Shards of Oblivion
Timeline of Nerath
The Imperial Age
Two great empires existed in Ancient times. The dragonborn of Bahamut forged the empire of Arkhosia in the arid lands of the south, ruled over by royal lines of mighty dragons.
Bael Turath was founded by humans. Its power-hungry nobles sought expansion at any cost. After destroying recalcitrant houses, the nobles summoned and sealed demons through infernal pacts, becoming the first tieflings. Boosted by the new-found powers, the Hell-Chained Empire continued to expand. Bael Turath founded Sarthel, a city South of the Nentir Vale, as an outpost.
-400: Bael Turath and Arkhosia came into contact, descending into decades or possibly centuries of warfare. Ultimately both empires crumbled.
The Modern Age
Rise of Nerath
Year 1: Nerath arose to fill the power vacuum. Nera, the capital city South of the Nentir Vale, became a bastion against the monstrous races that were no longer held in check by Bael Turath. The Nerathi empire expanded through conquest, but also by rallying many civilized races, who willingly bent the knee in exchange for protection.
Year 50-300: The golden age of the Nerathi Empire. Children of all the civilized races grew up on stories celebrating Nerath’s heroes. The Wardens are founded, an order of renowned knights charged with protecting the Royal family. The Third Legion of the Nerathi Empire waged campaigns far to the South, bringing most of the known world under its rule.
Year 280: The Minotaur kingdom of Saruun Khel collapsed due to internal conflict and a curse from Baphomet.
Year 290: With Saruun Khel gone, human settlers from Nerath moved north into the Nentir Vale and established Fastormel, Harkenwold, and Winterhaven. Aranda Markelhay built the Moonstone Keep, around which Fallcrest began to grow.
Year 370: A plague originating in the far North spread across most of Nerath, killing many.
Year 375: The War of Ruin. King Elidyr led his armies against the Ruler of Ruin. More than half of Nerath’s strongholds were razed in the war.
Year 395: Kalton Manor was built by Lord Arrol Kalton, but its inhabitants were slain by monsters from the Witchlight Fens.
Year 400: Cultists created a gate to the Shadowfell, flooding the world with undead. Legionnaires from Nerath sealed the gate and built the Shadowfell Keep.
Year 410: King Elidyr died. That same night, all of his heirs were murdered by the Wardens charged with protecting them, save for Prince Varion, a younger son of Elidyr.
Year 410: Prince Varion is crowned King. As his first act, he commanded soldiers across the Empire to come defend the capital in his name. In the Nentir Vale, soldiers who remained at their garrisons formed the Grey Guard, who ignore political conflict to focus on protecting their homes from monstrous invasion. In the South, the remnants of the Third Legion also refused to answer Varion’s call and were branded traitors to Nerath.
Year 410: The War of Councils. Other would-be Kings and Queens accused Varion of slaying his elder siblings. Numerous factions waged war for control of the Empire.
Year 420: King Varion died, but the war continues.
Year 450: Gardmore Abbey was destroyed by evil forces after the paladins reputedly brought back a dark artifact for safekeeping.
Year 470: After “a few decades” without a king, Nerath disintegrated into independent states ruled by their nobles’ councils.
Year 510: The Bloodspear War began as orcs from the Stonemarch swept across the Nentir Vale. Fallcrest, Kobold Hall, and Fastormel were razed.
Year 530: Shadowfell Keep’s defenders abandoned their task. A legend states that one of the knights slaughtered the keep’s residents, who rose as undead. The Grey Guard managed to hold back the undead from Winterhaven, at great cost to their own numbers.
Year 570: The Witchlight Fens became overrun by organized kobolds and lizardfolk.
Year 580: A powerful hobgoblin united various tribes by claiming to have draconic allies. He seized areas deep in Harken Forest, further isolating the Nentir Vale from the other remnants of the Nerathi Empire.
Year 595: The few travelers who braved the trip to the Vale from the south bring tales of Sarthel growing powerful once more and of conflict in the east, across the Wailing Sea.
Year 599: Rumors spread of increased planar instability: undead once again venturing forth from Shadowfell Keep, water elementals rising from the Nentir River, even demons emerging from campfires.
Year 600: Campaign begins.