"Have you heard that immortal expression, "Those who cannot remember the past are doomed to repeat it"?
Well, I find that generals and kings re-enact the triumphs and defeats of their ancestors whether they are well-read or not.
A keen scholar, though, may be better able to discreetly place himself on the winning side of that philosophy."
-From "The Imperial History, Part I" by William Conrad, Parliamentary Chancellor
(Note: This timeline is written from an Amaran perspective)
B.E. (Brae Emperius)
Represents all the time before the Treaty of Montus Mar, which formed the Amaran empire. Each B.E. year is a year further back in time from this event.
A.E. (Ad Emperius)
Represents all the time after the formation of the Amaran empire. A.E. years are counted forward, up to the current year.
3007 B.E. - Earliest recorded history by primitive Humans, discovered recently on a stone tablet unearthed on the Ki’Maran frontier. The tablet appears to depict a war between rival human tribes.
2353 B.E. - Human civilization develops into the kingdom of Acheron shortly after making contact with an ancient and enlightened race of sentient flora called the Grum.
1270 B.E. - Historical records become more detailed. Most known races of Ki’Mara; the Pallidus and Ecferus Elves, Humans, and Dwarves were under the benevolent guidance the Grum, and were close allies of one another.
1139 B.E. - First recorded use of magic by the nations of Acheron and the Ecferus, as taught by the Grum. The Pallidus and Dwarves avoid developing the arcane arts in favor of piety and technological advancement respectively.
1061 B.E. - First recorded use of Magic as a weapon during conflicts between factions within the Acherion Kingdom. This causes the Grum to become distrustful of humans and they begin to cut ties.
113 B.E. Humans demonstrate the ability to utilize an unknown alternate energy source for magic, which creates volatile spells capable of wiping out large amounts of life at once if they were in close proximity to each other. The Dwarves descend en masse into labyrinthine underground cities with no explanation. These events signal the beginning of a twelve year period referred to as the Doom of Ki'Mara.
110 B.E. - The Generations War begins when the Pallidus nation attacks Acherian, and the Ecferus join in as their allies shortly after. The reason for this conflict is usually attributed to the escalating use of dangerous magic. The Pallidus are defeated using power magic.
106 B.E. - The Ecferus join the Pallidus in their fight against the kingdom of Acheron, but too late; the combined might of the Pallidus and Ecferus is broken by the Humans; the Pallidus surrender and become prisoners, while the Ecferus flee and go into hiding in what remains of Ki'mara's forests.
105 B.E. - In opposition to the use of Pallidus prisoners as a slave race, a group of humans break off and flee the continent on massive ships. They settle in Amara's desert and make first contact with the Balicai, learning how to use helatite-based magic and later becoming the Harena people.
103 B.E. - A strange and monstrous race that came to be known as Trolls, dangerous and immune to magic, emerge from the forest alongside surving Ecferus. They devastate human settlements wherever they appear.
102 B.E. - The Kingdom is forced to consolidate power on the southern shore of Ki’Mara. Every day they lose ground to the Trolls and their Ecferus allies. They begin to build ships to escape the continent itself.
101 B.E. - A massive fleet of Humans and Pallidus slaves depart the shores of Ki’Mara in an uncertain search for a mythical land across the Vast and Trekless Ocean. Most ships are torn apart by colossal storms, but the largest vessels survive.
97 B.E. - The Human fleet discovers calmer waters amidst the uninhabited islands of the Shimmering Strand. The passengers survive by harvesting the vegetation found on these islands and continue to journey in search of a new land to call their own.
93 B.E. - The ship carrying the king and queen of Acheron is lost at sea, leaving a seven year old child as the only heir to the kingdom. Acherions aboard the surviving ships institute a fleet-wide execution of all mages, who most Humans had come to blame for the destruction of the Kingdom.
91 B.E. The fleet lands at Tyrus, near the strait that connects the Vast and Trekless Ocean to the Halcyon Sea. The first Acherian settlement in Amara is constructed. Growing unrest between the Ship Captains and the passengers over the legitimacy of the decision to execute the mages leads to their departure from the settlement. The captains form their own colony on the frozen islands of the north, and come to be known as Odun.
90 B.E. - The remnants of Acheron encounter a clan of Balicai who react to the construction of human settlements with hostility. They suffer constant assault from these reptilian marauders.
89 B.E. - With the Acherian people on the verge of destruction, the Harena and a peaceful clan of Balicai from the south intervene by using magic to play on the superstitions of the warlike northerners. These new allies help the humans relocate to a safer location on the southern coast of the Halcyon sea, where they will eventually found the city of Montus Mar.
88 B.E. - For the second time in human history, the people of Acheron are taught the use of magic, this time the helatite-based practices of the Harena and the Balicai. They use it to establish themselves more prominently on the Amaran continent, and begin to expand and prosper.
79 B.E. - A scouting party discovers a disease being spread within the hostile clan of Balicai that first made contact with the Acherians. Evidence suggests that the disease was caused by contact with the humans themselves. Despite this discovery, they further spread contaminated objects, and both peaceful and hostile Balicai clans began to die off.
78 B.E. - Most of the great Balicai clans are annihilated by the disease, leaving only those with a natural immunity unharmed. Their numbers vastly diminished, they recede into the desert, leaving the human races as the dominant powers on the Amaran continent.
33 B.E. The remnants of Acheron conquer most of the territory around the Halcyon sea, which will become modern central Amara. They reinvent their culture based on new-world priorties, favoring smart business strategy and tactics over the old values of the aristocratic regime.
0 B.E. – Merchants, craftsmen, and other men of trade take control of the Acherion survivors, utterly rejecting the authority of nobility. The first Imperial Council formed, with a hatred of tyrannical aristocracy as one of its guiding principles. The City of Montus Mar is founded. The Amaran Empire is born.
4 A.E. – The Order of the Solemn is formed by the first council of Montus Mar; for much of Amaran history, the Solemnite name was synonymous with imperial leadership.
33 A.E. – The Imperial Army is born, and its officers are paid by the council in the deeds to conquered land. As a result, the Empire begins to expand rapidly.
103 A.E. – The Hetaerae Guild is formed by a group of Amaran Courtesans. The Hetaerae enjoy a level of gender equality that will not be shared by the rest of Amaran civilization for over one thousand years.
279 A.E. – The Order of the Solemn takes on a mystical focus, and Mages who use Helatite to empower their spells begin to dominate the Imperial Council.
390 A.E. – The Empire’s expansion increases tenfold when certain economic and agricultural reforms are introduced. The machine of expansion and development become an unstoppable force on the Amaran continent.
419 A.E. – The Collectors are formed by the Church of the New Gods in Amara, and they begin collecting the lore of Ki’Mara, the land where human civilization was born.
896 A.E. – A process is found to harvest dragon oil from dragon carcasses. Dragon oil is used by the masses to heat and light their houses. Dragons (large, non-sentient flying reptiles), are hunted fiercely to meet the demands of Amaran society.
1140 A.E. – Modern Telescopes are invented, allowing maps of the Ki’Maran coastline to be created using the records of the Acherian Fleet and the star-charts they left behind.
1260 A.E. – The Iron Furnace is invented by early Masterminds, allowing dragon oil to be used to much greater efficiency. This dramatically improves living conditions throughout the Amaran continent.
1310 A.E. – A woman of business takes her rightful place on the Council of Montus Mar, signifying an end to many gender inequality issues. Within a century, the Harena and Odun follow suit.
1415 A.E. – The first signs are seen of dragons being over-hunted. The empire begins searching for an alternate power source.
1450 A.E. – Reliance on magic increases dramatically as Helatite becomes more readily available than Dragon oil. The Order of the Solemn sees a resurgence of its influence in Amara which will continue until the foundation of Parliament.
1567 A.E. – Dragons are hunted to virtual extinction, causing many Amarans to abandon Dragon oil technology for helatite-based magical solutions to their day-to-day needs.
1726 A.E. – A team of engineers and inventors begin to develop devices powered by Helatite. Their work is done in secret until the foundation of Parliament.
1750 A.E. – The Imperial Corps of Engineers reveals itself when it raises the walls of the Palace of Parliament in Acropolis in a single day. An offer is made by the Aristocratic assembly to the Council of Montus Mar to share power over the Empire (and the incredible new technology being developed by the Engineers). The Council accepts, and Amaran Parliament is born.
1774 A.E. – Numerous construction projects that utilize Helatite and steam-powered equipment begin to strain Amara’s natural supplies of the mineral. Parliamentary agents begin immediately considering alternative energy sources or new methods of acquisition.
1782 A.E. – A plan is brought before Parliament to construct a massive city-ship that will sail back to and settle in Ki’Mara. Parliaments acceptance hinges on the assertion that helatite will be found in greater abundance on the ancestral continent. Construction begins on the first Journey Ship.
1800 A.E. – The First Journey Ship sets forth, carrying ten thousand souls. It lands six months later in present-day Stonebridge Colony, where it is taken apart for materials to build a town.
1801 A.E. – First hostile contact between Ki’Maran Ecferus and Amaran settlers, beginning the brief First Contact War. The conflict is reported to Parliament through the journey book, and when news reaches the Balicai, the Advocacy is formed to put a stop to the war.
1803 A.E. – Colonists recruited by the Advocacy to be diplomats broker a tenuous peace between the colonial forces and the tribal leaders. This agreement was called the “Stonebridge Treaty”.
1805 A.E. – Their numbers largely diminished, the military forces protecting the colony recruit criminals and miscreants into their ranks, establishing the recruitment practices of the Foreign Legion.
1811 A.E. – The Dwarven Confederation makes first contact with Stonebridge Colony, sparking a vast alliance that would change the course of Amaran history.
1813 A.E. – Contact is made between Stonebridge Colony and the Siennah Tribe, a group of Ecferus whose approach to relations between species is decidedly more diplomatic than previously encountered Ecferus.
1821 A.E. – The Second Journey Ship sets forth, but is lost at sea. Its journey book contains strange stories about impossible creatures that came from the deep and attacked the ship, and reports of hostile crew members engaged in mutiny. The fate of the 13,500 passengers onboard is unknown.
1822 A.E. – The Dogmatic terrorist group, the Crimson Dawn, appears in Amaran waters, raiding a shipping line on the Halcyon sea. Some ships are destroyed, others are captured. No eyewitness reports of dawn members themselves exist from this first attack.
1830 A.E. – Ships are built at Stonebridge are sent to the Shimmering Strand, where they begin constructing outposts on various islands in the Strand. This seven-year route will become the primary shipping line for goods bound for Amara.
1837 A.E. – The Dogs of War guild is formed to simplify the procedure of contracting mercenaries in Ki’Mara. The guild’s unusual stance when it comes to membership allows many soldiers to take part.
1850 A.E. – The first century of Parliamentary rule is celebrated by the launching of the third great journey ship, which forms the Junaar colony.
1855 A.E. – The first helatite-powered steam train is built in Amara by the Imperials Corps of Engineers, connecting Acropolis to Montus Mar.
1859 A.E. – Junaar and Stonebridge colonies are connected by a steam train. Between them, Fort McBride is built to fortify the Amaran hold on the Ki’Maran coast.
1863 A.E. – The Caravan Union is formed to regulate shipping between Junaar, Stonebridge, and Fort McBridge. This organization quickly takes charge of all caravans between colonies, and those sent deeper inland for exploration and colonization purposes.
1870 A.E. – The Fourth and Fifth Journey ships set forth together, carrying the makings of a metropolis in their cargo holds. They land at Stonebridge, and the supplies are taken by train to the site where the City of Sparks is built with the assistance of surface-dwelling dwarves.
1874 A.E. – An expedition is sent up the Tengu-Anga river. They encounter and cure a tenacious disease, forming the Plague Doctors guild in the process. That expedition lands at present-day Northport where they found the deepest inland colony.
1877 A.E. – Colonists at Northport make first contact with the strange Arachnis hive located nearby. The Arachnis kill and consume many colonists before even realizing the humans and other non-Arachnis are sentient beings that can be communicated with. The Arachnis express a deep grief for their mistake and begin to engage in trade with the settlers, selling their durable silk for silver and gold jewelry made by the citizens of Northport and the nearby Ecferus.
1885 A.E. – The Sixth Journey ship sets forth, and is tragically dashed to pieces when it steers into the reefs of Brighton Bay. The last few pages of the journey book mention odd behavior among the passengers just before the incident, but no explanation for the ship’s unusual course. If there were any surivors of 19,000 on board, they were never found.
1891 A.E. – The First encounter with Scavengers, a non-sentient race of primitive humans, occurs near Stonebridge.
1898 A.E. – The Seventh Journey ship sets forth, carrying a team of explorers that will forge a new life on the frontier as part of an expedition deep into the continent. The other passengers aboard the ship will form the Exeter Colony near North Port.