|THE AGE OF THE BLOOD
(-822 b.S. to -50 b.S.)
||The Theft of Maengolth's Blood
The human foundling Wegerrand (later called Gorm), who was raised by the elves at the Zeiphyrian Forests, per chance received knowledge of the location of the powerful blood of the Erpheronian tribe, the blood of the once sacrificed Maengolth, who died from the sword of his own son. The blood had been taken away by the elves to prevent the humans of enraging the high powers, the dragons and the gods. As is told in the legend, he, who bears the holy blood of Maengolth within himself shall unite all the human tribes and lead the humans to domination over the world of Aér'ai'chán. This human emporer shall introduce the age devoted to the blood of Maengolth, the famous Age of Blood.
Wegerrand, although still very young and raised by the elves to sustain harmony, suddenly was captured by the prospect of gaining power over the whole known world. One night he stole away from his tribe, taking the chalice of blood with him. He returned to the humans, presenting the artefact and was worshipped as the savior of the human race, which at this time lacked powerful leadership.
|819 b.S.||The Coronation of Gorm
The coronation of Gorm took place at the Bay of Skies in the former El'Dorash which is now called Caelum. The urgent petitions of the elves to return the holy blood was answered with the execution of their messengers, which were ordered by the leader of the Kyranian tribe, Viginold Deresvungen, because he knew of the importance of giving the different tribes of the humans one single enemy. After Gorm drank the blood of Maengolth ritually before his people Gorm was entitled fully "Unrestricted Human King of the Westcoast".
The first action the young king took - advised by Viginold - was the fortification of El'Dorash and the gathering of an enormous army to challenge the elves.
||The Assassination of Gorm
An elven assassin managed to sneak into the king's palace and to lay fire on the bedchamber of the king. Just like Caein hundreds of years before him Gorm suffered a terrible death for his unceasable will to gain power. The former leader of the Caltherian tribe, Viginold Deresvungen, takes advantage of the situation and is coronated to the new king, in order to revenge the death of the in fact innocent Gorm.
|806-729 b.S.||THE FIRST SARVONIAN WAR (SW I)
THE WAR OF THE BLOOD
||Battle of Annihilation at the Zeiphyrian Forests
Five years after the murdering of Gorm a ruthless assault on the elven fortresses at Elving, south of the Zeiphyrian Forests, was initiated by Viginold Deresvungen. Although not all human tribes approved to the declared war on the elves, the strength of the human forces was gigantic. Some human tribes, mainly those which felt oppressed by the Erpheronian tribe, even joined the elves and on the other side also dark elves supported the elven cause, fighting especially the dwarves, who were promised to receive valueable mines for their help at the Rimmerins-Ring by the human leaders.
The battle lasted for many months and thousands of soldiers of all races died at the brutal slaughtering, but no army could decide the enormous battle, which caused terrific destruction among both sides. Elving was destroyed completely and most parts of the Zeiphyrian Forests as well as the adjacent Auturian Woods were burnt. The first major Sarvonian battle at the Zeiphyrian Forests indeed was a cruel slaughtering which was unique in Sarvonian history so far, but it should only be a glimpse of even fiercer battles to come: It was the beginning of the so-called War of the Blood which would last nearly 80 years and which would result in lots of bloodshed but would bring no victory to any of the fighting races.
First Great Flood
From 806 to 804 b.S. extensive deforestation of large tracts of the Zeiphyrian Forest took place as the area came under repeated attack in the First Sarvonian War, was cleared by human forces to allow easy access, both on foot and by boat, to the fort of Elving, and to provide materials for fortifications and naval technology on both sides. The worst affected area was that around the stretch between the present border of the Zeiphyr and the Thaehelvil river. On the first day of the Avénni'modía (Month of the Awakening Earth) 804 b.S. the rains came. Heavy rainfall saturated the forest floors. Where trees once would have intercepted the water, rain flowed straight into the Thaevelvil River. On the third day the river burst its banks and flooded a vast swaith of the land either side of the river, its immense power sweeping away everything in its path. The rain continued for three weeks, and the flood took a further two to subside.
This first flood cleared vast tracts of the remaining forest around the Thaevelvil river, widened its course and its flood plain and created the start of the delta with the Aetryam Sea, and created the Aieryn river that today flows through the forest. [DETAILS]
Curse of Fire
The elven prince Tacunija was murdered by Helcrani rogues on the foothills of the Hèckran volcano, while travelling from Goltherlon to Vontron. As he died, Tacunija cursed his killers and their people always to fight among each other and to be rewarded for the crime by fire. This was the Curse of Fire, sealed by three explosions erupting from the Hèckra. This symbolized that the Curse would be fulfilled three times.
This massacre triggered a series of retaliatory elven attacks against the Helcrani, who burned their villages and turned to the Eastern Fores Mountains for salvation after two of their settlements were destroyed. The Curse was fulfiled. The dwarves, who lived there, welcomed the Helcrani, because they were enemies with the elves. There they built five villages: Sostra, Heleroth, Ahaiwana, Menegula and Codomma. The area was named Helcrah (Firedamn) and they took the name Helcrani (Firedamned). [DETAILS]
Second Great Flood
The elves often refer to this as "The Severing". The second flood occured in much the same way but affected a slightly lesser area, but it cleared the last remaining fragments of forest around the river banks, cleaving the Quallian from the main branch of the forest. It also widened the delta and deposited alluvial soils along its banks, making the whole area incredibly fertile. [DETAILS]
|789 b.S.||Ambush at the Xythrian Ridge
In the year of 859 CC (789 b.S. SC) an outrageous heroic deed is reported in the human annals: The young Diraton of Caelum, the captain of the cavalry of a small division belonging to the human tribe of the Centoraurians, was captured by the elves after they destroyed his army at the Xythrian Ridge north of the Rimmerins Ring. The elves knew through one of their spies that Diraton's cavalry only was meant to distract the main forces of the elves so that a huge human army could ambush the supposed unexpecting elves. In fact it didn't come thus far and as Diraton's army finally was destroyed cruel dark elves tried to force Diraton to give away the location of the secret human hideout, for he was the only person of the cavalry who got knowledge of it. If he choses to tell the location to the elves he would be granted freedom.
Diraton's Sacrification at the Anaios Gap
Diraton, a well known captain among the humans, who already had achieved important victories for the Centoraurian tribe and who was promised to his Lord's daughter, Isella of Vezash, had to decide upon his own fate and the fate of the tribe he belonged to. As he knew Isella to be hiding with the main human army at the southwestern Rimmerins Ring, Diraton decided not only to lead the elves in the wrong direction in order to save the human army and his beloved from an ambush, but also to sacrifice his life in exchange for the deaths of thousands of elves: Diraton knew many geographical details of the vicinity of his hometown at Caelum the elves were not aware of, so due to Diraton's cleverness he managed to guide the elven cavalry to a special place near Naios, a hill's top which ended in the Anois Gap on the other side, a geographical detail which couldn't be seen from the arriving and unknowing elven army. Riding on top of the elven army Diraton feigned a flight and galloped straight over the top of the hill into the Anaios Gap. Thousands of elven riders following the Centoraur with the same speed to capture the human captain fell to their deaths as did Diraton. The place of this incidence was later on called the Elvenfall.
Since this time the coat of arms of the Centoraurs represents a human rider dropping down the Anaios Gap, but to emphasize the unforgetable heroic deed of Diraton the horse is always drawn with wings as a sign of his heavenly sacrification to save his whole race. [DETAILS]
|777-773 b.S.||The Siege and the Fall of Ximax
The dark elves from the Shivering Woods lay siege to the peninsula of Cha'dómm which is mainly inhabited by human mages and therefore one of the most important magical resources for the human armies. The siege lasted four years as the peninsula is surrounded by the massive Zirkumire Mountains and can only be reached from the continent through a small passage which was easily defended by the human army of magicians residing at the peninsula near Ximax. Furthermore, the small passage through which the peninsula is connected to the continent is not always passable. During times of the flood the Dark Sea separates the land masses by covering the banks (the so-called "Land of the Withdrawing Waves").
As the food rations finally started running low, the Ximaxian army was forced to leave the defending towers more often than at the beginning of the siege. Hoping to surprise their elven besiegers, the defenders tried to lure them into the coming of the flood by timing their retreat properly. Alas, the elven army having many powerful mages among them foresaw this strategy and forced the flood with the help of many elven mages to return much earlier than the advancing human army anticipated. As a result, the human army were themselves trapped and destroyed utterly and most of the unprepared mages died without having a chance to react. Ximax had no other alternative but surrender to the conquering forces of the dark elves, who - as a first act of revenge for their fallen - devastated the sacred houses of the Mages' Academy. Flames captured thousands of tomes containing the irretrievable wisdom accumulated by generations of mages.
join Human Armies
The first Helcrani joined the human armies as mercenaries, not only being distinguished but also acquiring valuable military experience. This was the dawn of the notorious Helcrani fighting technique.
The helcran villages joined forces in their struggle against the Goltherhim and elect Curogane leader (anactar) of their common army. A year later Curogane launched a surprise attack against the Goltherlon forest. The attack was successful at the beginning and many elves were taken prisoners. But a small elven child managed to escape and informed Envyanath, the Goltherhim sovereign. The human army was ambushed. However they could escape thanks to Curogane who succeeded in opening a getaway path for them.
was imprisoned for his failure and his fortune was confiscated. Envyanath,
encouraged by his victory, launched a counter-offensive against Helcrah.
The mountaineers were unprepared for such an attack and their defenses
soon started to crumble. Curogane was released from prison and recalled to
service. With a few Menegulan warriors he set out to face the mighty
opponent army. They met the elves just outside Heleroth and immediately
engaged them to battle. The Helcrani managed to win the battle due to
Gunold, who happened to be nearby with his Centoraurian troops. After this
battle Curogane took the title of the first Helcran king and inaugurated
the series of the Menegulan kings.
|744 b.S.||Death of Vaillonja, the Avá'ránn
During a minor battle at the Forests of Almatrar between the dwarves of the Thrumgolz clan and the eastern woodelves, Vaillonja, the Avá'ránn (the elven queen), suffered unexpectedly a natural death at the age of two hundred and nintyseven years. Even the dwarves - the most bitter enemies of the elves - interpreted the tragic death of Vaillonja as an evil sign and instantly left the battlefield to let the elves mourn over her queen.
After the death of the elven acron Envyanath's at the Goltherlon, his heir Nyermag Av'aelvan (the one-eyed) originally established peace with the Helcrani. But when their army was in Salsair to assist the city, which was under siege, he invaded Helcrah. Curogane died in the battle defending the Helsalari passage, but he managed to delay the elves until his son, Helronn, arrived from Salsair with reinforcements. Nyermag was caught unaware and very few of his army survived. A peace treaty was finally established between the elves and the Helcrani. Helronn became the Helcrani king taking his father's place.
A plague strike Helcrah and Goltherlon and most of the humans, many dwarves and even elves followed Helronn and sought refuge in Centorauria. The local king gives them permission to settle at the north of his kingdom as long as they swear allegiance to him.
Milkengrad was founded in Efirhal island around the hill with the same name. On top of the Efirhal lie the Artapherana, unique trees that symbolize the four elements, around which the Curonesta (the palace) is built. The Helcrani are organized in 7 fractions, called fratrae. Five of them are human and named after the villages and one for the elves (Styran) and the Dwarves (Nerterian). Milkengrad is also called by the Helcrani as "the City" in contrast with the settlements of Helcrah which are refered to as "the Villages".
Soon the city flourished under enlightened guidance. Many monuments were built, the most famous among them the Temple of Avá, the only human temple ever dedicated to Avá the Beautiful. During the next decades an important merchant fleet was developed triggering tension with Erpheronia. Erpheronian attempts to conquer Centorauria were unsuccessful and the Helcrani were distinguished as the main Centoraurian strike force.
|729 b.S.||The Deciding of the Blood
Many centuries after the first battle due to the dispute about the Blood of Maengolth all three races predominating the Sarvonian continent, humans, elves and dwarves alike had suffered heavy losses and the peoples longed for peace once again. As a result the leaders of the two main opposing forces, the elven Avá'ránn, Eleannja, and the human sovereign of the Erpheronian tribe, Korpicor of Voldar, met without the knowlege of their people at a secret place near the Rimmerins-Ring to decide upon the case. Both leaders couldn't afford further battles and both sides don't want to give in and render the casualities of war unimportant and senseless. Finally a decision was made, which lasted five days until both sides accepted the proposal: The cause should be decided by a direct duel to the death between the leader of the races, Eleannja and Korpicor, magic against pure strength. The defeated would have to give most of the lands he possessed to the victorious. Of course it was believed among the peoples that the Deciding of the Blood would not be a decision of mortals but would be influenced by the will of the gods. Although the outcome of the duel would be disastrous for one side, elves and humans looked forward to the end of the long war.
At the first day at the Month of the Dreamer of the year 729 b.S. the duel took place at the large valley in the center of the Rimmerins Ring. Many armies from all elven, human and dwarven tribes gathered to watch the Deciding of the Blood. As the duel started dark clouds drew upon the Rimmerins Ring and heavy rains started to fall, resulting in a terrible thunderstorm. The duel was still undecided as a lightning stroke both leaders, killing the Avá'ránn and Korpicor at the same time. There was great uproar among the watching armies, but the arising uncertainty was quickly substituted by the knowledge that the decision on the war was indeed executed by the will of the gods. The successors to the dead leaders decided to end the war immediately without finding out the winner. Peace reigned again at the Sarvonian continent.
The Interring of the Leaders
As a sign of accepting the fate of the undecided war and as an expression of the hope of the races that such a devastating war should never arise again at the Sarvonian continent, Eleannja's and Korpicor's bodies were interred together on a small isle at the Aetryam Sea, west of the Gulf of Maraya. A monastry was erected at the isle, devoted to Seyella, the Goddess of Fate, which harboured monks belonging to all races. From this time on the isle was called the Isle of Hope.
Third Great Flood
In the leaf fall of 701 b.S. a week of almost continuous rain during the ninth month of the year, along with a channelisation and damming of the Aieryn River upstream close to Vezash (designed to provide irrigation of the fertile farmland) caused the Aieryn to flood. The worst affected area was around Yln'faín'tír (the city was built in the middle of a natural lake), where the lake acted like a bottleneck. The disturbance of the lake's normally very calm waters caused considerable ecological disturbance and for two years the fish stocks on which many of the Ylfferhim depended upon were severly depleted causing famine in the western area of the forest. The death of the fish also attracted Mercarto flies, which normally live much further south. The flies live on the blood of livestock and harbour a virus. They infected the Ylfferhim's small herd of sheep and cattle and many wild deer. While harmless to their four legged hosts, when the elves consumed the meat of the game or livestock they contract a deadly disorder the elves call Mór'cárlth. Sporadic outburst continued until about 628 b.S. [DETAILS]
|668-575 b.S.||THE WARS OF RAGE|
Parem, the Erpheronian king, invaded Centorauria, due to a dispute between sheperds for pasture rights over Midlanir, the island between Efirhal and Accam. His army was ambushed and defeated outside Cemphiria. Artahir, the Helcran anactar, advised the Centoraurian king, Agelron the Quick, to launch an attack against Erpheronia. When Agelron refused and proposed a honorable peace treaty he invaded Erpheronia on his own.
Accam fell in 666 and in the next year Voldar was besieged. Artahir of Milkengrad intended to become king of Erpheronia, and then use its power to become king of Centorauria and king of all humans in the northern Sarvonian continent. However, his dreams were fultile as he made a fatal mistake. In his hurry, he overlooked Westhron and as he was besieging Voldar he was encircled by the Erpheronians. Artahir was killed in his attempt to break the Erpheronian lines. Nevertheless, the Helcrani under Ogygor, Artahir's son, managed to retreat in the southwest. They were trapped in the coasts as a location where they could see the eastern shores of Efirhal. The Erpheronian warlord, Ileor the kind, felt mercy for the brave men who defied an empire and offered a peace treaty. According to this treaty the Helcrani would not attack Erpheronia for as long as Ogygor lived and a regiment of them would be dispatched to Voldar were it would train Erpheronian cavalrymen and assist the king in his campaigns. Ogygor saw the kindness in Ileor's heart and foretold that the Helcani would surrender their most precious gift to the next Erpheronian who'd have a heart like Ileor.
of Arpagar to the King of Milkengrad
A black wizard called Arpagar was anointed anactar of Milkengrad after a civil war. He soon turned out to be of evil nature. He summoned an army of Ashmarian warriors and spread terror in Efirhal. The Centoraurian king abandoned his Milkengradian subjects to their fate.
of the Centoraurian Tyrant Arpagar
A wizard appeared in Milkengrad to duel Arpagar. Although he died, his struggle gave the chance to a nobleman to kill Arpagar. His name was Tephron. Tephron, as king of Milkengrad now, declared war to Centorauria in order to revenge their betrayal. The wizard's symbol, a 19th edged star, became a symbol of freedom for all Helcrani.
Milkengradian Tephron becomes Centoraurian King
The last Centoraurian king, Ephiagar of Salsair, was killed in the battle of Thyslan. Tephron was anointed king of Centorauria and the capital was moved to Milkengrad. The Helcrani were the ruling class now in Centorauria and the process of their assimilation with the Centoraurian population began. In a few decades the word "helcrani" would mean both "person deriving from Helcrah" and also "Centoraurian aristocrat" as many Centoraurians were awarded the title of Helcrani as a sign of honor.
offensive against the Stratanians
The Milkengradian navy launched an offensive against Stratanian pirates in the south. The Stratanians considered that a vile provocation.
Erpheronia vs Centorauria
A war between Erpheronia and Centorauria broke out ending in a stalemate a year after.
The Centoraurian king Tephron died as he fell off his horse. His younger son, Cumrann, claimed the throne from his older brother and rightful heir, Curgan. After a civil war, which devastated a large portion of Milkengrad, Cumrann was caught prisoner and exiled for 20 years. As he left he took more than 2/3 of the citizens with him. Cumrann went to Helcrah where he organized the native and newcomer Helcrani into a semi-autonomous province of Caltheria. At the same time he urged the other Centoraurian cities to revolt. A man claiming to be Ephiagar's lost son Exomater took over Salsair and declared himself "King of Centorauria". Curgan started an offensive against him. However, he couldn't do much as he expected his brother's attempt to take over the City.
Alliance of the Red
Renevor, the king of Erpheronia, irritated by the helcrani merchant fleet and his failure to conquer Centorauria 10 years ago formed an alliance with the Kyranians, the rebel Centoraurians and the Stratanians against Milkengrad. Many mercenaries from the Ashmarian lands came to offer their service to Renevor.
Fall of Milkengrad
A huge army of the Alliance of the Red invaded Efirhal island and layed siege upon Milkengrad. Cumrann was promised to be given the crown of the city if he wouldn't interfere. He agreed and sent a small regiment to assist Renevor. Curgan on the other hand fought bravely and despite his victories the city fell after 93 days of siege in the 13th day of the month of the Burning Heavens. From the 25.000 citizens only a few hundred survived the terrible slaughter that followed the Fall of Milkengrad. The city was burned down. Cumrann's regiment was destroyed in their attempt to save their defenseless relatives. This was an excuse for Renevor to give the city and the rest of Centorauria to the barbarians and Lecam Turpotaker, a pirate and leader of the Stratanians. Milkengrad took the name of Turacanth. The Curse was fulfilled for the second time.
As Cumrann realized
the destruction he was responsible for took the oath never to allow that
to happen again and left Helcrah with a few of his closest friends. No
Helcrani saw him again.
of Sinrann to the Helcrani King
Great Plague of Nyermersys
The high temple of Queprur is becoming a large pilgrimage site for all kinds of people seeking absolution from the Goddess of Death. Also the “pest pillar” is erected on the main plaza to remember this terrible event forever.
of the Helcrani King Sinrann
The Helcrani King Sinrann who waged war against the Turacanthians was killed upon the walls of Milkengrad in 598 b.S.
Liberation of Milkengrad
The son of the Helcrani king Sinrann, Heleborne, took the place of his father. Heleborne was the first one to introduce psychological warfare in the Sarvonian continent. This new strategy combined with his superior tactics resulted in the liberation of the city in the last days of the spring of 580 b.S. after 37 years of occupation. The captured Turacanthians were enslaved until they rebuilt the city, which had nothing in common with its glorious past. However, the Turacanthians were satisfied with this outcome, because no non-combatants were slaughtered and their living conditions were better than when they were free. This happened because the Turacanthian elite absorbed all the wealth for themselves and they paid a high tribute to Erpheronia.
The last Centoraurian city falls under the Helcrani army. Heleborne is crowned king of Centorauria. He is the first anactar to rule all the Helcrani, as his kindom includes the Helcrani homeland, which from now on will be a part of Centorauria.
|550-501 b.S.||THE SECOND SARVONIAN WAR (SW II)
THE WAR OF THE INPIOUS
|550 b.S.||The Night of the Hand
On the seventh day of the month of the Singing Bird dwarven monks acting as honour guard at the Grave of the Leaders were killed from behind by unknown grave robbers. The Grave of the Leaders was looted, but all the artifacts of Karpicor, the former human sovereign, remained untouched and only elven items were stolen. The bloodshed was discovered in the morning of the next day by other monks residing at the monastery from where they reported the occurrences to the sovereigns of the races on the continent.
The night of the looting, which should turn out to be the beginning of the so-called War of the Inpious, was later on called the Night of the Hand. This night should be remembered for many centuries to come. From the time of the Peace Treaty of Nermersys on, which sealed SW II, the Night of the Hand had found its way into the believes of many superstitions people of all races all over Santharia: When night falls at the Night of the Hand people lock their homes and won't leave their houses until the morning. Many put blossoming branches on their doors so that the sign of the Tree of Life would fend off dark minded visitors and they pray to the goddess Seyella to spare their lifes from the evil roaming the lands.
Naval Battle at the Isle of Hope
First dispatches of the predominating tribes of the elven and the human race arrived at the Isle of Hope, only to denounce each other and make the other side responsible for the descration of the Grave of the Leaders. The elves accused the humans as the looting of sacred elven property could only have been done by another race; the humans on the other hand claimed that this may be part of an elven conspiracy to once again start war with the humans. Following a verbal duel between the leaders of the human and the elven dispatches the few ships anchoring at the Isle of Hope opened fire at each other and after a few hours only the human contingent suffered a disastrous defeat as it was not thorougly prepared for a naval battle.
At least one human managed to escape the unexpected battle by making his way back to the Sarvonian continent: Miranon Caldoran, notorious for his falseness, pretended to have witnessed that the elves opened fire first at the human ships. He swam the long way back to Chylikis to report his version of the incidents to the human council already gathering there.
Declaration of War at Chylikis
It was only a matter of days that the decision was made by the human sovereign Engolmar the Strongwilled of declaring war upon the elves. The elven dispatches, who sailed for Chylikis to express their regret, denied that they had intentionally attacked the human delegation, but were forced to react after being attacked. However, they were not heard. - The following months were devoted to recruiting troops on both sides and first major confrontations between the races arose all over the Sarvonian continent in the years to come.
Fall of Vontron
The ancient rivalry between the Helcrani and the Sanhorrhim was about to burst. The humans invaded Vontron from North and South. A few hours later marines landed on the shores. A fierce battle followed in which the humans, despite they were inferior in the number of troops, won because of Helraisers military magnificence. During this battle the Sanhorrhim sovereign, Iythill Goldleaf, was wounded in the face by Helraiser himself. He carried on the scar for the rest of his life. However, the elves managed to hold a small hill in the center of the forest, where many of them found salvation. A few days later the humans were forced to retreat as the elves laid siege upon Milkengrad, their capital.
The Turacanthian Last Stand
The elven general Averdil of Goltherlon sneaked through the heath of Jernais and attacked Milkengrad, while the army was invading Vontron in the south. The Helcrani warriors were outnumbered, but the Turacanthian slaves took arms and defended the city of their masters. They all died defending the Golden Bridge until the city's defenses were prepared and the population safe behind the White Walls. Averdil was in front of a city defended by women and children and his only worry was how to circumvent the only obstacle between him and the city, the walls, when Helraiser appeared. The Centoraurian cavalry assaulted the unprotected rear of the elves devastating their army. Averdil was killed with most of his army. The surviving Turacanthians were granted their freedom and the Centoraurian citizenship for their valor and were accepted as the only humans of the Nerterian fratra.
Death at the Thaelon
The Centoraurian sovereign Helraiser planned to invade the Goltherlon from the north, as the Helsalari, a passage in the High Fores was blocked by both sides. He was on his way, north of Hèckra, when messengers from Erpheronia called him to rush as soon as possible to Astran, where the Erpheronian sovereign, Engolmar the Strongwilled, had been expecting him to discuss urgent matters. He took a few warriors with him and headed north. Among Helraiser's company were many elves from the Styrani fratra and their leader and second in the hierarchy, Rannahir, who have been fighting along their anactar against their race (as the Styran fratra consisted of Goltherlon elves that followed Helronn after the plague of 631 b.S.). However, this was a trap. The so-called messengers were captives who were blackmailed with the lives of their families in case they didn't cooperate. Helraiser was ambushed as he passed through the Thaelon. Outnumbered and encircled he did not surrender. He fought with all he got. And as Helraiser was undefeated in close combat, he was killed with arrows. It is rumored that it took 9 arrows to make him fall. After his death, Rannahir was offered to join the elven army with the rest of his elven companion. He refused and they fought till the last one of his men died defending his anactar.
The most devastating battle of SW II took place at sea in the year of 542 b.S., destroying nearly both fleets of the opponents thorougly:
The dwarven clanlord of the Tenthrums people, Therduk of Kor Donion, had been bribed by elves in order to lure the humans into a deadly trap: Therduk reported the human captain Carrion of the gigantic human naval fleet stationed at the isle Parda, that the elves were gathering an enormous fleet near the Isle of Hope, comprising all the fleets of the Zeiphyrian, the Auturian and the Sharadonian elves in order to take Parda. The dwarf also told Carrion that a storm near the isle had scattered the fleet so that two elven ships shipwrecked near Kor Donion, from which he managed to gain this valueable information. To prove the correctness of his words Therduk presented elven prisoners to the captain, which confirmed the story - these elves were delinquents, hoping to regain their honor by sacrificing themselves for their race. By the way: Rumour has it that the prize for Therduk's statements paid by the elves exceeded a thousand gems and that Therduk also received more than 10.000 gold in advance from the human captain.
The Naval Battle for Parda
Nearly the complete amount of Carrion's ships left Parda at once to take advantage of the shattered elven fleet, but found the Isle of Hope without any sign of the enemy. Searching desparately for the elves, many hours passed and boiling with rage Carrion destroyed the last elven buildings on the now uninhabitated isle.
On returning Carrion's fleet arrived at the thorougly destroyed Parda, which was reached by the elven fleet short after the human fleet left Parda in order to head for the Isle of Hope. Once again like at the Fall of Ximax the elves coming from their hidden hideout at the Vontron forest had taken advantage of the circumstances at the Land of the Withdrawing Waves and gad crossed the landmasses at the appropriate time. The remaining ships on Parda had had no chance to oppose the massive forces of the elves. But in fact - due to changing winds - Carrion's fleet arrived much faster than anticipated back at Parda and pushed the elven fleet back at the Wind Bay. At this time an enormous storm started during the battle and both sides lost big amounts of their ships. Only few elven boats could flee from the rage of the humans and the sky alike. Victorious the humans returned to the destroyed haven of Parda. Some weeks later the dwarf Therduk was found poisoned lying in his bed.
The Centoraurian sovereign Iaphethor of Milkengrad assisted by the Caltharian king engaged the elven forces in a fight at the foothills of the Hèckra. Many elves were taken prisoners. Gorenham, the Caltharian sovereign demanded the execution of all prisoners. Iaphethor being fond of the elves and admiring their bravery, "the brighteyed" as he called them, refused and proposed that they should be taken prisoners by the Milkengradian elves. Iaphethor was still hoping in an understanding of the races. The Caltharians didn't share his opinion and soon a conflict was about to break out. It was triggered when a Caltharian commander insulted the leader of the elven fratra of Milkengrad. In this conflict Iaphethor was killed while trying to calm both sides. Gorenham managed to take many prisoners and threw them in the fires of the Hèckra. He shared their fate though as the volcano errupted killing thousands of men and almost all the Caltharians. The elven captives, who were saved by the Centoraurians, were released as a sign of apology. They in exchange offered an armour for the elvenfriend Iaphethor, which is the one he's still wearing in his tomb in the Valley of the Kings, west of Milkengrad, where all Helcrani and later Tharanians kings are buried.
After the naval battle for Parda the Centoraurians built a new fleet. 11 years later Carrion came to take revenge. His ships were loaded with Erpheronian and Kyranian troops and his objective was to escort them to the besieged Antiragon. On his way the elven fleet attacked him at the Aetryam Sea. Although the humans were outnumbered he couldn't abandon the transports. He strengthened the sides of his fleet and finaly managed to encircle the elves and to accomplish a glorious victory.
of Curogana to the Centoraurian Queen
King Ascandir of Centorauria was killed in the battle of Salazar. His sons were all killed, but with the unanimous vote of the Fratric counsil his daughter, Curogana, succeeded him. She was both beautiful and daring. She led the army and fought like a man. She became anactara (queen) of the Centoraurians at the age of 20.
at the Ilian Plateau
The humans achieved a victory against the Sanhorrhim sovereign Iythill Goldleaf neat the Ilian Plateau. A part of this success was owned to an Erpheronian nobleman, who attacked the elves from the west. His name was Thar and this man was dedicated wholeheartedly to the human cause. His virtue and wisdom impressed the Centoraurian queen, while he was impressed by her beauty and fighting skills. The two of them fell in love immediately but they didn't decide to proceed their relationship because the war was still on. However, they kept cooperating and fighting together for the next years.
|501 b.S.||The Last Stand at the Selidor Pass
The last remnants of the strongest human army withdrew under the leadership of Kaertherom the Grey to the north, fleeing from the elven forces, which were chasing them to death. The humans gathered after the long hunt near Nyermersys, but the last battle of the long centuries of bloodshed took place at the bastion at the Selidor Pass. After a few days of successful defense the humans were finally overrun by the elves guided to victory by Iythill Goldleaf of the Vontron elves as two more divisions of reinforcements from the western regions arrived to support the cause of the aggressor, destroying the encampment near Nyermersys and attacking the defending humans at the Selidor fortress from the rear, coming from the north. The Last Stand at the Seldior Pass ended with a mass suicide of the surrounded human army. At the same time the Centoraurian Queen and Thar were besieged in the city of Milkengrad.
Days later the young commander of the remaining human armies and sovereign of the Erpheronian tribe, Karthach of Ishmarin, initially meant to support the human army at Nyermersys but not arriving in time, surrendered to the overwhelming elven forces.
Tethías'quarón (The Oath of the Young)
Some weeks later the peace treaty between the rivaling races was signed at the ruins of Nyermersys. Exact borders were defined, but to the surprise of the humans the elves renounced on the payment of reparations. Instead the still innocent and youthful sovereigns of the Erpheronian tribe, Karthach of Ishmarin, and the elven queen Vilanciash of the Sharadon elves swore the so-called "Oath of the Young" (Tethías'quarón) to never again start the bloodshed of war between the elven and the human race. As a sign of their good-will the coat of arms of the former hostile tribe was burned at the chest of each of the leaders. Since this time every new regent of the tribes has to go through this ritual before the coronation. Later on the Tethías'quarón was condemned and praised by many people on both sides. It was condemned as it is said to have been an action of mere "children" without thinking on consequences and it was praised as the innocence of the oath was responsible for many peaceful years to come.
Marriage of Thar and Curogana
As soon as the war ended, Thar married Curogana in Milkengrad and was crowned king of Centorauria. His reign was described as an age of reconstruction. Thar sold large parts of his family fortune to assist in the rebuilding of his kingdom. During his reign the seven forts, which guard the Efirhal island were founded. Although a foreigner he became totally accepted by the untamable Centoraurians. Thar was very popular among the neightbouring nations as he helped them as much as he could without asking for anything in return.
Rise of Thar
Karthach of Ishmarin died bitten by a snake and Erpheronia plunges into chaos as the rivaling parties concerning the succession don't reach an agreement. The people turn to their famous countryman, Thar, and ask him to claim the throne as he was related with Karthach. With an army of Centoraurians Thar arrived in Erpheronia and after a few battles entered Voldar victorious. There he is inaugurated king of Erpheronia.
Helcrani decide that Thar was worthy of their most precious gifts. They
offered their lives, their queen, now they offer him their freedom. Thus
fulfilling Ogygor's promise to Ileor of Erpheronia. They decided to
allow Thar to keep the Centoraurian crown, despite their laws.
was priviledged in reward to be governed by the heir of the
Tharanian throne. This sealed the official union of the two kingdoms.
Founding of Tharania
Thar, the strongest Erpheronian king so far, united the four northernmost tribes of the southern Sarvonian continent - the Erpheronians, the Centoraurians, the Kyranians and the Caltharians -, crowning himself to the sovereign of the newly founded kingdom of Tharania. The main reason for the willingness of the tribes to subdue themselves to the powerful Erpheronians peacefully was the urging need for support concerning the reconstruction of their destroyed lands.
|298-203 b.S.||THE THIRD SARVONIAN WAR (SW III)
THE COMING OF COÓR'MELÓR
|298 b.S.||The Sarvonian Dawn (The Approach of
Eighty years before the - from the darkfriends - long awaited Mélor'Terquán (the Night of the Turning Shadow) thousands of barbarians, orcs, ogers and trolls invaded the regions of Nermeran and Vardýnn from the northlands in order to smooth the way for their new coming chieftain, the Dark Lord.
In fact the first assault was only a tempting and minor as well as an unorganized one, where the darkfriends attempted to measure their power with the southern forces. So the first wave was repelled rather easily by the Erpheronians and the northernmost elves of the Calmarion forest, but the revenge of the darkfriends was devastating and should last many more years.
|292 b.S.||The Flight from Carmalad
Six years after the first massive invasion of the orcs at the regions of Nermeran and Vardýnn the united armies of the humans, elves, dwarves and halflings were forced by constant orcish approaches to recede with their troops to Carmalad. Although the joined army fought bravely reinforcements could not arrive in time and Carmalad had to be abandoned. As the defenders saw no hope to save their lives at the Sarvonian continent the people of the four races left together on all ships available to escape the unceaseable wrath of the orcs. However, many died before they could reach the ships meant to rescue them.
The Coming of the Races to Denilou
After a long and stormy voyage the fleeing people finally reached the isle of Denilou under the guidance of the elven captain Pherán'Epthaerín (in the human tongue called "Tree Whispers"). The remaining fleet crashed on the cliffs of the island and only a small quantity of the original number of fleeing people survived, managing to get to the shore where they finally arranged their living with the progeny of the famous dwarf, Brok Strongarm who settled there a thousand years before. [DETAILS]
|288 b.S.||The Defeat of Hourelin
Although the orcs took Carmalad, an outbreaking clan war for power between the orcish hordes prevented the races living south of Carmald of further assaults from the darkfriends. Gathering a joined army, consisting of human, elven and dwarven forces, the alliance stroke back, retaking Carmalad only few months after the orcs had taken control over the haven, repelling the orcish hordes to the Silvermarshes and finally defeating the main forces there and at the fields further north which later on became known as the Blood Fields. The orcish chieftain Hourelin died at the battlefield. [DETAILS]
In this respect very much credit has to be given to the Erpheronian heroine Caeorphynn of Carmalad who lost all her ancestors at the Battle of Carmalad at 292 b.S. Caeorphynn had refused to leave the continent without having taken revenge for the death of her family, instead she had fled south and finally participiated in the counterstrike, freeing Carmalad and killing more than six dozens of orcs by her own hand. She's was well known for her courage to ride with Hourelin's severed head on top of her spear into the midst of the orcish horde, chasing the troops into all directions with her presence only. Caeorphynn died weeks after the defeat of the orcs at a malicious illness named Urgroum's Call, a feverish infection of which many brave men died who have fought in close combat against the hordes of the darkfriends.
|225-218 b.S.||The Lengthening of the Shadow
According to the prophecies of the Oracle of Cartoral the Night of the Turning Shadow drew near. Many additional signs hinted on the coming manifestation of Coór: twoheaded animals were bred, thousands of ravens crossed the skies moving north and occasional rains of acid and blood destroyed the harvest. People started to fear Mélor'Terquán as is written in the books of the eldars and began to prepare for the battles to come against the minions of the Shadow.
|218 b.S.||Mélor'Terquán (The Night of
the Turning Shadow)
The Resurrection of Coór'Mélor
|215 b.S.||The Invasion of Coór'Mélor
|125 b.S.||High Elven Marriage
The half-elf Saban Blackcloak, later on known as the Móch'rónn (the Dark Lord), was married to Axiastras, the Avá'ránn (the High Elven Queen).
|117 b.S.||Devastating eruption of the Hèckranian
near the Ancythrian Sea. Sealing of the Kersolth mines in the near vicinity of the volcano to prevent further casualities.
||Founding of the enclave Alvang
The fortress at the isle in the center of the Ancythrian Sea was built by the Móch'rónns minions and should become the center for all dark elven activities. It is also known as the sorcerer's isle.
|70 b.S.||Desecration of the Aurora Fields
Renegade dark elves of Alvang ambushed dwarves of the Nerterean fratra of Milkengrad clan at the Aurora fields near Salsaír in order to capture their dead bodies for experiments with dark magic. The terrible bloodshed cumulated at the
Battle at the Fores
where the joint forces of the Milkengrad and Helcrah dwarves tried to take revenge for the assault, but were defeated in the valley between the High and the Low Fores, which should later on be called Bone Valley according to this incidents.
||Battle at Alvang
The heir to the Móch'rónn, the elf and Ac'rónn Serveran guided an enormous army to the enclave of Alvang to put an end to the Móch'rónn's dark ambitions. He commanded the elven archers and was joined by the human Helcrani leader Corvas with his army and the renegade dwarf Gonthrol and hundreds of dwarves.
The assault took place at the so-called "Witchking's Night" (as it was named later on). A traitor out of the midst of the elven army had warned Saban so that the gigantic magical trap set out on the isle destroyed nearly all fighters and only few of the dark elves still residing on the isle. The Móch'rónn already had left Alvang in order to descend to the Earthen Titan at the Hèckranian volcano.
Descent of the Móch'rónn at the Hèckranian Volcano
The Móch'rónn and his minions descended the Hèckranian volcano to topple the legendary Earthen Titan. Saban Blackcloak wanted to gain immortality by defeating the Titan. In fact the descent should last centuries and would be the cause for many important changes at the surface of the world of Aér'ai'chán...
|60 b.S.||Battle at Hegedorn
The remnants of the interracial alliance gathered for a last desparate strike at the last entrance of the now closed Kersolth mine called Hegedorn to defeat Saban. The battle ended with a landslide victory of the dark elven armies as there seemed to be no way to stop a defending army in the tunnels of Kersolth.
Closing of Hegedorn
The last entrance to the Kersolth mine was closed officially as the activities at Hegedorn had to be kept secret in order to prevent panic among the peoples of the different races. The alliance established a base at the entrance of Hegedorn, trying to watch over the activities of the Móch'rónn. In the following years hundreds of elite soldiers and battle magicians died trying to achieve a breakthrough to the Móch'rónn but had no chance against the powerful magics of the Móch'rónn's minions.
|55 b.S.||Death of Corvas
Corvas, one of the few human heroes, who managed to survive the Battle at Alvang, was killed at one of the dangerous assaults of the alliance to destroy the Móch'rónn in the depths of the dungeon of Hegedorn.