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The history of Krynn is divided into five ages: the Age of Starbirth, the Age of Dreams, the Age of Might, the Age of Despair, and the Age of Mortals.
Astinus of Palanthas, in his work Iconochronos, divides the years of Krynn into PC (Prae Cataclius or “before the Cataclysm”) and AC (Alt Cataclius or “after the Cataclysm). After the Chaos War, the chronicler Nathal introduced an alternative reckoning, starting with the year 384 AC which he renames 1 SC (Secundus Cataclius or “Second Cataclysm”). This system is now used concurrently with the AC reckoning.
The Age of StarbirthEdit
The Age of Starbirth is the first of the ages of Krynn, and is said to begin with the High God. The High God accepts the offers of Paladine, Gilean, and Takhisis and lets the three gods select their companion deities. Paladine and his companions become the Gods of Light. Takhisis and her companions become the Gods of Darkness. Gilean and his companions become the Gods of Balance. Reorx shapes Krynn and the first dragons under the guidance of Paladine and Takhisis. The other gods, excluding Chaos, aid in the creation of Krynn as a habitable world.
Takhisis corrupts the first dragons in her image, creating the first chromatic dragons: red, blue, black, green, and white. A grief-stricken Paladine asks Reorx to craft monuments to his lost children. Paladine gives life to these monuments, thus creating the first metallic dragons: gold, silver, copper, bronze, and brass. Takhisis's treachery causes a great war on Krynn known as the All-Dragons War. The gods withdraw from Krynn before their war destroys the world. The Gods of Light build the Dome of Creation, the Gods of Darkness create the Abyss, and the Gods of Balance create the Hidden Vale.
The three pantheons discover the potential of the stars, which are spirits in reality, and the All-Saints War begins. The fighting is stopped by the High God, who proclaims that each pantheon may offer one gift to the spirits. The gods of Light provide the spirits with physical forms so as to enjoy Krynn's pleasures. The gods of Darkness "gift" the spirits with ambition and desire. The gods of Balance give free will to the spirits. The spirits are born into the world of Krynn as the races of ogres, elves, and humans. Each family of gods creates one god to honor the truce, and the Gods of Magic are born: good Solinari, neutral Lunitari, and evil Nuitari.
Reorx is persuaded to craft a powerful gemstone that will contain the essence of neutrality. Reorx tries to infuse the gem with a portion of Chaos, but entraps the god himself. Reorx gives the gem to Lunitari, who puts it in the red moon that shares her name. The gemstone becomes known as the Graygem.
The Age of DreamsEdit
The second age or Age of Dreams is often considered the beginning of recorded history, and runs c. 9000 PC – c. 1000 PC. Three time periods collectively form the Age of Dreams: the Foundation (c. 9000 PC – c. 5000 PC), the Time of Light (c. 5000 PC – c. 2000 PC), sometimes referred to as the Age of Light, and the Time of Knights (c. 2000 PC – c. 1000 PC).
The green dragon Korril kills the brass dragon Sheeranar. The black dragon Corrozus kills the copper dragon Querrasian. The white dragon Akis kills the bronze dragon Haraineer. The blue dragon Arkan kills the silver dragon Tianaran. The red dragon Furyion leads the first chromatic dragons against the remaining metallic dragon, the golden dragon Aurora.
c. 8500 PC The first of a new set of chromatic dragons are born in the Abyss. They are the spawn from the original corrupted dragons. The first dragon hatched is Cremetia, a red dragon, who hears the mantra "Mercy is Death" from Takhisis.
c. 7500 PC The metallic dragons encounter Patersmith, who becomes their tutor of language and magic.
6320 PC Acting on a prophecy given to him by Sargonnas of Igrane’s folly, the ogre Barkon orders his slaves to build a hundred galleys and set sail with his wives, craftsmen, wizards, priests, and slaves, heading from the southern shore of Ansalon. Guided by Sargonnas, his fleet arrives in a land they call Icereach.
c. 6000 PC As ogres embrace cruelty, humans rise up to slay their masters. Ogre civilization slowly decays. Ogres deform into strong brutes. Giants, goblins, half-ogres, and ogre mages become more widespread.
An ogre named Doom realizes that physical debasement is becoming commonplace. In another bloody struggle to maintain the purity of the high ogres, Doom and 50 of his exceptionally pure ogres create the Nzunta subrace, dedicated to racial purity. The Nzunta begin searching for the Irda.
5980 PC The rebellion by the Irda comes to an end and they are left alone by the ogres. Most humans are able to escape from the captivity of their ogre slavers.
c. 5000 PC The Smiths grow too prideful of their skills at the forge and spurn Reorx. In retribution, the god curses them and turns them all into gnomes. The original gnomoi of Taladas take the newly created minoi under their wing and care for their cod-cursed cousins.
4350 PC The god Hith tricks the minoi Milgas Kadwar into releasing the Grathanich from Lunitari. The gem breaks free and travels across Krynn, transforming creatures and plants with its chaotic magic.
3550 PC The First Dragon War comes to an end when the elves defeat the chromatic dragons.
The Kagonesti become a separate race of elves.
Death of Darlantan Hornbearer.
3434 PC The Graygem makes its way down along the southern coast of Silvanesti and comes upon two houses of elves, transforming them. One house were fisher elves and become the Dargonesti. The other house were sea merchants and become the Dimernesti.
The year 3000 PC is also the beginning of the kender calendar.
2787 PC Birth of L’Indasha Yman in late autumn.
2693 PC Cremetia’s armies begin to gather.
2686 PC Birth of Irthenie.
2650 PC The red dragon Deathfyre attacks the grotto where the metallic dragons reside. All are killed, except one male and one female of each color.
2645 PC The Second Dragon War comes to an end when three elven mages release magic that destroys the attacking chromatic dragons.
2601 PC Death of Bazan Ergot
2595 PC Death of Ackal Ergot
2550 PC A Tower of High Sorcery is raised in the small village of Istar.
The city of Chidell is also founded around this time.
Death of Asanta.
2485 PC The ogre Grand Khan is killed by the minotaur gladiator Makel Ogrebane, freeing the minotaur people. Makel is named minotaur emperor and goes on to rule for forty years.
2452 PC After eight years of civil war Ackal Dermount II, tenth emperor of Ergoth, is deposed and killed by the rival Pakin faction whose leader, Deri, briefly becomes the second empress regnant. Later the same year, however, she is herself deposed by Ackal Dermount III and the Ackal dynasty restored to the throne.
2445 PC Makel Ogrebane, emperor of the minotaurs, dies peacefully in his sleep after a forty-year reign. The minotaur nation is thrown into more than a century of civil war, known as the Age of Pretenders.
2416 PC The Pakin rebel army is crushed by the emperor’s forces, bringing peace to the Empire of Ergoth – at least for a while.
2401 PC Death of Pakin III, thirteenth emperor of Ergoth. He is succeeded by his eldest son Amaltar Vorjurn Ackal Ergot, who takes the regnal name Ackal IV. However, Ackal himself shortly thereafter dies of a mysterious illness, and his younger brother Nazramin Bethen Ergothas seizes the throne under the name Ackal V.
2391 PC Nine-year old Dalar Ackal, sixteenth emperor of Ergoth, disappears mysteriously. Mellamy Zan of the Pakin dynasty, having been transformed into a man by magicians, claims the throne as “Emperor Mellamax”. (S)he only rules for 100 days, though, before being deposed by loyal Ackal troops, led by general Rykard Gonzakan, the boy-emperor’s sole surviving regent. The general goes on to become regent of the Empire and de-facto emperor for the next four decades, having to fight off the Pakin rebels several times. This conflict later becomes known as the Successor’s War.
2335 PC The century-long Age of Pretenders finally ends when empress Jarisi assumes the throne and brings some stability to the minotaur nation, expanding sea exploration eastwards and founding several new colonies.
2320 PC Death of Jarisi, empress of the minotaurs.
2239 PC The Treaty of Thelgaard is signed between the Ergothian Empire and the elves of Silvanesti. Not much is known today about this treaty, but the sparse sources suggest that it was some sort of trade agreement.
2192 PC Following the death of Sithel Silvanos, Speaker of the Stars, by the hands of Ergothian brigands, the Kinslayer War breaks out between the humans of Ergoth and the elven nation of Silvanesti. At the same time, tensions rise between Ergoth and the dwarves.
2190 PC The dwarves send an army to aid the Wildrunners of Kith-Kanan who, along with his brother Sithas, forms the Windriders by training and mounting a flock of griffons. The combined force of Wildrunners, Windriders, and dwarves defeat the Ergothians at Sithelbec.
2150 PC The last Baladine takes place in Thorin.
2140 PC The Kinslayer War finally comes to an end with the combined elven and dwarven forces defeating the humans of Ergoth. The elf Tamanier Ambrodel of Silvanesti, along with the dwarven ambassador, negotiates a permanent truce with the Ergothian emperor Quivalin V.
2104 PC Harl Thrustweight is assassinated by having rocks dropped on him. Derkin Lawgiver, a former slave of the Ergothian empire who broke free then liberated dwarven lands, emerges as the new regent.
2073 PC Kith-Kanan and his followers are granted extensive lands to the west of Silvanesti by Sithas, Speaker of the Stars, and found the new elven kingdom of Qualinesti. Kith-Kanan becomes the first Speaker of the Sun.
The Swordsheath Scroll is signed by the nations of Silvanesti, Thorbardin, and Ergoth, ending more than a century of hostility between those peoples. The elves of Qualinesti and the humans of Kharolis also sign the treaty. The Hammer of Honor is forged and the fortress of Pax Tharkas build to symbolize the new peace. The treaty will stay in effect formally – if not always in reality – until the Cataclysm more than two millennia later.
2023 PC Death of Quivalin VII, twenty-third emperor of Ergoth. Because of the lasting peace with the Empire’s elven and dwarven neighbors that was finally achieved under his reign, he remains one of the most popular emperors and is known as “the Restorer”. He is succeeded by his son Quivalin VIII.
2018 PC The Wizards of High Sorcery launch an attack on the renegade mage Malock at his fortress in Zhaman. Malock is destroyed and the powerful Black Robe Fistandantilus claims Zhaman as his new home.
1997 PC Death of Quivalin VIII, twenty-fourth emperor of Ergoth. A patron of the arts, he is the founder of the Imperial University in Gwynned and spent a great deal of his time studying history, particularly that of the ogres, rather than worrying about politics.
Quivalin VIII is succeeded by his son Quivalin IX, who introduces the institution of the Senate, weakening the heretofore absolute power of the emperor. Apart from this significant reform, though, he is known as a tyrant and a sadist and becomes known as “the Damned”.
1959 PC On the continent of Taladas, a dissenting group breaks off from the Silvanaes elves and move to the islands on the Banks of Hoor. They eventually develop the ability to breathe under water and become the Dimernesti.
Death of Quivalin IX, twenty-sixth emperor of Ergoth. He was a wise ruler who didn’t institute any great changes but guided his people well and therefore became known as “the Navigator”. He is laid to rest in a tomb beneath Pax Tharkas. For the next forty years, a number of contenders fight for power, with no one strong candidate to the throne emerging.
1905 PC Quivalin XI, a relative to the previous emperors, manages to seize the throne after decades of succession disputes. Being a wizard of the White Robes, he uses his power to thwart the influence of the Tower of High Sorcery in Daltigoth, as well as to expand the Imperial University in Gwynedd.
1900 PC Quivalin XI, twenty-seventh emperor, Ergoth, attempts to change the rule of succession so that only blood-relatives of the Quivalin line who are also members of the Conclave of High Sorcery can ascend to the throne. The magic-fearing Ergothians are enraged by the notion of being always ruled by wizards, and the Imperial Guard leads a coup to depose Quivalin. General Macqui Hellman, commander of the guard, becomes emperor and starts a new line of strict military rulers.
“Birth” of Silveran Kanan, called “Greenhands”, the son of Kith-Kanan and Anaya, a Kagonesti elf. Anaya was killed centuries before, but when the tree growing over her final resting place is hit by lightning, Silveran steps from the splinters, fully grown.
Shortly after the “birth” of his and Anaya’s son, Kith-Kanan is mortally wounded by Silveran, while under the influence of black magic cast by his half-brother Ulvian. On his deathbed, Kith-Kanan names Silveran as his successor while at the same time decreeing that Ulvian be let go despite his dark deeds. Silveran becomes Speaker of the Sun and Kith-Kanan is buried in the Hall of the Ancients, located in the secret Sla-Mori passages under Pax Tharkas.
1833 PC Birth of Vinas Solamnus.
1791 PC The Rose Rebellion ends in victory to the rebel forces. The rebellious provinces are granted their independence as the nation of Solamnia, and Vinas Solamnus quickly joins the Swordsheath Scroll treaty.
1775 PC Vinas Solamnus goes on a “Quest of Honor”, during which he receives a vision from Paladine and the other Gods of Good. Upon his return, he founds the order of the Knights of Solamnia and becomes the first Grand Master.
1634 PC The Knights of Balif are created by the kender of Hylo, causing Grand Master Gregori uth Telan of Solamnia to invade the kender country, believing that it was meant as a mockery of the Knights of Solamnia. After a short siege, the kender agree to disband their knighthood since they are bored. No one is killed during the incident.
1521 PC War ends between the Dargonesti and their neighboring humans. The humans agree to “rent” the islands in exchange for trading exclusively with the sea elves.
1200 PC The Dargonesti elves of Watermere finally defeat the armies of Sagarassi. Shortly thereafter, Drudarch Takalurion, Speaker of the Moon, dies and is succeeded by his daughter Imbrias Takalurion.
1029 PC Beginning of the Third Dragon War.