First Epoch of Birn (ca. 15.000-14.000
beginning of Browniekind. Individuals
become groups. Groups join together to form
proto-tribes. Four of these proto-tribes join to form Birn. The fifth left
to become Rat Brownies.
ca. 15.000 b.S.
Tree of Life hit by Lightning
The first 272 members of the Brownie
race, speaking 144 different languages,
are formed from pieces of bark from the Tree of
ca. 14.500 b.S.
End of First
The last of the long-lived and prolific first generation of
Second Epoch of Birn (ca.
Redbark monarchs rule an upper class of reds, a
middle class of greens and browns, and a lower class made up of everyone
Third Epoch of Birn (ca.
ca. 13.000 b.S.
Two dynastic families, one green and one brown,
struggle constantly for the throne during this epoch. Reds become the new
Fourth Epoch of Birn (ca.
ca. 12.000 b.S.
Various disasters are the norm during this
epoch. The social system falls apart. Most Birni die.
Fifth Epoch of Birn (ca.
- 10.000 b.S.
Drow hunting parties no longer enter the now
well-protected Birn. Greens and browns struggle for the throne, as in the
third epoch. However, reds are now the real power behind the throne. From
its new center in the Everbark, Birn expands and becomes strong once again.
They regularly send raiding parties to make life miserable for the
The Harsh Years
...is an endlessly terrible time for the Brownie people,
in which they grow few and scattered, coming dangerously close to
dying out completely. Only a very few survive, living precarious
lives among many of the other races. They are viewed as vermin
by all. Elves ignore
them, dwarves keep them near their forges in cages as
good-luck charms, orcs eat them, and humans do some of all of the above. An old recipe
book should be found
later that includes a recipe for Brownie pot
pie that was apparently considered quite a delicacy. They fare no
better among the other races, and long to be free, but
dependent on their oppressors for food and
shelter, having for the most part forgotten the skills necessary
for basic survival.
In the Shadow of the
The Brownies living off of the
paltry refuse left by elves learned to adapt archery to the
scale, and quickly moved off, eager to regain their independence.
Hunting began in earnest, and the blowpipe was invented. Moss farming
was rediscovered. The field mouse was again domesticated, becoming
an important source of food and clothing.
living among the other races began to hear of what had been accomplished
among the free Brownies, and departed en masse, many with the help
of Keekoo the Deliverer, to take part in the new life of freedom.
A small number, left behind, found refuge together with other
already living in the sewers of major cities and became the
now also considered a Brownie tribe.
Keekoo spent years developing a
composite modern Brownie language, a revived world-view that took
current Brownie superstitions and gave them the substance of the
ancient Birni beliefs in the spirits contained in every natural
thing, and a philosophy of life based on a five-element system (Earth,
Wood, Fire, Water, Metal).
In the last few years of his life,
Keekoo directed the dispersal of the
one every two years). They were divided into three groups, and went
in search of homelands far away from the suffocating influence of
the other races.
(Different for each
Reference the above entry
and the four below entries)
The Wandering Years
The groups of Brownies
sent out by Keekoo the Deliverer
wandered for many generations before they found what they were
looking for. As time passed, each group's language, culture, and
mentality began to diverge from the other two groups.
The LLaoihrr tribe begins to inhabit the Vale of
A scout from second of the groups dispersed by
Keekoo long ago, while
exploring upstream through a deep gorge, stumbled upon what would
later be known as the Vale of Brownies. Tall, healthy trees spread
their branches as far as the eye could see. After ascertaining that
the valley was uninhabited, and in fact unknown before this time,
he rushed back to make his report. The group eagerly passed through
the gorge and made their valley their home, naming it LLaoihrr (The
Valley City) and themselves
Rrao-LLaoihrr (The Valley City Brownies).
The Aohu'o tribe makes landfall on the coast of Akdor
The first tribe sent out by Keekoo. After traveling through North
Sarvonia, they traveled by as yet unknown means to Akdor. They were
restricted by the environment of the Akdorian steppe to living as
hunter/gatherers. Every time a nomadic group outgrew the land's carrying
capacity, it would split and one group would move far enough away
from other groups so as not to be in direct competition with them. Today
there are hundreds of distinct
Aohu'o tribes tribes living on the
||The Memnoor tribe begins to inhabit the
After crossing deserts and burning seas, the battered descendents
of the third group sent out by Keekoo staggered into the
Void and found relief - and torment. They were betrayed and attacked
by the products of their own fevered imaginations. But they no longer
had the strength to recross the desert and so had no choice but to
stay. It took many years for them to make their peace with the
but eventually they developed a unique culture that used the uncertainties
and unrealities of the Void to their advantage. They called their
village Memnoor (The Void City) and themselves
Ro-memnoor (The Void
The Year of Darkness
....had the unlikely side effect of creating a new
known as the Milken. Fleeing from Akdor and from spirits they felt
had abandoned them, they were assigned the job of guarding the Artapherana
(magical trees) on the site of what is now the
city of Milkengrad. When the
Helcrani arrived, these elfinized
Brownies, according to instructions,
released the magic protecting the trees and allowed the
to be guided to the spot. The
founded the city of Milkengrad
(named after the Milken), and a
Brownie family was soon to be found
in every household in Milkengrad.