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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

The kingdom of Jenn attacks the kingdom of Lómaner, badly wounds their king, and takes control of the Golden Valley, a large area very rich in natural resources.

Year 866 NT

Negotiations break down, and Lómaner sends its troops to strike at Jenn, but are met by the armies of Kellon who have come to defend their allies.

Year 885 NT

The kingdom of Lómaner falls and its lands are taken over by Jennand Kellon.

Year 885-922 NT

Unrest in the smaller kingdoms. The kingdoms of Jenn-Kellon and Mol-Rehan assembles vast armies, driving the population even further into poverty

Year 922 NT

The standoff is brolen when Mol-Rehan tries to stop the unrest in the smaller kingdoms by force. Jenn-Kellon sees an opening, and swiftly attacks Mol-Rehan. Full out war ensues.

Year 934 NT

Using superior tactics, Jenn-Kellon attacks and usurps the lands of several kingdoms not involved in the conflict.

Year 963 NT

Mol-Rehan forms an alliance with many of the smaller kingdoms against Jenn-Kellon. The tide of war slowly shifts, and Jenn-Kellon is driven back.

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.