World History

Old World History

  • elves have power
  • humans beginning to come to power
  • dwarves moderately powerful, more divine and tech than the mystical elves and humans
  • elves begin to leave, die out
    • some stay and mix with humans
  • dwarves establish their importance; mining, tech, etc; trade relations; prefer to remain apart
  • humans/elf-descended form large nation
    • two power centers
      • the one close to where elves left some stuff behind (academic center)
      • one of the older human cities (economic/military center)
      • though peoples and abilities mixed not-quite homogenously
  • dwarves form neighboring friendly relations
  • at some point, there is fairly amicable secession/independence on the more-human-populated part of the great nation
    • this forms Escinya (more humans) and Rondost (more elf-descended)
    • brief period of confusion/disappointment/lingering whatever that caused the split
    • eventually just accepted and people near the border don't care that much other than making sure they only pay taxes to one group
    • essentially no animosity, other than the occasional land rights/blah blah dispute

Baldric Pre-colonial History

  • Long ago, the Aventi and the Aquatic elves ruled a vast underwater empire, the EMPIREX, that spanned most of the bottom of the Baldric.
  • They had decent relations with the land dwelling races of the time: mainly elves and the darfellans, the latter tending to be their preferred means of communication with other races, though the aquatic elves would also speak to the land based elves directly.
  • EMPIREX (not quite) enslaved (more like ruled harshly) some of the more uncivilized underwater species, most notably (for plot relevance) the sahuagin.
  • Darfellans came into conflict with the sahuagin who came under the harshest rule due to their longstanding animosity with the aquatic elves. The sahuagins were banished from the deeper parts of the sea and herded towards the northeastern coast of the Baldric
  • As this was near the ancestral home of the darfellans, they became the administrators of the sahuagin 'resettlements'
  • Valuing their relations with the aquatic elves and having no loyalty to the sahuagin, the darfellans continues the harshness of rule over the sahuagins that the aquatic elves began and used the sahuagin to establish underwater colonies for them (the Darfellans). Modern darfellans can't live underwater constantly, nor can modern sahuagin last forever on land, but we'll assume in the past that they were both better at it. Or, not colonies, but something. In any event, the darfellans were the taskmasters and the sahuagin feared the aquatic elf reprisal if they didn't obey
  • Some point in history, EMPIREX began to decline, prompted by natural disasters (underwater earthquakes, ect), but that only hastened the decay already spreading throughout the empire.
  • Several major cities split away from the empire in all but name
  • Some of the enslaved races began to revolt; some simply left and founded their own colonies or began a nomadic life searching for their own place to settle
  • The sahuagin wanted revenge against both EMPIREX and the darfellans
  • They conquered (and nearly destroyed) several smaller cities and projects from EMPIREX and, over the course of their revolt, which ended in an uneasy cease-fire, drove the darfellans permanently onto land and hunting them mercilessly if they approached a sahuagin settlement.
  • They claimed this right was granted them by the negotiated cease-fire, but as the remnants of EMPIREX had largely closed their borders for a period of rebuilding and reconciliation with the break-away cities and they effectively blocked the darfellans from extensive sea travel, the darfellans had no way to confirm this
  • The sahuagin and darfellans remained in a de facto, if undeclared, state of war ever since, though the extent to which side is actively combative or attempting to rebuild from the previous conflict varies from time to time
  • The remnants of EMPIREX seem to be keeping to themselves
  • The other indigenous races of the Baldric have mainly kept to themselves, at least in the context of the war

Baldric Colonial History

Largely to completely unaware of the above events, some of the western powers began to investigate the region and establish colonies.

First phase of colonization (40-25 years ago)

  • Dwarves arrive first from Daernultok
    • Settle around Mirfield and the eastern tip of Celebarda
      • makes surveys of Celebarda and long-distance views of the northern coast of Bantdol
  • First expeditionary group returns home
    • Reports of gems they found in Mirfield, fertile lands in Celebarda
    • Bantdol gets briefly mentioned

Second phase of colonization (25-20 years ago)

  • Dwarves (Daernultoki) return, expanding existing settlement and probing more deeply into the northern coast
    • move on to Sammanilith Cove/Arnoroth Gulf
      • make friends with the Darfellans
      • need a strategic reason to form the alliance; the people or the land
  • Humans/half-elves arrive from Escinya and Rondost
    • Escinyans settle first in Celebarda (these races like mithril)
    • Rondost establishes Bantdol as a penal colony
      • penal colony encounters difficulties, makes nice with Celebarda
      • using Bantdol as a stepping stone, joint exploratory mission to TaureLaure
    • Somewhere in here, either on Bantdol or near TaureLaure, encounter the goliaths

Third phase of colonization (20-10 years ago)

  • Humans/half-elves wave two
    • Escinya (Celebarda) expands/continues settlement to the east into Mirfield
      • mixes with remaining dwarven settlements
    • Rondost establishes TaureLaure
      • Escinya lacks resources for a full, large colony on opposite coast
      • trade relationship opened/expanded between Escinya and Rondost
      • Bantdol's strategic position, the fact that it was a joint survey of southern coast and Celebarda's existing infrastructure reinforce this

Fourth phase (10 years ago to present)

  • More people filter in everywhere
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