History of Auresia

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Prehistory - Dawn Age

The Dawn Age, otherwise known as the Stone Age, is a time when the tribes of Man first walked the world. Brought out of the mists by a higher power for reasons that will never be truly known, the Dawn Age was the one during which Man explored their home and began to devise ways to survive and adapt.

Age of Legend - First Age

The Age of Legend was a time when the first real nations began to form amongst the tribes of what is now Auresia, within the region commonly referred to collectively - before Auresia, that is - as the Heartland, and in modern times remembered as the "Heartland Empire". During these centuries, the first seeds of what would be several millennia of mistrust and conflict would be sewn, and two of the more unusual periods in regional history would unfold.

Early States

1004 - 1981

The earliest times in the First Age were those of hardscrabble mini-states and a jumble of polities that can be difficult to decipher. The people who first settled the lands of Hattaria established villages along its shores, and a loose network of barter and fishing was gradually established. From these communities came early names that now are not so uncommon in the lexicon of settlements. It was in this period, it is said, that the communities of Bellucente and Gaaze had their earliest beginnings.

Roots of Conflict

1054 - 1073

A series of strong warlords in Hattaria became the impetus for what is now known as the Darillium period. Previously the strong arm lieutenants to a more powerful chief who called the city of Darillium his home, the warlords fell under the sway in 1051 of a nameless priest whose feverish, maddening claims stated that the high warlord was not just a powerful warrior but a harbinger of godlike power. As time went on, this became less and less just the rantings of a man thought mad and more of an actual paganist faith that developed around the leader, who eventually dropped being "high warlord" and took on the title of "high king".

The first high king of Darillium began to establish himself as a "deity incarnate" and set about turning the city into a single great temple for his deification and worship. This faith called itself simply "the Balance", and spoke of how the realm maintained a balance dependant on the strength of the high king.

God-Kings of Darillium

1057 - 2001

Lux Aeterna

1988 - 2001

Age of Many Kings - Second Age

The fall of the great court at Darillium brought to an abrupt end what had been seen as the first recorded potential for a unification of the lands now controlled by the Empire. While many factors attributed to the fall of the last of the God-Kings, the rise of Lazarianism and its increasing influence among the people and lesser nobility were what truly broke the tyranny of the men and women now remembered only as the Nameless Ones or the Black Monarchs.

Alliance of the Westweald

2499 - 2611

League of Nobles

2490 - 2818

New Men Coalition

2515 - 2739

Age of Conspiracy - Third Age

Historical scholars tend to agree to a large degree that the Third Age is the one that truly laid the foundations for modern-day Auresia, as it was a time when the machinations of the states that ultimately would be united began to play out towards the long chain of events that culminated in the Blood Wars and end with the Gallavax Conclave that brought together interested parties that would spend the next several centuries as a society of silence working to bring the kingdoms together.

Oseidon Document Crisis

3028

Now the primary port of the Empire on the Eastern Medio Sea, Oseidon was at one time a city-state independent from the various kingdoms that once split up the lands of Auresia. Although it had a complicated relationship with some of its neighbors, the value of its deep-water port on the Medio was something those neighbors couldn't ignore.

Vesperus Conspiracy

3217

Cenotaph Conspiracy

3720

Confrontation at Wavis

3991

Age of War - Fourth Age

The Blood Wars of the Fourth Age were the fire in which Auresia was tempered, historians say. These three successive conflicts over the years, interrupted by occasional changes in leadership or minor conflict that distracted the attentions of the kings and brought brief respite to some, and greater loss to others. The end of the Time of Troubles in 4883 would see the Heartland under just three royal banners, and those banners would ultimately merge under the Golden Lion nearly 300 years later

Time of Troubles

4001 - 4683

The Girandoni Enclave

4122 - ???

The men and women of the Enclave - the only name the group and its cause is remembered by in histories - were men and women of science and business who had gained a reputation for their skill with tools and with the written word. Some claimed that the Enclave was a "foreign interest group" that wanted to undermine the kingdoms for some unseen master from elsewhere. Others yet claimed the group was an anarchist interest and they were out merely to influence events however they pleased, yet again for reasons or objectives unknown to those who concocted the rumors.

It is difficult to pinpoint precisely how the Enclave was involved in the silent schemes that punctuated the period hallmarking the end of the Second Blood War and lasting until the revelation in public of some details of the Silent Mandate. The personal papers of various ministers serving the kings recalled encounters with envoys of the Enclave where they revealed having considerable insight into the workings and councils of the kingdoms, and used this information back and forth as a means of brokering support from critical advisers to the monarchs; again, for what purpose, history never seems to remember.

The final time any encounter with an Enclave member is recorded was just prior to Neo Annum 4963, shortly after the to-this-day unsolved murder of the minister Temral Hasarran, the most powerful of the advisors of the King of Portarossa, who had been most vocal in his opposition to unification since the first proposals had passed between the Three Kingdoms. Shortly before Winterfest of 4962, he was last been seen talking with an older man who was a known emissary of the Enclave. Later, when he was being sought to officiate a religious ceremony at the conclusion of the festivities, he was found murdered in the Celestial Basilica, which is now a fixture of Veneziano Palace. His murder would trigger the Last Great Blood War, but revelations of his crimes would later end it. After his wife's death in 4966, information made its way to the royal court that revealed Hasarran's conspiracy against the king - who favored unification. After these exposures - the minister's death conveniently removing the only real remaining obstacle to unification talks - the king sent his envoys to the conference and thus the fate of the Heartland was written. It has been nearly 2,500 years since, and still there is no record to be found of what became of the mysterious Enclave, much less why they did the things they did.

There is plenty of speculation, however, as to the fate of the Enclave. Their intimate knowledge of the goings-on of the Three Kingdoms and their leadership suggests the Enclave had collaborators inside the kingdoms courted in the unification talks. Likewise, some say that mid-level or lower-level officials within the nations supported the organization's efforts subtly, passing on information or arranging meetings and chance encounters. One of the most prevalent theories is that the Enclave developed into the spy network of the new Empire, and hiding themselves in plain view. It has likewise been theorized that at least one member of the inner circle of Dynast Emperor Cephorus I himself was an Enclave member. It has similarly been suggested Cephorus himself was a part of the Enclave and its mysterious work. No proof of any of these theories has ever been produced.

The First Blood War

4883 - 4887

The Second Blood War

4919 - 4923

The War of the Banners

4968 - 5001

Prior to the 42nd century, Auresia was a loose scrabble of states with varying governments and local traditions bound by their common racial heritage. This wide variety would be gradually suppressed and unified into an imperial confederacy of states by the legendary High King Adamo the Great, who is considered the Architect of Auresia and founder of the First Empire. His early reign was punctuated by a combination of both diplomatic and military initiatives, combined with elements of what modern historians consider borderline conspiracies, as he worked to unify the land under a single flag. After a nearly forty-year reign, Adamo died in 4504. His sons would go on to guide the confederacy to progressively stronger status in the 43rd century via military endeavors which gradually spread its influence westward and southward. Ultimately, in the mid-44th century, the confederacy gained control of the Hattaro Straits, and with it the wealthy lands of Lianna beyond. While peace reigned for several centuries, dissent between rival relations of the royal house broke into open civil war with the death in 4968 of the powerful King Arlo II, who was the many-greats grandson of Adamo the Great.

During what is now remembered as the War of the Banners, two rival family lines split from the House of Adamo in their claims to the throne following Arlo's death. The first were the eastern Cheltai known as the House of Accardo - now the House of Alexandros - who were wealthy and successful merchants and traders and reigned over the land of Arginium, the rich east of modern Auresia. The second, the House of Lamberto, opposed the Accardo claim, governing the western lands known then as Eoverune. These two lines would unite under different banners - the Alexandros under the Golden Lion, the Lamberto under the Silver Eagle - and would wage war against one another over a nearly forty year period. Initially, fortune would seem to favor the Lamberto line, as their successful betrayal in 5001 of the last male leader of the Accardo family seemed to stamp out that bloodline's claim to the throne. The War of the Banners finally ended with the defeat of the last of the known Accardo line.

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Prior to the mid-45th century, Auresia was a loose scrabble of states with varying governments and local traditions bound by their common racial heritage. This wide variety would be gradually suppressed and unified into a royalist confederacy of states by the legendary Adamo the Great, who is considered the Architect of Auresia. After a nearly forty-year reign, Adamo's sons guided the confederacy to progressively stronger status in the 46th century via military endeavors which gradually spread its influence westward and southward. Ultimately, in the mid-46th century, the confederacy gained control of the Hattaro Straits, and with it the wealthy lands of Lianna beyond. While peace reigned for nearly two centuries, dissent between rival relations of the royal house broke into open civil war with the death of the powerful King Arlo II, who was the many-greats grandson of Adamo the Great, in 5051.

During what is now remembered as the War of the Banners, two rival family lines split from the House of Adamo in their claims to the throne following Arlo's death. The first were the eastern Cheltai known as the House of Accardo - now the House of Alexandros - who were wealthy and successful merchants and traders. The second, the House of Lamberto, opposed the Accardo claim. These two lines would unite under different banners - the Alexandros under the Golden Lion, the Lamberto under the Silver Eagle - and would wage war against one another over a nearly forty year period. Initially, fortune would seem to favor the Lamberto line, as their successful betrayal of the last male leader of the Accardo family seemed to stamp out that bloodline's claim to the throne.

Around the time the last known Accardo had been betrayed in the Battle of Monte Cassina, the confederacy was forced to temporarily end its warring to face down the threat of the Rundeen pirates, whose emboldened raids along the coast as far west as the reaches south of modern-day Porto Imperiale had caused great alarm. The issue of supreme leadership over Auresia remained fluid, but a series of strong-willed speakers of the Chamber of Ministers held together enough authority to coordinate a military response to the Rundeen. This, however, was barely enough, as the navy lacked sufficient strength to counter the highly experienced Rundeen commanders. This state of affairs shifted dramatically, however, with the return in 5090 of Cephorus Alexandros, who was the sole living offspring of the betrayed Accardo, long thought dead after a Janessari raid on Lutant.

With the support of his Janessari forces, Cephorus crushed the Rundeen threat and secured a formidable place for himself in the Chamber of Ministers, assuming his uncle's seat upon the elder statesman's fall into ill health. There were many who feared the Janessari warlord and what he represented, but his position was nigh-unassailable thanks in large part to the formidable ground and naval forces he commanded, as well as the considerable popularity he had garnered among common Auresians with his rout of the Rundeen at the Battle of Porto Imperiale.

Through a judicious use of his political cunning and skills as a motivator and manipulator of people, Alexandros made many friends within the Chamber of Ministers, most especially among the merchants and militant members, to enable himself to maintain a quiet control over those important blocs without undue struggle or dispute. Over the course of the next several years, he enacted several reforms that both pushed modernisation within the Empire and promoted his popularity among the people. As time went on, his experience and skill became the guiding beacon of the Chamber, allowing him to eclipse even the Speaker, who was his nominal superior. His opinions became the Chamber's opinions, his thoughts the Chamber's laws, and his voice the voice of the Chamber. When the ugly miasma of treachery began to rear its ugly head, Cephorus put down several opposition attempts against him, including a quiet but bloody extermnation of the Lamberto claim to the long-empty royal throne.

And so it was that Cephorus Alexandros was chosen by the Chamber in a special session to overseen centralization of the authority of the confederacy. Renaming the confederacy the Auresian Empire, he became that central authority, and by the end of 5092 had tightened his influence to the point he had successfully achieved what forty years of civil war had not - a true nationalist unification. And thus, on Neo Annum 5093, he was proclaimed Dynast Emperor Cephorus I. To this day, over twenty-five centuries later, his line continues to rule.

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