Eberron: The Shadow of Ravenloft
Calendar and Timeline
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The people of Khorvaire mark the passage of time according to the standards developed by the dragonmarked houses (partially based on draconic measurements) and sanctioned by the rulers of Galifar almost a thousand years ago.
Days are 24 hours long, divided into day and night. Seven days make up a week, four weeks a month, and twelve months a year. The months correspond to the twelve moons of Eberron, and the prominent moon carries the name of the month in which its orbit brings it closest to the planet. The moons and months are tied to the dragonmarks by tradition and legend, as indicated on the table below. A thirteenth mark and moon once existed. It was a dark mark devoted to abilities concerned with death and the undead. Most consider the thirteenth mark to be nothing more than legend.
Days of the Week
Months of the Year
|Olarune||Late winter||Sentinel||Barrakas||Late summer||Finding|
|Therendor||Early spring||Healing||Rhaan||Early autumn||Scribing|
|Dravago||Late spring||Handling||Aryth||Late autumn||Passage|
|Nymm||Early summer||Hospitality||Vult||Early winter||Warding|
Marking the Years
While a particular culture may count the years dating from some significant event in its past, the common calendar of Khorvaire is the Galifar Calendar. This reckoning of years was developed during the reign of Galifar the Dark, third ruler to sit upon the throne of Galifar. It counts from the founding of the kingdom to the present day. The dragonmarked houses adopted and use this calendar, as do the governments and peoples of Khorvaire’s nations. The campaign begins in the year 998 YK (the 998th Year since the Kingdom was founded).
COMMON KNOWLEDGE HISTORY
THE DAWN OF TIME
At the beginning of time, called the Age of Dragons, three progenitor dragons fought. Proud Siberys was slain by dark Khyber, who in turn was bound by vibrant Eberron. The scattered remains of Siberys, the Dragon Above, became the ring that encircles the world. The body of Eberron, the Dragon Between, formed the seas and continents. Under the surface, the bones and blood of Khyber, the Dragon Below, created labyrinthine passages.
THE AGE OF GIANTS
The first mortal beings to form civilizations were the giants. They built great cities in Xen’drik, using their own strength, a legion of slaves, and powerful magic. Eventually, they ruled the world. After tens of thousands of years, the giants’ civilization collapsed or was destroyed.
THE AGE OF MONSTERS
After the devastation of the giants’ fall, lesser races – including elves, eladrin, goblins, and orcs – began to develop and thrive. On Khorvaire, a great civilization of goblins arose, known as the Dhakaani Empire. The nomadic orcs also prospered, forgoing conventional civilization in favor of primal magic and stronger ties to the land.
THE CURRENT AGE
Even though they don’t influence daily life in Khorvaire, the elves of Aerenal, the humans of Sarlona, and the various humanoid and monstrous races of Xen’drik continue to pursue their own endeavors. Merchants, scholars, and warriors from these far-off continents visit the Five Nations from time to time.
THE RISE OF KHORVAIRE
For nearly a thousand years, the kingdom of Galifar maintained a steady hand on events in Khorvaire. Aside from a small war with the sea princes of Lhazaar, aggressions and energies were turned, for the most part, toward settling the wilderness in ever-widening circles around Scions Sound.
These years of the kingdom of Galifar are often referred to as a “golden age.” Culture, the arts, and magic flourished, cities were built, and an unprecedented prosperity was shared by all. Continual improvements in infrastructure – including the development and construction of the first lightning rail routes – revolutionized communications and boosted trade across the continent. The situation at home was so stable that energy was even turned toward developing interests overseas. Most notably, Stormreach was founded on the northern coast of Xen’drik.
In 894 YK, the death of King Jarot, the last ruler of Galifar, sparked the beginning of the Last War. The squabbling of royal siblings turned into a hundred years of bloodshed. The event that brought about the end of the war was the mysterious destruction of Cyre, a land now called the Mournland.
THE LAST WAR
The Last War erupted after the death of King Jarot, when his children, the rulers of the Five Nations, couldn’t agree on who would succeed him. Alliances rose and fell over the course of a hundred years, but at various points, each of the Five Nations turned against the others. The war finally came to an end after Cyre was consumed by a deadly mist and became the Mournland. The Mourning set in motion a peace process that culminated with the signing of the Treaty of Thronehold in 996 YK.
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