Year 0 Second Era: Also known as 2078 of the First Era, this is the date of the final showdown that marked the end of Xerxes Zodo, the Nor'Ovan Empire, and indeed modern Nor'Ova. This date is first remembered as The Breaking, meaning the breaking of the world and world society. It would later be known as The First Breaking. While it wouldn't be for a few years later, with society still using first era years, this date in time became known as the official point of when the First Era ended. Also, before this time, the First Era was simply known as the Common Era. It wasn't until after the calendar shift in year 10 of the Second Era did the concept of First and Second Era exist. While nuclear holocaust and "magical" warfare took place, many had taken to underground shelters. Little did anyone realize that at this point, the world was changed forever.
20 Second Era: Xodians were the first race to notice a change in the world. Those that survived and were living underground began to realize a special connection with the world around them. It was as if the nuclear radiation, and perhaps the what was then regarded as magical warfare from the two Orbs of Xerxes Zodo, had seeped into them, forever changing their DNA. Each one recognized that they could interact with a certain form of elemental power - though they did not have a name for it at the time. For the short while, it was regarded as mutant powers, and assumed that it would not last.
25 Second Era: Other long lived races soon began to notice the same changes that the xodians did, only their connection to these so-called mutant powers was weak.
40 Second Era: 10% of the Silver Elf women who gave birth noticed that their offsprings were not the same as them. These would become the first of the Rune Elves, which had even greater so-called mutant powers than others that were born around this time period, which had greater "mutant powers" than their parents.
50 Second Era: Sulnas Maarek, an ascian, claims the 'throne' left vacant by the death of Xerxes Zodo. He proclaims himself emperor and promises to rebuild the Ascian Nation. This marks the birth of the Empire of Ascia, which at this time was only a collection of caves and inner mountain dwellings within the Crystal Mountains of Chalcedonia.
60 Second Era: The ascians begin capturing and enslaving Yeti, goblins, and other strong mountain races of lesser intelligence to rebuild their inner mountain nation.
80 Second Era: The ascians realize that the radiation fallout of the outside world does not affect them. Unfortunately, it affects their slaves. Without physical presence to rebuild, the ascians realize they must wait to regain their lost nation.
85 Second Era: Nikolai de'Carte pens the book, Elemental Nor'Ova. With it, be becomes the first to describe the change that has happened to all life, and even all of Nor'Ova. He states that all life was connected always to a dual cycle of eight runic elements, and that the changes to them since the war has allowed them to access what was already there, a connection to a specific element of nature. He also becomes the first to describe these powers as natural magic, not mutant power, and that they would likely become the norm for generations to come. It takes time, but slowly the world begins to accept his writings as fact.
112 Second Era: The Ascians complete their new capital, Felitalnos, and their palace, the Ascian Citadel, deep within the enormous caverns of the Crystal Mountains.
145 Second Era: Lector Clairstory recovers the Orb of Spirit. Using it, he gathers those faithful to Zodo and uses the Orb to teleport them all to the caverns of the Blessed Mountains on Feli Isle.
180 Second Era: Triskellius Mercleis meets Emma Naquist, a woman that he discovers was once a silver elf, but through experimentation by the Xerxes Zodo government, she was transformed into a xodian. He is horrified to discover that many more xodians were "created" in this way, but is wowed by her strength and bravery and sense of hope.
182 Second Era: Triskellius Mercleis marries Emma Naquist.
245 Second Era: The Miden Gard dwarves, who had escaped the nuclear holocaust by digging deep underneath their city, construct the largest ever made cistrine, which would become the source of water for many ages to come for this region.
280 Second Era: The rune elf Mael Mythrid, discovers that ylem can hold magic and creates the first recorded rune stone.
310 Second Era: The ascians are the first to discover that the world is safe for life again, when one of their slaves comes back unaffected. Emperor Sulnas orders the methodical expansion westward, wanting to try and reclaim the principle lands of Ascia first.
311 Second Era: Ascian worship of their emperor as god takes hold and becomes popular among ascians and even some ascian slaves, despite there never being a law mandating it.
315 Second Era: Triskellius and many other xodians and other races not wishing to be enslaved by the Ascians escape eastward towards the Austerlands. Triskellius is dismayed when he see's that most of the old world has already been wiped away by vegetation and nature, and that Aureas, their stronghold against Xerxes Zodo, barely exist. He and others begin the rebuilding of Aureas.
320 Second Era: With Aureas growing and recognizing the need of a national identity of their own, Triskellius proposes creating a nation. Many agree with him, and declare Triskellius king of the Kingdom of Triskelias, which becomes known as the Kingdom of Triskell.
330 Second Era: Triskellius Mercleis identifies that the Parallax Desert has expanded greatly, only he does not know to what extent. It becomes observable that while near the Parallax Desert, compasses fail to work properly and disorientation starts to take hold.
342 Second Era: The humans come forth from the long sealed Genesis Crater, a name which the humans gave it, through a doorway that was once obscured from view by Mogen David. Of the 2000 humans that exit the crater lake, 1634 of them survive. The others drowned. Of these humans most were cosmopolitan, while others were tribal and frontier. Triskellius welcomed them in as long as they'd agree to honor their laws and him as king, which many did. Those that did not continued westward. These humans that awoke found that they too had their own runic elemental connection, but didn't think anything of it. The Nor'Ovan Spacestation, its occupants presumed long dead and forgotten, drift into the Nor'Ovan Ring and is destroyed.
343 Second Era: The ascians discover a band of 50 tribal humans and attempt to enslave them. These humans proved too strong willed for them. The ascian emperor Sulnas declares that humans must be a scourge upon the land, and orders their destruction.
344 Second Era: Lector Clairstory and his faithful leave the caverns of the Blessed Mountains. They begin building the Theocracy of Xodia, with Lector Clairstory, the head of the Church of the Holy Body, as their leader.
348 Second Era: The last fragment of Xenodelphia reaches Nor'Ova, but only comes just within the atmosphere. The Orb of Will, which resided on this fragment, deemed that the time was not yet right to appear on the surface.
350 Second Era: The dwarves of Midden Shelf recognize that those who once ruled this land are no more. They take the opportunity to create the Kingdom of Middengarde.
352 Second Era: The dwarves of Miden Gard in Capere, come back to the surface and notice that the Pyre Desert has grown in size. They begin building walls around their city to protect it from the desert and what might live there.
358 Second Era: Campella, a xodian with no memory of her parents or of who she is, except that her name is Campella, unites the elves and others around the Gulf of Guillotine and forms the Kingdom of Acadia with the desire to protect her people from ascian enslavement. Ascia declares war on Acadia. Middengarde, despite their distrust in elves and xodians, makes an alliance with Acadia.
400 Second Era: Steam technology is rediscovered in the Kingdom of Triskelias, as is indoor plumbing and soon after, crude electricity. Railroads begin being constructed.
405 Second Era: Desiring to be worshiped, the Orb of Will awoken the xodians that were entombed there, but not without first altering them to be able to survive - thus creating the race of the Reapers, which would never set foot on Nor'Ovan soil. To make sure that the Reapers would not ever grow curious, the Orb of Will planted a deep memory upon them all of their world exploding, and that all that remained below was a forsaken realm.
410 Second Era: Dark elves sell Triskelian technology to the Ascians, only they never reveal the source. Ascians begin creating railroads.
450 Second Era: The Kingdom of Talusia forms in the continent of Talusia.
460 Second Era: The first offspring of Human and Elf breeding is born.
480 Second Era: Humans and half elves arrive in the Continent of Talusia. There they create the Kingdom of Andronia, named after the Andron Ocean.
520 Second Era: The Kingdom of Triskelias reaches its largest extent. The creation of the Nimbus Gates begin.
600 Second Era: Small nations begin within the continent of Vega. None seem to be long lasting, always changing and always being replaced by another.
610 Second Era: Ascians discover the Kingdom of Triskelias building in "their back yard". Emperor Sulnas II, who succeeded his father, orders the Kingdom of Triskelias to disband and submit to Ascia, as well as to bring forth all humans for extermination. King Triskelias refuses. The Great Ascian Conflict, a war that would cover most of the age, begins.
612 Second Era: Ascia attempt to sail northward around the northern coast of Chalcedonia, wanting to reach and overtake the Kingdom of Triskelias. The effects of the Parallax Desert forces the ships too far to the north, causing the ships to get stuck in the freezing waters of the Aech Ocean. The ascian slaves freeze to death, and the ascians on the ships give up hope. From that point, Ascia determines never to attempt that voyage again.
622 Second Era: The race of Fae create the Kingdom of Nethisda in the Outer Limits. They refuse to openly take sides, but secretly support the Kingdom of Triskelias with Ylem.
630 Second Era: Bitterwood Plague is identified in the Saangoth Swamps of Chalcedonia.
720 Second Era: Triskellius and Emma give birth to a daughter, Verenity, much to the dismay of Triskellius who wanted a son. Still, he find his heart melts for her.
740 Second Era: Triskellius and Emma give birth to a son, named Arameas Mercleis. Despite always wanting a son, Triskellius ends up ignoring him, favoring his daughter.
750 Second Era: Bitterwood takes hold of the capital of Triskelias, Aureas. Emma Mercleis dies of Bitterwood, and Arameas catches the plague. Fearing for his daughter, Triskelias sends her off with Nikolai de'Carte away from the palace. Triskellius spends most days and nights praying to Mogen David, even as the Ascian Army start to gain territory.
752 Second Era: Arameas Mercleis is amazingly declared healed of the Bitterwood, a plague that none have yet survived. It is deemed a miracle by the Church of Mogen David. Though grateful, Arameas remained in constant pain and terribly disfigured by the disease, forced to completely cover and wear a mask. Triskellius, overjoyed, seems to forget he has a daughter and becomes overly protective of his son.
755 Second Era: Triskellius daughter, Verenity returns to Aureas. Triskellius takes one look at her and thinks that she is Emma, his departed wife. Stricken by grief, he sends his daughter away. She leaves and takes on military training with a group of templar knights.
758 Second Era: The Nimbus Gates and the invention of Rune Cannons give the Kingdom of Triskelias the upper hand. They begin to regain lost territory.
778 Second Era: Xyster Xeric, an ascian is born. He is the son of Lord Kyl Xeric, a top ranking ascian general.
798 Second Era: Qu'ion Sulnas, son of Emperor Sulnas II, discovers the Orb of Power. Influenced by it, he assassinates his father and takes his place, becoming Emperor Sulnas III.
799 Second Era: Through the Orb of Spirit, Lector Clairstory discovers that the new ascian emperor has the Orb of Power. Believing that this might be the return of a Vessel of Zodo, Lector Clairstory sends Emperor Sulnas III a letter suggesting a treaty between their nations; Xodia would provide Rube military support as long as they were treated as equals.
800 Second Era: Swayed by the Orb of Power, Emperor Sulnas III agrees and makes a shaky alliance with the Theocracy of Xodia.
826 Second Era: Having a stronger interest in studying alchemistry instead of becoming a warrior, Xyster Xeric runs away from Ascia. He takes refuge in Triskelias, very seldom showing himself and only when he deemed it was safe. He is declared an outlaw and a fugitive by the Ascian Empire.
828 Second Era: Through some freak temporal storm, Haagren, a talusian from the Fourth Era, arrives in the Second Era. He is washed up on the shore of the Kingdom of Triskelias with no memory.
829 Second Era: Possessed by a demon of xodod, the necromancer Kaim Meingaad raises an army of Undead in the Kingdom of Triskelias, and takes residence in Rockcastle Ruins. Haagren and his friends - Rhinehart, a yeti; Snowd Yemerg, a plains elf; and Emyl, a gnome - agree to take on the necromancer.
830 Second Era: The necromancer is proclaimed dead when his hordes of the undead all the sudden drop to the ground. The heroes that never return are proclaimed dead as well, and proclaimed saints by the Church of Mogen David.
840Second Era: Xyster Xeric falls in love with a care taker of an orphanage a plains elf named Alysa Calmeer. He longs for he ability to physically embrace her. With the help of the Rubes of Xodia, Ascia is able to push past the nimbus gates for the first time they begin their slow march towards Aureas taking over towns and slaughtering any humans they come past. The Rubes refuse to kill any humans that surrender and were willing to submit to Zodo, which outrages the Ascian commanders who were ordered to do just that. The Ascian Emperor, loosing his mind to hatred, publicly declares human kind to be like a disease, a dungroach, a nasty pest that invades your home and you can never get rid of. He declares that any nation harboring humans, any person helping humans, would be destroyed for doing so and all humans will be slaughtered by his power. Lector Clairstory, growing aware of the number of humans joining his flock, devises a plan. He uses the Orb of Spirit to create for the first time the Mark of Zodo which at first only disguised the faithful to the Ascians, making them appear the same as them. He then ordered several newly made rubes to approach Prince Arameas of Triskelias with a possible plan to end the rule of Sulnas the Third. Arameas is intrigued by the plan but his father, King Triskelias refuses it.
841Second Era: Lector Clairstory sends his rubes to unlock various realm gates, claimed to be told to do so by Zodo himself.
842Second Era: Xyster Xeric reaches the Necropolis and finds Spector. He pleads with Spector to grant him a physical body so that he may truly be one with the woman he loves. Spector agrees to do so as long as Xyster swears by his soul to become a healer of all and to live his life as such. Upon agreement Xyster is made physical.
845Second Era: Verenity Mercleis returns to Aureas once again determined to persuade her father into action to protect their kingdom, even if he would not recognize her. With Nikolai de Carte who she was had unmet romantic feelings for by her side, she approached her father. To her astonishment Triskellius's grief had passed and he did recognize his daughter and was overcome with joy by seeing her. Xyster Xeric was spotted near Aureas and while he looked like an Ascian the guards were confused to see that he was physical. To be safe, they brought Xyster before the king. Both Verenity and Arameas were present. Xyster proved his worth by healing some of the scars on Arameas's badly deformed face, allowing the prince to now wear a half mask instead. Later that year Xyster was married to Alysa by King Triskellius himself.
855 Second Era: The Empire of Ascia transforms the Rubes in his armies into half-ascians. This act forces Lector Clairstory and the Theocracy of Xodia to declare war on Ascia.
860 Second Era: The Empire of Ascia, having taken region after region and town after town, surrounds Aureas. Determined to push the forces back, King Triskellius leads the armies himself, with his daughter and son at his side as commanders of their own regiments. The Triskellians manage to push the Ascians back towards Pell Lake before Triskellius falls in combat. Arameas immediately takes the crown and works out a shaky cease of hostilities so that the Triskellians can morn their dead king. Despite the Emperor Sulnass III's orders for his generals to push forward, the ascian supreme commander, Arangoth Vulgore, agrees to hold the ascian front along the Blancha Road for a period of one year for proper mourning and change of leadership.
861 Second Era: The dwarven Kingdom of Middengarde openly declare an alliance with the Kingdom of Triskelias, as does the Theocracy of Xodia, though the later would always be mistrusted. With the dwarves help, South Parish is reclaimed by Triskelias and the war starts back up. Ascian Rubes, under order by the Sulnass III, assassinate Arangoth Vulgore. The blood-thirsty and reckless Veran Vaelworth, takes his place as Supreme Commander of the Ascian Army.
865 Second Era: With their new allies and Veran's recklessness, the Triskelians were able to reclaim most of their kingdom, though many of the towns and communities were destroyed by the retreating ascians. Veran is replaced by the xodian Jardin Aramir, the first ever non-ascian to hold that position.
868 Second Era: Arameas Mercleis begins courting Campella of Acadia, and Acaida pledges full support to Triskelias. Fearing that other nations outside of Chalcedonia may ally themselves with the Triskelians, Sulnas III uses the Power of Zodo to summon dragons which he sets loose on the world.
872 Second Era: The dwarves of Miden Gard are driven from their city to the Caperian Mountains by dragons.
875 Second Era: Hydra appear in the Crystal Mountains, rumored to be put there by Archelus himself to punish the ascians. The hydra begin tearing up ascian mountain fortifications and bases, and Sulnas III has no other options but to pull back a portion of his armies and some dragons to deal with the hydra problem. The allied nations take advantage of this and push the Ascian forces into the Chalcedonian High Plains.
878 Second Era: Ascia discovers a remaining relic of the Great Magic War, a nuclear suitcase bomb. He sends a team to take the bomb to Aureas, which they do so, hiding it within the sewers.
879 Second Era: Ascia demands a 30 year cease in hostilities so that they could regain control over their mountain bases and restore their waterways, or threatens “destruction of Aureas in light”. Arameas Mercleis, worried what that might mean, reluctantly agreed. Sulnass III seals himself up in Forsaken Ruins while the Triskellians search high and low for what could destroy their city.
880 Second Era: Arameas is warned by Lector Clairstory that Sulnas III has somehow stolen away his Orb of Spirit, and is likely trying to cast Ablution. A team of heroes agrees to travel with Kymara who was identified as the reincarnation of the “Life of Zodo” into the Realm of Xodod to find another way into Forsaken.
904 Second Era: Arameas, still worried about the ascian threat years earlier, evacuates the city of Aureas. Port Culus is made as the temporary capital while Aureas is still searched for whatever could destroy it.
905 Second Era: Either by accident or intentionally, the nuclear device is detonated and Aureas is destroyed in the blast. This enrages Arameas and he ends the cease in hostilities four years early by leading a military campaign into the great caverns of the Crystal Mountains.
915 Second Era: The alliance armies surround the Ascian capital city and their citadel, the city never surrenders despite constant attacks by the allied forces. Lector Clairstory warns that Forsaken has been greatly restored and that the gateway to Xodod is likely almost open. The heroes emerge from Xodod within Forsaken as the Sulnas III, now calling himself Sulnas Zodo, begins to cast the terrible spell of Ablution. They defeat him but the unleashed magic power covers the globe in nearly unbroken cloud cover. This marks the end of the Second Era and the beginning of the Third Era.