Fire and Ice
History (as it were)
“History…Bah…Don’t speak to me of history. Look to the present and the future, my friend. That’s where your end lies, and mine.”—A common sentiment among those who dwell in the Hellfrost.
Only fragmentary evidence remains of major events before the Blizzard War and the Ice Rise, and many lesser events have been lost to time. Scholars talk of powerful, ancient empires ruled by noble and wise men, all of which were reduced to ruins by the Blizzard War or now lie buried beneath the ice and snow.
–611: The Convocation of Elementalists is founded.
–542: The Anari Empire is born. It dominates southern Rassilon for the next five centuries.
–429: Demongate Wars start. Mad cultists create and open a series of portals leading to the Abyss using an artifact known as the Black Key.
–400: Demongate Wars end with the destruction of the last demonic outpost. Terrible suffering has been unleashed on the land over the last quartercentury. The Black Key is shattered and its parts hidden.
–352: Hela’s betrayal. Hela, keeper of the underworld, goes insane and unlocks the gates to the Abyss. Evil souls fl ee to the mortal realm where they inhabit corpses, creating the first true undead. Hela becomes the goddess of undeath, her role as guardian taken by Scaetha.
–316: The undead armies of the Liche-Priest ravage what is now the northern, eastern, and central Low Winterlands. The Liche-Priest’s bony hand extends into the west, but expansion is halted by Aspiria and Chalcis.
–222: Anari fi nally complete their conquest of the Saxa lands, dominating the Hearthlands as far east as the Thunor Range and Brokentail Mountains. Despite oppression, the Saxa culture in conquered lands is not stamped out, and it later rekindles.
–28: The Liche-Priest’s army is shattered, the vile fiend entombed for eternity.
-25: The Blizzard War begins. An army of frigid beasts advances rapidly from the north, destroying everything in its path, as temperatures plummet to many degrees below freezing. Countless people are killed. The gods Kenaz and Sigel vanish just before the destruction occurs. When the destruction ends, 25 years later, Rassilon is virtually depopulated.
-15: Contact is lost with Karad Khan, the greatest dwarf city.
-10: The southern nations, divided and weakened, rally together and begin an offensive of total destruction against the Hellfrost armies.
0: The Ice Rise. The defeated Hellfrost armies rapidly retreat back north. The Icewall rises overnight, creating behind it the Hellfrost. Winters immediately harden, and snow and ice begin to creep down from the north, blanketing the land.
1–100 IR: Plague, famine, and constant warfare wrack Rassilon. Many more people die before order is slowly restored.
45 IR: The Magocracy is founded. The position of Mage-King is introduced in later decades.
50 IR: Drakeport introduces the scield as its currency. Use of the coin spreads along mercantile routes and is still the standard value of currency today.
83 IR: Founding of the Hearth Knights.
160 IR: Having driven the Anari out from their former lands, the Saxa found the Marklands.
201 IR: Hellfrost Keep completed. The only easily accessible land route to the Winterlands is sealed off.
246 IR: Crystalflow Confederacy founded.
274 IR: The Frozen Forest comes in existence, killing thousands of taiga elves.
319 IR: Orc invasion of Chalcis ends in orc defeat at the Battle of Thunor’s Fury.
341-345 IR: Golem Uprising. Golems rise up against their masters in a bloody conflict. The Golem Ban Decree is signed by the Mage-King, the Convocation of Elementalists, and the frost dwarf lords, making the creation of any form of golem punishable by death.
381 IR: Frost giant army smashed in the Battlelands. Raids are halted for many years as the giants recover their strength.
389 IR: The metallic beings known as the Scavengers appear.
440 IR: The Sisters of Mercy are founded.
441 IR: Karad Marn invaded by orcs. The battle to liberate continues to the present time.
444 IR: Karad Noshrek is lost.
445 IR: Frost giants begin raiding from the Giant’s Throne.
449 IR: The Roadwardens are founded.
469 IR: The Mistlands are swathed in permanent fog.
471 IR to present: The Siphoning. Mages begin to suffer a strange loss of power, which has grown more frequent as time passes.
475 IR: Foundation of the Knights Hrafn.
479 IR to present: Orcs pour from the Mace Mountains and conquer southern Vestmark. Much of it still remains in orc hands (now called Orcmark).
492 IR: The frostborn-dominated Barony of Cul is founded, the first domain ruled by the new race.
497 IR to present: Orcs assault the city of Ostvik with a vast army of siege engines. The siege continues to the present day.
499 IR to present: Current day.