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The Second Empire

18 SE - The elimination of several orc dissidents prevents an orc led rebellion on Suran.

20-52 SE - While the fortunes the Second Empire waxed and waned, the Dark Elves meanwhile founded a sprawling underground civilization, centered on the city of Mal'sumal, “City of the Unbreakable Stone”. However, despite the gradual weakening of the Second Empire, the Dark Elves lived in isolation from the rest of Itaire, overshadowed by the power of their former kin and the curse laid on them.

Circa 50-150 SE - A series of prophets and sages appear in the Empire, especially amongst its subject peoples. They preach the coming of the Sun God's enemies and the downfall of his chosen people. Imperial officials arrest them wherever they are found.

188 SE - The Dwarven master smith, Zen'rukhar, is arrested by the Imperial Army after instructing a number of tribals in advanced Dwarven blacksmithing techniques, many of which were forbidden by Imperial decree. In response a number of his disciples, in collaboration with infiltrators of the Rorsa tribe, smuggle an ancient Dwarven forge originally confiscated by the Elves and held at the Imperial encampment of Harribal. Calling it a “Father Forge” the former students of Zen'rukhar, gift the forge to the Rorsa tribe and later form the Rogeverg tribe, after the tribal name of their teacher.

203-215 SE - The Sidastey Rebellion - Betrayed by her family and sentenced to a life of exile amongst the wastes of Whiteroar Tundra, the shieldmaiden Sidastey raises a corps of fearless deer cavalry and an army of tribal exiles. Returning to tribal lands, unlooked for by Imperial officials, she leads a twelve year rebellion against the Second Empire. After her initial onslaught, the rebellion is stalled and later defeated at the Battle of the Sandy Reach, where Sidastey is defeated in personal combat against a young Elven Prince named Halador. The Elves later mockingly referred to Sidastey as “the Last Warlord”. No major rebellion would again take place until coming of the Gedrai.

Sidastey, though beaten, escaped death and later returned to Whiteroar Tundra, from where she did not return.

228 SE - The Havrobar Exodus - The Havrobar tribe, punished to serve onboard Imperial ships patrolling the Sangrel Crossing, mutiny against their Elven officers and burn a dozen Imperial vessels before escaping on their own warships. They later migrate to and fortify the eastern edge of Drosein Bay, leading a guerrilla campaign against Imperial shipping lanes and coastal holdings that endured until the Battle of Mount Tumavori.

566 SE - The Brotherhood of the Crystal Fog emerge from their vaults and call on assistance in uncovering the ancient spear, Guth. Champions answer from as far as the misanthropic tribes of the Sandy Reach in the west to the Havrobar rebels in the east.

151-583 SE - These years of the Second Empire are troubling ones. The avatars of the Sun God come less frequently, effectively paralyzing the Imperial administration.

577-581 SE - The Adalar Apostasy - The Selkeen Mages of Mal'dir, working through their puppets and spies underground, unleash a long prepared undead army against the gates of Mal'sumal. Announcing revenge on the underground order of Selkeen who banished them centuries before, the mage Adalar and his followers, the Adala'kar, begin a war that would destroy much of what the Durn'hala had built.

After four years, Adalar's hidden sanctuary is discovered. Driven forth by the combined might of House Jun'selu and the remaining Selkeen of Mal'dir, Adalar and his followers flee east into the inhospitable forest of Jestu'ta. There he is betrayed and killed by his cousin, Tigranes, effectively ending the Apostasy and scattering Adalar's remaining loyalists.

Angered, with much of the city devastated by war, the leaders of Mal'sumal, cast blame for the rise of Adalar on House Syfalin and its co­opted leadership. Though Mal'dir and its people suffered at the hands of the Adalar'kar as well, the schism among the Selkeen would throw the administration of the Last City into chaos until the coming of the Sun God and the Imperial Army.

The Fourth Era and the Dawn of Ascension:

584-588 SE - The Battle of Mount Tumavori and the Death of the Sun God - Responding to the possibility of the Dark Elves supporting efforts to destabilize its efforts in the east, Imperial officials find evidence of a massive military buildup on Tash'lor'ka. It takes the Imperial Army near three and a half years to to gather its legions once more and depart in two fleets from Mal'delya and Mal'jun and set sail to confront the Dark Elves, preemptively assailing the island on the pretext of preventing a Dark Elven invasion.

A brief campaign on the island proper concludes with a coalition of all the other races of Itaire, whom had gathered in secret, rising up against the Imperials. The most devastating battle of Imperial history takes place on the slopes of Mount Tumavori, where the Sun God, having possessed his avatar, Helusan, was wounded by the spear Guth, and slain with half a dozen lances through the chest. The immediate aftermath of the battle blasted Mount Tumavori apart, creating the Ky'mil River and the Grey Desolation in its wake. Earthquakes destroyed much of Dark Elven civilization.

Bereft of their deity and their leader, the Imperial Army is sent reeling west into the sea. The largest cities within the Empire literally collapse, the magic within them loosening after the death of the Sun God.

Earthquakes in the aftermath of the final battle utterly annihilate the Dark Elf capital of Mal'sumal, killing almost all of its population in one massive cave­in.

Made unstable by the magics released by the Selkeen and their rival Imperial arcanists during the battle, the Moonlit Veil collapses over Mal'dir, simultaneously slaying and reanimating many of its inhabitants. Though many are evacuated in time, the Last City and former home of House Syfalin becomes a place of death and corruption and renamed Mal'haka, “City of the Dead”. The survivors of the collapse retreat north to their holdings in the Encircling Mountains.

589-590 SE - The Invasion of the Gedrai and the Fall of the Second Empire - Scattered and driven into full retreat, the remainder of Imperial forces comes under the command of High Prince Daeron Katar. In an act long remembered by the Elves, Katar leads a desperate and suicidal last defense of Ikro, the Imperial encampment, in order to allow escape of the High Elven fleet. Though many ships would later fall to tribal or Dark Elven corsairs in the crossing to Imperial ports near Jefkon Revsa, Katar's act preserved the cohesiveness of the Imperial navy and saved countless lives. Prince Katar is slain by the troll pirate Harkez after Ikro is surrounded and the remaining ships burned.

Much of Mal'jun and the major Imperial cities, held in splendor by the power of the Sun God, are riven with chaos and disaster as magical structures collapse and ancient roads split. Refugees flee to Mal'delya and Tu'jul in overwhelming numbers.

The great tribal warlord, Gorbren Kelskar, held in wait with a force near Asterbryn during the Battle of Mount Tumavori, surprises and butchers the Imperial garrison there and slays half a dozen Imperial prospectors and the regional magistrate. Receiving word of the victory against the Imperial army, Kelskar leads his army across the Kargadt Desert, laying siege to the undermanned Imperial towers of the Sandy Reach. His lieutenants assail the fortress complex of Hel'manda with devastating war machines. Calling themselves the “Gedrai”, the tribals under Kelskar succeed in pushing the Imperials out of the Sandy Reach and, though unable to ultimately take Hel'manda, pillage much of the Gelyu'sa region and burn down the ancient forest of Freygus.

Over the course of 589 and 590, uprisings take place in Dawnview, Ulugar, and several of the largest Dwarven holds, including the city under Siraquorey.

Unable to contain the aftermath of their defeat on Tash'lor'ka, the Second Empire quickly dissolves, ending formally during the last days of 560 when the remaining Elven Princes recognize the Karina Pact, effectively ending High Elven hegemony on Itaire.