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 selkie. Her second child, Goran, is able to choose his form.|
|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 is given the gift of magic.
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. Over the next few centuries, the text will be altered as the copies from this period are lost or destroyed over time.|
Era of Empires
|3,000 BYZ||Founding of the Old Exekian Empire: The Old Kingdoms are united under the first emperor, Taranis Kuhl.|
|Kemet is born.|
|170 BYZ||Matta's Mutiny: A slave uprising in the Old Exekian Empire headed by the Exekian abolitionist Matta. The rebels succeed in killing hunyadi Caspar and storm the imperial palace in an attempt to assassinate Emperor Rokanan. The revolt is put down and Matta is executed. With his death, his ward 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 by a dislodged iron ore, which burns his skin. Several human slaves witness the event, among them a young Letholdus Stirling I. Having discovered the Exekians' weakness, the humans in the mine rise up against their captors and March to the Forge, where they begin making iron weapons.
Word travels throughout the Empire, and an underground trade of iron tools and 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: The human nation is 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 was known as a great military leader who conquered most of the city-states, including Zemar, Tyr, and Hiberia.|
|58-88 AYZ||Reign of Letholdus Stirling II: The longest reign of any Stirling was marked by the resurgence of war with the Exekians.
Second 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.|
|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: Rowan Renard is born.
A plague epidemic in Amarna kills thousands.
|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 163: Alastair Rimânez is murdered. The primary suspect, Selca Ducani, escapes custody and disappears.
Year 164: Laura Stirling is born.
Gavin marries Naomi Cohilas.
Year 179: Tristan is assassinated by Drusus Rolfe. Tristan's eldest son Aldous ascends the throne.
|Reign of King Aldous
|War of Succession: Prince Claudius Stirling contests Aldous' right to the throne on the grounds that they are twins, and therefore share a birthright. His claims garner support, and before the end of the year the War of Succession breaks out.
In an attempt to gain more allies, Claudius declares that if he becomes king, he will end the persecution of the Vormundists and the Exekians. Lord Gavin Zosimus, who has kept his religion a secret for over fifteen years, joins Claudius.
After a disastrous battle which resulted in the death of Lord Zosimus, Claudius goes into hiding.
Aldous takes the Zosimus family hostage and destroys their estate. Lady Zosimus is separated from her children. Vincent, Gavin's ward, escapes, but the others are taken. Son Balian is pressed into service and daughters Laura and Melanie are sent to Carthmere as hostages.
Year 182: Aldous arrests Helen, who is revealed to have been spying for Claudius. Under torture, she reveals he is living under the alias "William Harding" in a remote village.
Claudius is captured and brought in chains before Aldous. Aldous tortures and humiliates Claudius before sentencing him to death.
Helen becomes a permanent prisoner of the crown. She prohibited from leaving Castle Vallon without special permission from the king, and he forbids her from marrying, making any children she might have automatically illegitimate.
Aldous marries Laura Zosimus.
Year 183: Kluuda year. John is born.
The Fifth Exekian War is instigated by Aldous, who hopes to eradicate the Exekians once and for all. He brings the pregnant Queen Laura with him.
Richard is born.
Year 185: Eleanor is born.
Year 193: Laura dies. Aldous imprisons John in Castle Vallon.
Year 202: Eleanor marries Logan Brynner.
Year 204: Hans Liu, the second bastard child of Richard and Karen, is born.
Year 208: Aldous dies of an infected arrow wound due to an accident while hunting.
|208 AYZ -Present||Reign of King Richard: Richard is unmarried and dying of Rheims disease. Nest in line is his nephew, Prince Tobias, aged six. Richard's attempts to legitimize his bastards Kai and Hans are thwarted by the Council. In desperation, he frees John and names him heir.|