of the Varya River, in order to gain access to
Inner Sea shipping.
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