The history of the cosmos is vast and ambiguous, but a rough sequence of events is general accepted by scholars, becoming more precise as the timeline moves toward the present.
The Elder Eons: Edit
Untold millions of years before the emergence of the mortal peoples, or perhaps during an eternity all their own, the beings known as the Elder Gods first began to shape the cosmos. Whether they arose from the roiling aether or birthed it from some primordial emptiness, the beings of this Elder Pantheon gave structure to reality and imposed what would become the laws of physics.
It is unknown if the Elder Gods intended for this new structure to result in the gods and mortals that followed, for most of the Elder Pantheon vanished with the first glimmers of new intelligence, leaving behind only Zulkir, The Coming Death of All Things.
The Pantheon War: Edit
The First Manifestation of Korbog and the Subjugation of the Savage Gods: 115,000 Before Partition
Shantara's Corruption of the Elves: 110,000 Before Partition
The Binding of the Lords of the Pentacle: 100,000 Before Partition
Kirva's Concord with Idolmar: 99,400 Before Partition
Adarnum's Conquests: 20,000 Before Partition
Ascension of Adarnum: 19,800 Before Partition
The First Scouring of Aeldrum: 2,000 Before Partition
The Partition: 1,000,000 Before Unification (approximate)
The Death of Falamar: 990,000 Before Unification (approximate)
Rise and Fall of The Mage Princes: Edit
The Mages' Covenant with Adalna: 6978 Before Unification
Ascension of Methos: The First Ascensionist: 1600 After Covenant / 5378 Before Unificatoin
The Silence of Adalna: 1735 After Covenant
The First Spurning of Adalna: 1740 After Covenant
Third Kirvan Crusade: 1773-74 After Covenant / 5203 Before Unification
Imprisonment of the Thing Behind the Door: 1774 After Covenant / 5204 Before Unification
The Breaking of the Seventh Spire and the Sundering of the Imperium: 5206 Before Unification / 0 After Sundering
Imperial Seer MacDonald, using an unsecured demonic battery array bought from Dres'Fialt (and secretly supplied to Dres'Fialt by Admiral Clara Keith in return for his cooperation in the planned grav-bombing of Emperor Evrek of the Thalranese), destroyed the 7th Spire of Aeldrum. Hundreds of thousands were vaporized instantly, and the deal toll reached into the millions within hours.
The bombing occurred while Seer MacDonald delivered an address on the subject of apostasy and heresy to the Imperial Diet, at the summit of the Aeldrum Spire. MacDonald's hundreds of loyal, psionically brainwashed cultists had prepared a complex ritual to allow the Seer to siphon the souls of the dead of the 7th spire into himself, making him a living god. The ritual failed, however, and MacDonald was confronted by Imperial Seers Vendesh and Malthan with charges of apostasy, in full view of the Imperial Diet and as the roiling psychic energies of MacDonald's failed ritual set papers and hairpieces aflame. While MacDonald's Friend gave him the power to liquefy Vendesh's brain instantaneously, Malthan withstood the psychic assault and was able to break MacDonald's hold over the other four Imperial Seers. Thus confronted with five of the Imperium's great psychics and a platoon of imperial marines sent to arrest him, without the power he had expected from the destruction of the seventh spire, MacDonald thought it an excellent time to die. He released his friend, and in the moment before the Diet Chamber was scoured by sentient hellfire, felt truly alone for the first time in three decades. Of the Imperial Seers, all but Malthan were burnt to ash along with most of the Imperial Diet. Seer Malthan survived, a charred husk of a man, unfit for the monumental task of holding together the Imperium whose sole ruler he had just become. Surviving Imperial history does not record any subsequent Imperial Seers, nor the ultimate fate of Seer Malthan. Imperial History does, however, remember the Apostate MacDonald, whose final great crime against the Imperium sealed its end.
A Mage Prince Ascendant named Sybern was widely believed to have aided in the destruction of the Seventh Spire and begun the scouring of Aeldrum. He was presumed dead by many survivors of the cataclysmic events, a perception which went unchallenged in the annals of the Academy on Saldan, whose founders included several witness of the Scouring. A select group of Mage Princes believed differently, however, and recent archaeological evidence from a Knight Mercantile expedition to the Basin of Aztlan on Kalros (later named Sierna by the Knights Mercantile) suggests that they pursued Sybern across the cosmos in search of bloody vengeance. The findings of the Knights Mercantile suggest that they indeed found Sybern, but were slain or otherwise subdued by him. Sybern's ultimate fate is unknown.
The Imperial Civil Wars: 5204 - 5099 Before Unification / 0 to 105 After Sundering
The Scourings of Aeldrum: 2, 3, 11, 13, 22, 29, 30, 31, 35, 55, 66, 67, 81, 84, 88, 91, 97 After Sundering
Fourth Kirvan Crusade: 11-14 After Sundering
Betrayal of the Perfect Princes: 7 After Sundering
Naga Conquest of Celestial Space: 9 - 200 After Sundering
After the Mage Imperium: Edit
Fialta Conquests: ~5,200 - 5,146 Before Unification
Death of Dres'Fialt: 5,146 Before Unification
Earliest charter records of the proto-Knights Mercantile: ~5000 Before Unification
Sacking of Alaris: ~2,000 before unification
The elvish paradise world of Alaris was conquered by Shantaran zealots, and its surviving inhabitants, embittered by the failure of their gods to defend them, went into lengthy exile. They searched for new worlds to settle, and established many enclaves like the dwarves before them, but found nowhere to settle the bulk of their people.
Exile of the Alarian Elves: ~2000 - 1555 Before Unification
The majority of the Alarian exiles, after centuries of exile and wandering, would eventually converge on the blasted world of Aeldrum. While devoid of almost any natural resources, its connection to six (ultimately seven) Ley lines was quickly discovered and used by the Alarians and others to forge trade connections that bound together the cosmos. The Alarian elves would spread across four of the six intact Aeldrum spires, and the elves of the great Aeldrum Spire would lay the foundations of the Serene Duchy of Aeldrum.
Crowning of the First Emperor of Bishant: 122 Before Unification
Establishment of the Bishant Trade Company: 100 Before Unification
1st Irish Civil War: 65-60 Before Unification
Ireland places itself on the cosmic map for the first time in thousands of years with the surprise upset victory of the Irish Free State over the Irish monarchy, heralding the opening of a new era in which new technology - especially firearms and the steam engine - would overcome the feudal landscape that had settled over most of the cosmos in the wake of the collapse of the Mage Imperium.
Scouring of the Orcish Expanse: 62 Before Unification
The Knights of Adarnum, under their Grand Master Koropolos the Exile, declared themselves protectors of the human and dwarven settlements on a string of worlds then known as the Orcish Expanse for the relative predominance of orcish tribes.
Rediscovery of Witch-Haven: 60 Before Unification
The Rise of Aeldrum Edit
The Restoration of the Seventh Spire: 53-52 Before Unification
The Conquest of the Moldarn Spire: 19 Before Unification
The Conquest of the Galthad Spire: 5 Before Unification
The Act of Vassalage: 2 Before Unification
Unification of Aeldrum and Coronation of the First Serene Doge: 0 After Unification
Chartering of the Aeldrum Trade Company: 34 After Unification
2nd Irish Civil War: 137-140 After Unification Edit
Aeldrum establishes its ascent as a major colonial power by intervening in the Irish Civil war, eventually subduing both sides and establishing the Irish Provincial Government to rule over what quickly became their largest and most productive colony.
Orcish-Fialta Wars: 238 - 245 After Unification Edit
Subjugation of the Orcish Tribes and Conquest of the Karak Citadel: 233 After Unification
The Orcish warlord Urlek, descendant of Rurik Thaar and high chief of a confederation of orcish tribes, launched a vicious campaign of subjugation against his fellow orcs and, soon, against a collection of dwarven settlements on his homeworld. Urlek sought more than the traditional dream of global conquest, however, and set his sights on cosmic dominion.
Orcish Invasion of the Fialta States: 238 After Unification
Creation of the Thalranese Marches: After Unification
Battle of Thalran's Glory: 245 After Unification
The Orcish Resurgence reached its territorial high water mark with the invasion of Tar'Thalran, or Thalran's Glory (literally "Glory to Thalran"), one of the last worlds conquered by Dres'Fialt himself before his death. Tar'Thalran was considered a monument to Dres'Fialt's later conquests and, therefore, a point of enormous traditional importance to the Fialta. The Orcish invasion of this world was an act of calculated psychological warfare, hoping to deligitimize the Fialta leadership. The Fialta of the Thalranese Marches, in turn, petitioned the great princes of the inner fialta worlds for aid, and the planetary battlefield soon drew millions of orcish marauders, Fialta mercenaries, crusaders and conscripts into one of the largest single military actions since the first Fialta Conquests. What the Fialta and Orcs themselves did not realize was that the orcish warlord Urlek's chief adviser, Karlock, had readily foreseen the meat grinder of the Tar' Thalran invasion and intended to use it as a crucible in which to forge his own vision for a civilized orcish people, feeding "wild and undesirable" orcs to the grinder while enforcing a brutal standard of military discipline as the only alternative for survival.
An early historical figure in the field of necrotic science, Jane "Patches" MacDuff, participated in the battle as a medic, along with Edward Apslund, a mercenary officer who later led the expedition to recover Garrel the Automaton for the Academy on Saldan and thereby inadvertently began the "mechanical revolution."
Foundation of the Orcish Republic: 246 After Unification
The Shambler Plagues: Edit
Shambler Plague in : 250 After Unification
Outbreak of Shambler Plague in Dalcia, Russia (Disputed): 266 After Unification
Theft of the Codex Excilium: 307 After Unification
First Expedition to the Taino Basin: 255 After Unification
Second Expedition to the Taino Basin: 257 After Unification
Discovery of New South Saldan: 350 After Unification
Black Cell Lab, Aeldrum Trade Company and Saldanese Expeditions to New South Saldan: 354 After Unification
Remapping the Trans-Celestial Passage: 357-359 After Unification
Chartering of the Celestial Trade Company and KM Occupation of the Pin-Jump: 366 After Unification
Chartering of the Aeldrum Transcelestial Trade Company: 367 After Unification
Founding of the Valdosian Celestial Bank and the Fialta Celestial Guild: 369 After Unification
Recent Cosmic Events Edit
Fialta Occupation of Gnoll: 270 - 332 After Unification Edit
Coyote's Campaign Against the Fialta: 312-332 After Unification
Battle of the First Gnoll Gate and Martyrdom of Coyote: 332 After Unification
Second Genoan Revolution: 335 After Unification Edit
An internal dispute among the mafia in Genoa following the assassination of several key mafia figures erupts into a full blown revolution. Led by the ambitious Luigi G. Albergi, a mob of angry Genoans, alongside a band of Yakuza and the remaining Geonoan mafiosos, stormed the city treasury, murdered every government official they could get their hands on, and convinced the government's mercenary companies to leave the city.
The Fialta-Shantine War: 351 - 357 After Unification Edit
Invasion of Milgar: 351 After Unification
Battle of Zanevuela: 352 After Unification
The Station Incident: 355 After Unification
Battle of the Korinth Gate: 357 After Unification
Irish War of Independence: 354-356 After Unification Edit
Raid on Dublin Arms Company / Assassination of Governor Rothclaw: 355 After Unification
Signing of the Irish Constitution 356 After Unification
The Singe Guerilla War: 370 After Unification Edit
A backwater world conquered by the ATC, Singe was home both to a sort of sentient Ape, but also to a surprising variety of settlers who had accumulated over the centuries to take advantage of the abundant fertile soil and unusual flora (generated, unbeknownst to all, by an automatic terraformer left by the Mage Imperium). Enraged by the increasingly absurd demands of the ATC, a coalition of Singe cultures rose in rebellion, supplied arms by other powers.
Kobold Revolution on/Aeldman Conquest of Telrion: 375 After Unification Edit
In a confusing set of events, Aristom Eldeth rises to governorship of Telrion aided by a coalition of Kobolds and the Knights Mercantile through the assassination of Auric Vintel. He proceeds to use his newfound influence and power (suspected to be connected also to the Count of Lidenia) to kick the dwarves off the planet with the aid of Kobold uprisings. For their service, Kobolds are granted perpetual freedom from slavery and begin to spread into the greater cosmos.