Timeline

Nota bene: all dates are AUC–ab urbe condite, meaning from the founding of the city. The traditional date in Earth terms is 753 BC, so subtract 753 from any date here to derive the Earth date.

1131

Battle of Hadrianopolis – Goblins at the Gates

1163

Alaric the Orc King sacks Rome

1193

Orcs complete their conquest of North Africa by capturing the city of Hippo.

1204

Attila and Bleda, brothers who are both orc kings lead an army of ogres into Italy. Within two years, both die under mysterious circumstances.

1229

Last Roman Emperor is strangled by Odovacar the ogre. Rulers are now known as the Western Emperor and the Eastern Emperor.

1234

Clovis becomes the first King in the West, ruling the Free Men of Gaul. Emperor Merovech II, ruling from Ravenna, confers this title upon him. Clovis is also famous because he was the first Western king to keep mancers at court.

1246

Theodoric becomes Emperor in the West. He is the first emperor to use mancers. When Italy is conquered by Belisarius, there are rumors that the West was betrayed by the Great House.

1264

Putative beginning of the reign of Arthur of Britain.

1265

First verified landfall of elves, in Brittany.

1280

Justinian becomes the Emperor in the East.

1286

Belisarius destroys the orcs of North Africa.

1294

First documented appearance of drow in Europa. All sorts of legends have gathered around Alcestis/Procopius. Some claim he is to blame for the death of Theodora and the fall of Belisarius, while other legends place him in Italia and say he summoned the trolls into Lombardy. It’s possible that more than one drow was already present in Europa.

1298

Final victory over the Wild in Italy. Official reunification of the Empire under Justinian.

1318

Justinian dies

1321

Trolls invade Lombardy and destroy Ravenna. Merovech saves Rome, but the north falls to the Wild Folk.

1335

Beginning of the First Dark Age

1363

Heraclius, Emperor in the East (d.1394)

1443

Lizardmen conquer North Africa

1467

Charles Martel becomes King of the Gauls (d.1494)

1470

Siege of Constantinople. Falls to the orcs in the following year.

1485

Orc alliance defeated by Charles Martel at Tours

1500

In this Jubilee year, Pepin the Short seized the crown from the last Merovingian emperor, Childeric III.

1521

Charles the Great (b. 2 April 1480) becomes Emperor. This is the traditional end of the First Dark Age.

1546

Dragons burn Lindisfarne. The Great Houses are now sworn enemies of dragons.

1548

The first dragons attack Eire

1553

Charles gains the support of the Great Houses

1573

First dragon attack on Paris

1588

Begins thirty years of continuous dragon raids on Britain

1591

Dragon kingdom of Dublin established

1596

Treaty of Verdun ends the great war with the Orc-Goblin Alliance and breaks apart Charles’ Greater Empire. Beginning of the Second Dark Age.

1624

Alfred the Great becomes King of the Britons

1654

Henry the Fowler becomes Emperor. The Western Empire now ruled by Germans.

1664

Rolf the Ranger comes to Normandy and agrees to fight the dragons in exchange for being made Duke of Normandy

1689

Emperor Otto I (d. 1726)

1691

Hugh Capet (d. 1749) becomes first Capetian King of Gaul

1708

Battle of Lechfeld. Otto defeats the gnolls near Augsburg.

1721

Battle of Limerick. Dragons defeated by elves in Eire.

1767

Battle of Clondorf. Elvish prince Boru drives dragons out of Eire.

1770

The dragon Cnut settles in England

1791

Mad House

1819

Norman Conquest of Angleland. This is the traditional end date for the Second Dark Age.

1858

Emperor Henry IV calls for a war against the Eastern Empire. The First Lux Agmen (FackelzugGuerre des Legionnaires; Wars of Recovery)

1888

King Stephen of Britain (d. 1907). A period of civil war. Britain is all but overrun by the Wild.

1905

Barbarossa becomes Emperor (b. 1876, d. 10 June 1943, while on the Third Lux Agmen)

1972

The Cathar March

1973

Frederick “Stupormundi” Hohenstaufen becomes Emperor (b. 26 Dec. 1947; d. 13 Dec. 2003). Became King of Germany in 1965 and King of Sicily in 1950 and Emperor of the East in 1982.

2035

War of the Whispers begins. It will last twenty years.

2057

Birth of Petrarcha, the founder of the Renaissance

2090

The Century War begins: Gaul and Britain unite to battle the drow

2100

The Black Death, a terrible disease unleashed by the Dark Elves, strikes Europe

2213

The Garden of Hugo Vuerloz

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2245

Last orcs are driven out of Spain; discovery of New World

2270

Martin Luther begins Reformation, an anti-magic movement. Beginning of the Scientific Revolution.

2371

Thirty Years War begins: battle between Science and Magic. Resurgence of the drow.

2667

The Great War begins

2698

End of the Great War

2717

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