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They say it was Gristlegrim, the Dwarf God himself, who brought peace finally between the Stone Folk and the Forest Folk.  It may be that he noticed the rise of the Human while Elves and Dwarves were exterminating each other.  Or perhaps, the resurgence of the Monster Kindreds caused alarm.  In any case, the war finally came to an end after the Elven wizard Khazan was captured and taught what it was to be a Dwarf.

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599 B.K. Gristlegrim releases Khazan, but makes him vow to spend 100 years living among Men and another 100 years living among Dwarves. Khazan takes human form and moves to the city of Herome.

499 B.K. Khazan begins his century with the Dwarves, disguised as a Dwarven Wizard called Koh-mowgl. From long contact with Humans, Dwarven names now include vowels.

487 B.K. Koh-mowgl’s magic defeats the Frost-Bear Uruks when they try to invade and conquer the Dwarven city-cave of Gllekk. Grateful Dwarves raise a monument to him. Khazan begins to wonder why Elves and Dwarves hate each other so much.

444 B.K. An Urukish population explosion begins. Led by magical shamans, many tribes of Uruks break out of their wasteland homes and loot and pillage into human lands. Pursuing a policy of killing everything that isn’t Uruk, they begin a reign of terror in human lands and even on the fringes of the Elven forests. Uruk populations expand by a factor of 20.

399 B.K. Khazan returns to the Elves. After hundreds of years of absence, he has a hard time gaining acceptance among his own people. He is the greatest living Elven wizard, and slowly gains prestige and power among the Elves.

 393 B.K. Khazan repeats his success by destroying an Uruk horde that was invading and burning parts of the Old Forest. The Black-Fang Uruk people are exterminated.

 382 B.K. The city of Herome is sacked and burned by an alliance of Uruks and Ogres. Nine tenths of the population are slain. The remaining tenth is rescued by Dwarves who admit them into the nearby underground citadel of Thrindol.

Centaurs were among the most dreaded foes of Humans and Elves.

 380 B.K. Dwarves and Humans work together to rebuild Herome—this time with strong walls guarding all land approaches.

 379 B.K. Khazan sends a contingent of Elves to help with the rebuilding of Herome.

 360 B.K. Uruks and Centaurs sack Herome again. This time more of the population survives by fleeing out to sea and by taking refuge in Thrindol. Thrindol nearly falls, but Khazan leads an army of Elves to its relief, and the Uruk and Centaur forces are broken and forced into retreat.

360 B.K. Elves, Men, and Dwarves form a triple alliance to combat Uruks and other so-called monsters. Khazan is named commander in chief of all alliance forces.

359 B.K. to 297 B.K. The Uruk Wars—the entire western part of the Continent burns with combat for 62 years, as armies of Uruks, Ogres, Centaurs, and Dragons fight Dwarves, Men, Elves, and Hobs. Where Khazan goes, the “good” kindred prevail. But in many other places, the monster kindred triumph by dint of superior numbers and innate savagery. Dragons are able to match the best of the lesser Wizards spell for spell.

313 B.K. On the Eagle Continent, a human child named Khara Khang is born. He will eventually become the greatest living human Wizard.

296 B.K. The monster kindred are defeated and in retreat—not as the result of one battle, but by decades of attrition, as they continually lose warriors faster than they can reproduce.

295 B.K. Khazan conceives the idea of uniting the “good” kindred into one diversified people and destroying the monster kindred forever. Despite his prestige among the three races, this idea is harder to sell than he anticipates, as many people simply want to rebuild their lives and their civilization.

294 B.K. to 0 B.K. The Monster Wars. The “good” kindred continually persecute and destroy “monster” peoples whenever they meet. Many monsters retreat underground. Uruks and Ogres contact Trolls and make alliances with them. The Great Wizards intervene surreptitiously to defend their old subject peoples by hiding them in great subterranean, aerial, or undersea dungeon complexes.

260 B.K. The minor race of Leprechauns petitions to join the “good” kindred. They are accepted.

200 B.K. Fairies join the “good” kindred.

In spite of popular belief, Fairies and Elves are separate Kindreds. Only in the past 2000 years have they started living together.

 

150 B.K. An army of Elves and Humans co-led by Berienber Elvenking and Thor Urukslayer carry their anti-monster crusade into the eastern jungles with intentions to free all the slave humans of the Naga Realm. Khazan warns against it and refuses to participate. The human/Elven army—60,000 strong—is destroyed and defeated by the land, by the Naga Wizards, and by the very humans they sought to rescue. Naga slaves don’t want rescuing—they consider themselves privileged to belong to the Serpent Lords that they worship. Only seven warriors return to tell of the disaster. Berienber Elvenking dies in a Wizard’s duel with N’sstassa the Naga. Thor Urukslayer and his six companions vow that no human army will ever again invade the Naga jungles.

148 B.K. Khazan loses popularity as a consequence of his refusal to aid Berienber Elvenking and Thor Urukslayer in their campaign against the Nagas.

147 B.K. Khazan leaves the Dragon Continent to explore the rest of Trollworld.

114 B.K. Khazan meets Khara Khang, who challenges him to a Wizard’s duel somewhere on the Eagle Continent. Impressed by the courage and sheer power of the black human Wizard, Khazan takes him as his apprentice.

103 B.K. Khazan and Khara Khang meet an alien god called Zweetz on a desert island where Uruks worship this strange Bird/Serpent thing with incredibly bloody rites. They flee back to the Dragon Continent, barely able to escape with their lives.

95 B.K. A huge armada of Cyurk ships and flying serpents attack the west coast of the Dragon Continent. Part of the fleet sails into the Dragon’s mouth with the intention of destroying and conquering the city of Herome. On the southern coast, the human city of Khorror falls. It will never be rebuilt and becomes a lair for monster kindreds. Khazan and Khara Khang find themselves in a sorcerous battle of wills with the alien god Zweetz. In his extremity of need, Khazan sends his human protégé, Khara Khang, as an ambassador to the Nagas to seek their help in battle.

94 B.K. The Battle of Herome takes place. 200,000 Cyurks and 40,000 flying serpents attack Herome. Less than 100,000 Men, Elves, and Dwarves try to defend the city walls. At the darkest moment, when the walls have been breached and Khazan is on the point of death from the spells of Zweetz, Khara Khang returns with seven Naga mages who suborn the flying serpents and cause a great hurricane that sinks the invading fleet. With the Naga’s help, Zweetz, who is not present in person, is driven from Khazan’s mind and back to his own land. The Cyurk invasion fails. A remnant of the invading force is cast ashore on the island of Garr (establishing a stronghold there) and most of the rest (those not destroyed in the waters near Herome) return to their own land with considerable plunder. The city is in ruins, and will require many years to rebuild.

to be continued

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