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The Great Initiative 691 - 400 Lasting approximately 210 years, The Great Initiative was a joint research team formed by the Elves and the Magi to delve into the depths of magical theory, magical application, and magical biomechanics. The Magi had hesitatantly hoped to discover a way to lengthen their peoples' lifespan among other ventures whereas the Elves were primarily interested in the process itself and what new understandings of magic could arise from such a venture. The combined efforts of the Magi, with their ability to wield magic more easily than the other races, and the magic-saavy Elves, with their propensity to tap into a form of communing with the magical heartbeat of the world, yeilded amazing discoveries. Among these advancements were the art of Media magic, Forceful Defense magic, and various new designs of Glyphs. The collaboration between the two races also introduced the Magi to the use of wands to focus and concentrate their magical energy.
Formation of the Magi Council 256 The Magi Council is created. <More here>
The War of the Central Tribes 234 - 211 One of the largest Orcish wars fought between members of the race on Gur'tak. Sparked initially by a security dilemma engineered by conniving Magi, this long-lasting fued between three tribes eventually saw the entire Provincecs of Ha'rath, Ul'thaat, Ber'kon, and Ri'luuk engaged in multiple bloody clashes. Lasting 23 years, this war saw the deaths of around 160,000 combatants. This conflict was used by the Magi Council as evidence to their own people that they had to "protect" the other races from themselves.
The Subjugation of the Orcs 200 - 190 The Magi arrive in Gur'tak, catching the Orcs at a time of weariness following a long-lasting battle between many of the Orcish Provinces that had destablized the country. The Magi people assist the Orcs with rebuilding and recouping their losses while also providing training and support in the war-torn nation. While Gur'tak would would have recovered on its own in time, the outside help was not declined by most and was, in fact, often welcomed. Eventually, the Orcs and Magi came to an agreement that would allow the Orcs to fulfill their thirst for battle and combat as the constituency for the growing Magi empire.
The Fourth Culling 184 Any Magi who expressed disagreement with the creation of the Orc Army were shepherded out of Pel and executed.
The Magi Sovereignty 0000 The Magi Calender is established upon the triumph of the Magi Sovereignty over the lands of Ner, Gur'tak, and Pel.
The Sixth Culling 100 As it becomes increasingly apparent that the Orcs are being treated less as allies and more as laborers, Magi who express sympathy for the Orc's plight are summarily removed from civilization by the Sovereignty.
The Veletian Treaties 166 Struck between the Humans of Varl and the Magi Sovereignty, these accords protected the Humans from enslavement or attack so long as they backed and sustained the Sovereignty's army of orcs. In addition to this guarantee of safety, Varl's agricultural economy would be rewarded with trade agreements with Magi markets in Pel and the Humans saw Magi fabrics and luxury items in return for their efforts. The Magi Sovereignty would additionally use Varl as a launching point for some of their advances.
The Blockade of Lix 240 Calling what the Magi did in Lix a "blockade" is putting the clash between the Elves and Magi lightly. When the Sovereignty took hold of Ner, it was only a matter of time before they began relentlessly harassing their new Elvish neighbors to the north in Lix. The design of the Magi's consistent siege on Lix was carefully designed to be a war of attrition, or at the very least, keep the Elves from truly challenging their power or empowering the other races to do so. It worked too; the combination of the aggression and the isolative nature of the Elves made it easy for the Magi to keep Lix cut off from the rest of Extant.
The Bridges of Mrotheim 355 - 414 The Magi use Orc labor to construct two massive bridges, each a half-mile wide and over one hundred miles long across the Veletian Strait, known as the Bridges of Mrotheim, to connect the continents of the Magi homeland Pel and the human-populated Varl. This greatly increased the prospects and efficiency of trade between the two nations.
The Siege of Elstavir 1180 - 1252 Using one of the largest Orc armies under their rule, the Magi Sovereignty lays siege to the Elvish city of Elstavir, a major Elven city on Lix.
The Glorious Betrayal 1252 During the Siege of Elstavir, General Tersha To'loth, leader of the Orc Army assaulting the city, orders her soldiers to stop fighting as they break through the gates of Elstavir. While numerous Orcs are killed by the defending Elves, the rest turn to join their former adversaries to take down the Magi War Parliament overseeing the operation along with all the Magi encampments. General To'loth and thousands of orcs die in this betrayal, but not without winning the day. To'loth goes down in Orc history as the Heroine of the Ages.
The Thirteenth Culling 1258 Following the failed Siege of Elstavir due to the Glorious Betrayal, thousands of Pelian Magi and Magi stationed elsewhere were executed along with majority of the hundreds of Orcs who had remained in Pel. The Magi targeted were mainly those holding lowly court positions, servants, overseers of the Orc Army, and anyone who was suspected of having sympathy for the Orcs in addition to their families.
Creation of the Magi Specialist Forces 1274 The establishment of the Magi Specialist Forces came about as a necessary step in the decades following The Glorious Betrayal and the Thirteenth Culling. Although numerous Magi enlisted in the MSF as it promised stable pay at a good rate, the majority of those involved were conscripted - primarily before the age of sixteen. The MSF had rigorous discipline and was seen as a marked improvement over the now outdated (and unpopulated) Orc Army. By fostering a culture of potential advancement up the chain of command, members of the MSF were made to feel as though they had opportunity and purpose and were largely instilled with a notion of nationalist pride and loyalty. The MSF Navy was considered particularly professional and elite, and those comprising it were typically treated better than those in the MSF Main Force.
The Naval Treason 1348 Called the "Naval Treason" by the Council of Magi, a series of discoveries was made that the Human- and Magi-crewed trading vessels that exchanged goods between Pel and Varl were making additional trips between Varl and Lix to lend resources to what the Council of Magi deemed a budding rebellion against their rule over Ner and Gur'tak.
The Fourteenth Culling 1350 Two years following "Naval Treason", the Council of Magi had completed executing all Magi and Humans involved in the traitorious dealings with the Elves of Lix. Asea at the time of the culling on an expedition long past its return date, Mercury Jackson, the child of one of the human naval commanders slain during the culling, and their crew managed to escape the notice of the Council of Magi as they had already been presumed dead a number of months before the "Naval Treason" was revealed.
The Assassination 1364 WIP high courts of the Magi Potentates over the generations as diploamts, tradepeople, and servants, assist what most had considered to be the loyalest of the Magi in pulling off a coordinated assassination attempt on the heads of states successfully. From simply cutting throats to more ingenious methods, the Humans and the Magi people managed to wrest control away from the Magi Potentates and the Magi Council. <<WIP>>
The Vegeance of Captain Jackson 1366 - 1373 Mercury Jackson made a name for themselves following the news of their father's death. Costal Varlan city of Coarsal. Mercury Jackso<<WIP>>
The Jackson Edict 1375 This decree united the Region of Varl under a single government
Orcish Steel 1448 Orcish steel was developed by Orc refugees living in Lix when they managed to temper the alloy with the magic of Wards. This allowed for "anti-magic" weapons and, even more importantly, armor (though the effect on armor is much less potent and does not last as long).
Invention of Firearms 1500 Humans create the first known firearms: muzzle-loaded muskets.
The Battle for Virkhallen 1548 - 1684 Nearly three-hundred years after the Siege of Elstavir and two hundred since The Assassination, a combined force of Humans, Orcs, and nomadic Elves (known as the Alliance) entered the Nev’falen Forest in Ner's mid-east to lay siege to the Virkhallen Compound, the Region of Ner's capital for the Magi Sovereignty. The Virkhallen Compound was an colossal feat of engineering, built between and within a double-peaked mountain, and home to tens of thousands of Magi. Armed with the new technologies of Orcish steel and Human firearms, along with prototype Elven gauntlets, the Alliance expected a swift victory over the Magi. Yet, these weapons combined with the fact the Magi Sovereignty had been losing its grip over the previous centuries, did not stop the Virkhallen Compound from withstanding the onslaught and killing thousands of attackers. All Magi in the city were sent to defend their Potentates against the Alliance, regardless of age or ability. The battle only truly ended once every single Magi had been slaughtered.
The Attack on Pel 1688 - 1752 The Alliance forces did not wait long to continue the momentum of their campaign. Leaving Ner and Virkahllen rapidly behind once the Magi threat had been utterly stomped out, they set up three bases of attack. From the Isles of Vexel, located between the southern coast of Pel and the northern shore of Gur'tak, they launched an assault on the major Magi slaver ports and destroyed // Bridges of Tar'kath // Sea. // The new technological advancements developed by the Alliance, pressed hard as they were in this time of revolution, had been previously witnessed at Virkhallen a few years prior. Unfortunately for the Magi in Pel, not much in the way of news regarding Virkhallen had managed to get through to them.
The Trove of Kor'ca 1740 A mountain near the southern end of one Pelagian range near the land-border with Gur'tak, Kor'ca held a large secret for eons. When the Alliance was searching for Magi tucked away in the corners of the region, they happened across a vast wealth of crystals with properties which allowed them to be imbued. The Elves took a particular interest in learning how these crystals grew and what they needed to do in order to reproduce their creation. Prior to this discovery, imbuable crystals were far and very few between. This amazing find eventually brought "Korian" crystals into the hands of the public and saw to the birth of various new technological advancements primarily, but not exclusively, pioneered by the Elves.
Fall of the Magi Sovereignty 1752 What many historians consider to be the end point of the Magi Sovereignty, and the atrocities carried out across the globe in its name, came in the form of the defeat of the Magi and the Magi Council itself within the Magi's capitol Hart in the Region of Pel. <more info>
The Victory Night Massacre / The Last Culling 1752 The tragic history of the Magi Sovereignty's periodic "cullings" of its own people and other races under its rule had been well-known for a number of ages. This knowledge, coupled with the deep-seated anger and hatred of the Magi Sovereignty along with the euphoric revelry resulting from their hard-won victory over the Council of Magi, drove intoxicated Alliance forces to slaughter a significantly large portion, comprising around 60%, of the detained Magi people. <more info>
Containment Wear 1760 To prevent a recurrence of the events during the "Victory Night Massacre", Human and Elven magitech researchers developed "Containment Bracelets" - wearable technology forged in Orcish Steel and inlaid with ground-up Korian crystals imbued with Retain and Empathy Gylphs --- Double Check Timeline - this does not Match Up
Operation Doomsday 1764 Deep in the Pelagian Mountains, an dedicated and loyal group of of Sovereign Magi had gone unnoticed throughout the turn of the years. A last hurrah to the manifest destiny of the Magi, this recluse pool of researchers and arcanists were attempting to develop a doomsday mechanism for the fall of the Magi Sovereignty. The magical techniques and spells involved were products of such caliber, of such ingenuity, that the process of its creation is as of yet unknown. The Magi, however, never got chance to execute their plan as the Magi Sovereignty and, thus its supply routes, died out before the development process was completed.
End of the Magi Calendar 1765 Almost two millenia after its inception, the Magi Calendar is retired, making it clear that a new age has begun.
New Age 0000 The New Age Calendar begins.
The Dawn Experiment 11 - 34 The exploration of Magi Sovereignty ruins in Pel reveal the location of the previously unknown Experiment. Samples of the magical disease are found intact and humans conscript top Magi researchers to bring about a New Age for Humanity. The purpose of the study was to potentially grant humans with magical abilities. Depending on perspective, The Shift could be hailed as a horrible failure or an astounding success of bio-magical engineering.
The End of the Alliance 40 The Alliance formed between the Humans, Elves, and Orcs came to an official end in Year 40 N.A.. Of course, the trade agreements, relationships, and friendly bonds the three races had fostered over the centuries remained, but the combined army was retired.
The Reclaimation of Virkhallen
Begins
63 In the aftermath of the war, it was becoming clear that the displaced peoples needed a more permanent place to live and call their own. In appreciation of the space offspring and future generations would require, a group of Orcs and Elves began excavating Mount Virkhallen, the old Magi stronghold in Ner, which had fallen into disrepair since the slaughter that took place in its halls over two hundred years prior. It is said that powerful artifacts may have been recovered from the site and that the bones of the dead had to be hauled away and the walls and floors of the caverns scrubbed to remove the bloodstains.
Glyphist Technology 70 Upon the discovery of Empathy Glyphs, two new fields arise in Elvish society - the pairing of Glyphs with technology and research into new types of Glyphs. This latter industry produces substantial insight into different designs of already known Glyphs.
The Reclaimation of Virkhallen
Completes
82 Over the near 40 years of the Virkhallen project, the mountain was reformed to be much more hospitable for life and its peoples, at least for the Orcs and Elves. Racial tensions against the Magi were and are still running high and the fallen race was given the bare minimum. Besides, few businesses held interest in assisting or loaning money to a people who had not too long ago enslaved a good portion of Extant's population. The city that was formed from the ruins of the Magi stronghold became known as Ven'falven.
Present Day 135

Notable Figures

Humans

Mercury Jackson

Magi

Orcs

Forefather Mar'kan Tar'kath

General Tersha To'loth