Fifth Age

The Fifth Age began on the day that the Scarlet Empress activated the Sword of Creation, ending the Summer of Falling Petals and sending the Fair Folk howling back into the Wyld.

- 0 A5 The end of the Summer of Falling Petals.
- 1 A5 The Seven Tigers Uprising. The Scarlet Dynasty officially begins.
- 14 A5 An-Teng submits to the Scarlet Empire, being the first of many nations to do so.
- 88 A5 The Guild is founded in the Lapland.
- 104 A5 The First Scavenger War begins, originally between The Realm and the city-state of Lookshy.
- 112 A5 To the surprise of everyone, Lookshy decisively defeats the Realm’s forces, negotiating a surrender that spurs several nearby kingdoms to throw in their lot with Lookshy.
- 115 A5 The Confederation of Rivers is formed.
- 132 A5 House Iselsi, the first of the extant Great Houses, is formed.
- 138 A5 A powerful, malignant entity threatens the nascent city of Great Forks, but is defeated by its three patron gods. This is later understood to be Creation‘s first encounter with the Deathlords, though the name of the Deathlord remains unknown.
- 195 A5 The Second Scavenger Wars between the Confederation of Rivers and the Realm. Sijan is captured by the Realm.
- 198 A5 Marakun, Nexus, and Calin are captured.
- 201 A5 The garrison at Sijan disappears without a trace. A relief legion disappears similarly, though a few catatonic survivors make it back.
- 202 A5 The commander of the Nexus garrison turns traitor and joins the Confederation of Rivers.
-203 A5 House Tepet founded. House Tepet legions recapture Sijan, but after speaking with the city’s elders, keep their garrison stationed a mile outside of town. The garrison builds a small satellite town called Scarlet-Sijan that is there to this day.
-205 A5 The Second Scavenger Wars end, the Realm having gained Marakun, Sijan and Calin but having lost a small arsenal of artifacts and several legions in total.
-207 A5 House Cathak founded.
-233 A5 The city of Gethamane is founded/discovered.
-240 A5 House Ragara founded.
- 300 A5 The Bodhissatva Annointed by Dark Waters founds the Kingdom of the Skullstone Archipelago, the first of the Deathlords to openly declare himself. After a year of violent conquest he pulls back and defends his borders.
-303 A5 House Ledaal founded.
- 348 A5 The Lintha pirates are first sighted in the Southwest.
- 352 A5 A band of Izhalui break off and become the Tutuni.
-389 A5 A man calling himself the Perfect founds the city-state of Paragon.
-411 A5 The Varangian Confederation is formed.
-419 A5 Mnemon is the sole survivor of a terrible accident at Storm’s End, the predecessor to the Heptagram.
-420 A5 House Cynis founded.
-432 A5 House Mnemon founded.
-443 A5 The world becomes aware for the first time of the tiny Republic of Chaya in the Southeast.
- 498 A5 House Iselsi members are caught in an elaborate assassination plot on the Empress’s life. The House is systematically stripped of all power and honors over the next century.
- 504 A5 House Peleps founded.
- 518 A5 A Delzhan warlord calling himself the Kha-Khan conquers Chiaroscuro. The Library of Hal-Chi reopens for the first time in one thousand years.
- 540 A5 House Sesus founded.
- 568 A5 The Kha-Khan, at the end of his life, negotiates an alliance with the Realm, as well as a contract with the Guild. Both of the latter parties under-estimate the aging warlord and end up with significantly less sway over the Delzhan Empire than hoped, while giving it far more aid than anticipated.
- 576 A5 – House Nellens formed.
- 592 A5 – The Last Harborhead Rebellion is brutally crushed. The satrapy is taken from House Cathak, amid charges of incompetence, and given to the general who decimated the rebels, Sesus Tei-du.
- 612 A5 The Arczeckh horde cuts a burning path up from the rain forests of the Southeast, before being cut down inside of Marakun by the legions of House Tepet.
- 615 A5 House V’neef is founded, the last of the Great Houses.
- 632 A5 The Haslanti League is formed, the first political entity in the North to be free of Realm control.
-654 A5 The Republic of Chaya appears to have disappeared completely. Guildsmen swear that a meadow of heather appeared where the city-state once stood.
- 670 A5 The Linowan Nation gives its allegiance to the Realm in exchange for aid in its unending war with Halta.
- 691 A5 The Deathlord called the Lover Clad in the Raiment of Tears reveals herself to Creation, having swayed a small and remote monastery of Immaculate Monks to her cause.
-704 A5 Enormous wealth is discovered in the southern slopes of the Cinderpeaks, causing a “gold” rush and the town of Gem to be formed.
-705 A5 Mount Metagalapa makes contact with the surface world for the first time in the Fifth Age.
-749 The Republic of Chaya reappears inexplicably, exactly where cartographers had placed it a hundred years before.
-756 A5 The city of Thorns falls to the Deathlord the Mask of Winters.
-758 A5 The Deathlord the Disquieting Gardener sends envoys to his neighbors, who are skeptical at first.
-760 A5 The Disquieting Gardener’s forces help defeat a rampaging band of Fair Folk at the Battle of Yew-bend.
-763 A5 The Scarlet Empress disappears.
-764 A5 The first reliable reports of beings calling themselves deathknights are heard, in reference to a man with “howling armor, black and unholy, who fought with the strength of a thousand devils” against a wing of Sesus troops.
-765 A5 Tales begin circulating of the return of the Anathema. The First and Forsaken Lion begins raiding towns along the Dusty Road.
-766 A5 Prince Yahsim disappears, throwing the Amber Succession into doubt.
-767 A5 The legions of House Tepet begin their campaign to drive back the Bull of the North and protect the lands of their Linowan allies. A pirate calling himself Moray Blacktide has been known to begin launching attacks on House Peleps warships. A Fair Folk warlord called Fire-Walk-With-Me has been raiding in the deserts between the southern foothills and the Great Southern Ocean. The Houses have been recalling more and more troops and Dragon-blooded to the Blessed Isle.
-768 A5 – House Tepet is decimated in the Northern Campaign, and the Linowan’s northern lands fall. The Indigo Faction and the Scarab Society, rival factions of the Guild, enter a low-level proxy war. Emberhome is rediscovered. House Mnemon and House Ledaal have all but declared their intention to claim the Scarlet Throne. The Inqiyat begin raiding ships in the Tsu-Dian-Pei with greater frequency. In the far East, rumors of a Behemoth sighting inside of the Border-marches are told. The stageplay The Adventures of Paschoo in the Anathema’s Tomb is met with rave reviews in the Imperial City.

It is currently year 768 of the Realm Calendar.

Fifth Age

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