I'm playing Book I through, one last time, in anticipation of Book II coming out in a few months. (If anyone's interested, I'm playing the equivalent of a 'Paladin' this time - a melee-fighting Healer - it's actually working out pretty well, and I should be ready for Gramuk by about Level 12 or so!
Anyway, one of the things I wanted to focus on this last time, with an eye toward what's coming in Book II, was the historical timeline
of the events that led to Book I. (I figure some of this is going to come up again in the backstory Book II... P.S. A detailed map of Thaermore can be found here
See BW's follow-up reply
for additional information. I'm going to attempt to edit this post and integrate the Thaermore specific details from BW's post into mine, referencing BW's post where appropriate!)
So, this is what I've collected, so far. At this point in my game, I think I've talked to pretty much every NPC I can. Not surprisingly, most of this info comes from the History Book in the drawer of the Council lady of Aridell, though a few of the events come out of some of the other books you come across, and a couple can only be gleaned by talking to NPCs (e.g. the timeline of when Elderhollow and Vela fell).
Anyway, without further ado, here is the timeline of the history of Thaermore:
Year 1 - "The Age of Exploration", aka. the Second (calendar) Age, begins. (See BW's follow-up post
[late 2nd century - "Trade" of Giants from lands beyond Barrea to work in mines - and Giant enslavement - begins.]
c. 320 - Bastion Outpost, a settlement developed by hunters and fur traders, is the first established inhabitance in Thaermore proper. (See BW's follow-up post
390 - Dwarven explorer Koru Keyhammer reaches, and explores, the interior Thaermore - he discovers The Whistling Caves. (See BW's follow-up post
405 - Loneloft is founded, becoming the first major
settlement in Thaermore. (See BW's follow-up post
409 - First reports of the Orakur in Loneloft.
c. 415 - To secure the gold and gemstones flowing from the mines of Thaermore and Loneloft, construction of a stronghold, called "The Spire", begins at Bastion Outpost - "Bastion Outpost" soon becomes Bastion Spire. (See BW's follow-up post
419 - Skirmishes with Orakur arise over mining.
423 - The Plague Wars break out with the Orakur. Dwarves refuse to fight, and leave Thaermore, making Thaermore a region predominated by Men.
425 - The Crux of Ages is discovered by Lord Sam of Thorabur in the Whistling Caves - it is then placed in the vault at the top of Bastion Spire.
433 - Government of Thaermore founded - a lifetime Chancellor, elected by the people, chosen as Head of State.
435 - Marr elected first Chancellor of Thaermore. Commonwealth Guard established; founding of Commonwealth Guard helps to turn the tide in the war against the Orakur.
444 - Orakur defeated and driven underground. Chancellor Marr declares victory. Relations between Men and Dwarves suffer because of war.
471 - Marr II succeeds his father as Chancellor. "Golden Age" of Thaermore begins.
477 - The Giants (of Thaermore only?) rebel, and gain their freedom.
late 5th century - Goblins begin to organize themselves into clans.
early 6th century(?) - The Underground Repository is established.
509 - Torrus I succeeds Marr II as Chancellor.
537 - Katerra I succeeds Torrus I as Chancellor.
5?? - [entry blacked out in history book!]
590 - Skirmishes with Goblins (from Crakamir) escalate. But Commonwealth Guards drive Goblins from Thaermore. Soon afterward, the Southern Gate is built, sealing Crakamir off from Thaermore; most humans leave Crakamir (though trade routes through Crakamir continue to operate via caravans); Crakamir is conceded to the Goblins.
627 - Devastating earthquake - rifts torn into the land of Thaermore. Loneloft is destroyed! Orakur reappear, but hide from Men.
[6?? - Page ripped from history book!]
[early 8th century(?) - Malcolm becomes Chancellor.]
722 - The Crux of Ages is taken from Bastion Spire, stolen through a "secret tunnel" [by Gramuk's forces - via Gramuk's portal]; Chancellor Malcolm is beguiled and enfeebled by Gramuk's spells.
c.723 - Elderhollow falls. (Bordertown established?...)
c.724 - Vela falls. Grimmhold abandoned.
725 - The current year (for Book I)...
[727 - The "current" year, for Book II?! - Stay tuned...
- When were Bastion Spire (& Darkford) founded? - Answer: Bastion Outpost (c. 320); Bastion Spire (c. 410-420); still no clue when Darkford was founded... (See BW's follow-up post
- When was Vela founded?
- When was Shadowmirk founded?
- When was Grimmhold founded?
- When was Blackwater founded?
- When were Elderhollow (& Aridell) founded?
- When was Camp Thorndike established? (And when did (Lord?) Thorndike kill Giant Chieftain Thorus?) (added
And I've thrown in a few of the graves with dates on them for good measure...
Ned Greenleaf, died 725
Leo, Victim of Blisterpox, d. 698
Kara, d. 681
Margo Copperwand, d. 702
Gunthar Copperwand, d. 691
Anabelle Brumbottom, b. 700 d. 722
Meribeth Orn, d. 661
Mother Londstern, d. 688
Reubert Lamb, d. 714