A First for Many
TIMELINE of ROAN
BR = Before Reformation AR = After Reformation
1251+ BR: Elves dominant race on continent. Dwarves keep to their mountains as dwarves do, but there is trade between them. Orcs are largest threat to elves but are kept in check by superior strategy and magic. Halflings live in small communities within elven territory; elves love hobbits and are happy act as guardians, and the hobbits in turn are great at farming and producing wine. Humans are largely tribal/clan based without much centralized authority for centuries. By the 1400-1300 BR era, small human countries are coalescing and organizing.
1250 BR: A time of strife among the elves; a political schism.
1200 BR: Approximately the time of the elven schism.
15 BR: The Great War breaks out across the continent, led by something or someone, dubbed the “Great Nemesis,” likely by historians following the war.
2 BR: End of the Great War, combined armies of Roan defeat the armies of the Great Nemesis. Many heroes participate, including the fabled Fabiol the Barbarian (as the legends go).
Year 0: Reformation, Treaty of Fel’Savara: Humans, dwarves, gnomes, halflings, under mediation by the Elves, delineate approximate borders of various kingdoms and territories, most notably the precursor kingdoms in the regions currently known as Chevres and Erath. The books you have read thus far suggest that Blackfire is at least as old as the Great War.
0-800: Kingdoms of Roan evolve on the continent. Glendhaime (elven lands) remain largely unchanged. Trade prospers between Elves, Dwarves, and Humans for the most part, albeit with intermittent conflicts, mostly between humans. Chevres becomes largest human kingdom/empire, swallowing up various smaller kingdoms under one larger conglomerate. They occasionally threaten even the elven borders in their expansionism. Mountains and strong sea forces keep Erath fairly well protected.
925 AR: Queen Serendia takes the throne of Erath following the death of her father King Tolden.
926-987 AR: Queen Serendia proves to be competent leader and shrewd economist. Strong defense combined with laissez-faire trade policies leads to great prosperity. Maritime forces expanded to keep up with increasing trade. Chevres notices this rising competition.
988 AR: Erathian nobles vie for power after death and long prosperous reign of Queen Serendia. Without heirs, no clear successor can be agreed upon. Chevres watches with great interest.
992 AR: Lesser nobles rally to the banners of the Dukes and Duchesses as tensions mount.
995 AR: Civil War breaks out in Erath. Chevres, under Monarque Trahir, quietly mobilizes and awaits its opportunity.
998 AR: Chevres invades Erath in a sneak attack over the northern tip of the mountains under the (thin) guise of restoring order. Erath, caught in the midst of a power vacuum and infighting, is unable to mount a coordinated defense. Monarque Trahir coaxes several of the most powerful Erathian nobles with promises of regional control under his authority, making his takeover that much easier.
1001 AR: End of 1st Chevres-Erathian war, Treaty of Fromage subjugates Erath as a protectorate with regional Dukes and Duchesses replaced by Chevren loyalists.
1033 AR: Elves to battle with and defeat a powerful undead threat from the Dread Jungles.
1065 AR: Erathian underground resistance gains momentum, led by charismatic Stark Pargraven, a minor lord from the North of Erath. A Chevren force is sent to dispatch the resistance led by General Cible.
1066 AR: Battle of River’s End, General Cible is slain by an arrow to the eye while birdwatching. Chevren force routed in subsequent confusion as a result of brilliant hit and run tactics by Lord Pargraven.
1068 AR: Fully mobilized force of Chevres descends upon Erath. Desperate guerrilla defense by Erath. Pargraven’s mace forged in secret by greatest wizards in the land, presumably with outside help.
1069 AR: Erath rallies, winning battle after battle with a combination of fast moving tactics and (presumably) the morale boosting effects of Pargraven’s mace, allowing for strategic victories against greater numbers.
1071 AR: Chevres cuts its losses, fearing attrition of its standing forces would leave it vulnerable on other fronts. Treaty of Coldhallow signed, reinstating Erathian sovereignty and ending second Chevren-Erathian war. Stark Pargraven becomes King Pargraven, appointing his most loyal advisors and supporters and Dukes, Duchesses, Lords, and Ladies.
1111 AR: PRESENT DAY