At World's End
This history is by no means complete, and there are countless gaps and holes in this synopsis. However, this listing is general and gives names to some of the more important figures and groups.
Times long forgotten
The only history of this time is the history that is sung by the bards and told by fireside. History wasn’t kept track of in this time; people had more pressing things to worry about. The one story that is told consistently of this pre-civilization is of the war with the Wildlings. Monsters from another world that ravaged Humans, Dwarves, Elves, Eladrin and Dragonborn alike. The only place you hear about this is on the continent of Illia, though it could have happened other places too.
There were countless battle between the broken societies and these Wildlings. Eventually a group of wizards, or warlocks or demigods as some stories claim, banded together and used their magic to break the earth where the Wildling resided, and pushed that earth to the north, where it froze over. No one is sure how they managed it, which is why this story is a myth.
The First Empire
While the war between the gods and the primordials was being raged elsewhere in the universe, life was taking its first steps on this new world. The first empire to rise was the Arkhosian empire. The Dragonborn were proud and powerful, and they centered their civilization on the ideas of strength, honor and faith. The Arkhosian empire was built on their religion, and in that, all the Dragonborn were unified in their worship of the Platinum Dragon Bahamut, who they saw as the creator and protector. For the first empire, it was grand, and it stretched over two continents, and part of a third. Humans were relatively few at this time, and had no means of fighting back, so they hid in the hills, away from the Dragonborn and their zealous ways. Dwarves and Elves didn’t want anything to do with this either, so they stayed in their mountains and forests. The only group who dared to oppose the Arkhosians were the Tieflings of the equally large Bael Turath empire. For a time the Bael Turath, bolstered in power by the devils they made pacts with, had the upper hand. Until one battle when a single Dragonborn regiment held a fortress against the multiple legions of Tieflings and their diabolic allies. When the battle was over, every demon had fallen, every tiefling—and every dragonborn but one. This Dragonborn went on to lead his empire to victory over the Bael Turath.
With the Bael Turath defeated, the only power that could oppose the Arkhosians was their own. A group of Arkhosians turned away from Bahamut, and secretly started worshiping Tiamat. They weren’t the first to renounce Bahamut, but all the previous heretics were punished with swift retribution. No, this group of Dragonborn gathered followers in secret, slowly growing in size until a civil war broke out. The battle started out very one-sided; Arkhosia outnumbered the heretics by almost 100 to 1. But the heretics were divisive and devious in their tactics. They kidnapped and made sacrifices to Tiamat, and sowed discord among the Arkhosians, who could not trust one another. This weakened the power structure from the inside, and, like a hollowed out egg, it came crumbling down with a few well-planned attacks.
The Arkhosian empire fell, and the followers of Tiamat, who have not been graced by history with a name, took the reins. Though their dominion was short lived, as the nature of their beliefs didn’t lend well to a formal society, and many of the Dragonborn split off into separate clans. Those that were living on other continents were left there. This history follows those on the continent of Illia.
Up until now the Eladrin had waged countless wars with the Drow and Fomorain. After a century of this the Eladrin were growing tired and decided they needed to enact more drastic measures to ensure their safety. After seeing the wars waged by the Arkhosians and Bael Turath, the Eladrin mystics worked their arcane ways and through a ritual that took almost a year to cast, they lifted their mountain-top capital from the earth. Here they could watch the world and meddle as they chose, without being forced into anything they did not want.
Rise of Man
Humans did not live on Illia as the Dragonborn claimed the land. They resided on other continents, but with the fall of the Arkhosian Empire, Humans were free to explore and expand to their heart’s, and wallet’s, content. This era marked an astonishingly rapid period of growth advancement for the humans. With this growth came the need for more land, and thus the first humans came to colonize Illia. They sailed from the east and founded their capital King’s Landing, then began moving westward, into the heart of the continent. This wasn’t much of a problem, as there weren’t many other beings to deny the Humans this land. The Dragonborn were living in the mountains and foothills, to the south, while the Elves and Dwarves were, once again, left to their own devices. Pretty soon the Humans conquered most of Nentir and Alden, taking it from goblins, orcs, giants, minotaurs and all other sorts of unsavory creatures. Thus was the birth of the Nerath Empire
Some time later, around 150 years after Humans stepped foot on Illia, there was war. Not a large war, but it crippled the Humans. Dragons, who felt the humans were overstepping their lot in life, began to raze cities. At first the humans panicked, but there were several heroes that stepped up to the challenge and took the fight to the dragons. After a first victory over a rather nasty Black Dragon, more adventurers took it upon themselves to earn the title “dragonslayer.” There was no need for an all-out war because human ambition led people to take it upon themselves to save the realm. Needless to say they were rewarded handsomely after the defeat of the dragons; gold, land, servants, women, and more.
Not long after this did the mankind get arrogant; more-so than they were before. They began hunting Dragons as sport (what few of them were left, anyway), and after the Dragons were all but extinct they turned to their distant cousins, the Dragonborn. The Humans began kidnapping Dragonborn and enslaving them. The Dragonborn didn’t have much they could do; the Humans massively outnumbered them. So for 75 years the Dragonborn were slaves to the Humans.
Exodus of the Dragonborn
The gods, who had been content to watch the world play out its drama and not interfere, thought this was an affront to their ideals. The Humans were enslaving thousands in the name of the gods, and they would not stand for this. Bahamut was furious at the mistreatment of his children and took it upon himself to put and end to the humans behavior. He swooped from the sky, his massive body blotting out the sun for miles around, and spewed silver fire from his fanged mouth. “Release my kin!” he roared, loud enough that it shook the earth. The Humans did so without hesitation. “Do not harm them My Children, for they know not what they do.” Bahamut bade the Dragonborn to follow him, and he led them south, through the mountain pass into the southern peninsula on Illia. Then, as a last measure to ensure their safety, Bahamut lifted mountains out of the ground and closed the gap in the mountains, sealing the Dragonborn away from the rest of the world.
A few decades later the Elves took their first steps into a wider world. At first they were fine with just living in their forest, but they had grown curious and wanted to know what it was that had brought Bahamut to this world. Communication between the Humans and the Elves started out tentative, but grew into an alliance after several years of trading emissaries. Bahamut’s punishment worked, for the Humans took no further attempt to subdue any other race.
A few adventurers even attempted to make friends with the Dwarves. But the Dwarves were stubborn and didn’t accept their hand of friendship; they were slower to trust than the Elves. It wasn’t until the Dwarves began to run out of land to farm some 40 years later, did they think to accept the peace offering. A new king was crowned and the first thing he did was set up a trade agreement with the Humans; not a friendship, but a business deal.
The Eladrin watched the world from their floating city, faithfully doing their duty to Melora. Though there were a few rogue Eladrin that took to the earth, they were few and far between. Within the next generation the land was a peaceful and prosperous one. At least on Illia, war was unheard of.
Around 100 years ago, A clan of orcs made a strike at the Humans. The Bloodspear Orcs surged through Nentir, destroying cities along their way. The resulting war was long and bloody. Humans retreated from most of Nentir and fought the orcs in Alden. Orcs were starting to roam into Eldarnath, angering the Elves, who eventually took to fighting the orcs from a different front. The combined might of the Humans and Elves was too much for the orcs, and the war ended.
The resulting reconstruction was an attempt to build back the Nerath Empire, but it was cut short as the king died and was replaced by his brother. This new ruler started off his reign just fine, but the taxes he imposed grew steadily higher as he required more funding for the reconstruction effort (that wasn’t really happening). Pretty soon the masses started revolting and much of what was rebuilt was torn back down again.
No one is sure where he is from or how he rose to such popularity with the masses, but General Eramor became the figurehead of these rebellions. He took the fury and bloodlust of the people and channeled it into constructive work. The rebellion, which had lasted several weeks, ended in a few hours when he, and a small band of men infiltrated the castle and slew the king. He then set up his rule. A dictatorship that revolved around the idea that everyone needs to be productive. You do you work and don’t rise above that station. He doesn’t employ an army to control the people, and he doesn’t impose taxes. People do what they are good at, and everyone has their needs met. No poverty, no rich, just production.
20 years later and we have the present day. Not much has changed, except that the General has extended a hand of friendship to the Dragonborn, who reluctantly accepted his alliance after seeing his radically different way of leading.