Abridged History of the 10th Age
News of Arunë
Rumor speaks of a combined force of adventuring parties in the northern marches of Craftsman’s Reach taking back the vast wilderness little by little. Between the forces of the Raven’s Banner, Aldorius the Silver Hand, the Moonstar Coster, and Fenrus’ Very Best (also known as the Swords of Stock to the elves of Tailmisia), the grave dangers that once faced this wild region have mostly been quelled. All that remains are threats of giants beyond the Iceflow River, the rumors of trolls in the west, and the ogre tribes that plague the southern borders of the elvish kingdom.
A great battle was fought fifteen rods west of Tyreth Castle, upon the fields of the Low Plain, between Prince Aegus’ knights, led by the Raven’s Banner, and the gnollish chief who had caused so much pain to folk tall and small alike. Victory was accomplished with much pain, and even now the Raven’s Banner has pressed north to make forays against the giant called Psíchros, who commands a clutch of mannish cultists and a hide-away dedicated to Dinismayl, the Winter Queen.
Fenrus’ Very Best, after flushing the ruin of Sariesh of its occupants, ventured eastward into the mysterious forest of the Greatwood to deal with the elves. Rumor speaks of skinchangers and lycanthropy, all of which was cured by the Gwyderion Caelatulia, hierophant of Noronia and King of the Greatwood.
With the cure properly administered, Fenrus’ Very Best has become involved with the politicking of the elves; driving one of the wyrmish children of the Deep Dragon from the capital city of Aita Valmindene, they have now agreed to delve the depths of the Tomb of Serenavalla, the last Golden Age Mage-Queen of Ylvasmetsa, in order to petition her spirit to determine whether an election should be held.
For this is the question of the day for the elves. Will the Gwyderion Caelatulia Elimia step down and abandon his position as the King of Ylvasmetsa and permit an election to be held, as was the elvish custom of old, or will the Temple of Noronia hold both the Temple of the Daystar and the Crown of State in perpetuity? Even as the wyrms of Eldispell have withdrawn their armies from the field, retreated their goblin thralls from the Daleadau, and begun a period of fierce civil strife in the ruins of Sylvasil, the elves have recognized the danger to their kingdom has passed—and thus the question of elective rule is once again current.
Rumors are confused from the Third Empire of Miles. Some say that the Emperor has died, and others that he has survived, but all voices agree that he was assaulted in the throne room of the Imperial Domus at Miles by a mad knight and his entourage. There are those who say it was a plot of the Young Serpent, head of the Imperial Civil Service, Hydrophis Schoolman. If it is true, the war in Miles has ended and a new peace is likely to descend. If the Emperor still lives, the fate of the Empire itself may be in danger.
The Bleeding Plague
On both sides of the Trade Sea, at the end of the Eighth Age, a great renaissance of Elven culture and civilization was underway. It was at the height of this renaissance (called the Elithä in the language of the northern elves) that the Bleeding Plague struck.
Ruinous to the Elven cultures, and highly contagious amongst that long-lived people, many cities and large states were depopulated by the Plague. Soon enough, it spread to the other demi-human races and to men. It was most virulent amongst the Elves where it originated, however. This led many cities (left adrift as their larger governments crumbled around them) to bar their gates and let no newcomers in. Magical wards were erected to obscure the surrounding countryside. The last living Elves entered a long period of seclusion.
When the ravages of the Bleeding Plague finally died down and the Elves re-emerged, it was to a changed world. Mass hysteria and violence had wiped away many old regimes, and it took the inhabitants of Arunë decades to establish working social organizations.
The Ninth Age
After the Bleeding Plague, historians began the recording of the Ninth Age. This was an age of rebirth, of slow resurgence after the shattering events of the disease had run their course. Chief amongst the changes of this Age was the arrival of a powerful Planes-walking wizard named Crisby who had returned from a long jaunt away from this world. When he returned, he brought with him news that Ozmiandre Griswald, the hero of the Eigth Age, was dead.
However, as part of his efforts to rebuild the world, Crisby founded the Grand Conclave of Wizards in the north. This brought together many disparate magical traditions, unspoken and unwritten since the Third Age. In so doing, he formalized many of the relationships of powerful wizards that had threatened the existence and peaceful living of various communities. Notable for it’s refusal to join the Conclave was the old kingdom of Teral which was eventually destroyed by a magical war during the Tenth Age.
Other institutions were founded and maintained as well, but most did not last into the Tenth Age. Crisby’s Grand Conclave did.
The Tenth Age
The modern age of the world, marked by the death of the last true-royal Thyrnessian monarch with bloodline traceable back to the Milenean kingdoms of the Third Age. It has been five hundred years since the passage of the Tenth Age, and since then many things have changed. Teral has fallen, the Dominions of Ishtria have conquered many of their neighbors, and at long last adventuring has been reborn in the minds of the common people, leading farmer’s sons and daughters to take up swords and hunt for treasure in the depths of ancient ruins.