Before any was, there was 'One', who in Oron is called 'Ö'. Ö existed in darkness and silence until from the Void, Ö created the 'Others', eight great spirits similar in nature but yet different. Ö gave each of them names so they might know each other. And the names he gave them were Zenwon, Agadeon, Uleydon, Narkon, Kerea, Menea, Lyfea and Inatea. They took council among themselves and decided to create Oron, their world, and wait for History to start.
It began with the awakening of the Elves by the shores of the Inner Sea. Unlike the other species created by the Gods who lived entirely in the physical world, the Elves were the children of the Almighty Creator Ö. They could project themselves into the ethereal planes roamed by the Flow, that High Magic which is the source of all energies. Like the Gods or their scions, the Deities, Elves had a connection with the Flow and could access its forces.
As time passed, Elves became divided over how to live in the world the Gods had built. Some thought their environment was a true gift and to fully appreciate its glory they must adapt to it. Failing to do so would be an insult to the Gods. Meanwhile, others believed the connection with the Flow was their most precious inheritance from Ö and they began to see the Gods as rivals for its control. The argument proved irreconcilable. The Elves divided into nine different nations, each with its own myth.
Anticipating the threat, the Gods offered the Elves immortality, should they accept their summoning and swear their allegiance. But most Elvin nations chose to flee the Gods. Some consulted their people; and after debating long, the Green Elves along with the Blue Elves refused the Gods’ summoning and from that day forth, they remained free and mortal. But, the remaining two Elvin nations accepted the gift of immortality and heeded the Gods' call. The Gold and the Silver Elves became the immortal High Elves.
Six divinities, who would thereafter be known as ‘The Islands Deities’ opposed the Gods’ plans for the future of the Elves. They were banished from the divine assembly. The Islands Deities chose a remote archipelago at the boundaries of the Mainland for their realm, and they designed it as the last refuge of the Elves. These Lost Islands were hidden at the south-eastern confines of the world, beyond the Austral Ocean. They were great isles, shrouded by fog, of rugged coastlines, giant trees and heavenly beaches, where only Gnomes dwelled.
But then, there came the Giants to the Lost Islands. And the sons of the Greater God of Earth brought war. With heat and cold, with earth and fire, they started the War of Giants and Deities. Sprang from the earth's depths, these spirits of stone and metal had been made strong and unyielding for they were given a mission by the Gods; to defeat the Islands Deities and make the rebels kneel. It was in this moment, when the end of all resistance was near, that Ffeyn, the Storm, chief of the Islands Deities, made a star fall from heaven. The meteorite hit Mount Oryusk, the highest mountain of the lost archipelago, forming an incised vale, ‘The Valley’. The legend of the Fallen Star tracing the way to the last refuge of the Elves was born.
Then, from the most remote corners of the Mainland, the Elves of all the free nations migrated south, seeking the route to their last refuge. There came Azuw, the Guide of the Blue Elves and the Patriarch of the Green Elves, Llew, and many other ancient rulers, whose names are now forgotten. But the Austral Ocean and the Anroch Desert blocked their way south. With the strength of heroes, these Elves faced the challenges designed by the Gods. Mighty bolts peeled apart their makeshift houses. Great firestorms devastated the roads through the wastelands. Mountains’ passes were blocked in the aftermath of earthquakes. But most of all, the thundering roar of the Austral Ocean waves recalled them relentlessly that the Greater God of all Seas was the true master of their destinies. Thus, the First Age continued and the route through the ocean remained closed. The Elves of the free nations had no hope. And along the coastlines of the great Austral Ocean, they were locked away, to await the end of the world. This seemed to be their fate.
Only that one day, a navigator was chosen by the rebellious Islands Deities to leave the Free Elves’ asylum and sail to the Lost Islands. Llyoriane was her name and her oceanic crossing opened the doors of the Second Age to her people, the Green Elves. Thus, the Lost Archipelago fell to their power, and neither the Gnomes nor the Giants could resist them, for the Islands Deities walked at their side. This was the time of the Wars of Giants and Birds, the time of Llyoriane, the Queen of all the Green Elves. She selected her lovers among the Islands Deities and became the stake of conflicts between her mighty consorts. After the Deity Vars, the Hunt, had imprisoned the Deity Myos, the Illusion, in the depths of an extinct volcano, Queen Llyoriane died giving birth to her sixth daughter. The crown of the Lost Islands passed to her children, the matriarchs of the clans born from the Deities Myos and Vars. Queen Llyoriane’s daughters had this one opportunity to share power among themselves and preserve harmony. But the vengeful Deity Myos was expert at sowing dissensions between the Green Elves. And unity that should have been their main concern was lost. His daughter Myortilys, declared her rights to the vacant throne of her mother, thus planting the seeds of a long conflict with her half-sisters. And for more than five hundred years, the clans of the Green Elves divided. Until the Islands Deities became weary with so many dissensions and paid less attention to their duties as defenders of the Lost Islands.
But on a day of summer, the Austral Ocean’s winds brought a rumour from the Austral Ocean, the coming of a great fleet; hundreds of naves sailed by the Blue Elves who brought in their bowels the last surviving High Elves and their allies the Night Elves. The approach of so many ships did not go unnoticed and Ffeyn, the Deity of Storm, attacked their large fleet. But the High Elves defeated the aerial divinity. He was cast out of the Archipelago and imprisoned in the Sea of Cyclones.
For many centuries, those Elves who had received the gift of immortality had lived by the side of the Gods. They had received great knowledge from their divine benefactors. Until the day, they were led to rebellion after the prophecy of the Seer Valra was proven true: immortal Elves who died of violent death were confined for eternity into great subterranean halls. The counterpart for immortality was eternity of death. Most of the immortal Elves felt deceived. They broke their vows to the Gods and returned to the Mainland. Victims of the divine curse, their princes squabbled over who should take control, until, they waged kin-slaying wars against each other. The First Age of their empire eventually came to an end, and, their diminished households allied with some of the Blue Elves to cross the Austral Ocean and reach the Lost Islands.
The coming of these conquerors and their arrogant claim to the domination of the native Green Elves triggered the Wars of Ruby and Birds. The violence that marked the rising domination of the immortal Elves left no doubt in the minds of the defeated Green Elves who submitted. Yet, Myortilys refused to bow before the invaders and withdrew to her strongholds in the furthest corners of the Lost Islands. Her followers became known as the Dark Elves. The centuries which followed redrew the map of the Lost Islands. After many conflicts, the Kingdom of Gwarystan prevailed. The High Elf King, Lormelin the Conqueror, united the four Elvin nations which had reached the Lost Islands. Green, Blue, Night and High Elves fell under his yoke.
Within the heart of this new realm, lay the Valley where the meteorite had fallen. It became one of the wealthiest dominions of the Gwarystan Kingdom. Taken by force from the Dark Elves, its defence was entrusted by King Lormelin to Rowë, a powerful High Elf lord. Soon, the beautiful cities of Yslla and Ystanargrond were erected in the Valley. A guild of alchemists was founded by Rowë and three other scholars, the Bladesmiths. It became a centre of knowledge where the Elves of all origins and creeds gathered to study, think and build a new civilization.
470 years had passed since the coming of the immortal Elves to the Lost Islands. And in that remote vale near Mount Oryusk, what was considered a disease to the eyes of King Lormelin started to spread: independence of thoughts. The time of the Valley’s Bladesmiths was at hand, waiting for the event to bring him forth… The magical Flow waved by the Gods had always circulated freely since the dawn of time, available to all Elves. The Bladesmiths found the way to trap it. They multiplied its potential and diverted its resources. And with that secret knowledge, the Bladesmiths of the Valley made the Swords of Nargrond.
This page includes an historical atlas of the Lost Islands and the Tale of Time which relates thousands of years of Elvin history.
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The Tale of Time
according to the Llewenti Calendar (LC)
-20,000 LC: Ö, The One above and the Supreme Being of the Universe, creates 'Oron', the world, and all existence.
-10,000 LC: The war of Elements ends and the four Greater Goddesses, or' Gweïwely', enter Oron. They set about the conception of the world. Kerea governs linear, chronological time, Menea orders the movements of the moon and stars and thus commands the seasons, Lyfea gives life to nature and last Inatea organizes the settlement of Oron by the animals.
-5,000 LC: Six Deities (Ffeyn, Myos, Vars, Llyi, Llya, Llyo) rebel against the Gods and are banished. They choose a lost archipelago at the boundaries of the Mainland for their realm. They name it: ‘The Lost Islands’.
-20,000 to -5,000 LC: The shaping of Oron
Four Greater Gods, or 'Gweïwali', enter ‘Oron’ to begin its shaping. They complete its material development after its form is determined by Ö. Each of the Greater Gods adds his own part to the Flow creating the world incarnate. But 'The War of Elements' starts between them. The Four Greater Gods fight over the shaping of the World. The three Gods Zenwon, Agadeon and Uleydon combine their elemental forces, bound Narkon, the God of fire, and cast him in the bowels of Oron. There he is confined in the earth's heart by the earthly power of Gweïwal Agadeon. Thus is ended 'the war of Elements. Finally each Greater God rules a specific realm. Zenwon receives the sky, Uleydon receives the seas, Narkon receives the fiery inner core of the planet and Agadeon receives the underworld. After the war of Elements ended, the four Greater Goddesses, or' Gweïwely', enter Oron. They set about the conception of the world. Kerea governs linear, chronological time, Menea orders the movements of the moon and stars and thus commands the seasons, Lyfea gives life to nature and last Inatea organizes the settlement of Oron by the animals. The twelve Lesser Gods enter Oron after its creation to give order to the world. The ‘Leïwali’, are powers created by Ö, to directly intervene in the world's course of events. The first of many Deities are born. They are offspring of gods and goddesses and referred as Eïwali. The first underworld-dwelling divinities such as Demons and Dragons are created by Gweïwal Narkon. The first earth-dwelling creatures such as Gnomes and Giants are created by Gweïwal Agadeon. Some of the Gnomes settle in a lost archipelago that will later become known as 'The Lost Islands'.
-3,000 to -133 LC: The dawn of the Elves and the creation of their promised refuge
Around the year -3,000 LC, the Elves awake upon the Mainland, by the shores of the Inner Sea. They form nine different nations. The assembly of the Gods offer them immortality, should they accept their summoning and swear their allegiance. Eïwal Ffeyn immediately oppose the Greater Gods’ plans for the future of the Elves. He leads the majority of them, the 'Free Elves', away from their influence. Gweïwal Uleydon captures Eïwal Ffeyn and, as punishment for his open rebellion, imprisons him in the Sunrise Ocean's depths. Four Elvin nations choose to flee the Gods; the remaining five tribes gather at the Council of the Elders. Llew, Patriarch of the Green Elves (Llewenti), and Azuw, Guide of the Blue Elves (Irawenti), along with Avrigand, Prophet of the Sand Elves (Alaswenti), refuse the Gods’ summoning. From that day forth, they are known as simple 'Wenti'. The remaining two Elvin nations (the Gold Elves and the Silver Elves) accept the gift of immortality and heed the Gods' call. These two nations of Elves become the immortal High Elves. Dragons and Demons, the scions of Gweïwal Narkon, along with Giants and Gnomes, the offspring of Gweïwal Agadeon, roam the Mainland, terrorizing and enslaving communities of Free Elves. The migrations of the Sand, Green and Blue Elves begin. The Green Elves (Llewenti) migrate southwards, in the direction of the Fallen Star. They discover Essawylor and settle in the vast Forest of Five Rivers. The Austral Ocean and the desert of the Anroch block the way farther south. They dwell in Essawylor for centuries. A Storm Giant named Eïwal Ursto, the rebellious son of Gweïwal Zenwon, captures Eïwele Llya and hold her captive. The Giants of the Arob Nisty are born out of this forced union. Eïwal Ffeyn eventually escapes Gweïwal Uleydon's prison in the depths of the Sunset Ocean. He returns to the Archipelago to discover the fate of Eïwele Llya, his beloved spouse. He defeats Eïwal Ursto and frees Eïwele Llya from his evil hold. Eïwal Ffeyn enslaves the Giants of the Arob Nisty, the sons ignominiously born of Eïwele Llya, to build the City of Stones, which would one day be known as Tios Lluin.
-3,289 LC: Eïwal Vars blocks other Giants from the Mainland from entering the Lost Islands by creating the mountain of Lepsy Peak, so named in reference to his raised finger.
-5,000 to -3,000 LC: The War of Giants and Deities
The race of Giants, scions of Gweïwal Agadeon, springs from the earth's depths and appears within the caves of the Arob Far Mountains in the island of Gwa Nyn. These spirits of stone and metal are made strong and unyielding by the Greater God of Earth. Not willing to endure the domination of others, they become enemies of the Islands Deities and thereafter are called the Far Giants. 'The War of Giants and Deities' begin across the Archipelago.
- 3,000 LC: The Elves awaken in the Mainland by the shores of the Inner Sea. They form nine different nations. The Assembly of the Gods offer immortality to the Elves should they accept their summoning and pay allegiance
-2,979 LC: The Deity of Storm, Eïwal Ffeyn, opposes the Gods about the future of the Elves. Along with the five other Deities of the Lost Islands, he secures the Archipelago as the last refuge of the Elves.
-2,970 LC: Two Elvin nations (the Gold Elves and the Silver Elves) accept the gift of immortality and heed the Gods' call. They become the immortal High Elves. The Green Elves and the Blue Elves, along with the five other Elvin nations, refuse the summoning of the Gods and remain mortal. They are thereafter known as the Free Elves.
-2,950 LC: Scions of the Greater Gods, the Dragons and the demons, the giants and the gnomes, roam the Mainland, terrorizing and enslaving communities of Free Elves. The migrations of the Green Elves and the Blue Elves begin.
-2,808 LC: The Green Elves settle in Essawylor by the shores of the Austral Ocean.
-2,804 LC: The Blue Elves settle along the torrents of the Ivory Mountains, north-east of Essawylor.
-2,800 LC: Eïwal Ffeyn makes a star fall from heaven. The meteorite hits the Archipelago in the Valley of Oryusk in Gwa Nyn. Its impact finalizes the landscape of the Lost Islands, and the legend of the Fallen Star is born.
-181 LC: The High Elves rebel against the Gods and provoke their wrath. Despite the threat of divine retaliation, most of the High Elves return to the Mainland. Victims of the Gods cursed manipulations, the High Elves are divided. The 'kin-slaying wars' begin.
-131 LC: A large army of Men from the Anroch Desert, the Desert Horde, attacks the Green Elves marking the beginning of a long war, known as 'The Wrath of the Trees'.
-16 LC: A navigator called Llyoriane, discovers the Lost Islands beyond the Austral Ocean. She is soon proclaimed Queen of the Green Elves.
0 LC: In the Llewenti Calendar, Year 0 marks the arrival of the Green Elves upon the Lost Islands shores.
66 LC: 'The war of the Island Deities’ begin, and eventually Eïwal Vars, assisted by Eïwal Ffeyn, rescues Queen Llyoriane from the evil hold of Eïwal Myos, the treacherous deity, casting him into the depths of the Islands' shadows. Soon afterwards, Eïwal Vars marries Queen Llyoriane and take her to an isle at the heart of the Archipelago, thereafter named Nyn Llyoriane.
78 LC: Llyvary is born from the union between Queen Llyoriane and the Deity Eïwal Vars, and later Llyandy, Ernaly, Llorely and Avrony. Each child inherits one of the five remaining islands and the command of her own clan. Their heirs are honoured with the title of matriarchs and noble dyl.
141 LC: Queen Llyoriane dies after giving birth to her sixth and last daughter, Avrony. Eïwal Vars buries the mortal remains of Queen Llyoriane in a secret vale, concealed from all. It becomes known as ‘The Vale of Llyoriane’ or simply 'The Secret Vale'.
150LC: A group of Llewenti priests discovers the Secret Vale of Llyoriane. They become known as 'the Arkys', responsible for the fate of the 'Seeds of Llyoriane', the Elves of the Archipelago faithful to the Islands Deities.
251 LC: The Blue Elves conquer Essawylor from the Desert Horde. The clan of Filweni's dwellings extend to the southern beaches bordering the Austral Ocean.
379 LC: The Llewenti clans gather the first council of the Islands. Aonyn dyl, son of Matriarch Llyvary, is proclaimed 'Protector of the Islands'. Eïwal Vars grants him a sacred shield, helm, cuirass and spear to command the Llewenti armies in the conflict against the Giants.
508 LC: Exodus of the surviving High Elves. Four of the remaining royal households leave the north of the Mainland, and cross the desert of Anroch. Cil, Star of the West, appears in the night sky. It symbolizes hope and promise for all Elves. The exiled High Elves reach the edge of the woods of Essawylor. The Blue Elves welcome them warmly.
527 LC: Celebration of the Ivory Mountains. Dispute between Lormelin and Aranaele about the future dwelling of the High Elves. The noble houses are divided between those who want to settle in Essawylor (Diamond) and those who have the ambition to reach the Lost Islands (Ruby).
528 LC: Aranaele becomes Queen of Essawylor and rules her vassals and the 29 Blue Elves’ clans. Lormelin is proclaimed King of the High Elves by the majority of the noble houses. House Dol Lewin splits into two branches, the second one bowing to King Lormelin. Lormelin pronounces a terrible oath of revenge against those High Elves who fought him
529 LC: The High Elves led by King Lormelin leave Essawylor onboard the clan of Filweni's fleet and cross the Austral Ocean to find the Lost Islands. They defeat Eïwal Ffeyn and imprison the Deity of Storm in the Sea of Cyclones.
530 LC: The victorious ships of the High Elves reach the shores of Nyn Llorely after they defeated Eïwal ffeyn at the 'battle of Jewels and Winds'.
531 LC: The army of the High Elves defeats the clan Llorely, who resolves to submit after the 'battle of Ruby and Seagulls', when its light troops reinforced by clan Llyvary archers are defeated by Lormelin the Conqueror.
555 LC: The armies of the High Elves defeat the clan Llyandy and its allies in the clan Myortilys at the 'battle of Owls and Ruby'.
560 LC: Ilarsin Dor Inrod is crowned Prince of Nyn Llyandy.
564 LC: House Dol Nos-Loscin, the most powerful Hawenti noble family and a key contributor to the High Elves' victory, is granted the title Prince of Cumberae and begins to rule the South of Nyn Llyandy from its stronghold on the Isle of Nyese.
591 LC: The armies of the High Elves defeat the combined forces of clan Myortilys and clan Llyandy at the 'battle of Ruby and Buzzards'.
601 LC: The knights of House Dol Talas triumph against clan Myortilys at the 'battle of the Path' .
640 LC: The High Elves defeat thecombined forces of clan Llyvary, clan Ernaly and clan Avrny at the battle of Ruby and Hawk.
651 LC: Curubor Dol Etrond, a celebrated writer of the Hawenti Court, finishes his book, 'A History of the High Elves'.
707 LC: The construction of the tower of Mentollà is achieved by the High Elves. The fortress controls the northern sea routes of Nyn Llyvary.
730 LC: Now undisputed ruler of the Lost Islands, Lormelin the Conqueror founds his capital city, Gwarystan.
739 LC: The armies of the High Elves defeat the combined forces of the three rebel clans of the west at the battle of Ruby and Swans in the bay of Llarmyu.
808 LC: A mysterious High Elf is born in the Valley of Oryusk in Gwa Nyn. He is the son of Meoryne, a virgin maiden from House Dol Valra. Rowë Dol Nargrond becomes his protector and facilitates his education. Soon, his wise teachings bring him renown beyond the Valley. He soon gains the title of Lon the Wise.
999 LC: Spurred on by a number of Lon 's prophecies, Rowë Dol Nargrond entrusts his final will to his followers, urging them to keep it secret and secure until the ‘Times of Great Peril’ comes.
1000 LC: Rowë and the three other bladesmiths are killed inside Mount Oryusk after the battle of the Mines. Their remains are spat out by the river Sian Dorg, while Lon disappears, never to be found again. The blades of Nargrond are lost to the Elves, with the sole exception of Rymsing.
1,426 LC: Human barbarians of the Three Dragons' cult launch a first attack on the Lost Islands. Their raids are annihilated by the combined force of the King of Gwarystan and the five lesser clans of the Green Elves.
1,588 LC: A mighty galley coming from the great maritime realm of Nellos in the Western Ocean reaches the shores of Nyn Avrony for the first time.
1,677 LC: Human barbarians, led by shamans of the Three Dragons' cult, launch a vast invasion of the Archipelago.
1,785 LC: Barbarian tribes launch the second invasion of the Archipelago.
2,425 LC: The king of Gwarystan, Lormelin the Conqueror, is assassinated. The guild of Sana is found guilty and its master, Saeröl, is sentenced to death. Others accuse the clan Myortilys of orchestrating the murder and scapegoating Saeröl. Thus 'the War of Shadows' intensifies between the Night Elves (guild of Sana) and the Dark Elves (clan Myortilys).
2,509 LC: Barbarian tribes led by the Cult of the Three Dragons launch their third invasion of the Archipelago, the Great Conquest. Nyn Avrony and Nyn Ernaly are utterly conquered by Men.
2,511 LC: The last Elves of Nyn Avrony abandon their island. Gal dyl, the last of his bloodline, chooses to settle in the forest of Llymar.
2,514 LC: Global conflict between Elves and Men across the Lost Islands. 'The Battle of Llymvranone' marks the beginning of 'the Century of War'.
2,610 LC: Ystanetrond, the blue city of Nyn Avrony, is conquered by a powerful fleet from Nat-Lim. The tall men of the West defeat the barbarians and destroy the cult of the Three Dragons of that island.
2,611 LC: The war reachs the borders of Llymar Forest. Tios Lluin is destroyed by the Barbarians, who kill the Protector of the Forest, Yluin dyl Llyvary.
2,707 LC: The province of Ystanlewin in Essawylor is invaded by the Desert Horde. After the fall of his city, the heir of House Dol Lewin is banished by Queen Aranaele for rebellion.
-132 to 0 LC: The migration of the Green Elves
Llyoriane returns to Essawylor, her homeland located in the tropical latitudes of the Mainland, and write the book of her tales after having discovered the Lost Islands at the confines of the Austral Ocean. She is soon proclaimed Sovereign of all Llewenti clans. ‘The Wrath of the Trees’, against the horde of Men from the Anroch Desert, has been raging for over a century. Queen Llyoriane eventually decides to abandon her homeland and lead the Green Elves across the Austral Ocean. They leave Essawylor and sails to the Archipelago, which they thereafter name ‘The Llewenti Islands’.
143 to 528 LC: The wars of Birds and Stones
After decades of relative peace, punctuated occasionally by inter-clan strife, the Giants of the Lost Islands unite to wage war upon the Elves, forcing the clans to end their own quarrels. This marks the beginning of ‘The wars of Birds and Stones’. Finally, the Llewenti clans are victorious and a long period of peace follows. Their power and wealth grows as the clans develop their civilization to unparalleled levels. Llewenti domination of the Archipelago reaches its peak in 510 LC. The six clans control all fertile lands and strategic communication channels. They also rule over neighbouring territories on the Mainland, in order to keep them desolate. Guarded by Llewenti fortresses and roamed by the Islands Deities, these wild lands are kept safe from the greed of Men. Eïwal Ffeyn’s storms prevent any ship from approaching their shores. The Archipelago remains inaccessible to all potential enemies. The collegial rule of the first council of matriarchs, where each of the six daughters of Llyoriane seats, succeeds the singular rule of the Llewenti queen. The 'Llewenti Islands', as they are called by the Green Elves, are often in turmoil with each clan claiming territorial rights. Nevertheless the realm of the Green Elves enjoy such wealth and splendour that bards of this golden era refer to it as “The time the Island Deities walked by the Llewenti clans' side.”
1 to 142 LC: The settlement of the Lost Islands
The Archipelago, composed of six main islands, is home to a small group of divinities, called the Islands Deities, who has rebelled against the Greater Gods. The wild territories are populated by their offspring, mythical creatures such as Griffins, Hippogriffs and Storm Eagles, the results of their tumultuous love affairs. The Green Elves are also confronted with various tribes of Giants originating from the Mainland, sent by the Greater Gods to challenge the authority of the Islands’ Deities. The coming of the Green Elves and their settlement in the Archipelago provoke conflicts with the tribes of Giants. The Giants launch a war against the Green Elves, hoping to destroy them before their power is established. But the Islands’ Deities exploit this struggle to overthrow the Giants once and for all. Thus they confer rule of the Lost Islands to the Elvin Queen Llyoriane and form an alliance with the Green Elves. Together, they defeat their common enemy and confine them to the farthest corners of the Archipelago. During the war of Giants and Birds, four artifacts (a shield, an armour, a helmet and a spear) are bestowed by the Deity Eïwal Vars to the greatest Elvin heroe of the time; Aonyn dyl Llyvary. After the war, one of the Deities of the Islands, Eïwal Myos, seduce Queen Llyoriane and take her to his palace of Mentodarcyl in the island of Nyn Avrony. A daughter, named Myortilys, is born of their love, and she becomes the first matriarch of Clan Myortilys. The island of Gwa Nyn is entrusted to her governance. But the relationship between the Llewenti sovereign and the deity deteriorates. The situation reachs its peak when Eïwal Myos decides to imprison the queen, provoking a revolt of her people who calls upon the other Deities.
527 to 530 LC: The coming of the High Elves
Fleeing their realms in the North destroyed by the wrath of the Gods, the High Elves migrate south throughout the course of the sixth century. They cross the vast central regions of the Mainland until, in 510 LC, they finally reach the forests of Essawylor, where they settled alongside the Irawenti clans. Before long, however, the Hawenti princes fall into disputes around the future of their nation. This provokes a kin-slaying war between two opposing factions, each led by a pretender to the throne: those who wish to create a vast kingdom in the Woods of Five Rivers (their leader, Aranaele Dor Tircanil, is proclaimed Queen of Essawylor by the Irawenti clans and by her own Hawenti vassals); versus those who fervently wish to cross the Austral Ocean to reach the Lost Islands (their leader is Lormelin Dor Ilorm, elected King of the High Elves by twelve Dol noble Houses and three royal lines of the High Elves). Finally, assisted by the Irawenti navigators of the clan of Filweni, the majority of the exiled High Elves leave Essawylor and cross the Austral Ocean to find the Lost Islands. Their approach does not go unnoticed and the Deity of storms, Eïwal Ffeyn, attacks their large fleet once they reach the Sea of Cyclones. The High Elves defeat Eïwal Ffeyn and his aerie servants at the 'battle of Jewels and Winds'. Eïwal Ffeyn is cast out of the Archipelago and imprisoned in the Sea of Cyclones by the power of the Lenra Pearl, a gift made by Gweïwal Uleydon to the seafarers.
531 to 554 LC: The first war of Ruby and Birds
The coming of King Lormelin’s army and his arrogant claim to the Archipelago’s lands trigger a first war between the High Elves and the Llewenti clans. Clan Llorely resolves to submit to the new power and swear allegiance. Clan Llyvary chooses to retreat to its home island, Nyn Llyvary. Most of the Green Elves of Nyn Llorely eventually join the High Elves in their new provinces, but the matriarchs of clan Llorely are allowed to withdraw to the city of Tios Aelie and there perpetuate the ancient clans’ traditions. In the following years, the city of Arystan is founded, and Orlas Dor Inras is crowned Prince of Nyn Llorely. Ystanondalen and Mentogallen are erected as fiefs for his vassals, the Dol Ogalen and Dol Rondalen. Also in that year, the Dol Urmil Lady marries a sailor from the Irawenti clan of Filweni and settles in the port of Urmilla. This province, known as the 'Irawenti Shore', benefits thereafter from semi-independent status.
555 to 590 LC: The second war of Ruby and Birds
The violence that marked the coming of the High Elves leaves no doubt in the minds of the Llewenti clans as to King Lormelin’s true intentions. Discussions around trade agreements and peace treaties fail and, soon, the Conqueror launches his armies into the Second war of Ruby and Birds. Clan Llyandy is repelled to the extreme south of the Lost Islands, beyond the mountain's reach in the desert of snow. The second War of Ruby and Birds ends with a peace treaty between the High Elf King and the clan Llyandy. Llacrag then becomes the main city for the clan Llyandy, who is thereafter called the Ice Elves in reference to the extreme conditions of their new dwellings. The clan Myortilys, however, refuses to submit and withdraws to their territories in Gwa Nyn. The city of Medystan is founded. Ystanwarlin becomes the fief for House Dol Warlin, a vassal of Prince Dor Inrod.
591 to 639 LC: The third war of Ruby and Birds
Clan Llyandy signs a peace treaty while clan Myortilys withdraws to the heart of the Gwa Nyn mountains, leaving the control of the main Island to the armies of Lormelin the Conqueror. Ystanoalin is erected as fief in honour of the King's most trusted vassals, House Dol Oalin. A few years later, House Dol Nargrond settles in the valley of Oryusk and starts building the city of Yslla and the fortress of Ystanargrond. The Night Elves of the guild of Sana also settle in the valley of Oryusk alongside House Dol Nargrond. The Alchemists’ guild of Yslla, created by Rowë Dol Nargrond and Elriöl Dir Sana, begins to attract lore masters into the valley of Oryusk, including Elrian Dol Rumil and some of his Irawenti followers. Its expansion knows no bounds, and even Odro dyl Myortilys, the greatest smith of the Llewenti clans, betrays his clan to join the Alchemists guild of Yslla. The fief of Rowë Dol Nargrond becomes the heart of the Islands Deities' realm, home to the true 'Seeds of Llyoriane', those Elves of all origins who believe that the Archipelago is the last refuge of Elvin kind. To complete the encirclement of the rebels of clan Myortilys, Ystanalas is entrusted by King Lormelin the Conqueror to House Dol Talas.
640 to 738 LC: The fourth war of Ruby and Birds
The fourth war between the High Elves and the Llewenti clans starts with the defeat of the combined forces of the three clans of the west (Llyvary, Ernaly and Avrony). They conquer the islands of Nyn Avrony and Nyn Ernaly over the course of this campaign. House Dol Etrond is honoured with the establishment of a fief around a new city named Ystanetrond in Nyn Avrony. House Dol Braglin founds its fief in Nyn Ernaly around the fortress of Mentobraglin. The most remarkable event of these times is undoubtedly claimed by the bladesmiths of the guild of Yslla who complete the forging of the six legendary swords of Nargrond Valley. Those blades may harm the Gods themselves. To secure control over marine trading routes around the Sea of Cyclones, Lormelin the Conqueror order the construction of the great tower of Mentollà, near Llymar Forest in Nyn Llyvary. He chooses the end of a large peninsula, north of Gwa Nyn at the heart of the main strategic sea trade routes to build hid capital city, Gwarystan. The Ruby College builds the tower of Crimson. It becomes the highest building in Gwarystan. The Lenra Pearl is kept in its dungeon.
739 to 740 LC: The fifth war of Ruby and Birds
Unlike the previous four conflicts, the fifth war between the High Elves and the Llewenti clans is triggered by the Green Elves after the clan Ernaly forged an alliance with two other clans. This war is quick and bloody. The High Elves have thus fully conquered Nyn Llyvary, the only remaining island to elude their grasp. At last, the peace treaty of Llymvranone is signed between the warring forces. Lormelin the Conqueror is crowned King of Gwarystan and Sovereign of the Lost Islands and receives the tribute of five of the six Llewenti clans. Only the clan Myortilys refuses to bow and continues to struggle from their strongholds in the mountains of Gwa Nyn and Nyn Avrony.
741 to 1,425 LC: The height of Gwarystan Kingdom and the war of shadows
For almost seven centuries, the kingdom of Gwarystan enjoys an extraordinary period of prosperity and relative peace until a shadow falls upon the mines of Oryusk, and the sacred place holding the meteorite's remains becomes inaccessible. After the Day of the Black Sun, an eclipse which Lon the Wise had predicted, the Western Dam protecting the Valley's western border is destroyed. An army of Dark Elves conquer Lord Rowë's realm after the Battle of the Mines is lost by the Bladesmiths' troops. The city of Yslla, defended by Saeröl and the surviving Night Elves finally falls after a long siege. The Dark Elves commit a genocide against their ennemies and thus avenge their Deity Myos, mutilated by the Sana Guild Master Elriöl.
Rimwë Dol Nargrond, younger brother of Rowë, flees the Valley and discovers the Secret Vale. He then forms with the original four other Llewenti High Priests, the Arkys of the Secret Vale. Going against both Hawenti and Llewenti funeral rites, Rowë Dol Nargrond and his three closest companions are buried in the Wood of Silver Leaves in Nyn Ernaly, under instruction from the Arkys. The location of their graves is kept secret. The Arkys in the Secret Vale appoints a first Seeker, responsible for recovering the lost Blades of Nargrond Valley. He is entrusted with the sword Rymsing, the only remaining one.
Lon’s divine nature is consecrated by the Elves of the Lost Islands. He is thereafter referred to as Eïwal Lon, and worshipped in the Islands' pantheon as Deity of wisdom. The Hawenti houses also acknowledges his sanctity, and consider him as Son of Leïwal Vauis and Leïwele Sa, and the envoy of Ö. They build the temple of Light in Gwarystan to honour him and continue his teachings. During this time, the land once again become fertile and the seas replenish themselves. The scars of the wars of Ruby and Birds heal. Travel resumes and trading prospers. This era of properity and peace lasts until the clan Myortilys’ troops take back the Valley of Oryusk from House Dol Nargond and the guild of Sana.
That valley is thereafter known as Nargrond Valley. During this ruthless war, the clan Myortilys massacre the population of the guild of Sana by flooding the city of Yslla. The surviving Night Elves swear the Oath of Shadows against the dreaded clan, thus beginning the War of Shadows between the guild of Sana (Night Elves) and the clan Myortilys (Dark Elves).
The Arkys convince the King of Gwarystan to launch an attack against the clan Myortilys and reconquer the valley of Nargrond. The Dark Elves are defeated at the siege of Ystanargrond and the former capital of Lord Rowë is destroyed.
A temple of Eïwal Lon is built by the Arkys on top of the ruins of several shrines, which had been defiled by the Dark Elves during the sack of Nargrond Valley. It is thereafter known as 'O Vaha'.
1,426 to 2,424 LC: The coming of Men
For centuries, the population of Men grew in the south of the Mainland, beyond the Strait of Oymal. Their expansion into the Lost Islands has long been kept at bay by the fear the Deities of the Archipelago inspired. Finally, however, tribes of human barbarians, led by dragon warriors, launch a first attack on the Archipelago. Their raids are annihilated by the combined forces of the king of Gwarystan and the five lesser Llewenti clans, fighting together under the High Elf King's banner. The start of these troubled times is marked by the birth of the Cult of the Three Dragons. In response, House Dol Lewin completes the construction of the great fortress of the West, Mentolewin. It becomes the strongest fortification of Nyn Ernaly, and controls the strait of Oymal, providing decades of peace to the kingdom of Gwarystan. The Elves of the Lost Islands discover that the power of Men has grown to unsurpassed levels, and that one of their peoples, the Westerners, has conquered a vast marine empire on the shores of the Mainland. Barbarians, led by shamans of the Three Dragons' cult, launch a vast invasion of the Archipelago. The great fortress of the West, Mentolewin, is burnt to the ground by a coalition of Westerners and barbarian tribes. Men start to settle in Nyn Ernaly. The barbarian tribes led by shamans of the Three Dragons' cult launch the second invasion of the Archipelago. Ystanetrond, the blue city, falls. Men settle in Nyn Avrony. Throughout the following decades, in an effort to limit the damages caused by war, the temple of Eïwele Llya extended welcomes Men into their ranks. Barbarian priests are trained in the lore of 'the Mother of the Islands' and invited to join the circles of Elvin Druids. The kingdom of Gwarystan manages to establish trade with the Westerners and guarantees the borders of the Elvin dominions.
2,425 to 2,615 LC: The reign of King Norelin and the Century of War
The young Norelin is crowned King and receives the tribute of all the Dor and Dol houses of the Hawenti and of the clan Llorely after the murder of his father Lormelin. Four Llewenti clans (Llyandy, Llyvary, Ernaly and Avrony) uses this opportunity to claim their independence, thus weakening the Elvin kingdom of Gwarystan. Not long after, barbarian tribes led by the Cult of the Three Dragons launch their third invasion of the Archipelago, the Great Conquest. Nyn Avrony and Nyn Ernaly are utterly conquered by Men. New human settlements are founded in Gwa Nyn and Nyn Llyandy. The conflict intensifies after the War of the Three Armies, where many fronts across the Islands witness the clashes of the Westerners from Nellos, the Elves serving the Hawenti King, and also the Barbarian tribes. In the Battle of Llymvranone, a fleet of galleys from Nellos destroys the swanships of the Llewenti clans, marking the beginning of the Century of War, a long and uninterrupted period of devastating war between Men and Elves. The Westerners settle permanently upon the Archipelago to develop trading centres. Bands of Men began Moving east to the the islands of Gwa Nyn and Nyn Llyandy, into lands formerly held by the Elves. This expansion iis slow but steady helped by the humans faster birthrate. The last survivors of House Dol Etrond flee to Llymar Forest. The war reach the borders of Llymar Forest. Tios Lluin is destroyed by the barbarians. Nevertheless, clan Llyvary, reinforced by clan Avrony and assisted by an army of House Dol Etrond, prevails and manage to secure the Forest of Llymar. Finally, the Century of War is ended by the circles of the Druids who convince all parties to agree to 'The Pact'. Westerners from Nat-Lim, Barbarian tribes and the various factions of the Elves all accept this peace treaty. Curubor Dol Etrond settles in Tios Lluin and starts to restore the ruins of the antique City of Stones. The refugees of the clan Ernaly are entrusted with the government of Tios Halabron in the forest of Llymar. King Norelin refuses to marry his cousin Terela Dol Nos-Loscin and denies his support to her house in the conflict against the Dragon Warrior Ka-Blowna. House Dol Nos-Loscin withdraws to its Principality of Cumberae.
2,708 LC: The Lost Islands are rediscovered
A ship from Essawylor is blown upon the isle of Pyenty, north of Nyn Llyvary. Feïwal managed to overcome the Austral Ocean and reach the Lost Islands. The Irawenti navigator from Essawylor was looking for a promised land for his people, the Blue Elves. He carried aboard his ship a group of High Eves serving the House Dol Lewin. Their arrival on the shores of Nyn Llyvary triggers a devastating series of events. The drums of history resound anew; life across the Lost Islands will never be the same again.