Annals of Time

Here are the annals of time, collected from various books and scrolls that survived the Oracle War.

Ancient times

The ancient times never left much for historians in search for old books. However, some do exist and have become known among them who have mastered reading, and of course, scribes that have mastered the quill and ink.

Events of importance

The Runestones of Biorcaind
These old runestones tell a legend of how demons from the deep mountain came up and battled Nouk, the spirit wolf. Nouk was later called Nocunn by the hill tribes in the Grey forests. The deep mountain was most likely what is know today as the Nocunn Gorges, the haunted valleys located far north from Archurion. This is what is know as Biorcaind's second tales.

The Scrolls of Wedulug
A series of scrolls describing skin and fur trade in ancient times. No one would have paid them any interest, if it wasn't for their in-depth stories of the skin of the shadow. Later, this reference was understod to point to the ensnaring forces of the Darkness Before, thus making the scrolls the very first documentation of it.

Age of Suffering (before b.Gf. 3000)

The long seemingly endless period of wars, bloodshed and conflict between the clans and tribes of the ancient world is broadly referred to as the Age of Suffering. Not much was accomplished in terms of cultural and technological development, learning or progress. Some old books and artifacts describe passages from this age.

Events of importance

The Hryndinn Tablets
The renown scribe, Hryndinn, annotated the happenings and doings of King Cuidhen, one of the First Kings of Man. His tablets made from a giant's bones are said to not only tell the legends of Thuann, Reygnwyn and Curheldairn, but also describe the ancient conflict between mystics and the divine worshipers. One of them are said to be held in Duskspire in Creodunn.

The books of Graid
The mythical books of Graid, a collection of tomes said to describe mana for the first time, and how to use it. They were lost during the Excommunication of Heretics, and their location remain unknown to this very day.

The Clan Wars of Thuann
Not so long, but well kept and to the point, these old books were authored by Thwerdurn of Thuann, a warlord that served one of the First Kings of Man. His writing was crude, but described the politics, alliances and clan wars in the beginning of Thuanns birth. One of the few books that exist on the topic, and is held by the King Ediccu of Archurion.

The Hunt for the First
A religious scripture describing the hunt of a powerful heretic and spellweaver, that still have survived the Oracle War. It is written by Daughter Liacynna of Wylla, who recorded her holy task given to her by her Treemother, and her travels through Thuann when doing so. The last three chapters are said to be lost, and rumors state it is held by a allegiant cult in the Um Da Raens mountains of East Gaithuann.

The Epoch of Allegiants (b.Gf. 3000 - 90)

An epoch that gathered the peoples under not only kings and warlords, but also spiritual leaders who spread teachings from the gods. The religious elements of myths and legends sometimes became canon law, and in liege with the mortal rulers, the worshipers founded communities and temples that would last for thousands of years i various forms. 

Events of importance

Growing congregations
With ceremonies and divine rules worshipers establish different types of congregations, in which mortal commoners and lords eventually kneel to. Some resist but over time they become integrated, in various forms. Some keep their old traditions and stay more or less siolated, like the hill and mountain tribes of the north, while other change their way of living and develop new means to make a living. During these times, the Darkness Before seem to slumber deeply.

The Rupture (b.Gf. 90 - 0)

The Rupture started with the oracles' portents, but didn't reach its full intensity until the very Godfall, when it came to its crescendo. Portents came to oracles at different locations, over the course of some ten years or so. Rumors were widespread years before ecclesiarchs, prelates or kings acted on them. 

Events of importance

 

The First Portents
The first portents came to oracles at different locations, over the course of some ten years or so. It wasn't until King Rhyllacnan of Creodunn summoned his revered Treemothers in response to some ill-saying omens and rumors he had taken part of, caught from distant lands. They didn't lie to him, and confirmed their own old Crone had seen the very same things; the Treemother herself would wither and die. The rumors were badly contained, and even though the holy mothers were punished for withholding their knowledge to the king, the portents had started to spread throughout the realm. In the north, in Thuann and Archurion and further up north to the Dawnlands, the Augurs of Tair Doeth were silent, as they had sworn to never mention their visions outside their inner circles. These mistakes was repeated among their likes in other religions, as no one could fathom what they had seen.

The Sundering of Congregations
Allegiants soon fled their holy sites, only to realize they weren't more safe elsewhere. Siding with either cysegri or oraclau gave them affiliation and protection - for a while, until the sundering and internal strife for either power or resources left the weak out to be taken by the enemy. The power of the gods were no longer with them, as they bore witness to, every single day they did survive. The turning tides let only the most fortified temples stand against the war that came, but most were burned and razed. This chain of events is what most commoners associate the Rupture with.

The Godfall (0)

The Godfall was the ominous and much feared event, that had cataclysmic effects on the world. What exactly happened with the gods few know for sure, but holy men and women crashed through the gates of temples and chapels, blinded with blood running from their eyes.

Events of importance

Visions of Darkness
What ecclesiasticals saw the night of the Godfall, one can only speculate. Their visions had been terrible and some state they had been drawn into the heart of the Darkness Before. Their witnesses and stories was later buried with them when commoners turned on them.

Evanescence of the Divine Might
While many holy and dedicated ecclesiasticals turned mad and blind during the night of the Godfall, the vanishing of the gods and their powers was felt even by the least worthy commoner and serf. Prayers didn't give any more comfort, and the ceremonies performed as before never bestowed the holy sites strength enough to hold evil out. Also, curses spoken by witches and cults had its way, and numerous of good commoners fell victim to their wordings.

The Oracle War (0-38 a.Gf.)

The Oracle War was ignited a little more than a generation ago, and the few elders that survived still remember when man worshiped gods and magic was forbidden.

Events of importance

The rise of the Darkness Before - a.Gf. 0-1
It didn't take long after the Godfall before the servants of the Darkness Before emerged from their cellars, dungeons and pits. The undeniable but subtle force of this primeval evil quickly poured into places of power, courts and guilds that still functioned properly. The evidence didn't take long. People started to disappear, good relations soured, evil deeds created suffering and whispers in the shadows were heard. The ancient evil had woken up and ensnared the weak and lustful everywhere.

The Butchery of the Northern Bays - a.Gf. 2
One of the igniting sparks starting the Oracle War. Cysegri forces sent from Creodunn slaughtered villages and towns along a whole coastline, believing they helped their sisters and brothers. The sorrow and lust for vengeance spurred commoners to unite in Thuann, which spread and got more momentum with all atrocities commited.

The shattering of Thuann - a.Gf. 6
The ancient and once-mighty Thuann was destroyed and shattered by internal nobel and rebel forces, once succumbing to the agendas of the cysegri and oraclau. Thuann had before that been suffering greatly from the harrowing invasions of the King of Despair, who roamed the western kingdoms during this time. The collapse then spread outwards to nearby kingdoms, and with the emerging militia of commoner rebels the fall was hastened.

The temple fires of the North - 8 a.Gf.
The tide turned and the war between cysegri and oraclau started to change. Villagers and townspeople started to blame holy men and women for their war, claiming it all were their fault. In the northern parts of Thuann, Aplegaard, Archurion and other nearby realms, temples, holy glens and chapels were burned and razed.