The Age of Man

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[4000 DA – 0 AT]: The Dragon Age
[0 AT – ~500 AT]: The Age of Man
[422 AT – 620 AT]: The Uplift
[538 AT – 901 AT]: The Unification
[650 AT – 700 AT]: The Orcish Exile
[699 AT – 800 AT]: The Iron Rebellion
[800 AT – 1209 AT]: The Golden Age
[1209 AT – 1212 AT]: The Neverwar
[1212 AT – Present]: Aftermath of the Neverwar

[0 AT – ~500 AT]

In the wake of the Dragon Age, the North was listless and unsure. Not everyone took to freedom easily, some remaining subservient to this day. Gradually, however, we put ourselves together; first into communities, then villages, then towns, finally into cities and kingdoms. The process was slow for many, but for some, it was very fast.

Most nations we are familiar with today trace their roots to this period, and very few can trace back further.

The Aturan Sultunate

The largest exception to that rule was the Sultunate. In the south, the Dragon Aturius succumbed to the Torpor with a substantial mortal bureaucracy in his wake. Initially, the people who served him could not understand what had happened, and in pleading with the half-sleeping Aturius, he elected one of their number to act in his stead. This mortal, name forgotten, would be the voice of the Dragon in all matters, and would speak with absolute authority. This man was now the Sultan, and he would pass the mantle down forever, each man in his place existing only to carry on Aturius’ will.

The Sultunate expanded quickly, having maintained order and a modicum of stability while its neighbors crumbled. It was slowed only by the desert to the south and the mountains to the north, and within only a hundred years it had expanded from coast to coast, and as far into the Endless Desert as the Halflings would permit.

And there it has stopped. The Shiverspines to the north were a great barrier, true, but not insurmountable, and Aturan ships travel across the world; if those ships bore soldiers instead of gold, then perhaps the Sultanate would cover the whole of the North as well. But it does not.

For over a thousand years, Atur as contorted and shifted, it has melted and been reborn, it has collapsed and rebuilt, and never, not once, has it claimed land beyond the Shiverspines. In part, this may be a result of the highly mercantile nature of the country. It might be a part of the strange Pact of Duln that has come to so define the Sultanate. The reality is unfathomable. All that is really known is that the Sultanate is old beyond comprehension, and it looks to the other nations of the North like they are children; and it is not wrong.

The kingdoms of the North, however, weren’t too far behind.

The Age of Man

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