The History of Théah
AUC (Ab Urbe Condita, “After the Founding of the City”)
1: The city of Numa is founded near the mouth
of the Tigres river in what would later become Vodacce.
102–228: Numa expands her borders, conquering
or absorbing her neighbors. The Old Republic begins in earnest.
213: Outnumbered Numan soldiers defeat a
superior Crescent army at the Battle of Pulo di Olimpia
228: Numa and Acraga (located in what
would eventually become Castille) sign a mutual trade treaty, intended to
strengthen ties between the two powers. Their relations slowly sour over
236–255: Numa launches a series of campaigns
against the Eisen barbarian tribes. They are ultimately turned back.
~250: Several primitive Vestenmannavjnar
tribes fight a war for dominance on the eastern Vesten isles. The losers —
a tribe known as the Novgod — are exiled to the northern coast of Ussura.
255: The Republic constructs a huge wall on
the southern bank of the great River to keep the Eisen hordes at bay.
268: Precious metals are discovered in the
Acragan mountain ranges. Numa launches an attack to seize the resources,
beginning the Acragan Wars.
344: Acraga suffers its final defeat and
becomes a Numan colony for the next seven hundred years.
365: The Novgod tribe, with the support of
primitive Ussurans, fight a massive battle against invading Eisen
barbarians on the fields west of modern Donskoy. The invaders are soundly
defeated, and the Novgod changes its name to the Novgorov.
366: The Novgorov found the city of Ektar
(later Ekaternava) as a bulwark against future Eisen invasions.
~375: Founding of the kingdoms of Rurik and
424: General Julius Caius conquers Avalon.
Numan-controlled territory now covers almost half of the known world, with
millions of people under its rule.
425: Caius declares himself Imperator, seizing
power from the Numan Senate. The act marks the beginning of the Age of
Imperators, transforming the Republic into an Empire.
502-508: A series of huge barbarian raids
destroy the Republic colonies in Eisen.
573: Contact with Avalon is suddenly lost and
the island nation seemingly vanishes amid a hail of storms and fog banks.
The Numan Imperator declares the nation cursed and refuses to endorse
581: The Age of Imperators ends with the rule
of Clementes the Mad. A popular uprising restores the Senate to power.
623: The storms around Avalon cease. The
inhabitants have not aged a day and are unaware that anything has
698: General Gaius Philippus Macer declares
himself Imperator and seizes power from a corrupt Numan Senate following
an extensive campaign in Eisen.
724: The Bargain. In an effort to regain
power, a small group of senators makes contact with an unknown
supernatural entity. They bargain for magical powers, forming the
foundation of Théah’s modern sorcerous bloodlines. With their newfound
abilities, the Senators force Gaius to give up his authority, and rule
with absolute power for another fifty years.
724: Matushka awakens from her slumber.
According to Ussuran Orthodoxy, she has a conversation with the First
Prophet (“The True Prophet”) some fifty years before his arrival in Numa.
734: Senator Edwardus Ajax Gallen flees Numa
in an effort to escape his sorcerous peers. He and his followers found the
kingdom of Gallenia near the distant land of Cathay.
735: The Firewall rises on the eastern
Gallenia border, apparently the result of Cathayan sorcery. The towering
barrier traps numerous savage Cathayan tribes — known collectively as the
Tumens — on the western side.
736–740: The Tumens commence a brutal invasion
of primitive Molhyna, conquering it and driving the native Zakut tribes
into the far north.
~740–765: With Molhyna as a base, the Tumens
launch a series of attacks against the newfound Gallenia. Bolstered by
Numan tactics, the Gallenians defeat the Tumens at every turn.
774: The arrival of the First Prophet in Numa.
Marked as AV 1 in the Théan calendar.
AV (Anno Veritas, “the Year of Truth”)
1: The First Prophet appears on the floor of
the Senate, advocating an end to sorcery and the worship of a single deity
called Theus. The Senate arrests and executes him, but word of his
teachings spreads, forming the beginnings of the Vaticine Church.
32: The Empire of the Crescent Moon ejects
Numa from its territory.
98: Legio II stops a barbarian invasion from
Ussura just short of Numan territory.
98: The Numan Empire is divided in two: the
Eastern Empire (governed in Numa) and the Western Empire (governed by what
will become San Cristobal.) Twin Imperators head each Empire, although the
senate still has nominal power over both. The date is generally considered
the beginning of the end of the Old Empire.
~100: The kingdoms of Rurik and Somojez
embrace the teachings of the Prophet. Pagan dissenters, led by Vladimir
Aryov, emigrate to the lands around the Azov forest, where they found the
kingdom of Veche.
105: The Eastern Imperator recognizes the
legitimacy of the Prophet’s faith. The Western Imperator soon follows
130: Most noble families in Numa now practice
some form of sorcery and magic has become genetic, passing from parent to
child with each successive generation.
203: Eastern Imperator Danatius announces his
conversion to the Prophet’s faith. Sorcerous nobles are forced to flee or
face the wrath of an entire religion.
297: The Fall of the Numan Empire: Eisen
hordes sack Numa and burn it to the ground. The kingdom of Rurik takes up
some of the slack in the east, absorbing Somojez and parts of upper
Vodacce, and forming a bulwark of civilization between the Eisen hordes to
the waest and the Tumen raiders to the east.
299: Josémaria de Castillo is crowned the
first King of a united Castille.
305: The Second Prophet appears from the
Crescent Empire, preaching a message of piety and departure.
306: The Second Prophet gathers large flock
and leads them on a pilgrimage to the Crescent Empire. They are
slaughtered by marauding tribesmen, and the Imperator orders a crusade
against the “infidel murderers.”
306: A coup within the Crescent Empire claims
the life of the ruling Caliph.
306: Warlord Jaala Khan of the Kosar tribe
unites the Tumen raiders beneath his rule and launches a war of conquest.
He quickly take Molhyna and upper Gallenia, and prepares to move against
the passes in the Bolshoi mountains.
306: Jaala Khan’s advance is halted at the
Battle of Demetrian’s past. The Tumens as a people gradually become known
as the Kosar, a name which has remained to the present day.
312: Imperator Corantine comes to power,
conquering most of western Théah. He declares the Faith of the Prophets to
be his Empire’s official religion.
313: King Alonzo Al-Mahmud de Josémaria is
named ruler of both Castille and the Crescent Empire, marking seven
centuries of cooperation between the two nations. Imperator Corantine
severely limits his power, however, and the Crusades bitterly divide his
325: The Corantine Convention presents the
Vaticine Credo to Corantine, which effectively unifies the bickering cults
of the First and Second Prophets into a single entity: the Reformed
325: Rurik Knias Oscor Pavtlavich Nikolai
Novgorov travels 1800 miles to the Corantine Convention, only to spit at
the Imperator’s feet and renounce the teachings o the Second Prophet. He
is executed, but his scribe escapes with the coded transcript of the
proceedings. The incident marks the beginning of the Ussuran Orthodox
326: Grand Duke Vsevolod of the city of
Sousdal declares his city safe haven against the newly founded Vaticine
Church. The Church sends an armed force to take the city, but Vsevolod
defeats them in a vicious battle which lasts for two days.
~327: Formal founding of the Ussuran Orthodox
Church, with Sousdal as its capital.
347: The Vaticine Church founds the holy order
of the Knights of the Cross (die Kreuzritter).
376: Corantine dies. His three sons divide the
Empire between them; their lesser kingdoms quickly fall apart.
~400: First appearance of the White Plague.
446: Following a period of slow decline, the
Komnenian family seizes control of Rurik.
452: The Molhyni tribe ferments a revolt
against the ruling Kosars. They usurp power following a fierce battle at
the city of Goroduk, and establish the nation of Molhyna.
492: Rurik’s peasantry revolts against its
ruler and Somojez declares independence, effectively destroying the
kingdom as a viable political entity.
520: Koshchei Pietrov becomes ruler of Molhyna.
522: Matushka confronts the incestuous Saska
Tomiech — ruler of Veche — in an epic battle of dark sorcery. The Little
Grandmother defeats Saska, imprisoning her and her infant son in a coffin
of ice beneath the Tomiech palace.
523: An Eisen warlord named Johann von der
Velde launches an invasion of Ussura. His army is buried by an ice storm
that strikes in the middle of summer.
525: By command of Matushka, the five kingdoms
of Gallenia, Molhyna, Rurik, Somjez, and Veche unite as a single political
entity: Ussura. Matushka chooses a ruling Gaius — Baveroc Fyodovich — from
the peasant class, and a council of ruling kings — the Knias Douma — to
advise him. This system of government has existed essentially unchanged
for over a thousand years.
600: The rise of Imperator Carleman. Carleman
conquers most of Western Théah, forming the foundation of several modern
609: Carleman is declared High Imperator of
Théah by the Vaticine Church, legitimizing his rule.
654: Carleman dies, leaving his Empire to
three sons: Charles, Stefan and Iago.
659: Charles dies, leaving his kingdom in the
hands of his wife, Isabeau. She marries her cousin, Léon Montanus, and
renames her newly-claimed nation “Montaigne.”
686: Dracheneisen is first discovered in the
691: Stefan officially founds the nation of
782: Eisen Imperator Gottschalk I conquers
much of Vodacce, including Numa.
818: The fierce barbarian tribes of the
northern oceans unite under Gunnef the Ravenhaired. She gives them the
title “Vestenmannavnjar,” and launches an attack against the Avalon Isles.
Their coastal raids will plague Théah for centuries.
818: Construction of Thngvallavatn in
~900: Death of Gunnef the Ravenhaired. She is
replaced as Vesten’s High King by Ash Dagfinnrson.
~900-1300: The White Plague runs rampant
throughout Théah. It spreads for centuries and ultimately claims one-third
of the population; Castille is spared the worst effects, due to its
connections with the Vaticine Church.
918: The inbred von Drachen family is
destroyed by a popular uprising. Their sorcerous line is wiped out and
their kingdom ultimately absorbed into Eisen.
~1000: Highlander Leila MacDonald travels to
the Vesten Isles. Legends hold that the transcribed the Vesten’s
Grumfather Cycle into Théan — a text which might explain countless
aspects of the nation’s past. No copy of her trnaslation is ever fond,
1000: The Third Prophet arrives in Castille.
Preaching words of bloodshed and zeal, he deposes Castille’s sorcerous
kings and receives the blessings of the Vaticine Church.
1002: A Vaticine bishop is murdered by a mob
of Crescents in the Castillian city of Malaca. The Third Prophet declares
a new crusade against the Crescent Empire. Civil war erupts in Castille,
as the Prophet’s forces battle with pro-Crescent loyalists.
1009: The pro-Crescent High King Garcia is
defeated in El Fin del Ciclo. His death marks the end of sorcerous power
1011: Vodacce’s “Mad Queen” Marrietta Lorenzo
attempts to end the Crusades by using Sorte to wipe the Crescents from
existence. The result destroys her family, her servants, and the island
fortress from which they rule.
1011: The Crusades sputter to a halt, with
Vodacce in disarray and the Vaticine forces too exhausted to continue the
attack. Fighting will continue for another three centuries however, waxing
and waning according to the current Hierophant’s zeal.
1012-1019: The Hieros Wars. The Third Prophet
moves the seat of the Vaticine Church from Vodacce to Castille, starting a
new war between those two countries.
1014: Roman Sandoval is crowned High King of
Castille, the first in a long dynasty of Sandoval rulers.
1014: “Mad Jack” O’Bannon returns to Inismore
and drives the Vestenmannajvnar invaders away from its shores.
1019: Vodacce forces are decisively defeated
by a defending Castillian army, ending the Hieros Wars. The capital of the
Vaticine Church moves from Numa to the newly-founded Vaticine City.
1021: Jack O’Bannon abdicates the Inish throne
and wanders away. Infighting erupts over his successor.
1028: Henri du Montaigne invades Avalon,
Inismore, and the Highland Marches. He defeats the army of King Herygh at
the Battle of Three Roads, and annexes the three nations. The Sidhe flee
Avalon, taking the powerful Graal with the. Glamour ceases to function and
Montaigne begins a lengthy occupation of the country.
1030: The Third Prophet dies.
1034: The Eisen launch an invasion of Ussura.
A series of freakish earthquakes and blizzards forces the army to retreat
before it is destroyed
1088: The five Vodacce cardinals place the
libraries of Alexia — books and scrolls stolen from the Crescent Empire —
in Numa as a “gift to the Hierophant.” The move consolidates Vodacce’s
power base within the Church.
1118: Hughes Allais du Crieux establishes the
Poor Knights of the Prophet to protect lands captured from the Crescents
during the Crusades.
1153: Queen Eleanor of Montagine has her
husband declared dead while he is fighting the Crusades and marries the
King of Avalon.
1157: Robin Goodfellow is born.
1175: Eleanor’s brother-in-law Charles arrests
and executes her on charges of treason.
1175: The last public member of the Serrano
family falls into financial ruin, effectively ending the sinister Lorenzo
line of Vodacce.
1177: Robin Goodfellow returns from the
Crusades and launches a guerilla war against King Charles.
1199: Goodfellow is killed during a skirmish
with King Charles’ men, but legends of his deeds grow. Avalons continue to
report sightings of Robin Goodfellow for another twenty years.
1207: Eisen launches a third invasion of
Ussura. As before, disasterous weather inflicts heavy casualties and
forces the army to retreat.
1215: King Charles of Avalon is defeated by a
Montaigne army, losing Eleanor’s claims to Montaigne lands.
1215: The rise of Robert the Dark in the
1216: Charles’ nephew, the true King of
Avalon, returns from the Crusades and deposes his uncle.
1218: Robert the Dark defeats the Avalons at
the Battle of Dun Vahl.
1219: Robert is declared High King of the
1267: Eisen Imperator Stefan III orders the
construction of a military base on the Rotstrom River. The base, known as
the Stein, serves as the heart of Eisen’s defense for three hundred years.
~1300: The Vodacce renaissance begins, forming
the foundation of a great mercantile empire. Vodacce traders dominate
Théah’s economy until the rise of the Vendel League in the sixteenth
1308: The Poor Knights of the Prophet are
condemned as heretics. The Knights are executed and the Church declares
the Crescent borders closed to all faithful, effectively ending the Second
1347: Another rash of the White Plague breaks
out across Théah. It lasts only a few months, but still has an effect.
Avalon is particularly hard-hit.
1348: Eisen launches an invasion against
Ussura. The army, lead by General Ernst Heilgrund, advances to the
Ekaterina river before a massive flood destroys the entire force. The
Eisen Imperator issues an edict forbidding further invasions of Ussura.
1355: The notorious pirate Justice Rogers
disappears while being pursued by Montaigne warships.
1386: The Castillian capital of San
Cristobal is struck by an outbreak of the White Plague. It kills the
entire royal family, launching a flurry of political infighting for the
1394: Cristoforo Scarovese publishes Means
to Ends , which becomes a pillar of Vodacce political thought.
1398: The Vestini family of Vodacce receives
permission to destroy the infernal Bianco family. The Biancos use strange
powers to defend themselves, however, and manage to stave off all direct
attacks on their territory.
1400: After nearly two years of fending off
Vestini assaults, the Bianco family is finally wiped out with the aid of a
young Vodacce knight named Andare del Casigula Rosa.
1402: Cristobal Gallegos leaves San Cristobal
in an effort to sail around the world. He is never seen again.
1411: The holy order of die Kreuzritter is
wiped out at the Battle of Tannen in Eisen.
1413: David III assumes the throne of Avalon.
1418: David invades Montaigne, defeating a
superior army and laying claim to several western provinces.
1422: David dies, leaving his ten-year-old
son, David IV, on the throne. The younger David soon falls victim to
1425: Avalon relinquishes its claim to
1501: A small Vesten villages starves to death
because their jarl (warlord) took their grain to feed his warriors. In
response to the incident, a Vesten trader named Inger Holmstrom calls a
great gathering of the Vesten underclass. They agree to travel forth from
Vesten and learn about trading in an effort to better their lot.
1513: Through the machinations of the
Villanova clan, Aldo Caligara is forced to renounce his family’s
heritage and change his name to Caligari. The two families become bitter
1516: Inger Holmstrom forms a de facto
council consisting of the Vestenmannavjnar farming class (carl)
and serfs (thrall) . The act effectively seizes political power
from the Vesten warrior kings (most of whom are away on raids).
1517: Matthias Lieber, an Eisen monk nails a
series of questions to his superior’s door in Heilgrund. The act marks the
beginning of the Objectionist movement. Lieber is arrested for heresy, but
is rescued from Castille just before his execution and returned to Eisen.
1527: Henri IV, “The Bloody Boar” of Avalon
attempts to assassinate his rival to the throne, Richard Lovaine. The plot
is exposed and civil war ensues.
1528: Vestenmannavjnar officially changes its
name to Vendel, over the protests of many of its militant tribes.
1531: Henri IV is defeated at the Battle of
Bedgrane by Richard, who assumes the throne as Richard II.
1531: Richard II launches an invasion of
1535: An anonymous Avalon monk publishes an
illegal book of traditional stories entitled The Graal.
1541: Avalon crushes the last elements of
Inish resistance, annexing the entire island.
1546: Birth of Vincenzo Caligari.
1547: High King Eindridi Utterstrom dies to be
replaced by the intolerant Ulf Hövsgaard. Hövsgaard challenges the Vendel
council, questioning their actions at every turn
1552: Cardinal Alfonso Orduñez proposes
building a massive prison on the island of la Palabra de Dios.
1563: Cardinal Orduñez’s prison is completed
and begins accepting inmates.
~1565: High King Hövsgaard disappears after an
argument with the Vendel merchant Leagues. He is the last Vesten King to
publicly proclaim his crown.
1570: The Firework Dam incident. A huge
Montaigne dam, constructed to provide the King with a fishing lake, is
destroyed in a massive explosion. A group calling itself the Rilasciare
(“Free Thinkers”) takes credit for the incident.
1571: Cardinal Orduñez builds walls around his
island prison “to keep civilization out.”
1587: Weiss III becomes Imperator of Eisen. He
forbids the persecution of Objectionists in his realm, easing tensions
between Objectionism and the Vaticine faith.
1598: Cameron McCormick founds the Explorer’s
~1600: By now, Vendel has established a guild
of merchants which effectively forms their national government. Vendel
trade continues to flourish throughout northern Théah, challenging
Vodacce’s traditional economic power.
1600: A revolt on la Palabra de Dios — now
known as “la Bucca” — kills ninety percent of the inmates and a third of
1608: An anonymous Vendel scholar invents the
1610: Church scholars — led by Caspar Gallus —
complete the first map of the human body.
1610: Birth of Léon XIV of Montaigne.
1614: Richard IV ascends the throne of Avalon.
1615: Founding of the Knights of the Rose and
1617: The Hierophant gives the Rose and Cross
the official blessing of the Church.
1620: Avalon scientist Jeremy Cook founds the
Royal Fraternity for Scientific Minds in the Avalon capital of Luthon.
1622: Richard IV asks the Hierophant for
permission to divorce his wife. The Hierophant refuses and Richard passes
the Act of Supremacy in retaliation. The act creates the new Church of
Avalon, with the Avalon king at its head.
1622: Death of King Léon XIII of Montaigne.
His wife and her lover, the Cardinal Maurice d’Argeneau, govern the nation
for six years until Léon XIV comes of age. The young king is cruelly
mistreated under their ministrations.
1628: Leon XIV turns eighteen. He immediately
banishes his mother to country exile and dramatically reduces Cardinal
d’Argeneau’s influence in court.
1631: King Leon marries his first wife,
1632: Birth of Faulk Fischler.
1636: Imperator Weiss III dies, to be
succeeded by Imperator Reifenstahl. A strict Vaticine, Reifenstahl resumes
persecution of the Objectionists
1636-1666: The War of the Cross. Reifenstahl’s
oppressive policies ferment an open revolt in southern Eisen. The conflict
would quickly spread across the entire nation.
1636–Present: Vendel uses the Eisen conflict
to vastly expand its economic power. The Vodacce princes finally realizes
the threat to their power, and launches a quiet economic war.
1637: Vendel Objectionists, led by General
Stefano Wulf, overrun the Vaticine forces at the Stein. The loss ends the
Vaticine’s absolute hold over northern Eisen.
1638: “Gentleman Pirate” Philip Gosse retires
to a hidden island paradise.
1639: General Wulf retreats from the Stein,
leaving the once-mighty fortress in ruins.
1639: Birth of Fauner Pösen.
1639: Queen Estelle of Montaigne dies, having
borne Léon five daughters and no sons.
1640: King Léon marries his second wife,
princess Rosa Velasquez de Sandoval of Castille
1643: Birth of Katerina Fischler
Nonus, 1644: The Swordsman’s Guild is founded.
1645: Queen Rosa Velasquez of Castille dies,
having borne Léon three daughters and no sons. Relations between Montaigne
and Castille sour considerably.
1647: King Léon marries his third wife Morella
1648: The Crescent corsair Kheired-Din makes
his first raid on western shores, attacking a coastal town and taking many
citizens as slaves.
1648 (Fall): Birth of Dominique du Montaigne.
1649: Eisen fisherman Faulk Fischler
discovers a dracheneisen mine near the Sudlache. Reifenstahl gives him a
new barony, formed from parts of other baronies. The act further
1649: Birth of Ilya Nikolovich, son of Gaius
Nikolai Nikolovich. At the child’s birth, the Gaius tricks Matushka into
promising that Ilya will become the next Gaius — not a member of the
peasantry as has been the case for centuries.
1650: The Inish revolt against Avalon’s “Iron”
Queen Margaret, in an attempt to establish an independent nation.
1651: Mad Jack O’Bannon returns to Inismore,
leading his people to war against the Avalons.
1652: Birth of Good King Sandoval.
1654: “Iron” Queen Margaret of Avalon dies,
leaving no heir. Civil war ensues. The Highland Marches declares
independence from Avalon.
1656: Margaret’s half-sister Elaine appears
with the Graal. Glamour returns to Avalon.
1656: Jack O’Bannon calls for a cease-fire in
the war against Avalon.
1656: Théah’s first newspaper, the
Steinhalt Gazette, is founded. With the coming of Niklaus Trägue in
1664, it changes its name to the Freiburg Gazette.
1656: Ilya Nikolovich sees a portrait of
Katerina Fischler and is instantly smitten. Katerina travels to Ussura and
agrees to marry the young boy when he comes of age. In exchange, her
brother receives a lucrative food-for-arms deals with the Ussurans.
1657: The Royal Fraternity for Scientific
Minds admits its first female member, Ravenild Hibbot. The organization
changes its name to the Royal Association for Scientific Minds.
1658: Elaine succeeds in reuniting Avalon
under her rule. Inismore and the Highland Marches swear allegiance to her,
creating a Triple Kingdom of linked-yet-autonomous nations.
1658: First reported appearance of the Crimson
1658: Gaius Nikolai of Ussura dies under
mysterious circumstances. His son Ilya becomes the new Gaius — the first
time in history that that the title has passed along hereditary lines. The
boyars take the boy and torture him mercilessly for the next seven years,
in an effort to break his will.
1659: Nicklaus Trägue discovers a dracheneisen
mine in the mountains of Eisen. He asks for the ruins of the Stein as his
1659: The king of Castille raises a mighty
armada to destroy Queen Elaine. Privateer ships under the command of
Jeremiah Berek sink the armada off the Coast of Avalon.
1661: Avalon scholar Jeremy Cook publishes
The Rational Chemist, denouncing alchemy and advocating Empiricism.
The book causes a huge controversy, and the Vaticine Inquisition demands
his death as a heretic.
1661: Franze Delefoe publishes a new map of
the human body and denounces the humor theory of medicine. He is burned at
the stake by the Inquisition, though they do not take credit for it until
1662: Jeremy Cook invents the air pump, but is
executed by the Inquisition before he can reveal it to the public. A group
of scholars calling themselves “The Invisible College” manage to save his
notes and recreate his lost invention.
1664: The Vendel introduce the guilder as a
way of dominating Théan currency. The act escalates the unspoken trade war
between Vendel and its longtime rival, Vodacce.
1664: Nicklaus Trägue completes repairs on the
Stein. He renames his barony Freiburg (“Free City”) in hopes of attracting
1664: King Léon of Montaigne openly declares
that he is a sorcerer, and that all sorcerers will have a safe haven
within his borders.
1664: Crown Prince Javier of Castille
disappears from his rooms without a trace.
1664: Gaius Ilya of Ussura escapes his captors
into the frozen wilderness around the city of Sladivgorod. He receives a
visit from the legendary Firebird, who shields him from the elements and
allows him to survive.
1664: High King Salvador Aldana de Sandoval of
1665: After months of debate, the Church
crowns the thirteen-year-old Salvador Bejarano de Sandoval King of
Castille. His Church advisors deny him the due title Rex Castillium,
severely hampering his power.
1665: First appearance of El Vago. He rescues
as peasant girl named Lucinda Garcia from being burned at the stake.
1665: El Vago joins Don Andrés Aldana in
defending Good King Sandoval from an assassination attempt.
1665: Gaius Ilya comes of age and takes formal
control of Ussura. He has the men who tortured him put to death and his
chief persecutor fed to his own hounds.
1665: The Crimson Rogers sink the Highland
Piper, an Avalon mercenary ship, near the Midnight Archipelago. The
Piper’s captain, Bonnie McGee, escapes the destruction and returns to
port in a lifeboat. She is the only known survivor of an attack by the
1665-1666: Another outbreak of the White
Plague appears in Avalon, Castille, and parts of Montaigne. Before Church
scholars can diagnose the cause, it vanishes as quickly as it came.
1666: Castille and Montaigne invade a war-torn
Eisen. Reifenstahl is forced to cede vast tracts of territory to them at
the Treaty of Weissburg, effectively ending the War of the Cross.
1666: Castillian cardinal Esteban Verdugo
raises an army to arrest the heretical King Léon, but they are defeated at
the battle known as Montegue’s Stand. Léon proclaims himself Empereur,
raises corporal Montegue to the rank of High General and marries him to
his youngest daughter Dominique.
1666: The Vaticine Hierophant dies under
mysterious circumstances while on a trip to Montaigne. Montaigne’s
Cardinal d’Argeneau disappears soon thereafter. The Inquisition, under
control of Cardinal Verdugo, now has unchecked power to enforce its
edicts. Scholarly learning within the Church — which had been under quiet
siege for years — grinds to a halt.
1666: Castillian scholar Alvara Arciniega
discovers the light spectrum with a series of homemade prisms. The
Inquisition attempts to hang him, but he is a skilled swordsman, defeating
his would-be assassins and escaping to the countryside.
1666: Prisoners on La Bucca stage a
massive revolt, overthrowing their guards and taking control of the
island. Their leader, Captain Allende, establishes the Brotherhood of the
Coast, a new nation conceived on democratic ideals.
1667: Imperator Reifenstahl hangs himself,
leaving his nation divided among seven Eisenfürsten (“Iron Princes”).
1667: A Castillian bureaucrat named Diego
Torres de Zepeda del Castillo debunks medicinal quack Jasper Wellfellow in
a sharply-worded letter to a series of periodicals.
1667: Gjæving Asbjornsson stumbles into a
mystic cave, which marks him as the new High King of Vestenmannavnjar. He
refuses to acknowledge his position and tells no one what has happened.
1667: Jyrgal Timurbek establishes a
quasi-independent nation — Kosara — in the heart of Ussura.
1667 (Spring): General Montegue launches an
invasion of Castille.
1667 (Late Summer): Montegue is recalled from
Castille and ordered to begin an invasion of Ussura. He seizes the port
city of Odyesse and marches slowly towards Pavtlow — moving forward
despite Matushka’s supernatural efforts to stop him.
1667 (Late Fall): Castille’s General Montoya
stops the Montaigne advance at La Muralla al Ultimo.
1668 (Secundus): Alvara Arciniega invents the
reflecting telescope from exile.
Secundus 2, 1668:
The city of Fornuft is founded on the Vesten Island of Viddenheim.
Secundus 29, 1668:
an earthquake off the coast of Vodacce uncovers an abandoned keep, built
into the shoreline cliff of Falisci territory.
Tertius 3, 1668:
After months of heated fighting, the
Castillian army is forced to retreat from San Augustin. The Montaigne
seize control of the city, using its naval facilities as a marshalling
ground for the navy. Without San Augustin as an anchor, General Montoya is
forced to abandon plans for a counterattack. The Castillian army on the
peninsula prepares for a Montaigne assault.
Tertius 10–30, 1668:
El Vago strikes at numerous locations
along the Montaigne front: disrupting supply lines, sabotaging cannon
emplacements, and attacking squads of soldiers.
Tertius 16, 1668:
A Vendel League vessel scuttles a merchant
ship belonging to Prince Giovanni Villanova.
Tertius 23, 1668:
Vincenzo Caligari dines with Cardinal Beppo Mueso, asking for permission
to trade with the Crescent
Quartus 1, 1668:
Montaigne’s General Du Toille launches an
attack on La Muralla al Ultimo. A stirring defense by General Montoya,
plus the Vagabond’s guerrilla activities, spell defeat for the Montaigne.
Quartus 14, 1668:
Castille’s Admiral Orduño launches an
assault against the Montaigne fleet. His superior tactics allow him to
shatter their blockade of the western peninsula. The Montaigne fleet is
scattered across La Boca, and supplies can once more be shipped to General
Quartus 21, 1668:
Admiral Alazais Valoix takes command of the Montaigne Navy. He promises a
swift resolution to the Montaigne-Castillian War.
Quartus 26, 1668:
After receiving a letter from his wife (see
The Lady’s Favor in the 7th Sea GM’s Screen), General Montegue orders a
retreat from Ussura. His forces march straight towards Odyesse, where ship
wait to take his army home.
Quartus 29–30, 1668:
Dominique du Montaigne goes into
labor. She and her Fate Witch Anna conduct the secret ritual required to
transfer the baby’s sorcerous power into her. The ritual succeeds, but
the baby is stillborn and Dominique is left barren.
Quartus 30, 1668:
Captain Jeremiah Berek of Avalon is lost at
Quintus 2–10, 1668:
L’Empereur commissions the raising of
new taxes and instigates a series of laws designed to punish the Vaticine
Church. Oppression in Montaigne reaches an all-time high.
Quintus 8, 1668:
Beatrice Caligari arrives in Charouse to
comfort her sister, the Imperatrice Morella.
Quintus 10, 1668:
Beatrice Caligari is slain while conspiring
with her sister. Morella is placed under heavy guard and forbidden to
leave the Château du Soleil.
Quintus 15, 1668:
The Battle of Derevyanniy. By feinting
towards the city of St. Tremult, Montegue draws away the Ussuran army
waiting for him in the Derevyanniy forest. The Montaigne army slips
safely through the lines, and casualties on both sides are limited.
However, subsequent Ussuran partisan attacks slow the Montaigne progress
Quintus 23, 1668:
The Battle of San Felipe. Admiral Valoix
attempts to launch a counterattack against the Castillian Armada,
targeting various ports along the Gallegos peninsula. Enrique Orduño
anticipates the move and engages the Montaigne fleet off of the coast of
Sextus 2, 1668:
Fearful of possible Vendel encroachments
into the Crescent Empire, Prince Gespucci Bernoulli orders his ships to
attack and sink any Vendel merchant vessel they might encounter.
Sextus 5, 1668:
Captain Allende is captured in the port town
of San Felipe by agents belonging to Vincenzo Caligari.
Sextus 15, 1668:
The Single Shot. Admiral Orduño refuses to
board a vessel belonging to the General, an Eisen mercenary working for
Montaigne. He is arrested by the Inquisition and charged with heresy.
Sextus 21, 1668:
Without Orduño to oppose him, Admiral Valoix
launches a devastating series of attacks against the Gallegos peninsula.
He inflicts heavy damage upon the Castillian infrastructure in Avila, San
Felipe, San Gustavo and elsewhere.
Sextus 23, 1668:
Castillian troops turn back an attempted
crossing of El Rio de Delia by the Montaigne army.
Sextus 24, 1668:
The Battle of Ekaternava. Montegue arrives at the Ussuran city of
Ekaternava, just as partisans are engaging the Montaigne forces there.
Montegue’s quick action allows the Montaigne army to escape the island and
continue their retreat.
Late Sextus (21–30),
1668: The Siege of Freiburg. A vein
of drachenesien — possibly the largest ever recorded — is found beneath
the city of Freiburg. Two armies, one from Fauner Pösen and one from
Stefan Heilgrund, soon lay siege to the city in an effort to claim the
mine for themselves. The city’s defenders eventually fight off the armies,
and Niklaus Trägue takes control of the mine. (See the Freiburg boxed
set for more information.)
Julius 6, 1668:
Admiral Orduño is tried by the Inquisition
and found guilty of heresy. He is moved to the fortress of El Morro, there
to await execution. Julius 7, 1668: Montegue’s army reaches the city of
Odyesse. Saboteurs in the pay of l’Empereur have burned his ships to the
ground. Exhausted and bereft of supplies, the army has no choice but to
head west into Eisen.
Julius 20, 1668:
Eisenfürst Reinhard von Wische reawakens
from his lengthy coma. He immediately reassumes rulership of his kingdom
with Gisela Inselhoffer, whom he believes to be his dead wife.
Corantine 1, 1668:
Théah’s mystics all simultaneously
awaken with a terrible vision of the Island of the Sunken Eye. Their
visions grow worse as time goes on.
Corantine 15, 1668:
The Battle of Salzsumpf. Montegue’s
army is met in eastern Eisen by an army lead by Fauner Pösen Despite a
valiant defense, Montegue’s forces are defeated. Karl Steiner flees in
terror and Pösen takes Montegue hostage; The general is left a comfortable
prisoner in a fortress/estate on the Pösen frontier.
Corantine 22, 1668:
On the day of Orduño’s execution, the
General arranges a daring rescue of the condemned Castillian. He and his
crew use Porté magic to breach El Morro’s defenses, then avoid Castillian
reprisals by pulling their ship into a gigantic Porté hole, the largest
Corantine 25, 1668:
Admiral Valoix strikes for the heart
of Castille: San Cristobal itself. By destroying it, he hopes to paralyze
the Castillian armies and allow Montaigne to complete its conquest of
Corantine 30, 1668:
A band of escaped prisoners steals a
Syrneth water vessel from the heart of Vincenzo Caligari’s island. The act
triggers a cataclysmic reaction and the island sinks beneath the sea.
Septimus 1, 1668:
Triggered by the combined efforts of a
renegade Explorer and the Corsair Kheired-Din, an ancient Syrneth island —
Cabora — rises from the depths of the Mirror.
Septimus 4, 1668:
L’Empereur refuses to pay the ransom for the
release of General Montegue, who remains the unwilling guest of Fauner
Septimus 5, 1668:
Admiral Valoix is thwarted in his bid to
capture San Cristobal by the timely efforts of Admiral Orduño’s wife,
Septimus 8, 1668:
Valoix kills the Porté messenger sent to
bring him back to l’Empereur. He is now considered a renegade.
Septimus 13, 1668:
Private Jerome of Montaigne returns
home from the Castillian front. After finding bruises on his lover’s
wrists, he kills the woman’s husband in a fit of rage and is arrested for
Septimus 19, 1668:
Assassins strike at five of the
remaining six Vodacce Princes. Four of them are thwarted, but Prince
Alberto Lucani is struck down, leaving no clear heir to his title.
Septimus 20, 1668:
In a lightning-quick move, forces
belonging to Vodacce Prince Alcide Mondavi invade territory belonging to
the Lucanis, Villanovas, and Caligaris. Mondavi is aided by Eisen
mercenaries under the command of Erich Sieger.
Septimus 22, 1668:
Rilasciare member Arnaud du Charouse
makes an effort to present the Commoners’ Cause to l’Empereur. The
document pleads for an end to many oppressive taxes, an easing of
sanctions against the church, and the formation of a national assembly "to
advise His Majesty on matters of the state." Leon refuses to allow Arnaud
past the gates.
Septimus 24, 1668:
Pvt. Jerome arrives in Charouse, to
be held before his execution. The spectacle of a loyal soldier being led
in chains to his doom sparks a riot, which quickly spreads to all corners
of the city. With the army occupied in Castille, l’Empereur lacks the
forces to quell such widespread unrest.
Septimus 25–Octavus 15,
1668: The Charouse rioting soon
escalates into a full-blown revolution. Nobles are attacked, government
offices looted, and royalist sympathizers jailed. Many nobles flee the
country. Others are caught and either imprisoned or flat-out executed.
Septimus 25, 1668:
L’Empereur announces the dissolution
of the Musketeers.
Septimus 25, 1668:
Dominique du Montaigne disappears
from her rooms.
Septimus 27, 1668:
L’Empereur flees Charouse, and boards
a ship bound for safe harbor. The ship vanishes at sea.
Septimus 27, 1668:
Miriam du Montaigne is caught and
executed by rioting mobs.
Octavus 3-4, 1668:
Evelyn du Montaigne is arrested and
executed after trying to board a ship for Avalon.
Octavus 4, 1668:
Rosamonde du Montaigne is arrested after
trying to save her twin sister.
Ocatvus 5, 1668:
Rosamonde du Montaigne is rescued by her
sister Ysabette as she is lead to the executioner’s block. The two retreat
to the open seas, becoming Montaigne’s most wanted criminals.
Octavus 10-11, 1668:
Nicolette du Montaigne is caught as
she tries to flee to Eisen. She is tried by a kangaroo court and executed
Octavus 10, 1668:
Jacob’s Political Society calls for the
formation of a new government.
Octavus 12, 1668:
L’Empereur’s body is found hanging from a
tree near the Montaigne shoreline.
Octavus 14, 1668:
Eisenfürst Georg Hanizl defeats an attempted
coup by one of his advisors, Philip Knef. The mad ruler takes on the
personality of a great conqueror, and launches plans to invade a
Octavus 17, 1668:
Vincenzo Caligari is forced from his hiding
spot within his former territory.
Octavus 18, 1668:
The Treaty of Cabora is signed by all major
Théan powers. Ussurans refuse to allow any expeditions heading to the
island of Cabora to dock in their ports, and the Church fortresses in the
Forbidden Sea redouble their efforts to stop interlopers.
Octavus 30, 1668:
Eisenfürst Georg Hainzl launches an attack
against his neighbor Faulk Fischler. The invading force disappears without
Nonus 7, 1668:
The Montaigne Parlement is assembled,
consisting of elected representatives from every province. They are lead
by the Council of Eight, elected by their peers, who dictate the
Parlement’s agenda and hold its most important posts.
Nonus 8, 1668:
A group of Montaigne nobles announces the
creation of the government in exile in the Eisen city of Siegsburg. They
are lead by the Empereur’s daughter Anne and her husband, Jean-Marie Rois
Nonus 14, 1668:
Peace talks between Castille and Montaigne
conclude. Montaigne agrees to a peaceable withdrawal in exchange for
reparations and the ability to maintain a garrison in Barcino. Castille
reluctantly agrees to their terms.
Nonus 18, 1668:
The Council of Eight successfully negotiates
the return of the Ussuran army from Eisen. They cannot meet Fauner Pösen’s
ransom demands for Montegue, however, and maintain l’Empereur’s lie that
he was killed while returning to Montaigne.
Nonus 19, 1668:
Admiral Valoix is reinstated as head of the
new Montaigne navy. His first mission is to hunt down renegade nobles who
threaten the security of the new Republic.
Nonus 21, 1668:
Jacob Faust briefs the Explorer’s Society on
the disposition of Cabora. Based on his testimony, the Explorer’s Society
agrees to finance new expeditions into the western ocean.
Nonus 28, 1668:
Amnesty is offered to all Montaigne nobles
who will renounce the use of sorcery. The surviving members of the royal
family will be allowed back into the country provided they renounce all
ties to the throne. None of them do. Practicing Porté is punishable by the
loss of the offender’s left hand. The wearing of gloves is outlawed in
Decimus 7, 1668:
The Council of Eight sells off l’Empereur’s
possessions in an effort to finance their debts.
Decimus 30, 1668:
Valentina Villanova murders her own
Prophet’s Mass 3, 1668:
In an effort to escape the wrath of
the Prince, Valentina Villanova and Juliette board a ship bound for Vendel.
Prophet’s Mass 6, 1668:
On the eve of the new year,
Eisenfürst Niklaus Trägue commits suicide. The Wachtturm collapses soon
Primus 13, 1669:
Logan Sieger becomes the Eisenfürst of Freiburg. He vows to rebuild the
city, founded on the noblest ideals of Eisenfürst Trägue.
Primus 30, 1669:
The Vaticine Church tells Alcide Mondavi to end his invasion or face
Secundus 2, 1669:
Alcide Mondavi halts his advance and makes peace with the four remaining
Secundus 17, 1669:
Stefan Heilgrund launches a secret expedition into the Schwarzen Walden.
Tertius 13, 1669:
Margaretta Orduño successfully petitions the King of Castille for a new
expedition into the western ocean.
Tertius 29, 1669:
New Explorers expeditions depart from Carleon to points west.
Quartus 12, 1669:
An emissary from "the state of Kosara"
arrives to negotiate with Gaius Ilya. He is killed before he can deliver
Quintus 3, 1669:
Pro-royalist politicians attempt to seize control of the Montaigne
Parlement. They fail. The ringleaders are arrested and laws are enacted to
prevent a potential coup from taking place again.
Quintus 23, 1669:
Jyrgal Timurbek declares Kosara’s independence from Ussura.
Sextus 6, 1669:
Thieves in the pay of Sarah MacDonald steal the Faery flag from MacLeod
territory in the Highland Marches.
Sextus 25–30, 1669:
The Vesten’s annual althing is held in the High King’s court of
Thingvallvatn. For the first time, a member of the Vendel Guilds — George
Skard — attends the proceedings.
Julius 15, 1669:
"Bloody Feast Day." Aristide Baveux and Eugene Suchet du Crieux are
assassinated by a band of pro-royalist sympathizers. A third assassination
attempt — against Council member Jean-Marc Navarre — is thwarted in the
nick of time. Leadership in the Council of Eight suffers a terrible blow,
and de facto power falls into the hands of Arnaud du Charouse, the only
man with the organizational skills to handle it.
Julius 16, 1669:
Hubert du Gloyure arranges a spectacular funeral for the slain leaders.
The display whips the citizens of Charouse into a frenzy of violence.
Julius 19, 1669:
Master Val Mokk and Mistress Sela Cole of the Vendel League appear
together in public.
Julius 24, 1669:
The Council assassins are captured in an abandoned estate outside of Paix.
Julius 25–27, 1669:
The assassins’ trial. Arnaud du Charouse attends the proceedings, though
he does not participate in the prosecution. The evidence against them is
overwhelming and they are sentenced to death.
Julius 28, 1669:
The assassins are executed in front of the Chateau d’Soleil. The last to
go hints at a wider conspiracy and further acts of violence.
Corantine 4, 1669:
In a law dubbed Statement 15, Arnaud du Charouse creates the Commttiee of
National Welfare to pursue enemies of the state.
Corantine 10, 1669:
The Frenzy begins. Amnesty for Montaigne nobles is revoked. Practicing
sorcery is now punishable by death. A new exodus of Montaigne émigrés
escapes the country.
Corantine 16, 1669:
Arnaud has fellow Council member Madeleine du Chatelaine tried and
executed for treason, claiming that she orchestrated Bloody Feast Day.
Corantine 19, 1669:
Moderates are removed from the National Parlement and executed.