Setting: Timeline

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  • Creation: (Time unknown)
  • Age of Dragons: (Time unknown)
    • Dragons rise as dominant species
    • Dragons develop/discover magic
  • Rise of Man (~4000-3000 years ago)
    • Man comes into prominence.
    • Dragons teach man the first Magics and nurture mans rise from ignorance to sentience
    • Man wars with Dragons; largely over responsible use of Magic
  • Age of Prosperity: (~3000-2000 years ago)
    • Man reaches height of its power.
    • Height of technology and Magical understanding
    • Man begins actively hunting down and killing Dragons due to ideological differences (Dragons preach caution in use of magic; man forges ahead and uses magic for more and more)
  • The Fall: (~2000-1000 years ago)
    • Mankind over-reaches its bounds/capacity with magic. Lose control of their magics results in a series of catastrophic events.
    • Mankind accidentally ruptures the dimensional barriers creating a portal which allows for demonic invasion.
    • Most of the Dragons die fighting Demons and attempting to close the demonic portal
      • Dragons are unsuccessful in closing portal
      • Vast majority of surviving Dragons retreat to the moons.
        • Only a few Dragons remain as recluses and go into hiding wherever they can.
    • Demons conquer existing nations over a period of several years
  • Age of Enslavement: (~1500-500 years ago)
    • Demons enslave Mankind
    • Cross-breeding between Mankind and demons occur; Shan’Kai are descended from these original half-fiends
  • Rebellion & Rise of Terrek (~500 years ago)
    • Terrek arrives from off-world, bearing powerful magics and magic-based bio-technology.
      • Notes of Terrek: Possible survivor of Age of Prosperity? (Displaced in time)
      • Genetically engineers some of the first variants (human sub-races) as warriors in his army.
      • Convinces Thakoran (who have been under demonic rule for much longer and were brought to Tesseris by the demons) to join in uprising
        • Thakorans rebel independently of Terrek's rebellion, but their efforts help bring a successful resolution. Some cases of direct interaction.
    • Terrek martials uprising against demons.
    • Mankind revolts against demonic rule
    • Demons are overthrown, in large part due to Terrek's efforts.
    • Terrek holds a Messianic appeal which inspires others to rebellion even in places where Terrek has not acted.
    • Demons retreat back to their dimension.
      • Detonate their portals to Tesseris.
        • Causes the Shattering of Tesseris.
        • Island of Abborreth is particularly hard hit; remains in demonic control.
    • Terrek and a cabal of powerful magi devise and build "The Core".
      • The Core: Gravitonic device designed to hold the shards of the planets separate islands together.
      • Core emits radiation that has the side-effect of creating mutations. First psychics develop from this.
      • Most of the magi working on the Core die.
      • Terrek survives and is ‘reborn’ as a being of Liquid Metal and Flesh.
  • Age of Rebuilding/Rediscovery: (~400 years ago)
    • Mankind rebuilds and tries to re-discover its lost knowledge. Terrek stands as lord and protector of mankind.
    • First political dissensions against Terrek begin as he focuses on stabilizing The Core
      • Terrek loses a large part of his power base due to socio-economic/political reasons, but manages to retain a fair portion of the provinces under his banner.
      • Still viewed favorably by most
    • First cults of Terrek start despite Terrek’s objections that he is not a deity
      • Does not profess or deny the existence of other gods (suspected agnostic)
    • Oceans eventually disappear completely and continents drift further apart
    • First Arkane Colleges are formed
    • The Core is further tweaked
      • Continent drift is considerably slowed
  • Age of War: (~300-50 years ago)
    • Major political shifts occur leading to formation of current city-states
    • Terrek cedes control of all lands but the city-state of Protesa and generally removes himself from the public eye
      • Continues to run his area of control mostly through agents
    • Order of the Broken Blade is formed
    • Terrek completely re-forges The Core
      • Continent drift falls into slow, steady calculated patterns
      • Mutagenic radiation increases and rate of mutation increases
    • First Thakoran uprisings
      • Brutally put down in many areas
      • Thakorans eventually overrun many more rural areas
      • Thakorans establish vast swaths of land largely unto themselves in less populated areas
    • First basic firearms are developed in response to Thakoran uprisings
    • Steam engine is re-discovered
  • Age of Industry: (Current Age;  Began 30-50 years ago)
    • Started about 30-50 years past.
    • Development of the steam engine.
    • First Forgeborn are created.
    • Development of firearms, Arkanik technologies (blending of Mechanics and Arkane magics), airships and other general steampunk elements.