Chronology of Corwyn

What follows is a time-line of important historical events on Corwyn, divided by the six ages of history. Not all events are recorded here, but these important dates and events that helped shape the world at the time are included below:

FIRST AGE: ‘THE AGE OF THE SILVAR’

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  • 001: First migration of elves to the continent of Corwyn. Elvish ships land at Wyn Falas.
  • 125: The race of elves makes contact with the race of dwarves.
  • 180: The Synfari; the elvish council of wizards is founded.
  • 344: The Synfari discover that Mt. Orendren is the magical epicenter of Corwyn.
  • 410: The elves bargain with the dwarves to craft four large elvish cities.
  • 560: The Elf-city of Astrakan completed.
  • 993: Elven capital city of Elutheria completed. Elf-realm of Ectharë reaches its zenith.
  • 1011: The elves form an alliance with the race of Metallic Dragons.
  • 2650: Elvish exploration and settlement of the entire continent completed.
  • 5028: Battle of Merizath. War of Dragons ends. Calegorax curses the elves while dying. Elf-King Ainurion slain.

SECOND AGE: ‘THE AGE OF DESTRUCTION’

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  • 232: Under pressure from the Synfari, the elves of Ectharë refuse to give the gift of magic to the dwarves. The dwarves are offended and become bitter.
  • 543: The Dark-Elves make Saravôsh their capitol.
  • 620: The Dark-Elves begin breeding the hybrid race of Gauth to fight the Silvar-Elves.
  • 850: Elves of Ectharë enlist the aid of men to combat the Dark-Elves. Humans are taught use of arms and magic.
  • 920: All seven tribes of western men ally themselves with the elves and march against the East.
  • 1011: Siege of Saravôsh begins, led by Elf-King Ismelian.
  • 1036: The Battle of Saravôsh. The Dark-Elves unleash spell that blocks out the sun for over a year, and creates the enormous Grôn Chasm. Both the elvish army and the city of Saravôsh are destroyed. Elf-King Ismelian slain. The East begins to be infected with the Taint; caused by Ashfall following the battle.
  • 1357: The Dark-Elves and their Gauth and orcish allies begin a huge invasion of the West. The Elvish capitol city of Elutheria is destroyed. Erôn Mystarë is abandoned.
  • 1395: Elves of Ectharë begin their final campaign to eradicate all Dark-Elves on the surface of Corwyn and cleanse the East of their evil.
  • 1427: The Dark-Elves begin their final descent underground into the Underdark, but leave a strong rearguard of Gauth and Dark-Elf warriors behind.

THIRD AGE: ‘THE AGE OF SORCERY’

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  • 180: The first human settlements of the Vaas appear in the Highlands. They are soon befriended by the Dwarves of Azkar.
  • 200: The Council of Sorcerë masters all the arcane knowledge of both the Synfari and the Dark-Elves.
  • 225: The Council of Sorcerë completes the nine Saar-Stones. The stones are given to the heads of each magical school.
  • 243: Alokkair, desiring the secrets of Erôn-Mystarë, begins breeding orcs for military service and plans to capture the fortress of the Saar.
  • 409: War of Sorrows begins. The goblin tribes unite and attack the three Dwarf-realms of the North.
  • 569: Grumak the Skullcrusher; grandson of Gordak, becomes the new Chieftain of the northern goblins. His army invades the western Dwarf-realm of Urkhar.
  • 660: Algathor the Uniter unites the three Dwarf-realms of the North into a single nation called Orrek and becomes its first king.
  • 750: The elvish vigil on the East begins to wane. Elves withdraw from contact with other races. Thekarë begins to decay.
  • 942: The Council of Sorcerë discovers that Alokkair is alive, and behind the orc invasions of Thekarë and the goblin invasion of the Dwarf-realms.
  • 949: The Council of Sorcerë begins sending agents of Khedron Noronë far into the East, to keep vigil on Alokkair.
  • 967: Haskanar and the Durthas clan begin their campaign to conquer the Salakrün Mountains and eradicate any goblins living within them.
  • 987: Southern Dwarf-realm of Kronar is founded, under King Haskanar the Bold. The goblins are driven from the Salakrün Mountains.
  • 1044: The Dwarves of Kronar complete the great stone city of Krone Feyr.
  • 1085: Ilvanos the Explorer discovers the Continent of Corwyn, and the abandoned elvish city of Wyn Falas. He meets Arcelor for the first time.
  • 1099: The Council of Sorcerë completes the twelve Itharils. Two of these 'Seeing-Stones' are given to the dwarves, two to the elves, and seven to humans. One is kept by the Saar.
  • 1163: Alokkair orders series of orc-raids to weaken the West. Seven great human warriors stand out as heroes in these raids, become known as the Seven Champions of the West.
  • 1170: The Council of Sorcerë completes seven magical swords called the Melanthir. Their purpose is to defeat Alokkair.

FOURTH AGE: ‘THE AGE OF DARKNESS’

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  • 038: Twilight War Ends. Valdor breaks into two new kingdoms: Eldara; ruled by King Eldan, and Rhodara; ruled by King Rhodan.
  • 229: The last Kratheri stronghold surrenders to East Eldara.
  • 236: Alokkair is released from prison by King Elmar of Alveron. Alokkair makes his way secretly into the East and disappears.
  • 269: Battle of Kuldhûr. Adar defeats the last of the orc tribes.
  • 272: First appearance of Alokkair at the royal court of Adar.
  • 275: Alokkair becomes influential advisor to the Adari kings.
  • 325: The small Kingdom of Harloch is founded in the Eastvale region of Corwyn. its capitol is the city of Amhorst (later re-named Elsareth)
  • 389: Adar invades the lands of Üthrar and the Far East, under the advice of Alokkair.
  • 399: The final Adari campaign against the Üthrari barbarians ends. The Üthrari city of Ul-Karad is captured. This marks the high point of Adari expansion and power. The Adari kings begin construction of Adarond; their new capitol city in the eastern Saugreth-Muir Mts. The Adari sign a peace treaty with all Daroon tribes east of the Forbidden Hills.
  • 430: The Shorafi capital city of Tanif is destroyed in a terrible sandstorm. The Shorafa civilization collapses into bickering tribes of nomads.
  • 579: Now under the complete control of Alokkair, the House of Penrose begins to breed orcs by the thousands and build fortresses with dark sorcery.
  • 730: Alokkair contacts Z'Kar Z'Runne, an aspiring Vilzari Warlord. He agrees to help Z’Runne conquer his Vilzari rivals in return for a secret military alliance.
  • 740: Vilzari tribes finally unite under the leadership of powerful warlord Z’Kar Z’Runne.
  • 742: Strong organized Vilzari raids into Eldara begin. The Vilzari become a threat to Corwyn for the first time.
  • 744: A Vilzari army captures and burns the Eldaran city of Rin Falar, and carries thousands of its people off as slaves. King Agathar II of Eldara forced to flee north.
  • 763: The Kingdom of Harloch is destroyed by an invasion of the Ravagers. Its capitol of Elsareth is burned to the ground.
  • 785: The Storm of the North begins. Alokkair unleashes a furious period of arctic weather. North Corwyn becomes completely isolated from the rest of the continent.
  • 935: Death of Dwarf-king Arvegorn Kronehelm, known as the ‘Barren-King.’ King Marothor of the Vraiken Clan succeeds him as king of Orrek. With this shake-up in their leadership, the northern Dwarves begin a long period of internal squabbling and isolation.
  • 976: The First Plague of Adar infests western Corwyn. Thousands die from famine and disease.
  • 1079: The Dwarf-realm of Kronar is invaded and destroyed. The dwarf-city of Krone Feyr falls after long siege.
  • 1243: Orcs raid the Pale in large numbers. Amar is forced to deploy many troops to defeat them.
  • 1248: Second series of orc-raids into the Pale. All orcs driven out by Amari forces.
  • 1251: Alzakar K’Noth takes control of all Vilzari tribes after murdering the last warlord of the Z’Runne Clan.
  • 1264: Battle of Naskan Bay. Rygar’s War ends. The Thûlian fleet is defeated by the Orellian naval forces of King Rygar.
  • 1275: Orcs defeat Amari forces and occupy the Pale. Athos-Sorel is besieged.
  • 1277: Third Incursion War begins. Vilzari tribes, led once again by their leader, Alzakar K’Noth, attack the southern regions of the kingdom of Eldara. Alveron, Orel, Rhodara, and Melinar come to Eldara’s desperate aid.
  • 1281: King Gayorg of Rhodara begins worshiping sorcery and renounces all treaties with other kingdoms.

FIFTH AGE: ‘THE GOLDEN AGE’

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  • 036: Princess Ravinia reaches the age of ascension and successfully completes the trials set for her by the Council of Sorcerë and religious sages. Saar Thromm gives the young princess the Orenthir, and she is proclaimed to be the prophesied Empress of Mankind.
  • 043: Battle of Ralansyr. The Unification Wars end. King Koroth Penrose and his remaining followers are permanently exiled to the Eastern wastelands. The Ravinian Empire annexes the kingdom of Gwynne as a buffer state to protect its southeastern border. King Caron II of Thûle is slain; is succeeded by King Mordred.
  • 052: The Council of Theos founded to assist Empress Ravinia on matters of spirituality, politics, and wisdom.
  • 058: The Council of Theos authorizes the construction of the first Ravinian temples to glorify the Empress and worship Shua.
  • 069: The Military Council founded to advise Empress Ravinia on matters of strategy and war.
  • 083: The Empress orders Duke Kren Alaghon to go north and conquer the former territories of the lost Kingdom of Thalar.
  • 110: Sorimmar is expelled from the Council of Sorcerë and escorted to the East to be permanently exiled as ‘Saugreth’ or Outcast.. He is allowed to keep his Saar Stone because of his prior service.
  • 117: The kingdom of Ralas formally joins the Ravinian Empire.
  • 220: Sorimmar wins the complete loyalty of the seven Eastern Saugreth kingdoms.
  • 225: Sorimmar gives each of the seven Saugreth kings a magical black Shadow-Stone he has created. The life essence of the seven great kings is imprisoned in these stones and they eventually become wraith-like undead called Zûl.
  • 236: Sorimmar openly declares himself the overlord of Morgoth. Erôn-Mored is expanded and other smaller towers are built to guard the East. The seven Zûl, take complete control of East Corwyn.
  • 251: Erindar formally joins the Ravinian Empire.
  • 307: First Goblin War. Conflict begins deep underground between the races of dwarves and goblins.
  • 310: Cyrendar formally joins the Ravinian Empire.
  • 335: The Üthrari begin their long campaign to conquer the Hakeen Empire of Xholar.
  • 424: Second major orc raid into the West.
  • 427: City of Ashkavan falls to the Üthrari, and their conquest of the Hakeen people is completed. The Hakeen become a slave race of their Üthrari masters.
  • 430: Battle of Herrenden Fields. The Empire defeats both the Vilzari and they retreat into the desert. King Eladan leads an army of 25,000 Imperial troops into the Myr Gelyn to pursue the Vilzari armies of K’Foth A’Nar. The entire Ravinian army is destroyed and the disastrous expedition becomes known as ‘Eladan’s Folly.’
  • 431: Prince Erstan, son of slain King Eladan III, returns to Alveron with his father’s Melanthir sword.
  • 432: Third major orc raid into the West. The Amari fortress of Athos-Sorel is besieged for eight months.
  • 433: The Empress orders the Salkröth gate built across the only pass in the Saugreth-Muir that separates the West from the East.
  • 435: Fourth major orc raid into the West.
  • 440: The Second Sea War begins. A second sea-based conflict arises between Thûle and Orel over supremacy of the southern seas.
  • 445: Battle of the Thronar Islands. The Second Sea War ends. The Thûlian fleet is utterly destroyed.
  • 466: The Empress orders the Kerak barrier wall built across the southern border of the Ravinian Empire to keep out invading Vilzari armies.
  • 478: Fifth major orc raid into the West.
  • 487: The Pale is retaken by Imperial forces from Amar.
  • 492: Sixth major orc raid into the West.
  • 497: Seventh and last orc raid into the West.
  • 505: The Salkröth is completed, along with a series of fortresses along the Saugreth-Muir and Salakrün Mountain ranges. Tens of thousands of Imperial troops are stationed along the eastern border in a series of small keeps and other fortresses.
  • 509: With the help of Sorimmar's powerful magic, the Warlord; Kriang Krai conquers all Daroon tribes, and founds the nation of Kurand. He becomes a strong ally of Morgoth.
  • 524: Siege of Athos-Sorel is lifted, ending the Arctic War. Before they can be completely defeated, the Zûl retreat, leaving only death and destruction in their wake. The war ends with the imperial victory at the Battle of Khorlanis.
  • 530: The Kerak is completed, securing the Imperial southern border.
  • 583: Battle of Naracen. Fourth Vilzari War ends. T’Kar T’Reth captured.
  • 592: Disputes arise over trade routes, tariffs, and unfair competition for goods from the Hakeen island nations in the Vhan Myr.
  • 594: The Merchant’s War. Conflict breaks out between Ravinian Empire and Orel over sea trade routes.
  • 596: The Merchant’s War ends at the Battle of Montero Straits. The Ravinian Navy is soundly defeated, and any chance that Orel will join the Empire ends.
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  • 599: Malachar Vilmartine; an ambitious but unscrupulous Gwynnish knight, begins to voice resentment about the unfair politics of the Ravinian court and its influence from the church. Sorimmar and Malachar make a pact to destroy the Ravinian Empire.
  • 610: Large incursion of orcs is defeated at the Battle of Corrensyr. The hero of this battle is Lord Malachar. He gains public prestige, imperial favor, and is soon appointed to the Military Council, becomes the Empress’s close advisor.
  • 620: Malachar is freed from the dungeons of Castle Myrdon during a daring raid within the castle, led by his loyal soldiers and agents of Sorimmar. Malachar then gains access to the Empress’s bedchamber, murders her, and steals the Orenthir from her keeping. Malachar is forced from the city by loyal knights under King Erondar II, but swears to return and destroy the city in revenge. Upon his return to the East, Malachar gives the Orenthir to Sorimmar. The War of the Cataclysm. Malachar, now in open revolt against Ravinian authority, rallies an army of former Ravinian knights and soldiers to capture the city of Arynäe. Because of Malachar’s alliance with Sorimmar, his rebel army is joined by a massive army from the East, led by the Zûl. The eastern army is made up of Orcs, Kurandians, Üthrari, and Thûlians. From the South, Zha’ar Z’Kreth invades with a huge Vilzari army. The Imperial province of Gwynne openly declares war against the Empress and their army joins Malachar’s forces.
  • 621: The Siege of Arynäe. The alliance of Sorimmar defeats the Ravinian Army, utterly demoralized by their Empress’s death and so many defections. King Erondar Myrnäe II, the Marshall of Ravinia, and over 65,000 of his troops are slain. As he promised, Malachar burns the city to the ground and has most of its inhabitants butchered. The remaining armies of Ravinia are forced into retreat and Sorimmar’s forces overrun much of the Empire, looting and pillaging as they march westward. The remaining armies of the Ravinian Empire, joined by her elvish and dwarvish allies, make a final stand. The armies of Sorimmar’s alliance are stopped and forced back. However, the Ravinian legions are too militarily weak to recapture the majority of lost territory.
  • 622: Athos-Sorel is besieged by orcs and eastern men under command of a Gauth General of Morgoth.
  • 623: Battle of Fessenden. The war is largely a stalemate with Imperial forces trying to regain lost territory.
  • 625: Battle of Harkalad. Elrovar, the only son of King Erondar; the slain Marshall of Ravinia, comes of age and assumes command of the remaining Ravinian forces. Elrovar and the Council of Sorcerë agree to work together to defeat Sorimmar. It is the largest battle in Corwyn’s history. Elrovar’s army prepares for an all-out offensive. During this battle, the Council of Sorcerë successfully use their combined eight Saar-Stones to overcome Sorimmar’s Orenthir. Sorimmar loses the Orenthir and flees the battle. In the heat of battle, seven members of the Council of Sorcerë are all either slain or lost along with their Saar-Stones. Only one Saar member survives; Grafenvär the Grey. King Elrovar III slays Malachar and briefly recovers the Orenthir himself. Realizing that Sorimmar’s forces are too great, he leaves the battle and rides to the great waterfalls of Herthmar. There, he throws the stone into the falls. Soon after this, Koroth, the leader of the Zûl, pursues and slays him in single combat and departs the field, thus ending the heroic and noble Myrnäe bloodline. The Myrnäe family Melanthir is lost. With their leaders gone, the armies of Sorimmar’s alliance withdraw from the field in defeat. Within a few months, they are pursued out of all Ravinian territory.
  • 626: Pursuing Ravinian armies besiege the enemy citadel of Erôn-Mored and burn it down. In the North, the Siege of Athos-Sorel is lifted. The remaining Easterners sue for peace. War ends with both sides weakened and desperate.
  • 630: The Great Ravinian Empire collapses. The cost of the War of The Cataclysm, along with Empress Ravinia’s death is too great a weight. The Empire has lost its empress, its advisors, and its armies. The Council of Sorcerë is destroyed. The Religious Council of Theos is scattered. The armies of the former Empire are weak and start quarreling with each other. Ultimately, the greater Ravinian Empire will divide into thirteen territories, each under either a surviving Lord Regent, or a surviving King of the Former Ravinian Empire. All cultural and political cohesion is lost.

The War of the Cataclysm has cost hundreds of thousands of lives and wiped out many royal bloodlines: King Elrovar III of Alveron, King Beren III of Marundi, King Cedric II of Amar, King Aden of Eldara, King Gorthon IV of Gwynne, and King Alexian II of Ralas.

Many kingdoms of the West come under new ruler-ship. The kingdom of Alveron under King Myonen, the kingdom of Marundi under King Leovard, the kingdom of Amar under King Vhäerik, the kingdom of Erindar under Queen Elwyn, the kingdom of Eldara under King Damion, the kingdom of Gwynne under King Garth, the kingdom of Ralas under King Ronan, and the kingdom of Cyrendar under King Irithar.

With the resolution of the War of the Cataclysm, and the collapse of the Ravinian Empire, thus ends the Fifth Age, known as the ‘Golden Age.'

SIXTH AGE: ‘THE AGE OF THE NECROMANCER’

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  • 004: Grand Bishop Deriyan Montessarë dies while completing a new government sanctuary for Ravinian religious culture. His followers create a new state following the model of Ravinia. It becomes a Theocracy run by a Supreme Council of Priests and becomes known as the Realm of Derianor.
  • 008: Lord Tetragon Penrose, a former Ravinian knight, swears fealty to the new state of Derianor and founds the Silver Ravens as its first order of Knights.
  • 009: The burned out Rynnish city of Arynäe is rebuilt and renamed Alenthas.
  • 019: King Myonen, on his deathbed, decrees that Alveron and the House of Alomir will forever be the Guardians of the West It is prophesied that the lost bloodline of Myrnäe will someday return and reunite the West into a new Ravinian Empire.
  • 125: the Veiled Society convinces every western Kingdom on Corwyn to sign a treaty called the Edict of Marquand, transferring exclusive control of magic to their order. Only the Freehold of Redmark refuses this agreement. From this point; magical Liaisons (counselors) from the Society are appointed to every Royal court in western Corwyn and gain enormous power and influence.
  • 183: To enforce its laws regarding the control of magic, the Veiled Society forms the Order of the Inquisitors; a group of fanatically loyal knights who hunt down rogue wizards in violation of the Edict of Marquand.
  • 248: The Desert War ends at the Second Battle of Naracen. The city of Eto is completely destroyed.
  • 350: The Eldaran court orders the ancient Kerak rebuilt to protect against the Vilzari. Because of the cost, the project is only partially completed.
  • 384: Fourth Sea War ends at Battle of Durendar. Thûle sues for peace.
  • 670: The War of Crows begins. Sorimmar’s orcs invade the West.
  • 697: Battle of Ironclaw Point. Second War of Saltmarsh ends. Serathyr and Rennsfar are victorious.
  • 731: Battle of Herakan Reef. War of the Broken Crown Ends. Orel’s navy destroys both enemy fleets. Thûle and Üthrar sue for peace. King Bryce slain in battle, succeeded by King Larkin.
  • 757: Battle of Theron. Second War of the Sea Raiders ends. The pirates of Tar Vielca are again defeated. City of Tar Vielca is captured and burned By King Maric Hansafar of Serathyr.
  • 796: War of Thorns ends at Battle of Toryl. Gwynne is defeated.
  • 952: War of the Forgotten King ends, with intervention of Alveron on the side of Ammarind and Elyria on the side of Erindar. King Haldric of Ammarind is slain, succeeded by King Khedric.
  • 1011: War of the Fallen Crown ends at Battle of Anley. Both sides sue for peace.
  • 1049: War of Tears ends. Eldara’s army and navy besiege and destroy the Vilzari city of Eto. Over 50,000 innocent Vilzari civilians are massacred.
  • 1089: Battle of Harmswood. War of Three Kings ends. Alveron invades Gwynne, which sues for peace. The Boy-King; Galen assumes Crimson Throne of Gwynne.
  • 1100: Rumors that Sorimmar is becoming strong once again in the East are dismissed or ignored by leaders of the West.
  • 1111: King Weyand Norax of Marundi orders large scale and bloody raids into the Northern Wastes to quell the Hüornen tribes living there. The barbarians are driven far north into the arctic.
  • 1127: The Salkröth is secretly rebuilt and strengthened by Sorimmar’s soldiery. It then bars any further inquiry into Morgoth.
  • 1169: The Border War ends. Marundi is defeated, forced to cede territory, and pay reparations to Ammarind.
  • 1211: Lady Jeyne’s War ends. The kingdom of Thûle sues for peace.
  • 1228: The Emerald War begins. Rennsfar and Serathyr once again clash over trade routes and commodities, such as precious gems. At the Battle of Kestra, the invading Serathian army is annihilated. King Argilan II is slain.
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  • 1229: Battle of Falkoth Bay. Emerald War ends. Serathyr sues for peace after her navy is decimated.
  • 1230: Winter War ends at Battle of Frozen Ford. The Hüornen tribes are defeated, but King Morland slain. King Briand of Marundi gives harsh terms to the northern barbarians.

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