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The following timeline is compiled to present a chronological list of events for the world of Tyranny. See calendar for details on the dating system.

  • The Imperial Calendar is currently on Year 432 TR (True Reckoning) / 1284 AR (Ancient Reckoning). Kyros has not ruled for 432 years, but rather 70 years ago (when the calendar was disseminated), the Overlord decided to backdate the beginning of his or her reign, even though s/he has not ruled for 432 years. There is likely a personal logic or sentiment to this choice of false dates, but the true motivation is unknown.
  • To calculate the Ancient Reckoning date, add 852 to the True Reckoning date.

-852 TR[edit | edit source]

0 AR

-50 TR[edit | edit source]

802 AR
  • Kyros visits a Spire in the far south-east and activates it, starting to gather her powers.[2]

-39 TR[edit | edit source]

813 AR

-33 TR[edit | edit source]

785 AR

-31 TR[edit | edit source]

787 AR

-9 TR[edit | edit source]

843 AR

0 TR[edit | edit source]

852 AR

2 TR[edit | edit source]

854 AR

11 TR[edit | edit source]

863 AR
  • Kyros' Edict of Dust is the first Edict to affect the whole world of Terratus.[7] The antelope goes extinct.[8]

15 TR[edit | edit source]

867 TR
  • Estimated colonization of the Tiers beyond Stalwart and the Bastard Tier by war refugees fleeing Kyros' conquests.[9]

17 TR[edit | edit source]

869 AR

26 TR[edit | edit source]

878 AR

73 TR[edit | edit source]

925 AR
  • Thousand Embers disappears after a lifetime of destruction, assassinated by Bleden Mark. Several successor Schools emerge within three years of his disappearance. The School of Wild Wrath is the largest of those.[12]

83 TR[edit | edit source]

935 AR
  • The Tundra Sovereigns bow to Kyros, following a campaign overseen by Tunon.[13]

93 TR[edit | edit source]

945 AR
  • The Northern cannibals fall to the Overlord's might.[14]

110 TR[edit | edit source]

952 AR
  • Golbraith breaks the Edict of Sorrows, the oldest recorded instance of an Edict being broken.[15]

160 TR[edit | edit source]

1012 AR

201 TR[edit | edit source]

1053 AR

222 TR[edit | edit source]

1074 AR
  • A disciple of the Orphan Midwife migrate to the Tiers to spread her wisdom. The act is illegal under Kyros' law. It's one of many transgressions that lead to the Midwife's imprisonment.[17]

230 TR[edit | edit source]

1082 AR

238 TR[edit | edit source]

1090 AR
  • The Everwell is lost to Azure, after Sage Parsing Lark offends the Queen and loses his head. The Queen retains the relic and sends back a letter to the Sages, penned in Everwell's ink.[19]

246 TR[edit | edit source]

1098 AR
  • The Everwell is reclaimed by the Sages.[19]

253 TR[edit | edit source]

1095 AR
  • Battle of Nineth's Gorge: A force from the Free Cities attempts to seize territory from Stalwart by destroying an enemy force in an ambush with boiling pitch in the eponymous gorge. The situation was salvaged thanks to advance intelligence and a shield crafted to protect soldiers passing underneath it through the Gorge.[20]

282 TR[edit | edit source]

1124 AR
  • Kyros conquers Ikenar Pass by casting the Edict of Nightfall. The endless night results in a popular uprising that deposes the rules of Ikenar and brings it into the fold.[21]

289 TR[edit | edit source]

1131 AR
  • The Tarnished Flag incident occurs: A foreign delegation meets with Azure delegates on neutral ground and then promptly attempts to assassinate them. The Azure Shield is used to defend delegates.[22]

312 TR[edit | edit source]

1154 AR
  • Apex is nearly destroyed by an alliance of Haven, Azure, and Stalwart, eventually ceding much of its lands to its immediate neighbors. It reforms into an absolute monarchy under the militant House Vendrien.[3]

330 TR[edit | edit source]

1182 AR

347 TR[edit | edit source]

1199 AR

350 TR[edit | edit source]

1202 AR
  • The Everwell is lost by the Sages to Azure again. The manner in which it is lost is so humiliating and dimwitted the Sages are too embarrassed to record it.[19]

380 TR[edit | edit source]

1232 AR
  • The Edict of Twisting Grasses is broken.[15]

398 TR[edit | edit source]

1250 AR
  • The Battle of Quelling Field: A Free Cities army advances on Stalwart's farmlands and nearly wins the day. Dauntless is instrumental in repulsing the incursion, as its presence rallies the troops and bolsters morale. The resulting cheer among the troops convinces the mercenary army that reinforcements have arrived and it retreats in panic. The mistake is only realized days later, but the offensive never resumes.[26]

402 TR[edit | edit source]

1254 AR

428 TR[edit | edit source]

1280 AR
  • The Tanavon Mines are destroyed by Kyros' Edict, depriving the empire of the largest iron deposit on Terratus, until the discovery of Haven iron.[28]
  • Kyros' Empire invades The Tiers through The Gates of Judgement. Bastard City falls in short order and is chosen as his seat of power by Tunon the Adjudicator, following a devastating judgment of the city's inhabitants.[29]

429 TR[edit | edit source]

1281 AR
  • The Setting Sun, the first and strongest of the Free Cities, is crushed with the Edict of Tumult.[30]
  • The occupation of the Free Cities and Apex is completed.[31]

430 TR[edit | edit source]

1282 AR

431 TR[edit | edit source]

1283 AR
  • Smith's Day, 5 Span of Tempering (5/2):[34][35] The insurgency in Vendrien's Well begins. The Archons of War and Secrets are sent to quell the uprising. Bickering and surprising resilience of the rebels result in an Edict of Execution being issued by one of Tunon's Fatebinders.[36]
  • Judges Day, 19 Span of Swords (19/4): The Fatebinder enters Vendrien's Well with the Edict of Execution in hand, to spur the Archons into action.[37]
  • The Mountain Spire is activated by the Fatebinder after breaking the Edict of Execution. Besides marking the first time in over fifty years that a Kyros' edict was broken, the Fatebinder would go on to become the Archon of Spires.[38]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. Collector's Edition Gude Book: "The year ”1284” is based on the founding of the oldest alliance of settlements in the Northern Empire, but Kyros has gone to great lengths to ensure that “True Reckoning” be the sole signpost of time."
  2. Myothis: "Last but not least... as a young Fatebinder, I once had to oversee the case of a man who had built a shrine to Kyros around the base of a Spire in the far south east. I could find no evidence of falsity or slander - his shrine was a most reverent and loving tribute as I've ever seen. At one point though, this man claimed he had evidence that 'Kyros was here back in negative fifty.' He had merely uttered those words and my senior Binder swung the axe then and there. Being the new girl at the Court, I said nothing, but I have long wondered why such a comment should require death instead of the traditional removal of the tongue."
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 Official World Map
  4. Bastard City profile, archived from the official Tyranny site.
  5. Throne description: "A Regent has always ruled from this throne in Stalwart for the last 500 years, an unbroken bloodline that has survived through numerous generations."
  6. Lantry: "But here, the answer is given to us by the Overlord's own sense of posterity. Year 0 of Kyros' calendar is said to correspond to the day Kyros went from warlord to wearer-of-many-crowns - a victory won when the first Edict of Storms shocked both the Cloud Barons and the Realm of Medrev to capitulate."
  7. Lantry: "Good question. In parts north, it's commonly held that Kyros' Edict of Dust was the first, but it was cast in the Year 11 - it was just the first Edict to ripple across the whole of Terratus. If you lived somewhere that used to have antelope, you probably think that's the first Edict of the Overlord."
  8. Lantry: ""Yes, or it was, at least, until they were all wiped out by the Edict of Dust - or that's as best we've pieced it together from records. From what we've gathered from their skeletons, they were some sort of mute Beastman that ran on four legs."
  9. Eb: "Humans settlers arrived over four hundred years ago. Displaced from a war between what are now Kyros' realms of Trevn and Fertile Sands, a flotilla of barely-seaworthy rigs and headed west across the high seas."
  10. 10.0 10.1 Lore: " One of the longest surviving schools of magic in the Tiers, the School of Ink and Quill is a venerable institution devoted to the acquisition and preservation of knowledge - or so the Sages profess. Putting more of their energy toward amassing knowledge than disseminating it, they began their scriptorium in 17 TR and through a series of incremental expansions, the structure became the Vellum Citadel - only to be known as the Burning Library after Kyros' Edict of Fire brought ruination in 430 TR.
    Not all Sages know magic, but those that have mastered the guild's traditional spells can employ magic of protection and preservation. It is a poorly kept secret that the Sages have gradually 'acquired' a wide array of magic practiced by rival mage guilds over the generations."
  11. Lore entry.
  12. Lore entry.
  13. Lantry: "Tunon, Archon of Justice exists in texts spanning back hundreds of years. I can't say I know how he came to be the Overlord's Adjudicator - maybe you know that one - but he oversaw the conquest of the Tundra Sovereigns... and they bowed to Kyros in the year 83."
  14. Item: "The design of this blade was inspired by an isolated tribe of Northern cannibals who lived in ignorance of Kyros. In 93 TR the Overlord's army butchered the last of their number. Prior to their downfall, the tribe used weapons like this to hunt servants of Kyros. "
  15. 15.0 15.1 Lantry: "The oldest is, I think, Golbraith and the Edict of Sorrows, and that tale dates back to around the year 110. Aside from you, the most recent was the Edict of Twisting Grasses, back in 380."
  16. 16.0 16.1 Lantry: "Didn't realize you gave a care about your history. Well, the Orphan Midwife was born in 160, bowed to Kyros in 201. They say where she walked, plants would sprout, the sick would grow vigorous... she'd also send most folks into fits of rage and animals into heat - she sounds like quite a riot."
  17. Lantry: "We know her magic by way of one of her first disciples, who migrated to the Tiers in 222 to spread her wisdom - an act that happened to be illegal under Kyros' law. For that and a host of other transgressions, the Orphan Midwife has been imprisoned for over a century, or so the story goes."
  18. Nunoval: ""We are a relatively young order, though we have spanned these past two centuries. While the Voices of Nerat and Graven Ashe need armies to execute their will, Tunon wields but a modest court of vassals. We exist as the extension of his law. There is no place in all of Terratus beyond our judgment.""
  19. 19.0 19.1 19.2 Arason: "The way I heard the tale, the Everwell was originally made by the Sages, but in 238, Sage Parsing Lark offended the Queen of Azure on a visit and never came back alive. Since the Everwell happened to be close enough to Azure in color to amuse the Queen, she kept the relic for herself, then used it to write the Sages a thank you note for the gift. We stole it back in 246, then somehow lost it again in 350 in what I can assume is a manner so humiliating and dimwitted that my brethren couldn't bring themselves to note why in the histories...""
  20. Shield: "This intimidating shield was crafted for the Battle of Nineth's Gorge in 253 TR, when an enemy force from the Free Cities sought to take land from Stalwart by dumping boiling pitch onto the heads of a patrol. Advance intelligence of the tactic gave an army captain time to commission the shield and use it to lead his soldiers to safety by holding it over the heads of his forces as they passed unharmed, one by one."
  21. Lantry: "I've read of an Edict cast on Ikenar Pass in 282. Kyros' magic ushered in endless night, well endless until the inhabitants slew their own rulers, or so the Edict was worded."
  22. Azure Shield
  23. Lantry: "Only by reputation. Pox helped bring the Northern Empire to its knees a century past, but when that conquest was over, her army was disbanded - the disease-carrying army of the Plagueborn make poor peace keepers."
  24. Graven Ashe
  25. Lore: "In a treaty that ended with the firm stipulation that Sunder chose to leave and that Stalwart did not lose a civil war, the Free City of Sunder marks 347 TR as its year of independence. "
  26. Dauntless: "'The sword's most notable feat of recent memory took place during the Battle of Quelling Field in 398 TR. A Free Cities army advanced on Stalwart's farmlands and nearly won the day. When Dauntless was unsheathed, the defending soldiers broke out in patriotic cheer. This abrupt change of attitude so rattled the Free Cities mercenaries that they assumed their fortunes had changed and that Stalwart had gained a second wind in the battle. It was only days after their panicked retreat that they learned of their error. "
  27. Lantry
  28. Encyclopedia: "Second, during the Conquest a large deposit of iron ore was found in the realm of Haven. This deposit is the largest yet discovered in Kyros' Empire - since the Tanavon Mines were destroyed by the Overlord's Edict in 428 TR."
  29. Lore: "The Gates of Judgment is the name given to the mountain pass separating the Tiers from the Northern Empire. The treacherous scree slopes and deadly rock slides create a nigh-impassable barrier responsible for centuries of peace between the two regions.
    In 428, Kyros' armies began the conquest of the Tiers by smashing through the Gates of Judgment"
  30. Fatebinder Rhogalus
  31. Conquest
  32. Lore: " In the year 430 TR, Kyros proclaimed the Edict of Storms on the realm of Stalwart. Though largely defeated in battle, the leaders of Stalwart fell back to their nigh-impenetrable fortress of Sentinel Stand and refused to meet the Disfavored in one last, decisive battle. To punish this cowardice, Kyros' Edict blanketed the peninsula with endless storms, giving the enemy a chance to hide in their castle and watch their lands wither. The blasted realm is now known as the Blade Grave.
    The terms of the Edict specified that the storms would gust without mercy until the last member of the Regent bloodline - the rulers of Stalwart - met his or her death. "
  33. Lore: "In the year 430, Kyros declared the Edict of Stone on the traitorous Cairn, Archon of Stone. While ostensibly aimed at Cairn, the magic of the Edict rippled through all the realm of Azure, fracturing the earth with tectonic upheaval. Though Cairn is long since subdued, the Edict of Stone continues to slowly shift the landscape, and this ever-changing region is now known as the Stone Sea."
  34. Lantry specifies that he entered the Well on the Seventh of "Sparring". Assuming this is an error and it refers to the span of Tempering and Lantry uses the old moon-based reckoning for whatever reason, this pegs the date at around Smith's, 1st of Tempering. The intro that states that months pass without the insurgency being crushed does not contradict this, as Eb also states that the oath from two years prior was violated, indicating it must be 431 TR.
  35. Tarkis Arri: "Our little stand is nearing its end. Had we been taking wagers, I'd have given us two weeks at best... miraculously, we have lasted two span. Though I doubt Kyros' historians will mention these details - no doubt, the record will describe us as a footnote."
  36. Welcome to Ruin
  37. Starting date of the game.
  38. Game events.