The New King
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happenings in the History of Ultima and we hope it will be accepted
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P.B. = "Prior to Britannia; prior to the date that the Kingdom of Britannia was established."
A.B. = "After Britannia; after the
date that the Kingdom of Britannia was established."
Untold ages before humans existed on the world of Sosaria, “great and powerful beings” thwarted an invasion by daemons. These ancient beings bound the daemons to the inhabitants of the world, thus, allowing future generations of mortals to subdue and control daemons. Many of these ancients shed their mortal guises and ascend to become beings of unimaginable power, while the rest give up their powers to become mortal. Zog belonged to the race that was descended from those ancients who chose to become mortal.
Zog casts Armageddon. The ancient world, which will one day be known as Sosaria, becomes barren and lifeless. The races, their history, and the name of the ancient world is forgotten and lost for all time.
The first sign of life appears on the world since Zog casted the Armageddon spell; the Ancient Yew Oak sprout comes into being.
The Lands of Akalabeth, which would be later on called the Lands of Lord British, were dominated by the Kingdom of Akalabeth and the realm of the Lost King.
The Lands of the Dark Unknown were divided into the Kingdom of the Black Dragon and the Kingdom of Olympus.
The Lands of Danger and Despair were ruled solely by the Kingdom of the White Dragon.
The Lands of the Feudal Lords were divided into the Kingdom of Barataria and the Kingdom of Rondorin.
Richard Cantabrigian arrives in Sosaria through the blue moongate and meets Shamino. Shamino gives him the nickname 'British'. They become the best of friends and in time Shamino introduces British to various court advisors, who are very impressed with the teenager’s understanding of justice, government, and law.
Mondain's ways become a cause for worry for his father, Wolfgang, and he tells the youth that he must take a year off from studying magic to instead spend this time studying at an Abbey to learn compassion and humility. He promises Mondain the Ruby Sun Gem as his reward if he learns his lessons well at the Abbey. The next night, Mondain kills his father, and takes the Ruby Sun gem. Mondain's elder brother, Gerarn, or 'Menton' as he now calls himself, returns from studying at the Tower of Knowledge and is horrified over his father’s cold-blooded murder. He confronts Mondain, but through the, albeit untrained, use of the Ruby Sun Gem, Mondain banishes Menton offworld.
Mondain uses the Ruby Sun Gem against itself, to set it off unto a course that would corrupt it into the Gem of Immortality. He retreats to Barataria, a kingdom in the Lands of the Dark Unknown.
With the death of Wolfgang and the disappearance of his two sons, his advisors looked for a successor to the kingdom of Akalabeth. A decision could not be reached. Richard Cantabrigian, now more commonly known as 'Lord British', along with other advisors and council members, maintain the Kingdom of Akalabeth under the direction of The Lost King.
The Ruby Sun Gem is corrupted more and more with each passing year towards becoming the Gem of Immortality.
Mondain returns from Barataria with a combined army of men and minotaurs. He leads this army against Akalabeth.
Continuing his vile experiments, Mondain crosses his own servants with reptiles and creates the Thepa, also known as lizardmen in the common tongue.
Shamino returns to the Lands of Danger and Despair and establishes his own kingdom in alliance with the King of the Kingdom of the White Dragon. He meets and falls in love with Beatrix, the daughter of the White Dragon king.
The presence of sea monsters was confirmed as the frigate Pembroke is sunk by one in plain sight of a small armada.
Lord British brings over several friends from his homeworld of Earth: Gwenno, Iolo, Dupre, Chuckles, and Geoffrey.
Mondain completes the transformation of the Ruby Sun Gem into the Gem of Immortality and he becomes immortal in the process.
Mondain recruits help from “starwalking monsters of unparalleled savagery”.
Minax is born in this year.
Mondain discovers a method of breaching time and space and sends his stronghold into a timeless void known as 'The Time of Legends'. It is from here he controls his growing armies and Sosarian lieutenants.
Three powerful mages enter Mondain's service and bind themselves to the Gem of Immortality. They forsake their life and become the three infamous liche-kings for Mondain.
The Stranger from Earth, the destined-to-be Avatar, appears in Sosaria for the first time, entering through the moongate known as the "Siege Perilous".
With the imminent threat of Mondain hanging over his head, Lord British overrules the banning of magic by the Sosarian kings in previous decades, so that their own mages may be trained to help in the coming battle against Mondain. The Cult of Runes and the Cult of Truth both emerge from hiding.
After a visit from the stranger, and after receiving an update as to the status of the Lands of Lord British, Shamino leaves the Lands of Danger and Despair. He leaves behind Beatrix, his betrothed, to assist British with the forthcoming battle with Mondain.
The Stranger uses a time machine to step outside of natural time to penetrate Mondain's stronghold. In the ensuing battle, the Stranger shatters Mondain's Gem of Immortality and then slays Mondain. The Gem, now shattered into three separate shards, is scattered amongst the crumbling ruins of Mondain’s castle as the stranger makes his escape.
The release of magic at Mondain's death causes great upheaval, rending time and space as his stronghold is thrust back unto the natural world of Sosaria and into the ocean off the coast of the Lands of Lord British. The other three continents vanish entirely.
In the Lands of Danger and Despair, now their own separate world, the Ophidian Orders are established after the enlightenment that came from being contacted by the Great Earth Serpent. The name of the world is changed to Serpent Isle. A hideous race of previously unknown beings descend from the mountains… they were called goblins. The goblins destroy both Shamino's Kingdom and the Kingdom of the White Dragon. Beatrix, Shamino's betrothed, dies during the siege on Shamino’s Castle.
Shamino is trapped in the Lands of Lord British. Nobody knows of the Serpent Pillars at this time.
The three liche-kings who bound themselves to Mondain's gem somehow maintain their immortality despite the destruction of the gem, mayhaps due to the fact that they were already dead and, thus, were not affected by its destruction. A large band of knights and powerful mages led by Sir Verynor, of the lands of Olympus, tracks down the three liche-kings and one by one entombs them for all time, for they knew not how to destroy them.
The Stranger returns to Sosaria, barely able to escape Earth's timeline change, thanks to Lord British's intervention. As Lord British prepares to make a stand before the might of Minax’s orcen armies of vengeance, the Stranger returns to the altered timeline of Earth to restore his world to the way it was before Minax’s meddling:
[[[The following events take place upon Earth, outside the normal Earth timeline.]]]
In New San Antonio, the Stranger purchases Enilno, the Quicksword, from Sentri, the Swashbuckler
With the help of strangers known as Antos, the hero finds a way to breach the place of legends and confronts Minax.
In the place of legends, outside of time itself and armed with the Quicksword, Minax is defeated by the Stranger inside the castle Shadowguard. As with her master's castle, Shadowguard is hurtled back from the time of legends unto the physical world of Sosaria.
The Stranger returns to Earth a moment after the timeline was changed; yet, now time was back to its normal flow. Nobody on Earth, besides the Stranger, was aware of what had happened, as such is the nature of time restoration.
[[[ Timeline resumes its normal flow upon Earth. ]]]
With the death of Minax, her armies upon Sosaria scatter mindlessly. The majority of her orcs are hunted down and destroyed.
The diary of Minax is found in the wreckage of castle Shadowguard. In her diary, there were hints at the fact that Minax and Mondain had been lovers and had produced an 'offspring', yet, little else is discovered.
The 'offspring', Exodus as it is called, sets out to expand its power by collecting knowledge and information on a range of subjects for a 100 years. "Much of the information is trivial, such as the detailed description of the color of the sky on a particular day… while other bits give instructions for the manipulation of the world." Exodus remains safely hidden at the bottom of the ocean.
“Comets flashed across the sky and rumbles were heard deep in the ground. Then one day, in a fiery display of molten lava, an island rose up in the middle of the ocean.” Castle Death, the fortress of Exodus, is built by Exodus’ servants upon the Isle of Fire.
Monsters begin attacking Sosarian settlements.
A Pirate fleet appears at sea, sweeping all other commerce ships before it.
Exodus summons the Balance Serpent, which is also known as the Great Earth Serpent, from its home in the Ethereal Void, and it takes a position at the harbour entrance to the Isle of Fire.
Upon Serpent Isle, which was once called the Lands of Danger and Despair, the War of Imbalance breaks out due to the fact that the Earth Serpent, or Balance Serpent, was taken out of the void by Exodus’ doing. Without the Balance Serpent to keep the balance between the Order and Chaos serpents, the two serpents begin to fight. It is at this time that the Silver Tree of Life, currently present in the Lands of Danger and Despair, is destroyed. The Avatar, traveling back in time from the future Serpent Isle back to the time where the War of Imbalance was at its height, restores the Silver Tree of Life and then returns to the future.
Lord British commissions several people to map out the land in preparation for whatever evil onslaught Exodus is preparing to bring forth.
Shamino returns from his mission of mapping the interior of Castle Death, on the Isle of Fire. The experience renders him temporarily insane.
The last in the long line of Lost Kings perishes. With no heir to claim the throne, the Lands of Lord British begin to splinter off into bickering city-states.
The lost island of Ambrosia is rediscovered.
The Stranger consults with the Time Lord for the first time and gleans the means by which he might destroy Exodus.
The Stranger and his companions destroy Exodus in his Castle. This triggers a violent series of cataclysms that rearrange much of the land, destroying several cities in the process. The destruction is likely the result of Exodus losing control over his transformation mechanisms, which he used to raise the Isle of Fire to the surface with earlier on. Due to his interface with the natural world being destroyed, most of the towns of the Lands of Lord British are utterly destroyed in this cataclysm, except for Fawn, Montor East, Moon, Yew, Paws and the capital town of Britain. The Tower of Knowledge and the Pillars of Protection are both destroyed. The cult of Truth disappears from history altogether from this point on.
General Jakher, commander of Lord British's army, defeats the forces of Exodus in a massive battle on the Bloody Plains. Thousands of soldiers die on both sides, including General Jakher. Large catacombs are built beneath the Bloody plains to contain the fallen soldiers of both sides.
Nearly seventy years pass as the world recovers from the devastation and anarchy that Exodus had brought. Famine, plagues, rioting, and wars divide the city-states for decades. Lord British keeps the city-states together as best as he can.
It is noted that Lord British and many of his offworld associates do not seem to age.
Moon has become a despicable city full of unscrupulous wizards and dishonest mages. Erstam's experiments have met with some success. He has barely aged since searching for the secrets of immortality. Erstam conducts shady deals with contacts in Montor East and Fawn. Both of these cities are crumbling economically and physically.
The current calendar begins.
City-states band together and form Britannia, electing Lord British as Sovereign ruler and Monarch. The Kingdom of Britannia is thus formed.
The system of virtues is established. Yew is given the representation of Justice, and Britain the representation of Compassion. Moon is cleansed of the corrupt mages inhabiting it, much to the dismay of Erstam, and the city is renamed to Moonglow, representing Honesty. Construction on five towns, representing a virtue each, commences.
The Council of Wizards is established, made up of surviving mages from the old Cult of Runes. The mages do away with the old system of magicka levels based on jewel types and embrace the eight circles of magic, expanding the usage of magery to its fullest extent.
Construction on the eight shrines of virtue begins by order of the Council of Wizards.
Azure, first of the great tinkers of Minoc, crafts the eight runes of virtue.
The Council of Wizards creates the eight coloured stones of virtue. Each stone is placed within one of the great dungeons. The wizards hope to stem the evil within the dungeons through the use of these magical stones.
Lord British commissions three Shrines of Principle to be built on the Isle of Fire, the former abode of Exodus.
"The Quest of the Avatar" is announced by Lord British. The quest is meant to offer a new way of life to the citizens of Britannia to find happiness through spiritual fulfillment.
Magincia loses sight of its embodiment of the virtue of humility and the city turns to decadence, materialism, and pride.
The three great keeps of the principles are erected: Empath Abbey, the Lycaeum, and Serpent's Hold. Serpent’s Hold is built upon the ruins of Montor East.
Meanwhile, on the other side of the world, the gargoyles summon the spirits of Mondain, Minax, and Exodus to inhabit their three Shrines of Principle. Exodus' summoning causes the Isle of Fire to sink under the sea, not to be seen again for over three centuries.
Sir Percy rids the islands near the Cape of Heroes of evil dragons and becomes the first member of the Order of the Silver Serpent. The Order of the Silver Serpent is officially established by Lord British, with Serpent's Hold serving as the order's headquarters.
Sentri is given the title of Baron and oversees Serpent's Hold.
A Minoc tinker invents a "lighter than air device" that makes use of a big balloon filled with hot air. It is stolen by thieves and is anchored down near the dungeon Hythloth.
The stranger gathers eight companions to represent the eight virtues. They were: Geoffrey, Mariah, Katrina, Jaana, Julia, Shamino, Iolo, and Dupre. Most of them are friends of Lord British from Earth. It is possible Lord British commanded these persons to accompany the stranger when he began the Quest of the Avatar.
Lord Simon and Lady Tessa disclose to the hero the location of the mystic arms and armour. They are recovered and put to great use, since they were crucial in their role in allowing the hero to survive the lava of the Great Stygian Abyss.
The stranger recovers the magical wheel from the sunken wreck of the H.M.S. Cape, beneath the Cape of Heroes.
The stranger and his party recover the “lighter than air device” from the mountains around the dungeon Hythloth.
The stranger retrieves the artifact known as the "skull of Mondain" from the ruins of Mondain's sunken abode, at Sorcerer's Peaks. This is the location of the castle of Mondain that returned to the world after Mondain was vanquished in the Time of Legends. Three volcanic plumes are nearby, a consequence brought about by the three shards. (The removal of the skull caused two things to happen: To begin with, a volcanic island arose on Sorcerer's Peaks, which Blackthorn's castle will be built upon later on, and the Shards were knocked loose. Later on, when the raising of the Codex caused the Underworld to be formed, the Shards were carried from that location to a resting place directly beneath Empath Abbey, where they were later found by Captain Johne.)
The stranger throws the skull of Mondain into the lava of the Abyss, opening the Abyss permanently and destroying the skull at the same time.
The stranger descends into the Abyss with eight companions, and enters the Chamber of Virtue at the bottom. The Codex is found, at which point the stranger reads from it and officially becomes "The Avatar".
The Avatar returns to Earth.
Monks of Empath Abbey begin making their own brands of wine. The taste becomes the stuff of legend.
Geological instability induced by the raising of the Codex causes the formation of the Underworld. Creatures begin pouring out of the dungeons once again.
A great drought engulfs the northeastern quadrant of Britannia, drying up Britannia's third-largest lake, Lake Generosity, and creating the desert known as the Drylands.
The village of Vesper is abandoned and is reclaimed by the desert.
Lord British and the Great Council commission the building of several lighthouses around Britannia, thus, making sea travel safer.
1st day of the 1st month of the year 136
The ghosts of ruined Magincia are finally laid to rest through magic.
12th day of the 3rd month of the year 136
The town of New Magincia is founded.
Two powerful mages, by the names of Flain and Elistaria, turn their backs on the virtuous path lead by the honest mages of Moonglow and dabble heavily in Daemonism and the dark arts. Elistaria commissions the construction of the Keep of Windmere in the seas north of the Drylands, whilst Flain constructs a small tower in Skara Brae.
Perhaps as a safeguard whilst planning the journey into the Underworld, Lord British magically locks his Orb of the Moons within a sandalwood box in his castle before the descent. He knew that the Avatar would know to recover it and rescue him in case something went awry in this journey.
19th day of
the 6th month of the year 137
21st day of the 6th month of the year 137
Captain Johne's ship, the Ararat, sinks through a whirlpool and is lost in the Underworld.
22nd day of the 7th month of the year 137
Captain Johne finds the three shards of Mondain's gem in the Underworld.
23rd day of the 7th month of the year 137
Captain Farrel of the Jolly Merchant, a ship docked at Minoc ready to depart for Britain, is contacted by the Great Council and ordered to scour for the wreckage of the Ararat during its voyage to Britain. The Jolly merchant sets sail and is never seen or heard of ever again.
2nd day of the 9th month of the year 137
Sutek leaves the company of Johne and his three companions to explore the underworld, seeking a means of escape.
23rd day of the 9th month of the year 137
In a state of madness, Captain Johne slays his three companions with the three shards of Mondain's gem. From the blood of his companions the Shadowlords are born.
30th day of the 10th month of the year 137
Sutek returns to Johne after his exploration of the underworld and learns of what happened to Johne's companions and of the Shadowlords.
Sutek escapes from the underworld through a labyrinth of old abandoned mineshafts beneath the dungeon Despise, taking with him the knowledge of the shards and the Shadowlords. He remains in hiding, scrying for a means to destroy the evil of the Shadowlords.
26th day of the11th Month of the year 137
A female child, perhaps twelve or thirteen, appears in Lord Shalineth's court. She proceeds to prophesize of an unknown hero, entering a place of great darkness, and using three magical artifacts. Near the end of her prophesizing, she loses hold over the vision and is killed by unknown magical forces.
27th day of the 11th Month of the year 137
Lord British begins his exploration of the Underworld through the waterfall in the river Maelstrom, leaving his close friend, Lord Blackthorn, as regent during his absence.
1st day of the 12th month of the year 137
Lord British is captured and imprisoned by the Shadowlords in the Underworld.
Lord Blackthorn comes under the influence of the Shadowlords, declares martial law, and enacts his repressive code of virtue. Just before the Book of Lore goes to print, the regent orders his code of virtue added to the book. Blackthorn seizes the crown of Lord British as a symbol of his new authority. Blackthorn commissions Toede, an architect, to construct for him a castle upon the island where Mondain's abode once stood.
Iolo, Shamino, and the other companions of the Avatar are declared outlaws. The companions form the resistance against Blackthorn’s oppressive regime.
Learning of this resistance, Lord Blackthorn creates the 'Oppression', an organization devoted to destroying this resistance. Blackthorn calls many dark-hearted fellows into his service including Flain, Elistaria, and Judge Dryden. Judge Dryden is appointed inquisitor, and the Court of Justice becomes the Court of Inquisition.
In an attempt to save one of the crown jewels, the jester Chuckles has the sceptre of Lord British transferred by courier to Lord Malone of Serpent Hold. Unfortunately, the courier passes through Trinsic while a Shadowlord is present and the Shadowlord steals the sceptre and disappears.
4th day of
the 4th Month of the year 139
5th day of the 4th Month of the year 139
The Avatar is called through the moongates by Iolo and Shamino.
The Avatar meets with the wizard Sutek, who has scryed the nature of the Shadowlords and the gem shards.
The Avatar destroys the remaining Shards of Mondain's Gem and the three Shadowlords in the process.
The Avatar rescues Lord British from the Underworld by means of the Orb of the Moons.
The Avatar returns to Earth.
Blackthorn, by the usurper's own choice, chooses the option of banishment by Lord British to an unknown land, by means of the Orb of the Moons. (It is later discovered that Serpent Isle was the place of Blackthorn's exile.) Back on Earth, the Avatar sees the banishment of Lord Blackthorn in a dream.
The Underworld collapses. The gargoyle lands on the other side of the world begin to disappear, bit by bit. Pockets of Ethereal Void can be seen about the place, suggesting that the Void is tearing the place apart. Speculation on why these pockets of Ethereal Void went on to suggest that they were created as a result of magics that the gargoyles used to bind the Codex to this world that clashed with the magics used by the Great Council to raise the Codex.
Flain, the dark wizard of Skara Brae takes up a very young apprentice by the name of Horance.
Sutek, perhaps disturbed by the intrusions of the pirates, takes up abode in the former castle of Blackthorn. He begins experiments for mysterious reasons.
Flain discovers the location of a dark and ancient tome dating back to the days of Mondain. He uses Horance to retrieve the tome from its resting place. Shortly after, Flain is mysteriously killed by supernatural forces and Horance falls ill for some time. Upon awakening, Horance inherits the tower at Skara Brae.
Not long after Flain's death, Horance begins to lose his mind, and his beautiful sonnets turn to "rhyming doggerel".
In a massive earthquake, the island of Bordermarch sinks beneath the ocean and is lost. Lord Simon and Lady Tessa barely escape the island in time. A similar fate befalls Windmere, Farthing, and the lighthouses of Britannia.
gargoyles begin attacking Britannia, capturing the shrines one by one.
Quenton of Skara Brae is murdered by Michael, aka Blade.
4th day of the 7th Month of the year 161
The Avatar is called through a red moongate by the gargoyles, who attempt to sacrifice him. He is saved by Iolo, Shamino, and Dupre and escapes via a moongate to Lord British's throne room.
Penumbra enters a magical sleep, waiting for the Avatar to reappear and awaken her.
A small group of self-righteous knights, mages, and paladins set out for Terfin after hearing rumours of an 'evil wizard’ within. Sutek defends himself but is turned to stone by his own hand. His statue is cast into the ocean, several miles northwest of the Island, and Blackthorn's old abode is torched.
Terfin is founded on the island where Blackthorn's castle originally stood. Lord British offers the survivors of the gargoyle race lands on this island to use as a new home; the land is given to the gargoyles to rule as they see fit.
The very next night, the entire guild of the Black Circle forays a desperate coup against Lord British in Castle Britannia. Yet, they are beaten and destroyed by the Order of the Silver Serpent and the elite castle guards. The ex-slayer who assisted the Order is pardoned for his assistance in destroying the Black Circle.
Mordra crosses from Pagan to Britannia.
Horance begins to turn dark and violent, and the townsfolk of Skara Brae begin to fear him. It is not known at this time that Horance became possessed with the first of Mondain's liche-kings. It may have been Flain who released the liche-king, but the full circumstances of those events remain a mystery.
Horance abandons Flain's old tower and builds his new dark tower on an island north of Skara Brae.
Horance sends his minions to capture Trent's wife, Rowena, but ended up killing her in the process.
Caine attempts to mix a potion that can trap Horance. Due to Mayor Trent's ineptitude, however, the formula explodes, destroying the entire town and killing all its inhabitants instantly.
Baron Almric's fortress is completed.
The Abyssal colonists begin to quarrel and the colony falls apart. All of the gargoyles die.
Baron Almric seals the Great Stygian Abyss’ doors and turns the colony into a prison.
29th day of the 2nd Month of the year 227
Denyel, husband of Mythra, enters a cave on an exploratory expedition and never returns.
Tyball allows an extremely powerful demon known as the Slasher of Veils to kill Garamon, accidentally trapping it within the Great Stygian Abyss' Chamber of Virtue.
Baron Almric, who was quite possibly the grandson of the original Baron, had a daughter, Arial, who was kidnapped.
The Avatar is summoned by Garamon, and appears in Arial's bedroom during the kidnapping. Being accused of the crime, the Avatar is sent into the Abyss to either rescue Arial or die trying.
Deep within the Stygian Abyss, the Avatar kills the wizard Tyball and rescues Arial.
With the help of Garamon, the Avatar releases enough power to open a dimensional gate at the base of the Abyss, which the Avatar uses to banish the Slasher of Veils from Britannia.
The volcano within the Stygian Abyss erupts, destroying the remnants of the settlement. The inhabitants escape with Garamon’s help as the lizardmen flee down underground rivers to a new site.
With its reason for existence, and most of its settlements and settlers, gone, Baron Almric's townsfolk abandon the Isle of the Avatar.
The Britannian Mining Company (BMC) is founded. The town of Vesper is rebuilt as a small colony to provide housing for the miners working for the Britannian Mining Company.
The Britannian Mining Company begins supplying blackrock ore to Batlin.
The construction of the three
generators and the Black Gate commences.
Rohdon, shipwright of Britain, officially commissions the ship "Dragon's Breath". This ship was formerly the Constellation, until it was heavily damaged and later rebuilt.
Kalideth, a mage, who is slowly going mad because of the Tetrahedron Generator, is killed by the cyclops Iskander Ironheart in an act of self-defense.
The House of Games opens for business in Buccaneer's Den.
The Seven Year Drought ends.
3rd day of
the 1st Month of the year 358
19th day of the 3rd Month of the year 358
Clint, the shipwright of Britain, officially commissions the ship "The Beast".
Finnegan is elected Mayor of Trinsic.
Several ships built by Owen of Minoc sink, including one with Korl's brother on board.
24th day of
the 6th Month of the year 359
Patterson is elected Mayor of Britain, defeating the farmer Brownie in a landslide victory.
Inamo immigrates from Terfin to Trinsic.
The Time Lord is trapped by the Guardian in the Shrine of Spirituality.
During the 10th Month
One week before the murder, Christopher, Spark's father, argues with Klog and tries to leave the Fellowship.
Christopher and Inamo are killed around 2 am. The Avatar appears the next morning through a red moongate, after being called by the Time Lord.
At that same moment, the Isle of Fire rises from the sea again, due to Erethian's magical interference.
Spark joins the Avatar's party at age fourteen. He wishes to avenge his father's death.
The Avatar meets the toddler, Kristy, an orphan in Castle Britannia.
Lord British, knowing beyond any doubt that the child Nell bears belongs to him, writes a secret will that will make the child's true heritage known to all, should he ever die. He decides though that the boy should not know who his true father is ... yet.
The Avatar meets the cyclops Iskander Ironheart and learns of Eiko and her sister, the daughters of the mage Kalineth.
1st day of
the 8th Month of the year 362
At a final confrontation, Hook, Abraham, and Elizabeth are killed by the Avatar and his party, while Batlin escapes. The Black Gate is destroyed at the moment of the astronomical alignment, just as the Guardian is attempting to pass through.
This leads to the banning of the Fellowship by Lord British and their Fellowship halls are destroyed or converted for other uses.
Blackrock is outlawed. Both the mining of the substance and its possession is strictly forbidden. All known mines containing Blackrock are collapsed and sealed. The Kingdom of Britannia offers rewards for the handing over of any remaining Blackrock.
1st day of
the 8th Month of the year 363
15th day of the 9th Month of the year 363
Mors Gotha leads a small invasion of Killorn/Atarkan forces into Castle Britannia; she is defeated by the Avatar and calls forth to the Guardian for help. Mors' pleas are unanswered and Mors Gotha dies. The Avatar frees the castle by blowing the Horn of Praecor Loth and destroying the Blackrock dome encasing the castle.
Rikey, son of Lady Tory, is raised by Sir Richter at Serpent's Hold.
Sir Geoffrey, having suffered a sparring defeat at the hands of Master Syria during the castle confinement, reflects on his ability to protect Lord British. Over the next ten tears, Sir Geoffrey relentlessly trains and studies with every master of every weapon type in the land, until he becomes a master of all combat fighting styles.
It is at this time that the Guardian recalls Commander Bane Tirrilius from an offworld campaign. Commander Bane Tirrilius is known as being a seasoned and long-lived veteran responsible for capturing nine of the Guardian's sixteen worlds in thrall. Bane is sent to the pits of carnage, to prove he still possesses his battle prowess of old, and defeats four of the best pit-fighters single-handedly in one battle. The Guardian offers Bane the mantle of 'Gotha'.
After learning of the death of Mors, Bane willingly takes up the mantle of Gotha and is henceforth known as 'Bane Gotha', taking up a personal vow of vengeance against the Avatar for the death of Mors Gotha. Bane Gotha is granted extraordinary powers from the Guardian, powers that no mortal has ever received from the Guardian before or since.
With the original Scintillus mages
dead, the Scintillus Academy is taken over by the Guardian and their knowledge
is stolen. The Guardian allows his Cabal of mages to control the Scintillus
Academy, rebuilding it into a training facility solely for those mages who serve
the Guardian. Branches of the Scintillus Academy are built upon all worlds
controlled by the Guardian.
15th day of
the 3rd Month of the year 364
Imbalance storms begin on Serpent Isle a few months before the Avatar's arrival.
Imbalance storms begin on Britannia. The Royal Mint is teleported and exchanged with a building from Serpent Isle.
The Great Earth Serpent contacts the Avatar, reminding him of his liberation by the Avatar's hand in the days of Exodus, the destroyer. He asks, once again, for the Avatar's help to restore him to the void.
The party meets Erstam, the mage from the old city of Moon in Britannia, who left Britannia in protest against Lord British and his virtues.
Batlin is killed at the Wall of Lights whilst trying to control the power of the banes for himself. The banes are released, possessing Iolo, Shamino, and Dupre, who go on a murdering spree across the three major towns of Serpent Isle. The Avatar tracks his possessed companions to the ruins of the castle of the White King, where he liberates them from their bondage.
Mortegro, the necromancer, is struck by imbalance lightning outside an ophidian temple and is believed to have been killed. He is transported to Britannia, a deed, which is later speculated on, that came about due to his proximity to the Avatar, which may have saved his life and determined the destination.
Dupre sacrifices his own life to restore the Chaos Serpent. His soul becomes one with the Chaos Serpent.
The Avatar restores balance upon
Serpent Isle, but is drawn into the Ether in the process. He falls into the
hands of the Guardian, who banishes him to the world of Pagan.
With the imbalance storms now but a memory, repairs are made to the Golden Ankh. Xenka discerns that Serpent Pillars exist in the world of Serpent Isle as well as in Britannia. Prophetically, she is able to foresee the next rising of the Serpent Pillars, and the companions return to Britannia in the Golden Ankh. Some artifacts from the Serpent Isle are taken back by the scholar Gwenno.
The Avatar is stolen from the Ethereal Void by The Guardian and banished to Pagan. And so begins a long quest to master the powers of the four elemental Titans that rule over the volcanic world, in the hopes of finding a way back to Britannia.
In Britannia the imbalance storms brought creatures and sentient beings from other worlds. Among these outworlders are a handful of monks from the Order of the Ethereal Void, a contemplative order dedicated to fostering understanding of the Ether and all contained within it. The monks meet with Lord British and, shortly thereafter, construction is begun on a grand-scale temple not far outside of Britain. Through its plainly-garbed initiates and acolytes, the order begins to aid the community by starting public works projects, giving sanctuary and succor to the poor and downtrodden, and offering sermons and classes to foster spiritual and personal growth--regardless of race or creed.
Yet many citizens of Britain feel out of touch with the large, busy city that has grown around them. A group of separatists venture into the Serpent Spine Mountains, settling past the Lone Fox Pass upon a secluded plateau.
The rebuilding of Skara Brae is completed, under the spirit mage Horance. Horance is accepted into the Council of Wizards as its first ever undead member.
The village of Lone Fox Pass grows quickly, fed by downtrodden citizens from Britain, Minoc, and especially Paws, all drawn to the cold, natural beauty of the mountainside and its promise of opportunity. Occasional sightings of strange creatures are reported.
The Druids of Yew begin to find brutally slaughtered animals throughout the Deep Forest. Oddly, only the heart is taken in each case. Some woodspeople of Yew claim to have heard stories of horrific creatures standing two men tall, who spare nothing and no one they encounter. Others claim that an evil cult of dark Druids have infested the wood and seek to perform a powerful ritual.
Feridwyn of Paws pays an urgent visit to Britain to report to Lord British. Creatures from the nearby swamps have begun to regularly raid the village, sometimes attacking the inhabitants. Due to these skirmishes and the still terrible economy of Paws, many people have fled elsewhere seeking relief. For the first time in several years, Lord British ventures outside of Castle Britannia to see Paws for himself. The king and the great council agree to, among other items, lowering business taxes for shops in Paws. A wall is also built on the south side of the town, including two guard towers to defend citizens from future raids.
Due to this need for new guards, both in Paws and elsewhere around Britannia, The Order of the Silver Serpent begins to vigorously recruit new members and provide guards for every township across the world. The knights grow to command a massive army, with Serpent's Hold training over three thousand new recruits in the following five years.
The Temple of the Ethereal Void is completed. The ranks of the temple's order continue to steadily grow. While most do not have the time to devote to the Order's teachings, the monks begin to gain the respect of Britons and other Britannians for their service.
The Deep Forest steadily becomes more dangerous. A lumberjack is one day found missing, and for several weeks a group of Rangers and Druids attempt to find a clue as to his whereabouts. Nothing is found.
The Order of the Silver Serpent creates an unprecedented demand for armor, weapons, and ships to be supplied. Industry within Britain also begins to require more machine parts and equipment. Minoc, the city of artisans, engineers, and tinkers begins to increase their production capacity to create these goods. Over the course of the next several years, this emphasis on mass-production takes precedence over more artistic pursuits. Several members of the now largely abandoned Artisan's Guild and some local tinkerers decide to move to Vesper. Amidst the sleepy mining operations and frontier sands, a new Artisan's Guild is created. Tinkerers labor far into the night producing strange contraptions. The works of the artisans become the talk of Britain and shown in exhibitions.
Within the Serpent Spine Mountains, great avalanches collapse the Lone Fox Pass. Those few villagers with homes between the new town and Britain are forced to settle in the village proper. Effectively cut off from the rest of Britannia, the friendly community develops a larger, more secure township and becomes self-sufficient.
A wandering Ranger finds a once hidden cave entrance in the northern part of the Deep Forest. His unease at the sight and smell of the cave remind him of the sporadic slaughters that have plagued the wood, and he wisely decides to bring a party of other woodfolk from Yew to investigate. They are never heard from again. Druids and Rangers begin to warn townsfolk and travellers alike that no one should travel in the northern mountainous sections of the Deep Forest.
The eight year old William, "son" of Nell and Carrocio, is sent to Empath Abbey for further education in the virtues and the ways of law. He still does not know that he is the son of Lord British
The Artisan's Guild takes the unprecedented step of admitting a gargoyle to their ranks, Ven-Lem. His bizarre inventions and quirky personality win over the hearts and minds of artists and art fanciers alike. Other gargoyles, seeing Ven-Lem's success, begin to branch out from clerical or labor positions to become writers, painters, and add to the rich tapestry of culture in Britannia. Yet more than two hundred years of integration have not healed all differences between the two races. A healthy minority of Britannians actively dislike the prospect of Gargoyles being their true social and economic equals. The disgust leads to boycotts of some exhibitions including Gargoyle artists.
Meanwhile, down south, Paws begins to drag itself from the pit of poverty. Through the new laws enacted by Lord British, many townsfolk migrate and new buildings are erected, such as a marketplace, a sawmill, and an alchemy shop. The town becomes an active yet calm town, where industry and bustle are only distant sounds upon the wind.
Kristy, the orphan the Avatar met at Castle Britannia thirteen years ago, joins the Order of the Silver Serpent, becoming the youngest woman to ever join the Order.
On the planet of Atarka, home of Kellorn Keep, plans are laid down by the agents of The Guardian. His goal: to invade Britannia, by means of a massive army. The Guardian's supreme commander and right hand, Bane Gotha, allows his subordinates to encourage and rouse the empire into action with dreams of conquest, bringing culture to a loutish 'heathen' world, and finding new land to colonize. The priests of The Guardian sermonize and cast Britannia as a land of wretched chaos, needing the hand of conformity, strength, and order in the form of 'The Red Titan'.
This year marks the beginning of
the Atarkan invasion and the events leading up to the Avatar's return to
The war begins … An Atarkan fleet
lands on the Isle of Deeds before dawn. Serpent's Hold is destroyed after a
three-day siege, and everybody there is put to the sword. The keep and
surrounding buildings are left in ruin. Only a few manage to escape after they
realize that the fight is lost.
10th day of the 4th month of the year 375
A lone ship headed for Serpent's
Hold spots the burning ruins and is fired upon. The small, fast ship is barely
able to make it to Trinsic to report what had happened. Throughout Britannia,
the armies are mobilized as Sir Sentri is given command of the royal Britannian
navy; he then sets off on a long seafaring campaign to find this enemy fleet,
unaware that there are several.
27th day of the 5th month of the year 375
The second fleet invades the Valorian Isles. Jhelom, under the command of Master Syria, put up a fierce battle, but the city falls.
As the Jhelom invasion is
happening, the third fleet lands and conquers Skara Brae, defeating both the
guards and rangers. Shamino, and a handful of rangers, swim away to safety, to
avoid being captured. Horance is 'banished' by the Atarkan's Cabal of mages.
12th day of the 6th month of the year 375
Trinsic is besieged by the Atarkan armies as the first fleet that destroyed Serpent's Hold lands south of the city and sets up camp.
Over the following months many
bloody battles rage across Britannia. Yew, Minoc, Moonglow, and Vesper are
captured, prompting a massive army of gargoyles and humans to gather within
A part of the Britannian army marches south from Britain to Trinsic. By the time they get there, Trinsic has suffered many casualties and the walls are almost breached. Nystul carries the Horn of Praceor-Loth, the artifact used by the Avatar to destroy the Blackrock dome around castle Britannia.
A massive battle occurs around
and within the walls of Trinsic. The battle goes extremely well for British's
army until the other two armies from Atarka arrive at Trinsic with the Cabal and
assist with the siege. The Cabal of Mages unleash death from the skies above
Trinsic and British's army is defeated. What is left of Trinsic is razed, and
the captured prisoners are put to the sword. Barely a hundred survivors escape
by ship. Nystul is critically wounded and the horn is lost in the battle. It is
unknown what happened to ship with the survivors including Nystul.
Sentri's royal fleet encounters the Atarkan fleet many miles east of Trinsic in the Ocean. To their surprise, all the pirate ships of Buccaneer's Den come to their aid and assist Sentri in the huge sea battle. Losses on the Atarkan fleet are high, but both the Royal Armada and the Pirate fleet take staggering losses and retreat to Buccaneer’s Den with the Atarkan ships in pursuit. Most of the pursuing ships are destroyed by the cannons around Buccaneer’s Den, and the remains of the defeated Atarkan fleet sail back to its unknown base. Sentri's ship is lost during the fighting.
The standoff in the ocean has little effect on the victorious forces of Atarka who, by this time, have conquered most of Britannia except for Britain.
19th day of the 10th month of the year 375
20th day of the 10th month of the year 375
Lord British orders Geoffrey to
lead the other castle defenders to escape below, while he surrenders in order to
save the denizens of Britain from further unnecessary bloodshed. British closes
the secret passage behind Geoffrey, knowing full well that Geoffrey would refuse
to abandon him.
Many companions of the Avatar are
arrested. Others, including Geoffrey, team up with the survivors of the Order of
the Silver Serpent. They set up residence in a remote, secret hideout.
Shamino, a survivor of the battle for Skara Brae, gathers together the survivors of the Ranger Guild. For nearly a year, they assault lone Atarkan patrols, killing them and retreating into the Deep Forest or Spiritwood. Unfortunately they don’t know that the Order of the Silver Serpent, a potential partner in the resistance, still exists. One day the Rangers are pursued into the woods near the eastern side of the Great Forest. The Atarkan patrols torch the great ancient forest and a part of it is burnt to ashes. Shamino and the other Rangers are assumed dead after that.
All gargoyles are rounded up and enslaved on Terfin at the Guardian's command. Ships come and go between the three Isles of Terfin, Ambrosia, and the Isle of the Avatar. Any ships not bearing special insignia entering the surrounding waters are summarily destroyed.
One year after the crushing of Shamino's raiding parties, the bulk of the armies leave Britannia by unknown means. Many Britannians begin to accept that the old ways and systems of Britannia are no more.
Five years pass since the end of
the war. Rumours and reports of attacks against Atarkan guards increase…
28th day of the 10th month of the year 380
YOU, the Avatar, return to
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