The Chronology of the History of Fastheld, as compiled by Iselore Zahir, a Captain in the Emperor's Blades and Commander of the West Aegis Garrison. This Chronology lists most of the important events that have ever transpired in Fastheld, detailing the creation of unique weapons and armor, to the unfolding of epic conflicts and politcal intrigue.
It is constantly evolving as Iselore continues to research the history of the realm, and will only continue to grow as more and more information about the history of Fastheld - and the time before it - is discovered.
- 165 BTA - Hammon Smith Declares War On The Council Of Nobles
The castle on Turtle Rock was the realization of a dream for a stonemason named Hammon Smith.
Smith came from common blood, but aspired to nobility. He built his most defensible fortress before seeking recognition of House Smith by the Council of Nobles - the ruling body in those days before the First Wildling War and the ascent of the Wildcat Crown of House Kahar.
However, the six noble houses refused to recognize the validity of House Smith. So, Hammon Smith declared war on the Council's membership.
It was Veronika's rejection of his heart, and the symbolic toss of the rose to the hearthfire, that signaled both the birth of the independent House Vozhd, and the rift that would ultimately doom it.
- 87 BTA – Crown of Vozhd Forged
The Crown of Vozhd is a relic from a distant age before the rise of the Kahar emperors and the First Wildling War, when House Vozhd enjoyed its glory days and remained independent. The last Vozhd chamberlain, Ymir Golov, surrendered the crown to Tanus Kahar after Golov's master - House patriarch Dunal Vozhd, fell in battle against House Kahar. The crown returned to the Vozhd bloodline after the family joined House Kahar through marriage.
- 65 BTA – The Elk Staff Crafted
The Staff was commissioned by Yadrell Mikin, a Patron of the Church of True Light, who bestowed the walking stick as part of a reward to Grummlan Path for his efforts in scouting along the Lightholder River for a suitable site to locate the Stanchion - a major citadel in service to the Church that still stands to this day.
- 37 BTA – Sirion Starkhorn Is Born
A Ranger of some renown who served Emperor Talus Kahar I during the First Wilding War. Sirion Starkhorn would go on to forge his name through the hunting of Wildlings; a profession in which he excelled at, and can be accredited as the source of much of the information that the "Wildling Tactics" that are taught to Bladesmen to this very day are based upon.
- 35 BTA – Aenitshield(s) Forged By Aenit Hammer
Around 35 BTA, there is said to have lived an eccentric armorer by the name of Aenit Hammer. Aenit was obsessed with making the best set of armor possible, and wasn't satisfied with the designs that existed in his day, nor with only using one metal in their creation. He mixed and alloyed metals and minerals freely, and the designs for his suits of armor (such as the hammer-helm, designed to be used as an augment to headbutting an opponent if the user was disarmed) often verged on the ludicrous.
However, near the end of his career, he finally came up with something that came very close to his need for perfection: the Aenitshield. Made from two different alloys melted on top of each other, it consisted of a bluish alloy that he called hardore, which was virtually impervious to blows and very slick to the touch, and a reddish-brown alloy on the back called stifleshock that seemed to soften the effects of weapon blows on the wielder's hand and forearm.
He fashioned it in such a shape as to be able to catch attacker's blades and disarm them, yet maintain maximum usability as a shield. This opened up the ability of using large shields offensively without injury to one's hand or arm, and a new swordfighting style was created with the Aenitshields in mind, called simply 'Aenit'.
Over the remainder of his career, he fashioned more than two hundred of these shields, charging exorbitant fees and getting few complaints. He never gave out the formula for his alloys, and just after the Aegis was completed, he died. As these masterpieces were passed down over the ages, the flaw in Aenit's design became evident: they were extremely susceptible to rust. Those that actively used the shields soon found that in twenty years or so, the rust would overtake them and they would become useless.
- 25 BTA – Light’s Reach Founded
Light's Reach was founded on Eastwatch Hill by Fahral Mikin in 25 BTA (Before the Aegis). At the time, Fahral was a pioneering young nobleman of 23, with a wife named Corsara Mikin and sons named Annath and Allal.
Fahral dubbed the high ground - a mesa - upon which Light's Reach sits as Eastwatch Hill. Now, as many Fastheldians realize, this has led to some misunderstanding and confusion with the township of Eastwatch, well to the northeast of the mesa. The simplest explanation accepted by scholars in the Church of True Light is that, when the young duke founded the town of Light's Reach, it was atop the easternmost point of known explored territory outside the Old City.
- 25 BTA – Grummlan Path Mortally Wounded
In 25 BTA (Before the Aegis), a woodsman named Grummlan Path set out to survey the land surrounding Eastwatch Hill on behalf of Fahral Mikin and discovered an ancient castle deep in the woods, downhill on the eastern side of the bluff. Within the vine-choked stones of the keep, Grummlan encountered a pack of Wildlings lurking among the ruins. He fought them, killed them, but sustained a mortal injury from poisoning inflicted by the monsters.
He struggled back to Light's Reach and survived just long enough to tell his master of the castle and the Wildlings found within.
The castle became known as Sheltered Flame Keep, and was established as the headquarters of the Order of the Flame, an organization devoted to the defense of Light's Reach against forces of shadow and evil. The keep remains in use for that purpose to this day.
- 22 BTA - Grummlan Path Memorial Commissioned
In 22 BTA (Before the Aegis), Grummlan Path's widow, Sorine, and son, Grummlar, wanted something done to specifically honor the memory of their loved one. They petitioned Fahral Mikin at East Bluff three years after Grummlan Path's death and won the Mikin patriarch's approval for a project to commemorate the sacrifice of the woodsman.
Fahral Mikin commissioned the sculpting of a white marble statue of Grummlan Path by an artisan named Yanim Grove. The sculpture was then erected in a garden at Sheltered Flame Keep.
- 8 BTA – Fighting Knives of Sirion Forged
Named Valacar and Arvendor, from what was mention in the journals of Emperor Talus Kahar I, it can be said that these unique blades were forged some time before the Aegis was dreamed of, before Talus Kahar had even arisen to his station, and that they was borne by Sirion Starkhorn, a Ranger of some renown in the service of the then Prince Talus Kahar, who forged his name from the blood of the Wildlings he hunted with these fighting knives.
In Starkhorn's possession, during the First Wildling War, the Knives of Sirion drew blood in several battles: At the Darkening of Fastheld, in the Valley of Blades, during the Battle of the Gray Forest, through the Hunting of the Raven, and finally during the Last Ride of Ulfell in which Sirion Starkhorn lost the knives after ultimately falling to the creatures he had once hunted after finding enough strength to return to the Emperor and inform him of Ulfell's death before succumbing to the Light.
- 6 BTA – Ravenplate Forged For Goram Zahir
Forged for Goram Zahir in the year 6 BTA (Before the Aegis) by a Hedgehem blacksmith named Yull Fin, this armor was worn by the man known as the Craven Raven about the time he orchestrated the dastardly betrayal of the Emperor's Blades and the Church of True Light at the Valley of the Blades to the Wildling invaders.
Legend holds that Zahir intended for this to be his signature armor when he ascended to the throne of Fastheld upon disposing of Emperor Talus Kahar I. He fancied that the raven eyes gazing out from the back would create a mystique about his cognitive abilities and deter others from trying to betray him as he would betray them.
As it turns out, however, the eyes did nothing to save him from capture after the Emperor survived the Wildling ambush in the valley along the Fastheld River. He wore the armor as he hung along the Imperial Thoroughfare, the deep amber eyes gazing balefully down through misty rain at those who thwarted his scheme.
- 5 BTA – First “Flamekeeper” Of Light’s Reach Hired
The first Flamekeeper, hired in 5 BTA (Before the Aegis), was a hunched old man named Wun Wood.
- 4 BTA – “Darkening of Fastheld” Battle Occurs
The name given to the battle that heralded both the coming of the First Wildling War, and the formation of the Emperor's Blades. After defending the walls of what is now the Shadow District from Wildling attack with the aid of Ulfell Lomasa, Sirion Starkhorn, and whatever men were courageous enough to take up arms by his side, Talus Kahar proclaimed that the people of Fastheld "Stand at the crossroads of history," and sent forth riders to muster a call to service.
The term "darkening" was adopted as a two-fold meaning; the first being that Wildlings would then only attack in the twilight hours, and the second remaining symbolic of the dark taint that such creatures would forever cast upon those who would be born in later generations.
- 4 BTA – First Wildling War Declared
The name for the first declared war between the People of Fastheld, and the creatures known as Wildlings. The First Wildling War took place in the year 4 BTA (Before the Aegis), and was sparked by an event in which Wildlings assaulted the walls of the city that is now known as the Shadow District.
Upon that day, Emperor Talus Kahar I, along with Blademaster Ulfell Lomasa, Sirion Starkhorn, and a handful of comrades, valiantly defended the citizens of the city from the slaughter that the Wildlings would have brought upon them in the battle that is now known as the Darkening of Fastheld.
- 4 BTA – Wildfang Forged
This sword, known as Wildfang, was forged on behalf of Blademaster Ulfell Lomasa in the year 4 BTA (Before the Aegis), during the First Wildling War. The Blademaster had scavenged a handful of fangs from the first Wildling he killed in battle during the war. Emperor Talus Kahar I took the the fangs to a blacksmith traveling with the troops and commissioned the creation of the sword, which he called Wildfang.
The smith, Antem Soot, bestowed the sword to Ulfell Lomasa as part of a special ceremony in the weeks after Goram Zahir's ill-fated betrayal of the troops at the Valley of the Blades.
During the war, Lomasa went on to raise the sword known as Wildfang as a rallying point for his troops, from the Gray Forest to Halweir's Notch. He carried the sword until his demise at the claws and fangs of three Wildlings that ambushed his encampment one morning along the Lightholder River in the season of Huntsmoon in the year 3 BTA (Before the Aegis).
- 4 BTA – “Valley of Blades” Incident Occurs
During the first Wildling War, fought under the banner of Talus Kahar I, Goram Zahir betrayed the Emperor and the Blades, misleading them about the enemy's numbers as they entered the valley. Many Bladesmen were slaughtered.
- 4 BTA – Allal Mikin Dies
One of two sons of Fahral Mikin, Allal was forced to joust against his brother for the honor of serving in the War.
Allal triumphed; Annath remained at East Bluff Keep - still under construction but habitable - to help his father manage affairs in Light's Reach. Allal died within a year, in the Valley of the Blades.
- 4 BTA – Ancestral Guardian Forged
A martial weapon, what little history surrounding this weapon exists, states that it was forged sometime in the year 4 BTA (Before the Aegis), after the Valley of Blades incident. Wounded, bitter, and seeking to ensure that such betrayed by the House of Snakes would never happen again, Emperor Talus Kahar I requested that a weapon of great power and honor be forged through the spirit and fury of those who needlessly fell to Wildlings through the betrayal of Goram Zahir's own political agenda. The Ancestral Guardian was the result of that furious desire.
It is not known how this blade was created, nor is it known who - or what - it was created by. There were certainly no Blacksmiths of that age who could forge a longsword of pure gold and make it more effective than one of steel, nor is that knowledge apparent today.
What is known, however, is that the Ancestral Guardian can be wielded only by those of the pure bloodline of the Imperial Line, and burns the hands of any others who dare try and claim it as their own with an unnatural and furious heat. The effect that it has upon creatures of Shadow is also equally as fearsome, able to cause vast destruction to those who walk outside of the Light.
Some claim it was fused with the very spirits of those who fell to Goram Zahir's treachery; and, indeed, those comrades of the craven Zahir painfully witnessed the ferocity of this blade as it forged righteous justice in tainted blood when the Emperor finally crusaded against them two weeks later as he pursued the traitor with vengeful zeal.
- 4 BTA – “Hunting of the Raven” Incident Occurs
The name given to the pursuit of Goram "The Craven Raven" Zahir, following his betrayal of Emperor Talus Kahar I at the battle of the Valley of Blades during the First Wildling War. Emerging relatively unscathed from an event that was meant to kill them, Talus Kahar, along with Ulfell Lomasa and Sirion Starkhorn, swiftly sought furious vengeance against Goram and his loyalists.
After much bloodshed, Goram was finally apprehended, along with an entourage of his of his loyal minions, and promptly hung and left for dead along the Imperial Thoroughfare.
- 3 BTA – The “Battle of the Gray Forest” Occurs
The name given to the battle that took place amidst the high branches of the sacred bloodwood trees in the Gray Forest; one of the few places in Fastheld where Wildlings found they could manoeuvre safely regardless of the hour. Blademaster Lomasa wished to chop down the trees and burn the forest, but the Church held the land and trees as sacred. Bladesmen, along with a unit of Shadowscourges from the Church of True Light, eventually assaulted the forest, though the battle was not deemed a decisive victory for either side of the conflict
Had either Fastheld force tried this battle alone, the Wildlings - even outnumbered - would have wiped them out. As it was, the combined force lost more than half of its attacking 327 soldiers to the dervish-like attacks of the invading savage Shadow creatures, who didn't have to kill a man on the battlefield to leave him dead or dying a short while later. The poisoned claws took many more lives than might ordinarily have been lost against a normal enemy.
- 3 BTA – The Last Ride of Ulfell
The name given to the event in which Blademaster Ulfell Lomasa, along with the scouting party that traveled with him along the western ridge of the Lightholder River, met his demise at the claws of three Wildlings during an ambush in the First Wildling War.
The Blademaster fell under the thrashing claws and teeth of the three Wildlings. His scouts fared little better; only one survived long enough, poison coursing agonizingly through his veins, to return to the encampment and inform the Emperor that his friend and most able warrior had fallen in battle.
- 3 BTA – Sirion Starkhorn Dies
Sirion ultimately met his demise during what is referred to as the Last Ride of Ulfell, in which Starkhorn was the only survivor. Severely wounded, and racked by agonizing pain from the Wildling poison that spread through his body through his injuries, Sirion Starkhorn still managed to find his way back to Emperor Talus Kahar's encampment to inform him of the death of Ulfell Lomasa, before finally passing into the Light.
- 3 BTA - Wayul Mikin Appointed Blademaster
"I do not know how we shall persevere without Ulfell's wisdom," the Emperor wrote in his journals of the conflict in the wake of Ulfell’s death, and the promotion of Wayul in his steed, “But we have no choice but to try. We must trust in the Light to see us through these dark times."
- 3 BTA – First Wildling War Ends
It was on the site now known as Aegisport, upon the hills north of the river, that the first Kahar Emperor finally cornered and defeated the Wildling warriors who decimated the Fastheld forces at the Valley of Blades.
- 3 BTA – Shadowsbane Gifted To Shawn Kenly Fionnlagh
Gifted to the family Fionnlagh by Emperor Talus Kahar I for the heroic service of Shawn Kenly Fionnlagh, archer, in the Valley of the Blades. According to legend, an arrow shot from this very bow felled the Wildling that cursed the Kahar bloodline.
Shadowsbane is an Imperial relic, crafted in the courts of the Emperor by the finest bowyers of the age. It is one of the Fionnlagh family's most treasured possessions.
- 3 BTA – Construction Of “The Twins” Begins
Two ambitious projects devised by Light's Reach founder Fahral Mikin. In despair over the loss of his youngest son at the Valley of Blades, Fahral ordered twin keeps erected on the bluffs east and west of the town proper, to guard the four torch towers.
The first castle, East Twin, was finished before Fahral Mikin died of old age. The second castle, West Twin, would not be completed until eight years later, under the guidance of Fahral's oldest son, Annath.
- 2 BTA – Aegisport Founded
Returning from the First Wildling War, Emperor Talus Kahar I built this town on the north shore of the Fastheld River, near the site of the final battle in the first Wildling War, where his forces triumphed and smashed the remnants of the invaders.
- 2 BTA – The Helm of the Horsemaster Forged
It is said that when House Kahar, the Imperial House of Fastheld, fearlessly rode to war to fight against the Shadow in the first Wildling Wars, many great items of legend, blessed by the Light, were forged to aid them in their cause. The legendary Helm of the Horsemaster is one such item; and with it came a terrible thunder of hooves, the roar of conflict, and swift death upon those who would dare stand against the Knights of the Imperial Horsemen.
Though forged in a time shortly before the Aegis was constructed, and though it has seen countless battles, this legendary helm remains flawlessly intact, holding neither dent nor mark upon its perfectly polished surface.
- 1 BTA – Emperor Talus Kahar II Born
- 0 ATA – The Aegis Is Constructed
The hard-fought First Wildling War, a conflict against a race of humanoid, poison-clawed Shadow monstrosities from the wilderness, had just ended. The Imperial Council recommended to the Emperor that a protective wall be erected around the territory of Fastheld to defend against further incursions by the savage creatures. But even a modest defensive wall would take years to construct. The Emperor, himself injured in the war, had pushed the troops of the Emperor's Blades and the Church of True Light to the breaking point. Many able-bodied men had entered service to fight the war. He could not reasonably expect them to now pour themselves into the exhausting, backbreaking work of raising a wall. Nor could the Emperor take for granted that the Wildlings wouldn't try to mount another offensive while the wall remained unfinished. He could think of only one way to accomplish this with needed rapidity: Mages.
He extended an offer of amnesty to any Shadow-Touched denizen in Fastheld: Lend their ability to raising the Aegis in exchange for free passage out of Fastheld, unharmed, each with a horse and wagon loaded with supplies. It was the best compromise the Emperor could offer without sparking a revolt by the noble houses or the Church of True Light.
Dozens of mages took the offer of the Amnesty of the Wildcat Crown, as it was called. Their only real alternative was to live in secrecy for fear of being discovered. If discovered, they might be captured by the warriors of the Church of True Light or the Emperor's own Surrector, and forced to endure torture, maiming, blinding, and muting. They'd become Lessers, forced to live as slaves working in the mines of the realm. Or they might be killed.
So, the wizards took their crown-bestowed wagons, rode out to points along the perimeter designated by the Emperor, and waited for the signal from a courier. When it came, the conjurors used their abilities to rip soil and stone from the earth itself, raising the towering wall between themselves and the territory they once called home.
- 0 ATA – Emperor Talus Kahar I Declared Sovereign Ruler of Fastheld
- 2 ATA – Fahral Mikin Dies
Despondent over the loss of Allal, Fahral became reclusive, relying more and more on Annath to manage his affairs. He saw the completion of East Bluff Keep and its twin torch towers, insisting they always stay lit, before finally joining the Light.
- 6 ATA - Scepter of Carwel Crafted
During the formation of Fastheld, Talus Kahar I decided to elevate six major Houses from the nobility of the time, giving them Crown sanction within his new city-state. For the other houses, they had three options: find a major House that would incorporate the minor house into its ranks, accept citizenship in the form of becoming freelanders, or don't accept citizenship at all, and be forced to fend for oneself outside of Fastheld. The major Houses pulled out the most promising and useful of the minor houses and incorporated them, but dozens of minor houses were left with a choice between the latter options.
House Carwel, a house known for its quality woodworkers and carpenters, were faced with this very dilemma. They had once been a house of mild renown, but over centuries of badly-strategized marriages and a populous who were beginning to take more to stone structures than wood ones, the house was reduced to two keeps, a few farmer's fields, and a small forest just northeast of what is now Wallwatch Wood.
After months of deliberation, patriarch Follir Carwel decided to allow his house to be integrated as freelanders into Fastheld, but vowed that one day, his house would rise into power once more. He saved a large tapestry, the throne, the signet ring and the Scepter of the Carwels for safekeeping until that day should arrive. Four generations of his kin kept these relics safe, but Follir's great-great-great grandson, Belal Carver, didn't seem to have quite as much faith in the family's noble prospects.
Faced with the looming possibility of being committed to the Blades for his failure to pay an outstanding loan, he auctioned off the four items to the highest bidder, each one going to a different collector. The scepter has thusly been bought and sold by collectors of antiquities for centuries, little more than a footnote in the history of Fastheld and a conversation piece on someone's mantle.
- 8 ATA – West Bluff Completed
- 24 ATA – The Battle of Red Fields
According to legend, Talus Kahar II struck down the Viscount Bröselov Vozhd from his warhorse, Arbat, using a Longbow known as the Kingmaker in what history has called the Battle of Red Fields. With the fall of their house leader, the stalwart Vozhd defenders fell into a panic as they tried to recover the body, and in the chaos, were forced to retreat from the field. This route, coupled with the loss of the Vozhd's last great commander, would be the decisive event in the House's capitulation.
- 46 ATA – Emperor Talus Kahar III Born
- 49 ATA – Regent Vurrun Lomasa Begins Rule
- 50 ATA – First “Eastwatch Hill Curse” Incident
Once every 45 years or so, starting in about 50 ATA (After the Aegis), bizarre happenings plague the township atop Eastwatch Hill. That first year, scores of horses, goats and cattle were slaughtered, their flayed carcasses left hanging from trees in Mikin Wood.
- 55 ATA – Emperor Talus Kahar II Dies
- 82 ATA – Emperor Talus Kahar IV Born
Talus Kahar III commissions Harlim Nillu, a noble artisan, to sculpt a number of monuments in his Great Grandfather’s honor: A giant wildcat's head to house the constabulary, a giant wildcat with heads and paws on the north and south ends that houses the Riverview Tavern, and a domed mercantile with three attached rearing wildcats. A no-frills, fairly ordinary grey stone temple stands out among the structures.
- 86 ATA – Construction Of Aegiskeep Begins
Aegiskeep was first designed during the reign of Talus Kahar II, but it was not until the ascension of his successor that artisan Harlim Nillu completed the final work on the stone head that now houses the residence.
The great keep was fashioned to look like a luxuriating wildcat, with two massive clawed forepaws flanking the portcullis that leads into the castle below the stone head that holds Aegiskeep's residential quarters.
- 87 ATA – Nameless Light Forged
Said to have once been the weapon that the Horsemaster Cendra Zahir used to defend Emperor Talus Kahar II with, the Nameless Light is a pure weapon of cold steel that was forged in an age that demanded weapons of as much grace and honour as the people that were deemed to wield them.
Used as the basis of the design from which the Lawgiver was conceived, legend states that the Nameless Light was brought to Fastheld from the stars, though other tales claim that it was forged by a grieving father, or was the weapon of a virtuous Emperor from before the Aegis.
In truth, it is thought that several such blades existed, though all but one were lost with the passing of time and the battles that weaved through it. They were created with the blessing of the Light, and if this sword is anything to go by, each has had many stories from any number of owners. Perhaps that is the true power of the Nameless Light; it compels people to craft heroes of their own, and Cendra Zahir was no exception.
- 89 ATA – “Serry Rush” Incident And Landmark Named
The stretch of the Fastheld River that runs broad and green between Darkwater Junction to the southeast and the high cliffs that drop from Sun's Point plateau to the northwest was dubbed “Serry Rush” this year.
Serry Rush, named neither for great heroes of bardic fame nor bloody battles, but instead for a Scion of the Kahar line.
His affections ensnared by a Shadowed freelander mage, he declared undying love to her. Shadowscourges from the Sun's Keep upriver came to free him from the spell by sending Darina through purifying flame but the taint of the magic lingered in his mind. Driven mad by the darkness he lived here on the banks, guarding the place where her body fetched up on shore after its flaming drop off the upstream cliffs.
- 90 ATA - Halom Halweir Brought To Justice
The murderous brigand Halom Halweir, whose gangs marauded a fair stretch of the Lightholder River, finally received justice from the Emperor's Blades this year. Halweir's Notch – as the stretch became known – has since become a popular refuge for squatters and destitute panhandlers, who dwell in coffin-sized niches carved out of the rock.
- 95 ATA – Second “Eastwatch Hill Curse” Incident
In 95 ATA, strange blue and green lights glowed above East Bluff and inhabitants reported ghostly moaning sounds. A housekeeper named Forman Dust went mad and massacred his family before hurling himself over the edge of the bluff.
- 112 ATA – Emperor Talus Kahar III Dies
- 116 ATA – “West Bluff Inferno” Incident Occurs
The catastrophic collapse of West Bluff's north tower occurred this year, sparking a blaze in the nearby woodlands that threatened to spread throughout the entire Forest District.
- 121 ATA – “Brigand's Turn” Founded
A foreboding section of the Lightholder River, populated by the weather worn skulls of those who attempted to place themselves above the Imperial Law.
It was not called Brigand's Turn because the area was a favorite haunting ground of Fastheld's cutpurses and river pirates; far from it. Instead, it got the moniker from the fact that it is here that Emperor Talus Kahar III declared that all thieves who murder legitimate citizens would have their severed heads mounted for all to see.
- 122 ATA - Taithar Shadowlancer finds “Serendipity”
Taithar Shadowlancer, so legend has it, was a devoted hunter of Wildlings; so much so that he made it his duty as a Knight-Errant to seek only this one path in life, and slay Shadow wherever he found it. During one of his frequent sojourns into the Wildling Woods - an area deemed off limits under Imperial Law - Taithar became ensnared within a Wildling ambush. Finding his Horse slain, his Knife lost, and his Half-Pike broken in the wake of the attacks that followed, all seemed lost as he was backed into a corner.
Luckily for him, if being ambushed by a horde of Wildlings can be considered lucky to begin with, Taithar found a Bronze Longsword lodged in the tree he was backed up against and, pulling the blade, used it to fend off the attacks, and finally rout the Wildlings. The blade was named Serendipity shortly after, if for no other reason than because of the vast luck involved in finding an old, yet flawless, Longsword in the middle of a forsaken forest, just when it was needed.
- 122 ATA - Aurora Janus Removed From Power
- 123 ATA – Emperor Talus Kahar V Born
- 127 ATA – Kedalla Mikin Dies
- 128 ATA – Wildstone Progeny Forged
According to legend, the original owner of the blade - Kedalla Mikin - was a prolific and respected Light Maiden who became known as a dauntless slayer of Shadow shortly after Aurora Janus was removed from power in the year 122. Kedalla's devout duty to the Light made her eventual death at the hands of a Shadow-Touched Mage all the more tragic. Her companions saw her death as an insult to the life she once cherished, and the faith she once held, and vowed to hunt down and destroy the Wildling that took Kadalla's life.
To this end they crafted the Wildstone Progeny; a weapon they deemed to be blessed with Light, adapted from the Katar that had previously served Kadalla so well. History does not record the outcome of the battle between the Mage and Kadalla's companions, but this blessed Katar has survived the test of time all the same, and in doing so remains a testament to Kadalla's devotion to her cause.
- 135 ATA – Scion’s Halo Forged
A circlet forged from precious gold by Light's Reach blacksmith Zoren Hammer on behalf of Fahral Mikin. The circlet, meant to sit upon an adult head, was commissioned as a token for leaders of the township of Light's Reach to bestow upon the heir apparent in each new generation.
- 140 ATA – Third “Eastwatch Hill Curse” Incident
In 140 ATA, a dozen infants were snatched from their cradles by a furred beast and carried off into the night, never to be seen again.
- 156 ATA – Emperor Talus Kahar IV Dies
- 174 ATA – Bronze Hall of the Imperial Horsemen Built
The ancestral home of the Imperial Horsemen, this ancient Hall is long and wide, filled with shadows and half lights; mighty pillars upholding its lofty roof.
The legendary shields and weapons of Horselords long passed rest upon the pillars of this domain; at once both solemn and proud and they stand guard over the Hall, and all that walk within it.
- 180 ATA – Emperor Talus Kahar VI Born
- 182 ATA - Shadow Plague Sweeps Through Old City
A pox that blinded, disfigured, and ultimately killed its victims swept through the cities of Gatetown, Silver Valley, and Halo.
- 183 ATA - The Quarantine
Emperor Talus Kahar V made the difficult decision to quarantine the Old City, and, using the might of the Blades, slaughtered all of its residents to prevent the spread of the Shadow Plague. Tens of thousands died.
- 188 ATA - Ayzra “The Black” Zahir Born
Count Ayzra Zahir, Ayzra 'The Black', was a fallen Zahir nobleman and ringleader of the infamous 'Coven'. Obsessed with his belief in the inherent superiority of the Shadow-touched, his short, violent life become synonymous with sorcery and hubris.
Born in 188 ATA with dark and elemental shadow-powers, the young count revelled in his abilities and eventually grew to believe that he was ordained by the Darkness to lead the masses.
Added to this megalomania became a rare breed of erotic perversion: the rumours of Ayzra's vilest pleasures would eventually become too much for even the Zahir to bear, and he was disowned from the family.
- 201 ATA – Emperor Talus Kahar V Dies
- 216 ATA - Ayzra “The Black” Zahir Terrorizes Fastheld
Ayzra and his 'Tickler' – a long black bullwhip - terrorized Fastheld during the 'Long Winter' of 216, leaving in his wake a string of mysterious mutilations and murders. The assaults were similar, yet bewildering: the victim's flesh was contorted with strikes and marks that were burned into form, as if seared and branded with fire itself. With the murders continuing unabated and the noble's constables unable to find a culprit, the Emperor himself dispatched his legendary Spymaster, Baron Billan Lomasa, to solve the case.
- 216 ATA - First Time of Illumination is declared by the Church
During a time of lasting winter, faith among the people of Fastheld begins to falter. It falls to the then Corona of the Church, Thalina Kahar, to declare a period of meditation upon the blessings of the Light. Many answer the call and balance is soon restored once more.
- 217 ATA – Ayzra “The Black” Zahir Dies
For nearly a year more, Spymaster Billan Lomasa played cat-and-mouse with Ayzra until their fabled showdown in the Shadow District, in which - suitably decapitated - Ayzra and his whip met their end. According to the legend, Billan tied the Tickler around a rock, attached it to the Count's headless corpse, and tossed them into a river.
- 233 ATA – Emperor Talus Kahar VII Born
- 247 ATA – Medallion of the Blades Forged
The Medallion of the Blades is the only one of its kind, denoting the wearer as the person that holds the rank of Blademaster of the Emperor's Blades. It is documented that the Medallion was originally forged in the year 247 ATA (After the Aegis) for Second Blademaster Lalia Redshadow; A freelander who, though valiant deed and service to the Crown, fought his way up against all odds to the position of command by Imperial Decree.
It was granted to Lalia in recognition of his fighting capability and determination, though was ultimately lost when Lalia was separated from his unit by a pack of Wildlings. Seriously wounded from the encounter, Lalia sought refuge in a small cave, though was followed by two of the Wildlings.
Dispatching one of them, even though wounded, Lalia forced the other to retreat; though not before the Wildling could slash the medallion from his neck, retreating into the dark with the item snagged upon its claw.
- 249 ATA – Radiant Darkness Forged
Legend has it that the blade was forged in smouldering brimstone fires, and cooled in the blood of its creator Zymarra Zahir in the year 249 ATA (After the Aegis). The Radiant Darkness is a typically evil weapon; the kind of sword that has inspired more than a little diabolical laughter throughout the ages while being waved in the face of one or another virtuous Kahar.
Some claim that it is possessed of thoroughly heinous evils, with the main attraction of the weapon perhaps well being the theme of "comeuppance" it seems to bring upon those who may have scorned its current owner...
- 256 ATA – Emperor Talus Kahar VI Dies
- 258 ATA – Blademaster Lalia Redshadow Retires
- 259 ATA – Blademaster Valeron Mikin Appointed
- 264 ATA – ForgeFire Forged
Forged in the year 264 by a smith named Gurtam Coal, this remarkable weapon was first wielded by a prominent Church of True Light patron named Amaloz Mikin. With its flame-shaped handguard and writhing flames engraved in the polished steel length of the blade, Forgefire was the sharp kiss of justice for the Shadow-Touched of Fastheld. It was this sword, by Amaloz Mikin's hand, that inaugurated the Imperial "Blades Days," public beheadings on the grounds of Fastheld Keep.
- 262 ATA – Medallion of the Blades Recovered
The Medallion was finally recovered again in 262, and returned to Lalia Redshadow. Too old by that time to do the medallion justice, Lalia instead gifted the item to the Blademaster who was serving at that time, and the passing down of the medallion has remained a tradition ever since.
- 302 ATA – Emperor Talus Kahar VII Dies
- 302 ATA – Regent Tilut Kahar Begins Rule
- 306 ATA – Regent Drell Mikin Begins Rule
- 321 ATA – The Southwatch Tavern and Brewery Closes Down
The first building to have been constructed in the Southwatch Township, it was famously renown for having remained open to all both night and day, all year long. It is rumoured to have closed only for one night in the last five hundred years, and that was during the Storming of 321 when the city was invaded by shadowed creatures from over the wall.
- 347 ATA – Ceallach Tower Built
An ancient and ill-fated tower, built in 374 by Ceallach Ionhar Fionnlagh, which was eventually destroyed by the Wildlings who inhabited the Woods near which Ceallach defiantly built the tower near. His memorial reads:
"Here rests the brave and noble forester Ceallach Ionhar Fionnlagh who, in the year 347, scoffed at the warnings of lesser men and built this fine tower. He learned of his error shortly thereafter. Beware of Wildlings."
- 352 ATA – Emperor Talus Kahar IX Born
- 355 ATA – Sorenn Kahar Murdered
In the middle 300's, there was a fairly renowned Shadowscourge by the name of Sorenn Kahar. During her life, she was known to be extremely powerful with the Sun's kiss, rumoured to even have the ability to dispel the Shadow from an individual and leave them clean of its taint, all with a simple touch of her hand. At the age of thirty two, Sorenn was brutally murdered, and when her body was found, her head and right hand were missing; the hand hacked off at the wrist. The killer was eventually found and disposed of, and the head was recovered, but the hand was never found save for rumours of its use.
- 357 ATA – Emperor Talus Kahar VIII Dies
- 357 ATA – Empress Cereline Kahar Begins Rule
- 362 ATA – Moontrap Ring Forged
The Moontrap, a ring fashioned in the year 362 ATA, is a creation of a Wedgecrest jeweller named Fasso Grayfog. Carved into the pliable gold circle, linking the silver rings embracing each gemstone, are wavy lines that signify the "trap" holding the moons within the confinement of the ring.
Grayfog kept the ring as a display piece in his shop for at least two decades. While many people expressed interest in the Moontrap, he refused to sell it. Instead, he used it as an opportunity to spin tales and intrigue his customers - and then proceeded to talk them into buying his other items of jewellery.
Most commonly, Grayfog spoke reverently of the ring as having the effect of protecting the one who wields it from evil, for it has harnessed the light of the moons that fend off the Shadow during the dark hours of the night. But he also varied the story, sometimes insisting it had once belonged to a Nillu mining heiress who became lost in a gold mine beneath Nillu's Lode and used the stored power of the moons within the ring to light her way to safety. Other times, he joked that he found it after carving open the belly of a chitter he'd cooked on a spit over an open fire.
After his death in 395 ATA, Grayfog's wife, Isanara, sold the ring to a wealthy Kahar nobleman so she could raise enough money to pay the tax assessor.
- 391 ATA – Emperor Talus Kahar X Born
- 410 ATA – Emperor Talus Kahar IX Dies
- 436 ATA – Jolfor’s Revenge Is Forged
The story begins in 436 ATA, with a Mikin Baron by the name of Alint who was obsessed with bloodstone. Many of the items in his keep were adorned with the precious, deep red rock, but he had a constant passion for more. He was scouring along the inside of the Aegis for deposits of it when he saw a boy of no more than 15 from across a pond. As he watched, the boy transformed into an elk. Shaken to his core, Alint sent a contingent of men after the elk, instructing them to kill and dismember the Shadowed creature. It was not long before they had done so, and left the carcass to rot.
It was also not long before Lord Jolfor Seamel realized that something terrible must have happened to his son, Frair. Over the course of several weeks, he found out the truth: his son had been Shadow Touched, and Alint Mikin had had him killed. Wraught with grief, guilt, and shock, Jolfor's anger focused on Alint, blaming him for all the pain the Seamel was suffering. Spending a quarter of his fortune, Jolfor bought a 4 inch by 1 inch piece of flawless bloodstone, and taking a long piece of antler from his son's body, he hired master blacksmith Polkor Slate to make a dagger of unearthly beauty. He then hired an assassin to pose as a merchant trying to sell the dagger.
It wasn't long before the Baron Mikin heard about the bloodstone-hilted dagger that was being sold, and came running to buy it. It was in a stall in the Market District that Alint Mikin met his end, run through by a dagger that combined what he and Jolfor loved the most.
- 449 ATA – Emperor Talus Kahar XI Born
- 455 ATA – Regent Trallo Lomasa Begins Rule
- 456 ATA – Emperor Talus Kahar X Dies
- 463 ATA – Shadow At Bay Statue Crafted By Hakke Wheatfield
He didn't get it quite right at first, as far as the Duke was concerned, however. The original design depicted Ulfell Lomasa in the process of being pounced by the Wildlings. The Duke took offense. Wheatfield explained that it was what happened and, besides, it was more of an artistic challenge to try to show the Wildlings leaping within the parameters imposed by marble. Also, Wheatfield said, he had quarried the rock himself and didn't feel terribly compelled to go back and do that again.
After Galken Lomasa threatened to reclaim the retainer fee and to ruin Wheatfield's reputation throughout the realm, the artist relented, quarried more stone, and built a statue that offered a more flattering depiction of the brave Blademaster.
- 472 ATA – Helm of Darkness Discovered
However, the history of this Helm - what little of it there is - tells of the true meaning of the helm. It is not known when the Helm of Darkness was made, nor by whom, or for what purpose or intention. What is known, however, is when the Helm was first encountered: 472 ATA (After the Aegis), upon a woman named Ariana Nightfall.
That a woman would opt to take up arms against the innocent in full armor for no real reason was just one great mystery that confounded the Shadowscourges who finally slew her. That she died amidst the corpse of three Shadowbanes that she had slain before the Shadowscourges could stop her was an even greater one.
The Helm of Darkness, along with the rest of Ariana Nightfall's possessions, was swiftly deemed evil and promptly locked away in the vaults of Halo to prevent such items ever being used against the Church again. That the Helm went missing three years later remains a testament to the fears of those who locked it there.
Though not deemed Shadow-Touched by the Church, those who locked it away in 472 ATA feared that the darkness of the Helm never the less had the power to slowly corrupt its wearer to the Shadow's influence, so that the darkness eventually gains itself a new ally against the Light...
- 475 ATA – The Infamous Bandit Gilgen Mosswood Is Born
- 475 ATA – Helm of Darkness Vanishes From Halo
- 476 ATA – Shimmer Forged
Forged in the year 476 on behalf of Gaeus Kahar by the renowned blacksmith Yathram Steel of Marble Grove, the blade known as Shimmer is polished immaculately so that it nearly shines, giving the sword its moniker. The blade is engraved on both sides with the stylized image of an outstretched wildcat leg, ending in a clawed paw. The blade fell into mystery after the Second Wildling War, when Gaeus Kahar died in battle against the Wildlings.
- 500 ATA - Kousra Dawnstar Falls To The Shadow
- 501 ATA – Emperor Talus Kahar XII Born
- 502 ATA – Hawk’s Talon Reforged
The legend surrounding the weapon dictates that the blade originally belonged to Kousra Dawnstar; a Shadowbane who it is said obtained total unity with the Light. Such was his devotion to the Light that he saw death as nothing more than a challenge to overcome, and so - in wishing to continue to serve the Light even when death finally came - sacrificed his physical body to allow his inner-Light to inhabit this ancestral Katar.
- 502 ATA - Count Cooperation Is Forged
Legend has it that the infamous bandit Gilgen Mosswood used this mace in connection with many of his carriage robberies. He was said to have taken it into the carriage as he demanded the occupants' money and jewelery. If one of the victims refused, Gilgen would turn towards the Count and carry on a conversation with it, usually expressing his regret that he'd be forced to use the Count, and how much he would hate having to do some graphically unpleasant thing to the victim once the Count knocked them unconscious.
The Count (played by Gilgen in a falsetto) was usually much more eager and explicit. This routine often inspired the would-be tough guys to part with their loot. For those that continued to refuse, Gilgen almost unfailingly carried out what he threatened earlier. This served to paint Gilgen as a lunatic that couldn't be bargained with, which only seemed to help his criminal exploits.
- 523 ATA – Twelve Shadowbanes Lost In Wildling Woods
It is believed that Crystal Dirks were forged in 523 ATA by the Church of True Light for use by a select groups of Shadowbanes. Annoyed that the Imperial Council had done little to purge the shadow that exists within the Wildling Woods, the Church of True Light took matters into their own hands, and quested these twelve Shadowbanes with entering the woods and cleansing it of all darkness.
The Crystal Dirks were gifted to each member of that fellowship, as it was thought that the blades, being forged of the purest Waterstones, refracted light in such a manner as to capture the very essence of their faith.%r%tHowever, the arrogance of the Church in this matter proved to be their undoing, for when the twelve Shadowbanes failed to return, those who sent them there learned that which the Imperial Council had known for years: That the Wildling Woods are not to be travelled lightly.
Nine Crystal Dirks have eventually found their way back into Fastheld, by methods unknown, and though they carry a dark legacy, each of the nine is no doubt quite content to now see service at the side of a citizen, rather than in the hands of a Shadowbane.
- 524 ATA – Emperor Talus Kahar XI Dies
- 524 ATA – The Battle of Moregrade
Less a real battle than a skirmish that took place upon the walls of the Aegis, the Battle of Moregrade was a military disaster that was caused by a Bladesman called Lorica Rakingclaw, and the unique and astoundingly beautiful cuirass he wore.
This cuirass, as magnificent as it was, empowered Lorica with an aura of respect and authority that he hadn’t earned, and really didn’t deserve, merely because of the quality of the composition of armor that it was constructed of.
This property backfired, however, when the hapless young sycophant, merely a month out of training, was placed in charge of a defending Aegis patrol upon an area of the wall known as the Moregrade, simply because of the quality of his armor.
Historians believe that this military blunder can be blamed on other Bladesmen believing that Lorica's beautiful and unique cuirass meant he was a Captain of some importance, and blindly followed him into battle. Others think that it due to a conspiracy of jealous Nobles, who were envious of the cuirass and wanted to "remove" Lorica from his armor, and then claim it for themselves.
Whatever the reason, the Blades Patrol that came to relieve Lorica's squad a day or two later found little of the Bladesman; except for a tattered cuirass, and a few dozen clawmarks. The Wildlings were no where to be found.
- 540 ATA – Mummer’s Wagon Crafted
The Mummer's Wagon belonged to a performing troupe known as the Mummorials, led by Santay Mum, who travelled the realm from Aegisport to Southwatch from 540 to 561 ATA (After the Aegis). The Mummorials would put on shows, sing songs, regale rapt listeners with tales of Wildlings and Shadow-Touched menaces, and improvise morality tales based on gossip heard in local taverns during their stays in various townships as they travelled.
Mum and his comrades probably reached their peak in 553, when they were summoned to Fastheld Keep for a command performance before Emperor Talus Kahar XII as part of a celebration of the birth of the ruler's heir.
The Mummorials saw regular members come and go, with Santay Mum serving as the one constant until his death in the year 561 ATA.
- 544 ATA – Gleaming Crescent Forged
Forged by a blacksmith in service to Hanimuk Lomasa, the rapier known as Gleaming Crescent was to be wielded by four generations of Lomasas, gaining some notoriety as a swift and certain blade in the hands of a skilled swordsman, and bringing about numerous tournament victories.
- 548 ATA – Honorkeeper Belt Crafted
In Eastwatch, there once lived an affluent jeweler by the name of Obane Glitter. He had a daughter named Teleni, who was very beautiful, but also very promiscuous. Obane worried that Teleni was a bit too flirty for her own good, and that it might cause her to lose her virtue some day soon. With this in mind, he had a blacksmith fashion a chastity belt, and locked it onto Teleni.
It wasn't long, though, before Teleni began seeing a locksmith. Obane took one look at the man's paunch and bald spot, and decided his usually looks-savvy daughter wasn't looking for love in this relationship, but a way out of her chastity belt. He forbade them to see each other, and even paid for the man to move to Light's Reach.
After this, she began seeing a blacksmith. While this suitor seemed attractive and prosperous enough for Teleni's tastes, Obane still had his suspicions, and visited the man's shop one night when he knew his daughter would be there. He looked in the blacksmith's window, and what did he see? His daughter was sprawled on the blacksmith's work table, legs in the air, and the half-dressed blacksmith had a pair of snaplizard pliers and a hammer in his hands, trying to break the teeth off of the chastity belt.
It was then that poor Obane had had enough. Locking his daughter in her room, he enlisted the help of a blacksmith and a master locksmith, and had another chastity belt fashioned. He instructed the blacksmith to use his strongest reinforced steel to create the belt itself, and told the locksmith to create the most complex lock he could to keep the belt locked. He then chipped apart a large light's eye he had been saving for something else, and with the shards, fashioned hundreds of tiny hooks, attaching them as teeth. Satisfied, he locked this new belt onto his daughter, and never again had a problem with her chastity. Though he did find out later about a suitor who had his hand shredded under mysterious circumstances.
- 550 ATA – Snarling Helm Forged
- 551 ATA – Ravenrend Forged
- 553 ATA – Emperor Talus Kahar XIII Born
- 554 ATA - Anae Nillu Mortally Wounded
Jamot Seamel, first master of the Brooding Keep, carved the exquisite sculptures from gray marble taken from a quarry in the River District and, in the third year of marriage to Anae Nillu, had his vassals install the sculptures as a ward against the Shadow's Touch. In the fourth year of their marriage, shortly after Anae celebrated her nineteenth birthday, one of the sculpted gargoyles cracked and fell from its stone perch as she strolled beneath it.
The blunt force of the marble form did considerable damage to her head, but the blow was not instantly fatal. She lingered for six weeks while the healers ministered to her, and while Jamot struggled to keep hope and faith against the misery of realizing that what had been meant to protect his beloved, created by his own hand, had felled her.
A gap exists in the circle of gargoyles - the fallen sculpture never got replaced in this chamber that became known as the Sorrow Vault.
- 558 ATA – Jamot Seamel Dies
While his loyal vassals maintained the keep and paced the battlements of the Brooding Keep, Jamot survived on meager nourishment so that he could spend each day and each night - in the heat of summer and the chill of winter - in private agony. One day, it is said, Jamot surrendered to his anguish and hurled himself from the tower, crashing through the roof of the stables below.
- 558 ATA – Valgar Surefire Dies – “Valgar’s Vice” Named.
Valgard's Vice is a unique Heavy Crossbow, of which only one of it's kind and class exist in the realm of Fastheld today.
Legend has it that this distinctive Heavy Crossbow was named not by its designer, Valgard Surefire, but by his wife Lendela, who was responsible for the arduous stringing the crossbow and then checking its aim and speed of fire. There was apparently no love lost between the couple, and their arguments on everything from maintaining the home to maintaining their accounts were legendary within the Guild Halls.
Shortly after Valgard was unluckily crushed to death by the falling body of Jamot Seamel after he threw himself from the battlements of Brooding Keep in 558 ATA, Lendela proceeded to lay her husband's name (and backlog of uncompleted work) to rest by finishing off the last of a series of unusual weapons that still lay in Valgard's workshop, cursing each one with Valgard's name.
After finishing the last of his weapons, Lendela apparently left the Guildhall they owned in Northwatch and traveled southwards, gladly ridding herself of the Surefire name and creations.
- 566 ATA – Emperor Talus Kahar XII Dies
- 566 ATA – Empress Poella Lomasa Begins Rule
As Talus Kahar XII dies with a young heir, Empress Poella Lomasa becomes Regent. She rules until 576.
- 569 ATA – Hallard Seamel Born
- 573 ATA – Last Known Aenitshield Purchased
The last known Aenitshield was in the possession of Arphas Lomasa in the year 573 before it succumbed to rust. It is unknown how this one managed to escape the rigors of time, but it appears to be in nearly flawless condition.
- 576 ATA – Hawk’s Talon Recovered
Recovered in 576 ATA (After the Aegis), the Hawk’s Talon was eventually identified and, in order to honour the memory of its original owner, restored back to perfect condition, before finding its way back into the hands of another agent of the Light.
- 579 ATA – Trill of the Five Roots Crafted
In the middle to late 500's, there lived a freelander girl by the name of Brilla Yellowtongue. Her profession being that of a musician, she wandered much of southwestern Fastheld, plying her trade across Light's Reach, Fanghill, Westwatch, Elkmont, and Wildling Reach, amazing audiences with her mastery of the four-reeded instrument known as the trill. Her skill became so great over the years, that by the time she was 30, she was drawing crowds in the hundreds, and people would follow her from engagement to engagement. It got to the point that she was forced to take a canoe up and down 5 Root Creek to avoid having her carriage swarmed by admirers.
It was one day as she was making the journey from Wildling Reach to Southwatch that she was stopped by a wrinkled old man dressed in rags, sitting in a rowboat. The old man identified himself as Folon Wind, and declared himself to be the greatest trillmaker that Fastheld had ever known. He rummaged around in his rags, and pulled out a trill made of light green reeds. Handing the trill to Brilla, he implored her to play his instrument at her next engagement. Slightly shaken, Brilla agreed.
The next engagement was a fateful one. As she played sad dirges, the audience's mood changed immediately. As she played light, airy music, the crowd seemed to become thus. Never had she had such a strong response from an audience before! It was with this joy that she played a swelling, powerful tune, one that built in magnitude and splendour to the very end. When the music stopped, though, an infant and an elderly woman lay dead in their seats, their hearts stopped.
It was not long before Brilla Yellowtongue was declared to have bewitched the crowd and killed the two. At her trial, many came forward in her defence, claiming that it was the combination of the perfect player and the perfect instrument that caused this calamity, but in the end, she was found guilty, and Lessened in the year 583.
The monks of the Stanchion have marked this case as one definitely touched by the Shadow, but seem unsure whether Brilla, the instrument, or both were Shadow Touched. The instrument nor the instrument's maker has not been found since then, and many of those that heard Brilla play continue to swear that the two died simply of an overdose of beauty.
- 586 ATA – Hallard Seamel Becomes Horsemaster of the Imperial Horsemen
- 591 ATA – Emperor Talus Kahar XIV Born
Aegisport heralds the birth of Prince Talus Kahar XIV.
- 597 ATA – Prince Serath Kahar Born
Apple Village heralds the birth of Prince Serath Kahar I, born unexpectedly in the small FreeTown during a state visit to the area.
- 611 – The Second Wildling War
- 611 ATA – Stand of Eastwatch
Considered to have been the turning point in the previously one-sided Second Wildling War, and often cited as the last great charge of the Imperial Horsemen, the Stand of Eastwatch takes its title from the Wildling Siege of the township of the same name.
It was late in the year 611 when Wildlings, carried by the momentum of their attack on Vozhdya, laid siege to Eastwatch and her people. The weight of the assault was mostly fended off by the men of the Emperor's Blades as they struggled against all odds to stem the endless waves of Wildlings, and protect the people of the Township.
The odds were dire indeed until reinforcements arrived in the form of the Imperial Horsemen, who thundered into the Township and decimated the flanks of the Wildling assault, allowing the Blades to push forward their own counter-attack.
The battle was turned, and the Wildlings routed in a such a manner that they would not be able to continue the momentum of the war they raged, and Eastwatch - such as it was - was saved. However, the cost to the Blades and the Imperial Horsemen was high, for the casualty list included Horsemaster Hallard Seamel, father of Freia Seamel, and friend to Talus Kahar XIII, among the dead.
- 621 ATA – Zolor Zahir Takes Posession Of The Radiant Darkness
- 621 ATA – Prince Serath Kahar Assumed To Have Died
- 623 ATA – Fighting Knives of Sirion Discovered
After Sirion's fall, the Fighting Knives of Sirion passed out of history or rumour for more than 600 years, until another Ranger by the name of Serath Greymist found Sirion's Knives together in the winter of the year 623, adopting them as his own as he too tracked Wildlings across the frozen wilderness of the Southern Plains of Fastheld.
- 624 ATA – Ancestral Guardian Discovered
- 623 ATA – Serath Kahar Returns To Reform The Imperial Horsemen
- 624 ATA – Lawgiver Forged
Forged by the Master Weaponsmith Alesia Stormclaw, and given to Horsemaster Serath Kahar by his brother Emperor Talus Kahar XIV in the wake of the Wildling raids of 624, the Lawgiver is a weapon that has been flawlessly forged using the finest mastery that money and years of expertise can create.
Deemed to be an extension of the Conscience of the Imperial Crown, the Lawgiver exists for one purpose: to enforce the rule of law of the Imperial Crown wherever that authority is challenged or threatened by agents of shadow or those who are morally suspect.
Whether or not the concept of "law" coincides with the concept of "justice" is largely irrelevant to the weapon, as it forged in a very polarized fashion in the wake of a dark era. There is right, and there is wrong, and other details only serve to confuse the matter. The line between law and justice is something that will be deemed by the owners of this weapon in ages to come.
- 624 ATA – Gell Mikin Retires
- 624 ATA – Tomassa Zahir Appointed Surrector
Tomassa Zahir, the first woman to ever be appointed to the position of the Surrector of Fastheld, takes up the role of the Emperor’s Hawk amidst much controversy.
- 625 ATA - The Fall of the Emperor, and the Rise of the Instrumentalist