Legacy of the Silver Raven
History of Dothmar
~ The Long Winter
It has been 8,431 years since the War of Seven Skies, according to Veladorian scholars. In this legendary conflict, all the ancient peoples of the world were locked in a struggle that left their cities in ruin, their lands devastated and the sun and moons hidden behind the clouds of The Long Winter. The survivors lived in holes like rats, struggling merely to survive for countless generations. After several thousand years, spring finally came again, and sunlight kissed the world once more. The Long Winter was over, and societies that had emerged from the snow and ashes now warred with one another across the continent of Dothmar; some fought for freedom, others for food, or for dominance of the other nations.
~ The Treaty
The peoples of Dothmar had survived The Long Winter only to kill each other off, it seemed, until the Knights of the Veladorian Society intervened and oversaw the development of a peace treaty which has endured to this day. Slavery was outlawed, trade and common currency were established, alliances forged, transgressions set aside. According to the document, it had been 5,387 years since The War of Seven Skies had ended, and time was to be measured anew.
Several other nations have added their names to this ancient document. Originally, it was the kingdoms of Naera, Cerule, and Kendra that banded together for the greater good, under the protection of the united dragon clans.
It was 72 years before the Theran and Attaran Empires were unified through the coupling of their respective leaders, and joined the treaty as the singular Theran Empire.
Yet another hundred years would go by, until the Dwarven kingdom of Mithora would sign the treaty in the year 189. At the turn of the century, the nations of the treaty banded together to extinguish the warlike nation of Ma’kar which bordered the western lands of the Kendran kingdom, in order to liberate the races of Gnomes and Midlings which were enslaved by the Ma’kar. War was waged for 25 years before the tribes of Ma’kar retreated into the western jungles, and the kingdom of Kendra expanded its borders to include these liberated territories with the blessing of the other nations.
The freed Gnomes and Midlings struggled to resurrect their society with the help of the Kendran government, but in the year of 1225, legislature was presented that declared their ancestral lands to be a sovereign state, its own independent nation. The rebuilt city of Taranthor was designated as its capitol. King Baalo of Kendra generously signed the bill on the day of the millennial anniversary of the liberation of Ma’kar, bringing about The Taranthorian Sovereignty, and propelling that particular holiday to even greater importance.
Progress was made for some time, and the nations of Dothmar prospered. They encountered other nations from across the frigid southern sea, and worked for years to establish alliances with them. In 1819, the Empire of Jubei formally signed the treaty, and as recently as 2390, the clan leaders of Thenamir agreed to a tenuous alliance with the nations of the treaty, though they did not formally sign the document.
~ The Dragon Wars
Nearly 400 years later, in 2738, the War of the Dragons was waged across the entirety of Dothmar, as dragon clans, jealous of the wealth enjoyed by more fortunate clans, vied for power. Some clans forced the very people they had sworn to protect to fight on their behalf, and the bloody conflict went on for decades before it ended finally in 2813.
In what is widely considered to be the consequence of the Dragon Wars, specifically from the widespread use of dragonfire in battle for decades, many believe that large amounts of leftover snow from the Long Winter was melted, and the oceans swelled and engulfed many cities, particularly those of the Theran Empire in the Central Basin. Over the past 200 years, the Kingdom of Mithora has spared no expense in protecting its stronghold from the encroaching seawater. They have erected a great dam, over 10 miles long and several hundred feet high to fight the ocean itself, and thus far they have succeeded. In recent generations, they have even managed to pump several feet of water from the Central Basin itself; no small victory, considering the basin is several hundred miles across.
It is now the year 3044. The Dwarves of Mithora toil in their caves and in their great dam. The Humans of Naera, Jubei, Kendra, and Thenamir spend their time trading, farming and hunting. The Drokha and Drakari of the shattered Theran Empire struggle to rebuild their once-great civilization while fending off the raiders of Reven and Zuu’Kali, while Lizardfolk make use of the flooded, abandoned city of Piirgos, south of the ancestral plains of the Aurochs and Equus. The Gnomes and Midlings of Taranthor continue to push forward technologically, inventing new ways of exploring the world and searching for riches while the merchants of Bekru foot the bill. The Veladorian sect of the Seekers use their deep pockets to accumulate unearthed artifacts, much to the chagrin of Bekruan investors, at the behest of the Veladorian Watchers, who continue to execute their ancient, secretive mission. Communication with the kingdoms of the far east has ceased unexpectedly, and many formerly involved in eastern sea trade are beginning to fear the worst.