The timeline is an attempt to organize the most important events in history.
Era of Myths & Legends
(Sometime before 6,000 BYZ)
|The world is created by Akhen. He fashions the first Exekians, Embal and Callidora. Callidora gives birth to Monaxia, then becomes pregnant again, but rebels against her husband and becomes the first Fomori. Her second child, Goran, returns to land in order to take a wife and meets his father.|
|War Without End
|The Exekians and the humans engage in constant warfare with one another and amongst themselves. Described as an "eternal battle without victory, only defeat".
Near the end of this age, the fighting begins to wane as the Exekians opt to capture and enslave the humans rather than fight them.
(approx. 4,000 BYZ-3,000 BYZ)
|The Old Kingdoms: The Exekians dominate their island, but leadership is fractured into numerous petty kingdoms, all vying for more power. With the increasing use of slavery, however, the system speeds toward imperialism.
The Raid of Sylarat: Queen Skoga raids the city of Sylarat in an attempt to seize the Ferdia. The wounded Ferdia escapes to the forest, where it encounters Edric, a deserter from Skoga's army. Edric tends to the Ferdia's wounds, and in return Akhen grants him the power to dreamwalk, making him the first aisling.
Founding of Zantium: An escaped human slave, Peredur, finds a crown of diamonds at the bottom of a lake and declares his destiny to be a king. He eventually proves his valor and becomes the legendary leader of the Zantine nation. But this is only a legend - more likely, the Exekians deliberately sent human slaves overseas to establish a colony.
Gwydion's Disappearance: Gwydion, the eldest son of Peredur and the most powerful mage ever to have lived, disappears without a trace. According to legend, his attempts to make himself into a god resulted in him becoming trapped in a Realm of his own making.
|3,900 BYZ||The Mandorlin original manuscript is composed.|
Era of Empires
|3,000 BYZ||Founding of the Old Exekian Empire: The Old Kingdoms are united under the first emperor, Taranis Kuhl.|
|The Iskirrans attempt to wage war against the Exekians, who are weakened by the kluuda. Diplomatic maneuvering on the part of the Exekians leads to the Iskirrans turning their sights upon the Dardani, whom they raid, pillage, capture and sell into slavery.|
|Kemet is born.|
|76 BYZ||Matta's Mutiny: A slave uprising in the Old Exekian Empire headed by the Exekian abolitionist Matta. The rebels succeed in killing Caspar, the emperor's heir, and storm the imperial palace in an attempt to assassinate Emperor Rokanan. The revolt is put down and Matta is hunted and killed by his son Kemet. With his death, Kemet inherits his estate, including the last known original manuscript of the Mandorlin.|
|Nechtan is born.|
|5 BYZ||In the copper mines of Arza Vist, an Exekian overseer is injured in an accident. Several human slaves are punished unjustly, prompting a slave uprising. Among the rebels is a young Letholdus Stirling I. Managing to obtain guns and powder, the humans in the mine rise up against their captors and, in an event known as the March to the Forge, take control of the local production of steel and gunpowder.
Word travels throughout the Empire, and an underground trade of guns and other weapons begins. Slaves use them to rebel against their Exekian masters and escape captivity. The Empire attempts to quell the revolts, but is largely unsuccessful.
|First Exekian War: Armies of escaped slaves have developed in the wilderness. They are united under the banner of Letholdus and declare war on the Empire. Launching an assault on the capital, the soldiers kill the emperor and raze the city. Over the next two centuries, the humans will kill or drive most of the Exekians south into the Shadowlands.
Foundation of Apicarta and Zantium: The so-called "Slave Kingdoms" are gradually carved out of the remains of the Old Exekian Empire.
|0-16 AYZ||Reign of King Letholdus I: After defeating the Empire, Letholdus was declared unofficial king of the humans. His unnamed nation included Carthmere and the city of Bodai. He married Camilla and had one son, Cassius I.|
|16-58 AYZ||Reign of Cassius I: Cassius' reign was the longest in Apicarta's history. He was known as a great military leader who expanded the country's borders.
Second Exekian War (21-30 AYZ): Zemar is liberated and Hiberia is captured. The Exekians are pushed into the deep south.
|58-88 AYZ||Reign of Letholdus Stirling II: The reign of Cassius' grandson was marked by the resurgence of war with the Exekians and the consolidation of power. The official laws were written during this period, and the Temple was established as an institution.
Third Exekian War (63-69 AYZ): Crown Prince Erasmus Stirling II killed in battle.
Letholdus II approves first translation of Mandorlin into Apicartan (72 AYZ): It is based on documents dating back only about four hundred years. The scribes further alter the text, changing the stories and "updating" the Law to better suit the times.
|88-100 AYZ||Reign of Reginald Stirling: Reginald became king upon the death of his father. His nephew Cassius II went into hiding out of fear he would be killed to remove him from the line of succession. Immensely disliked by the Apicartan nobility, he was assassinated after just twelve years of rule, leaving no heirs of his own.|
|100-123 AYZ||Reign of Cassius Stirling II: Cassius II assumed the throne upon his uncle's death, aged just fourteen. His reign was marked by unrest between his children, culminating in the slaughter of his son Stephen, Stephen's wife and infant child, as well as the mysterious death of his daughter Odette.
Year 119 - Birth of Marcus Roland.
Year 123 - Birth of Lygia Roland.
|123-162 AYZ||Reign of Letholdus III: The last surviving child of Cassius II, Letholdus III, otherwise known as "the Raven King" orchestrated the deaths of his siblings and their families in his quest for purification of the royal line. Paranoid and cruel, he imprisoned and tortured his wife, believing she had been unfaithful to him, and was obsessed with his own warped ideas of purity. He is best remembered for having forcibly subjugated the free city of Kataru.
Year 145: Leonard Gorrister is born.
Year 160: A plague epidemic in Amarna kills thousands.
Year 161: King Luther Arimanes is murdered. The primary suspect, Selca Ducani, escapes custody and disappears.
|163-179||Reign of King Tristan: Tristan, the grandson of Letholdus III, is crowned king of Apicarta. He is already married to Deirdre Crimwall and has two sons, Aldous and Claudius, and a daughter, Helen.
Year 164: Laura Stirling is born.
Year 178: King Tristan Stirling is assassinated by a Vormundist. Tristan's eldest son Aldous ascends the throne and seeks revenge.
|Reign of King Aldous
|War of Succession:
Year 190: Eleanor is born.
Year 202: Laura dies. Aldous imprisons John in Castle Vallon.
Year 208: Aldous dies of an infected wound obtained during an accident while hunting.
|208 AYZ -Present||Reign of King Richard: Richard is unmarried and dying of Rheims disease. Next in line is his niece, Princess Kai, aged six. Kai's father Logan is an ambitious Iskirran. In desperation, Richard frees John and names him heir in the event Richard dies before Kai comes of age.|