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Historical Sutherlands Timeline

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Sutherlands Historical Timeline

293-594 ER -- Merchant ships from Evendarr discover inhabited   islands in the far south and establish trade with the natives. The natives,   whom the Evendarrian merchants term Barbarians, have a wealth of fish, pearls   and other sea treasures, which they trade for finely crafted armor, weapons,   furniture, and other home goods. Evendarrian maps initially refer to these   islands as The Barbarian Isles although the natives call the islands Eit.   Explorers chart twenty-two major islands and countless small islands, sand   bars and coral reefs. The islands themselves prove difficult to navigate.

347 -- King Willem Endarr I, seeking to expand the Kingdom   of Evendarr, grants adventurers charters to explore and later settle the   uninhabited eastern coast. The area is surprisingly free of native   populations or violent creatures normally found in wilderness settings. The   land proves to be amazingly fertile and hospitable, and overpopulated areas   of Evendarr send many immigrants.

357 -- Settlers from Evendarr found Trestar as the first   major center of commerce, local government and military. King Willem Endarr I   names these new territories the "Protectorate of the Southern Lands of   Evendarr", and assigns his Knight, Byron, to administer the local government   and organize protection for the people. Sir Byron creates a small standing   local militia composed of retired King's Army soldiers for the settler's   protection. The Barbarians of the Barbarian Isles end trade with Evendarrian   merchants and also refuse to trade with the growing Evendarrian population on   the mainland cost.

365 -- Barbarians from the Barbarian Isles raid Evendarrian   coastal settlements. Although initially forbidden by Sir Byron, Evendarrian   settlers respond with raids on Barbarian settlements in the Isles. Sir Byron   has the city of Trestar walled.

369 -- Mounting tensions culminate when the Barbarians   declare war and lay siege to Trestar just prior to the fall harvest.

370 -- Sir Byron, as well as many of the Evendarrian   settlers, are trapped in the siege of Trestar. However, their defenses hold,   and the Barbarians do not penetrate the walls. By late spring, supplies run   low and starvation becomes a real threat for the people in Trestar. Hoenig, a   noted celestial mage, organizes the settlers outside the siege into a militia   and manages to force the Barbarians back to their islands. Though vastly   outnumbered, Hoenig demonstrates great strategic ability in lifting the   siege. Sir Byron declares him the Hero of Trestar. The Barbarians refuse   attempts for peaceful negotiations.

372 -- After several years of continued skirmishes and   raids, King Mykel Endarr II sends troops to end the bloodshed. On   recommendation of Sir Byron, His Majesty knights Hoenig and names him General   of the Royal Armies for the Protectorate of Sutherland. Immediately, Sir   Hoenig leads a counter-attack on the Barbarian Isles. After a great sea   battle, Hoenig's forces capture several of the northern islands.

375 -- Barbarians lay siege to the southernmost settlement,   the recently established Southerland Keep, while Sir Hoenig and the majority   of the King's forces are occupied with fighting in the northern islands. Sir   Byron raises a force primarily of farmers, townspeople, and merchants to push   back the Barbarian forces. In reward for his many years of service, King   Mykel Endarr II allows the elderly Sir Byron to retire, granting him estates   in Northern Evendarr. His Majesty names Sir Hoenig Magistrate of the   Protectorate of the Southern Lands of Evendarr.

378 -- Sir Hoenig's forces capture the largest and most   important of the islands, the Island of Eit, thus finally subduing the   Barbarians and ending years of bloodshed. The King grants Hoenig the   Barbarian Isles and names him Baron of the (renamed) Isles d'Hoenig. The   large Barbarian city and trading port of Eit on the island of Eit is named   the capital. With the blessing of the King, Baron Hoenig opens up the Isles   to settlement by citizens of Evendarr. The Barbarian populations are given   three choices: leave the islands forever, swear fealty to King Mykel Endarr   II, or be resettled to Wolf's Eye Island. Some choose relocation, many swear   fealty and become citizens of Evendarr, and a few manage to flee to an   unknown location. Rumors persist that the Barbarians who went into exile   later make up the bulk of the pirates that hazard the waters surrounding the   Isles.

385 -- A series of deaths and disappearances on the island   of Eit are attributed to an ancient vampire; as told in various legends of   the native Barbarians. Baron Hoenig appoints Sedohr to solve the mystery and   put an end to the mysterious deaths. Arrack, an elderly shaman from the   native Barbarian tribes, helps Sedohr lead a group of adventures including   Seranden and Robert the Horseman, to the vampire's lair. A long and difficult   struggle ensues, but they manage to subdue the vampire and destroy its   vampiric form. Afterwards, Arrack convinces Sedohr that he should form an   order of knights to uphold the Code of Chivalry and the virtues of good.   Seranden and the other adventurers that aided Sedohr agree, and ask him to be   the head of the order. In a grand ceremony, Arrack officiates the creation of   the new order and names it the Knights of the Ancient and Honorable Order   d'Eit. Arrack then names Sedohr head of the order. Sedohr swears fealty to the   order and the Code of Chivalry, and he declares that the Knights d'Eit will   be Ever Vigilant in their war against evil. At the feast celebrating the   establishment of the Knights, a mysterious stranger appears. He introduces   himself as Colmillo and vows to Arrack that he "Will forever haunt your   Knights d'Eit. No action they take will be without my influence and I will   forever corrupt your Order."

386 -- Baron Hoenig Knights Sedohr to his Court and   recognizes the Knights d'Eit as the Knightly Order of "the Isles   d'Hoenig and all new territories settled by the Isles."

390 -- Settlers found the city of Borg and explorers find   the edge of La Oscura Forest.

407 -- Baron Hoenig grants a charter to an organization of   Hoblings from elsewhere in Evendarr to found settlements along the eastern   edge of La Oscura Forest.

414 -- Several Wild Elven tribes are discovered to be  living in the La Oscura Forest by the Hobling settlers.

416 -- Sir Sedohr dies and is well received into the   Heroes' Graveyard. From the Heroes' Graveyard, Sir Sedohr names Sir Seranden   head of the Knights d'Eit.
420 -- Baron Hoenig sends Sir Seranden to negotiate with   the Wild Elven tribes in La Oscura Forest. Most of the tribes swear fealty to   the Kingdom of Evendarr. De Bracy is founded as a trading post with the   Elves.

422 -- The dragon Azufre destroys the town of Mihn, just   east of the Granite Mountains. Over the next three years, the dragon destroys   many towns and kills hundreds of helpless people. The Knights d'Eit fights   the dragon to no avail. This ends the first period of western expansion.

425 -- Baron Hoenig decides to depart from Sutherland. He   names Seranden Armond Magistrate of the Protectorate of Sutherland as well as   Baron of the Isles d'Hoenig.

426 -- Cartographers and explorers for the Knights d'Eit discover   the Verfell Mountains.

430 -- King Berthold Endarr VI promotes Baron Seranden to   Count of Sutherland, and allows him to create a new barony named Rossanoe.   Count Seranden marries Lauren Somerset, an Earth scholar of great repute, and   names her his Countess.

436 -- Christina Bernal is the first woman to be accepted   into the Knights d'Eit. She names her brother Christopherson her Squire and   embarks on a quest to discover how to defeat the dragon Azufre.

438 -- Christina discovers Verfell Pass, the only easily   traveled pass through the Verfell Mountains. On the other side she finds a   vast desert, which she names Indomado, later this area is referred to as the   "Dragon Lands."

442 -- Christina is killed on her quest. Christopherson   takes her place and vows to not only complete his sister's quest, but to also   kill the dragon in her stead.

445 -- Christopherson, aided by Hoenig, Seranden, Robert   the Horseman, and Rollo d'Verfell,<span style="">    </span>slays the dragon Azufre The Black. King Berthold Endarr VI declares   Christopherson "Dragonslayer", despite the fact that some   historians claim the dragon was only banished, not slain. Although the Dragon   was believed to be destroyed, many of its draconian minions escape death and   continue to trouble Sutherland and surrounding areas for centuries.

446 -- King Berthold Endarr VI names Sutherland a Duchy,   which is composed of the baronies of Sadhe, Rossanoe and the Isles d'Hoenig.   His Majesty names Seranden Armond Duke of the Sutherlands and Duke Seranden   Armond appoints Christopherson Bernal Baron of Sadhe.

447 -- While traveling on a state visit to Sutherland,   Prince Wilfred, the son-in-law of King Berthold Endarr VI, and all of his   children are lost at sea. Rumors abound in the Isles d'Hoenig that one or   more of his children were rescued by pirates.

450 -- Duchess Lauren Armond gives birth to Michaelis.

452 -- The Knights d'Eit aid Gypsies fleeing persecution in   other parts of Evendarr by resettling them in western Shade. Duke Seranden   Armond resigns as head of the Knights d'Eit and names Baron Christopherson   head of the order.

460 -- The first Goblin War begins with goblinoids   attacking from the unexplored south.

462 -- Led by Christopherson, the Knights d'Eit settle a   dispute between local peoples and the newly settled Gypsies. New Gypsy   immigrants are settled further to the west.

465 -- The Order d'Eit builds a fortress in Verfell Pass to   protect the resettled Gypsies. This sparks a three-way-war between Orc tribes   living in the area, the Gypsies aided by the Knights, and a Kingdom of   Dwarves discovered to be living under the Verfell Mountains.

467 -- The Knights and Gypsies sign a treaty with the   Dwarves. Their combined forces easily defeat the Orc tribes. The Dwarves   living under the Verfell Mountains join the Duchy and become citizens of the   Kingdom of Evendarr. All of the Knights d'Eit are made members of the   Gypsies' tribes. Christopherson is even given a position in the Gypsies Kris.   Goblinoids raids from the south intensify. The ageing Duke Seranden names his   son Michaelis Armond to the position of Marquis in order to take control of   the Sutherland military and fight off these raids. Michaelis, who joined the   Knights d'Eit years earlier, is given a contingent of Knights d'Eit by   Christopherson to aid the Sutherland military forces.

468 -- After several successful battles brilliantly led by   Marquis Michaelis, the Goblin forces are defeated. The area vacated by the   retreating goblin armies is named LaRochelle after the Noble family of   Marquis Michaelis's fiancÚ Sarie d'LaRochelle and floods with immigrants.

469 -- Several tragedies mark 469 as a dark year in   Sutherland history. First, Baron Christopherson is convinced that Sutherland   will be threatened sometime in the distant future, and that he and his   companions will play a critical role in ensuring the Duchy's survival.   Christopherson's soul is placed in an amulet, and his companions seal   themselves away in ancient ruins in the desert beyond the Verfell Mountains.   Later that year, Duke Seranden Armond dies. In accordance with Duke   Seranden's will, Queen Brenna Buttons I recognizes Marquis Michaelis as the   new Duke. Duke Michaelis names Lazarus Tron Baron of Sadhe to replace the   departed Baron Christopherson.

471 -- The Duke Michaelis Armond marries Sarie d'LaRochelle   and names her Duchess of Sutherland.

475 -- With Baron Christopherson gone and Duke Seranden   Armond dead, the Knights d'Eit split into two informal branches, the Knights   of the Field and the Knights of the City. Both come into accord when each   recognizes Duke Michaelis as head of the Order. Duke Michaelis Armond   declares the territory known as La Rochelle a Barony, with the city of   Clanthia as its capital. Duchess Sarie d'LaRochelle-Armond gives birth to   Kenneth Armond.

488 -- The Sudbyr brothers (relatives of the infamous   Sudbyries of Ravenholt), lead a migration to an area south of the Verfell   Mountains and west of LaRochelle. Duchess Sarie d'LaRochelle-Armond gives   birth to Rebecca Armond.

490 -- A great black drake, Ceniza the Black, organizes   Azufre's former minions and begins terrorizing settlers near the Verfell   Mountains. Lord Kenneth Armond and his close childhood companion Thompson   take on a Knighting quest for the Knights d'Eit to destroy this drake.   Thompson was raised by a Gypsy tribe but is actually of Elven linage.

493 -- Lord Kenneth Armond and Thomson slay the drake   Ceniza in its lair, in the northern part of Verfell Mountains near the town   of Botan. Duke Michaelis Armond Knights Thomson for his heroic deeds. Thomson   asks for and is granted the right to use the "Armond" name for his surname<span style="">  </span>as he did not have one.

493 -- Southwestern expansion ends with the discovery of a   vast swamp to the southwest.
498 -- Duke Michaelis dies a year after the death of his   wife. Kenneth Armond is named Duke by King Roderick Endarr I. Sir Thomson is   named head of the order of the Knights d'Eit by Sir Michaelis from the Hero's   Graveyard.

504 -- All of the inhabitants of the Island of Kraai, the   southernmost island in the Isles d'Hoenig, mysteriously disappear and are   never seen again. Rebecca Armond leads an expedition to investigate the   disappearance as her Knighting quest for the Knights d'Eit. Sir Thomson   accompanies her. Evendarrian people settled Kraai in 390, and Barbarian   tribes had resided there for at least centuries prior to the settlers'   arrival.

509 -- Rebecca Armond marries Sir Thomson.

514 -- Despite great effort by Rebecca and her expedition,   no plausible explanation is ever found for the mysterious disappearances on   Kraai Island. Duke Kenneth Armond reluctantly allows new settlers to make   their homes on the island. A permanent outpost of the Knights d'Eit is   established there to continue the investigation and protect the new   community. Duke Kenneth Armond names his sister Rebecca a Lady on his Court.

532 -- Duke Kenneth Armond is assassinated by an unknown   cabal. The cabal used strange magic's that allowed them to appear as members   of the Duke's own court. Although the murderers are captured just after the   assassination, they mysteriously disintegrate during interrogation. Their   full conspiracy is never known, nor is the magic's they used ever completely   understood.

533 -- Since Kenneth Armond has neither wife nor heir of   his own, King Hendrick Endarr II makes Rebecca Armond Duchess of Sutherland.   Sir Thomson, her husband, refuses her offer to share the title with her, preferring   instead to simply continue as head of the Knights d'Eit.

547 -- Piracy, which has been steadily growing worse since   378, becomes a major problem that greatly disrupts sea trade. With the   financial backing of the Duchy, the Isles d'Hoenig embarks on a great   ship-building project, developing a strong navy to combat the problem.

550 -- Slavers from the Dar-Khabad are found to be   kidnapping people from northern Sadhe and Rossanoe. The Evendarrian Duchy of   Niman politically blocks Sutherland's attempts at securing the support of   King Hendrick Endarr II in declaring war on the Dar Khabad.

551 -- Duchess Rebecca Armond gives birth to Lennon Armond.

553 -- Duchess Rebecca Armond gives birth to Patrick   Armond.

558 -- Unable to outmaneuver Niman politically with King   Roderick Endarr II, Duchess Rebecca and the Knights d'Eit begin a secret war   against the Dar Khabad by raiding their slavers and slave-holders.

566 -- Naval skirmishes with pirates prove unsuccessful in   controlling rampant piracy. Duchess Rebecca sends Sir Thomson to negotiate   with the pirates and solve the problem. The pirates agree not to attack any   ship flying the colors of the Sutherlands, and in exchange they are given   Writs of Privateering against ships of the Dar Khabad. Some scholars believe   these writs included Niman as well. Other Evendarrian ships were fair game as   well, but there was a strict "let no man die" policy placed upon   the pirates. They were allowed to raid Evendarrian ships, but had to ensure   the safety of passengers and crew. Pirates that violated this pact were   usually handled by other Pirates before the Isles d'Hoenig Navy was forced to   respond.

570 -- Duchess Rebecca Armond names the lands first settled   by the Sudbyr brothers the Barony of Sudbyr. The Goblin armies to the south   launch a new attack, thus starting the Second Goblin War. Lennon Armond leads   an expedition to explore southern Sudbyr. Laura Tron is among his   compatriots.

573 -- The Second Goblin War ends with an attack from   Lennon Armond's expedition who discovers the core of the goblinoids forces in   swamps on the southern border of Sudbyr. For this act, Duchess Rebecca names   Lennon Marquis of the Sutherland Army. Although Armond's losses were great,   he granted a blow to the goblinoids forces they would not recover from for   more than ten years. Scholars later believe that Lennon Armond won this   battle due to help from nefarious sources.

576 -- It is another dark year in Southerland history.   Duchess Rebecca Armond dies an untimely death under nearly identical   circumstances as the death of her brother. Her first born son Lennon Armond   declares himself Duke, and is later recognized by King Roderick Endarr II   despite protest from members of Rebecca's court. Many important Sutherland   Nobles believe that Duchess Rebecca planned to name Patrick her heir instead   of Lennon.

577 -- Stricken with grief over the death of his wife, Sir   Thomson resigns as head of the Knights d'Eit and names his son Patrick head   of the order. Sir Thomson then departs Sutherland for parts unknown. Rumors   persist that Sir Thomson believed his wife had been murdered and he actually   left to embark on a great quest to avenge her death.

584 -- The Goblin armies to the south launch their third   assault, starting the Third Goblin War. Sir Patrick Armond petitions his   brother Duke Lennon Armond for the position of Marquis to lead the Army of   Sutherland against the Goblinoids invasion. Duke Lennon refuses, and leads   the Army himself.

585 -- Duke Lennon blames his losses on interference from   the Knights d'Eit. Sir Patrick, head of the Order, maintains that the Knights   are the only force keeping the Goblinoids armies from overrunning the Duchy.   This argument culminates with Duke Lennon ordering the entire Knight's d'Eit   away from the fighting.

586 -- The Sutherland Army is completely overrun by the   invading goblinoids forces. The invasion happens so quickly that the Duchy is   unable to secure additional help from the King in time. Goblins quickly take   Tiksylvan, the southernmost city of LaRochelle, and then Clanthia, the   capital. By the eleventh month, the goblin armies take all of LaRochelle,   Sudbyr, and parts of Rossanoe, advancing all the way to the gates of   Sutherland City. Sir Patrick blames his brother Duke Armond personally for   this series of devastating defeats.  The infamous "Night of 1,000   Knives" is executed during the siege of Sutherland City. Agents believed   to be working for Duke Lennon Armond assassinate and obliterate most of the   Knights of the Field as well as many of the Knights of the City. On the same   night, Patrick, the head of the Order, is also obliterated by the assassins.   In an attempt to "restore order", Duke Lennon Armond declares   himself head of the Knights, although he had never been a member previously.   Duke Lennon blames the deaths on the goblinoids army.  By the twelfth month, Sutherland City is   almost lost to the goblins. On New Years Eve, Duke Lennon Armond sends a   desperate plea, asking for any aid or assistance. He vows that he will grant,   "Anything to anyone that can lift the siege." That night, hordes of   undead massacre the goblin armies. The Sutherland Necromancers' Guild claims   responsibility for raising the siege. They also say they can defeat the   goblins if the Duke will legalize necromancy.         

587 -- Claimed by most as the darkest day in Sutherland   history, on the first day of 587 Duke Lennon Armond decrees Necromancy legal   in a desperate attempt to defeat the goblin armies. Almost immediately, a   litch named Akeem, living in the swamps in southern Sudbyr, makes his   presence known by sending countless hordes of undead that crush the goblin   armies. The goblins are utterly defeated by this onslaught. Undead armies   patrol the borders of Sutherland to protect against goblin attacks.

588 -- From the Hero's Graveyard, Arrack warns the Nobles   of Sutherland and Knights d'Eit through dreams that if they do not make   necromancy illegal again, and reaffirm their commitment to forever fight   evil, they will all die. Very few heed this warning and seven days later the   Great Plague strikes. Virtually all the powerful die and do not resurrect.   Duke Armond manages to escape death, but becomes terminally ill. Most of   those who escaped death fight to make necromancy illegal again. They rebel   against Duke Lennon Armond, but are defeated with help from Akeem. Most of   those who fight against necromancy are obliterated for treason.         

590 -- Black J, the adopted son of Duke Lennon Armond,   returns from his schooling in Ravenholt. The Duke had 21 other illegitimate   children, but they were all believed killed in the plague.         

593 -- Evendarr is divided into four Principalities. His   Majesty names Miles Tegg Prince of the newly formed Principality of   Southwatch. Southwatch is composed of the Duchy of Sutherland, Therendry and   Tyrangel. Duke Lennon Armond refuses to acknowledge Prince Tegg's authority.

594 -- Duke Lennon Armond petitions King Mykel Endarr II to   have Sutherland withdrawn from the Principality of Southwatch. His Majesty   delays making a decision until he "better understands the problem."

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