An Erpheronian herald, who is related to the Erpheronian king family, is killed in Caltharian territory by rogues. The powerhungry Erpheronian king Myrwodin, who seeks for a pretence of invading his weak neighbours for quite a while, interprets the death of the herald as an open offense against his kingdom and declares war on Caltharia.
Construction of Everygrey Bridge
Evergrey Bridge, bridging the fast flowing Cylian River between Ephirn's Lake and the Ancythrian Sea, is supposedly built about the year 846 b.S. by the Erpheronians to aid their war against the Caltharians. A new structure can support vast numbers of troops and heavy siege equipment that a wooden bridge can not. Certainly the structure is not build no later than this, as Evergrey Bridge represents a critical strategical location during the War for Ancyros (846-822 b.S.).
As was to be expected, the Caltharian king, Artero "the Weak" (as he is named later on), isn't used to deal with military affairs. Having a badly trained army and no alliances with other supportive kingdoms Artero loses the final battle at the Twinnean Peak.
Erpheronia and Caltharia sign the Declaration of Doovens
After 3 years of war Artero, threatened to lose his own life as well as the rest of his kingdom, is forced to sign the "Declaration of Doovens". Thus Caltharia is forced to sign the very disadvantegous peace treaty, where the Caltharian king is reduced to no more than a vassal of the Erpheronian king. Contained in the declaration are the following key demands:
1.) It is forbidden to the Caltharian king to maintain a larger army, which could serve more than defending purposes. A royal guard is granted, however.
2.) The Caltharians have to pay a very large sum in gold and supplies to Erpheronia immediately as well as high taxes every year to come.
3.) The region of Ancyros, north of the Ancythrian Sea, which is rich on minerals, is now property of the Erpheronian Kingdom.
Alliance of the Hobbitshire with the Erpheronians in the Ancyros War
The halflings of New Hobbitshire become mixed up in the Ancyros war as an ally of the Erpheronian king Erdolomin against Caltharia. They are assigned to supplying the Erpheronians with food, clothing, and other such things. It is believed the alliance is forced upon the hobbits through threats.
Frozen Rivers. Nine years after the signing of the Declaration of Doovens a civil war erupts in Caltharia. Supported by most of the other dukes in the land, the Duke of Cantollio, Mertogran of Carmalad, tries to finally seize the throne. Everywhere in the kingdom rebels can undertake actions against the king without being hindered, exept for the capital, where the Royal Guard desperately defends the palace. In Frozen River the rebels lay a siege to the palace and demand Artero to resign.
After two months of siege, the rebels take the palace and King Artero "the Weak" is slain. Duke Mertogran proclaimes himself king and starts immediately with his second objective: regaining Ancyros, the land lost to Erpheronia. He starts to build an army, collecting all forces the dukes throughout the land can provide, violating the treaty with Erpheronia. This causes reinforced border patrols in Erpheronia.
The Caltharian army crosses the Erpheronian border north of Carmalad in a surprise attack, led by the rebel duke Mertogran, who slew the weak Caltharian king Artero, and vowed to regain the lost region of Ancyros. Although the stationed troups there put up a good fight, they are overwhelmed and slain.
The new Erpheronian king Erdolomin rallies his allies, which include the halflings living in Silvershire. The halflings are assigned to supplying the Erpheronian army with food, clothing, and other such things. It is believed the alliance is forced upon the hobbits through threats.
Awakening Earth. After first losses the Erpheronian army defeats the Caltharian invasion force.
Massacre at the Silvershire
Singing Bird. The victorious Erpheronian army in their battles against the Caltharians marches through the the halfling-land of the Silvershire (then known as New Hobbitshire) to resupply, but they find several wounded Caltharian soldiers there. The soldiers are being treated by the halflings, as it is commonly known that they don't care much for the politics of the "big people". Others say that these halflings are believed to not have known anything about the alliance between Erpheronia and the shire as a whole.
Parts of the Erpheronian division consider this as treachery and attack the village where these halfling treat the wounded men and within instances the rest of the division joins the massacre. The soldiers slay everyone they encounter, Caltharian and halfling alike. There is no resistance. Hundreds of halflings are murdered in this massacre, their homes are destroyed, and their crops are laid to waste. Many halflings escape to the Silvermarshes to hide there as they cannot go south through Caltharian lands.
Treaty of Veltin
Rising Sun. In the Treaty of Veltin the demands of the Declaration of Doovens are renewed and even more Caltharian lands are taken over by Erpheronia, among them Thantocha, north-east of the Ancythrian Sea with the important city of Doovens.
Beheading of Khizaar
Burning Heavens. The Erpheronian commander Khizaar reports the halfling-incident at the Silvershire at the capital to his king. The destruction of the Silvershire is explained as a crime committed by the Caltharian forces, where the Erpheronian army came just too late. The commander gets promoted to colonel, but only a few months later, more and more reports of the true occurences at the Silvershire reach the king.
Though Khizaar manages to hide for several weeks, he is prosecuted for his unrightful attack caught in Weyring where he is also beheaded in front of the public to state an example.
Those few halflings that survived the massacre of the Erpheronian soldiers begin to rebuild once again, renaming New Hobbitshire to "Helmondsshire" after Generu Helmond who rises up to help rebuild their halfling home. There are only a few dozen left, but in time, they are able to retain their numbers.
Those halflings who flee to the Silvermarshes adapt to their new environment and over the course of time develop to swamp creatures. But although they adapt, many are not strong enough to survive their harsh new home. After a few years not more than a few dozen of them are left.