Table of Contents
This particular iteration takes place 150 years after our first version. However, below is the previous time line modified and updated for this version. Common knowledge, or that which can be found in history books/documentation, is in normal text. Secret or behind-the-scenes information that isn’t necessarily common knowledge is in this blue text.
Free Year 1
Priest’s Defiance: King Kalak of Tyr is slain by the Heartwood Spear through the combined efforts of Rikus, Agis, Neeva, Tithian, and Sadira. Tithian becomes the next king of Tyr and frees all slaves. Tyr adopts the Free Year calendar.
Free Year 3
Dragon’s Agitation: In an effort to protect Tyr from the Dragon, Sadira seeks out the Pristine Tower and its ancient magic. In return for her pledge to slay the Borys of Ebe the shadow giants of the Pristine Tower transform her into the Sun Wizard, giving her power akin to that of a sorcerer-king. Avoiding Tyr, the Dragon attempts to take his yearly levy from the dwarven city of Kled. In the end he is driven off by Sadira and Rikus bearing his old sword the Scourge. During the battle Neeva gives birth to her mul son Rkard, named for the dwarven king who battled Borys 2,000 years ago. For the next several years King Tithian of Tyr secretly supplies the Dragon with a levy of 1,000 slaves captured from outlying villages.
Free Year 7
Dragon’s Demise: Rikus, Agis, Neeva, and Sadira confront Tithian as he had become more and more corrupt and tyrannical. Another revolution occurs and Tithian is killed in the process. This leads the group to find out that he was being controlled by the Dragon of Tyr. The Dragon Hunt games are officially started with Rikus emerging as First Champion. He spends the next year hunting down the dragon and eventually slays the Dragon of Tyr in the Great Alluvial Sand Wastes outside of Tyr. As the Dragon breathed its last breath, Rikus throws down his weapons in disgust and walks off into the wastes, never seen or heard of again.
Free Year 20
Pax Tyria: For thirteen years, Agis, Neeva, and Sadira help form a council and rule Tyr peacefully. They also repel several invasion attempts from Urik and Nibenay. As a result, slave uprisings occur in these city-states and Urik becomes the second free city after Hamanu is defeated.
Free Year 30
The Dragon of Shadows: Unbeknownst to the heroes of Tyr and eventually Urik as well, there was a new sorcerer waiting to take the previous Dragon of Tyr’s place. Nicos Ulrua of Tyr, was a powerful Defiler Sorcerer who had undergone the first of his transformations in FY 5. However, seeing the heroes rise up and take up the cause of hunting and killing the Dragon of Tyr, he decided to bide his time. After Rikus defeated the Dragon, Nicos underwent his final transformations. Though fully as powerful as the former Dragon of Tyr, he did not assume that role, for if he did, his identity and presence would be made known to the Avangion Manu Taule. In FY 30, Nicos began his hunt for Manu.
Free Year 140
Subjugation of Manu: After over a century of searching, Nicos found Manu and a great battle ensued. When no clear winner could be determined, Nicos and Manu decided to come to a truce. Manu suggested that this truce be sealed with a treaty and contract. Nicos agreed, but tricked Manu into signing a contract that also allowed him to essentially own Manu as his slave to which he had to follow all of Nicos’ commands loyally and without question.
Free Year 200
The Resurgence: Through a combined effort by a world-wide coven of druids and priests of earth, Athas began its recovery from the millennia of destruction wrought by wanton use of destructive magic. Trees outside the Great Forest Ridge began to grow and flourish. Rains returned and a normal cycle of weather began and over the next thousand years the Sea of Silt returned to an actual body of water. Through Manu, Nicos was manipulating the coven of druids. Though he was helping the planet, it was for his own gain as Nicos began consolidating food production. He would not achieve full control until many centuries later.
Free Year 1356
The Industrial Age: After over a millennium of renewed resources and prosperity, science and reason began to compete with magic and superstition. Several advancements brought Athas into the Modern Age. It is commonly attributed to Franus Lugh’s discovery of electricity in FY 1356. Though his ideas for harnessing electricity for power were bought by Hasto Juamsi (eventual owner and founder of Tyr Tech), Franus Lugh went on to discover several more advancements in science, mathematics and created his own company Lugh Technologies. As food distribution became more global and thus relied on various distribution methods, Nicos purchased several rail companies and shipping companies and started the Nicos Produce Distribution, LTD (the creation of the company is common knowledge) and over the course of several decades created a monopoly on distribution. This would eventually lead to his monopoly on production as well. Through is continued manipulation of Manu, Nicos gain treaties and lands from the various tribes of Halflings in the Great Forest Ridge, who he then put to work farming and ranching for the food needs of the several companies he now owned.
Free Year 1429
The Information Age: As science and industry continued to advance, the eventual creation of computers, information technology, and telecommunications occurs. To stomp out rising competition, Nicos begins manipulating the councils of several city-states into warring amongst themselves.
Free Year 1490
Freedom Wars: Before the war broke out in FY 1490, there were five free cities, or cities that had abolished slavery and were run by a council or senate, and three slave cities (where slavery was legal and practiced and a sorcerer king/queen still ruled with absolute authority). Because of the new wealth of information shared over long distances, those in the slave cities began to want what was in the free cities. There was quite a bit of unrest in the slave cities, but the Draj Uprising of 1490–and its brutal suppression–caused the free cities to take action. A vicious war between the Free Alliance (consisting of Tyr, Urik, Raam, Gulg, and Balic) and the Total Accord (consisting of Draj, Nibenay, and Bodach) broke out and lasted for fifteen years. The war eventually escalated to the point that Nibenay launched its nuclear arsenal at Urik. The city of Urik was leveled, which lead to a series of retaliatory nuclear strikes. Disguised by the more overt and public war, Manu began a private and clandestine war against Nicos. This culminated in the eventual demise of the city of Urik where Manu was sheltered. The city was leveled and Manu was believed to be killed.
Free Year 1515
The Waste: Though many of the cities were damaged and had heavy civilian losses, all save for Urik were able to recover from their losses in a reasonable amount of time. Though becoming more urbanized during the Industrial Age, Athas became more so as the area was now devastated by nuclear fallout. The previous Resurgence was over and is in decline. The previous wastelands return and force people into the cities. Roaming bands of nomadic tribes consisting of elves and newly integrated humans and half-giants, continued to roam the wastes scavenging what they could and pillaging the rest. Prior to the nuclear strike on Urik, Nicos placed a barrier on the Great Forest Ridge protecting it from nuclear fallout. Now he had a full stranglehold on food production and distribution.
Free Year 1520
Corporate Control: The previously free states that once had some form of council or senate were taken over by various corporations. They still had a semblance of the original government structure, it was just that all officials, elected or appointed, were elected or appointed by local corporations.
Free Year 1530
(This is the time period that we would normally play in)
Dragon Hunt Games: Soon after the city-states fell to corporate control, Gladiator Games were re-introduced after nearly a thousand years after their abolition. The pinnacle of these games was the Dragon Hunt Games that occurred once every five years.
Free Year 1580
Resource Crisis: Continued fallout from previous (and ongoing wars) coupled with over-industrialization and rampant consumer culture nurtured by greedy corporations contributed to a rapid reduction in natural resources. Metal that had become plentiful again was now in short supply much like it was in the previous era. Because of this, several once powerful corporations were going bankrupt and those that were not were having internal corruption scandals that was costing them billions in revenue loss. Because of this, a handful of “green” corporations started, offering more environmentally friendly solutions and options. Though this helped assuage some of the strain, metal has once again become extremely scarce. Anything that was previously made of some sort of metal is now either made of ultra-hardened ceramics, carbon fiber, or in the case of electronics and electricity, a conductive bio-gel. One of the “green” companies that emerged was actually started by Nicos. They developed a way to spin carbon fiber from plant cellulose. The plant most commonly used is an Athasian species of bamboo. The main supply of this bamboo comes from the Forest Ridge which is still under the Nicos Produce Distribution company’s control.
Free Year 1585
Corporate Consolidation: Due to the resource crisis, several companies went out of business. And those that didn’t were usually bought up by another. Nicos Produce Distribution, LTD. became Nicos Consolidated as it bought and absorbed Tyr Tech, Pommu, and Noxxom. Lugh Technologies also absorbed several failing companies such as K.T. Springm Hunt (Hunt for short, a credit and banking company), Duotrigintillion (Duo for short, a web search and service provider), and the newly created Konsoti (a bio research company specializing in GMOs, specifically food and thus major competition to Nicos Produce). Unknown to Nicos, Manu survived the nuclear strikes that leveled Old Urik (New Urik was built a few miles to the west of where the previous city was leveled). However, to survive he had to go into a deep, recuperative hibernation and did not wake until FY 1579, just before the Resource Crisis. Still angry at Nicos, he decided to beat him at his own game and worked to take over several corporations and even starting his own: Konsoti. Though it appeared that Lugh Tech bought Konsoti, it was actually masterminded by Manu who now owns–secretly–majority stock in Lugh Tech.
Free Year 1641
Decline of Magic: No one is certain how it happened, but the previously abundant magical energies that channeled themselves from either the Black or the Gray has been dramatically reduced. Because of this, even Defilers have trouble drawing energy from their surroundings to power spells. Because of this the people of Athas have turned more to psionics. Since it has been historically shown that most magic has had a detrimental effect, the majority of the populace were actually glad when magic left. This also hindered the remaining sorcerer kings (Draj and Bodach especially, the Sorcerer King Nibenay is seemingly unaffected). This does have an effect on the spell-casting classes, excluding some of them entirely, but that will be detailed in the Classes section. Manu discovered a way to shut off all magic to Athas save for himself and a handful of his faithful. Unfortunately, Nicos also had discovered how and though he was going to do the same, Manu beat him to it. So, instead Nicos lessened the effect of Manu’s attempt to completely shut off magic. Thus, magic still exists, but in an extremely diminished state. Also, because of this, Nicos is now aware that Manu survived the nuclear strikes on Old Urik. Their rivalry has been reignited, but no overt action has been taken by either party.
Free Year 1680
(The new era of play)
Second Resurgence: A new revitalization of the planet has just begun, but only just. There is new life and oasis springing up in the wastelands, but it is still mostly barren and unbearably hot. Some claim it is the Global Coven that helped start the previous Resurgence becoming active again and in the previous 30 years there has been an upsurge in the Druid population. Nonetheless, any improvement on the environment is minimal, though there is a new trend of anti-urbanization as many people are attempting to leave the city and start small communities where they grow their own food and try to create a self-sustaining community. This is oftentimes thwarted by roaming nomadic tribes or the still extremely harsh climate.