The official backstory of the game is as follows:
Year 0 NT
A new way of tracking the flow of time is established by the Ageless. Anyone found using the old system -- now called 'ancient time' -- is burned at the stake, and all written text in the known lands is transferred to the Library of Sorrow.
Year 56 NT
The Library of Sorrow burns, triggering the Great Uprising.
Year 168 NT
The last of the Ageless is killed by the hand of Wilem Benth, a former captain in the Ageless' own millitary force, the Keepers of Truth. Wilem takes his own life minutes after the deed, but is still celebrated each year on the second day of Awakening in the starfall of Omens.
Year 174 NT
The Gathering is formed, serving as the supreme rulers of the known lands.
Year 289-296 NT
A great disease, called the Pale Death, sweeps through the known lands, killing far more than it leaves alive.
Year 465 NT
The Gathering invents the concept of 'money'; tokens of ownership you trade in place of the goods themselves. This concept proves highly efficient, triggering the Golden Ages.
Year 552 NT
The wealthy merchant house of Mol-Rehan purchase a large piece of land from the Gathering, installing their oldest member, Johen King, as the sole ruler. While the ruthless oppression of Johen King leaves the people broken and poor, it helps further drive the wealth of the house Mol-Rehan
Year 574 NT
Inspired by the success of house Mol-Rehan, the house Lómaner tries to purchase land from the Gathering. The Gathering first denies this request, but is later forced to submit due to the Law of Fair, binding the Gathering. Other, smaller houses quickly follow suit.
Year 635 NT
In an attempt to keep their power, the Gathering starts selling their service as diplomatic councels to the kingdoms.
Year 784 NT
The last piece of free land land is bought from the Gathering for the price of seven thousand gold coins.
Year 844 NT
Year 866 NT
Year 885 NT
Year 885-922 NT
Year 922 NT
Year 934 NT
Using superior tactics, Jenn-Kellon attacks and usurps the lands of several kingdoms not involved in the conflict.
Year 963 NT
Year 979 NT
Jenn-Kellon wise men discover strange gateways in the Golden Valley. On the far side of the gateways is a lush and peaceful land. Settlers are dispatched to exploit this new opportunity, but soon return with tales of horrible creatures and strange magicks.