Events

Events

Timeline and Historical Events of Vaxia

The following timeline is of the more notable and major events that occur in the game setting of Vaxia.

To find out more about all events that occur in game go to the Vaxia Session List or the Session Report forums for Vaxia.

BNC = Before The Namori Cataclysm AC = After the Namori Cataclysm



Age of the Namori

  • c. 100 BNC - Namori Empire is at its height. Spanning all across the world incorporating much of the civilizations. .
  • c. 40BNC - Namori global portal network established, magic and technology at the time making use of the global ley lines.


Era of Chaos and Madness

  • The Namori Cataclysm event.

    The global ley lines exploded, draining out to the world pure concentrated energies, causing massive global wide catastrophic disasters,creation of null magic zones, and extinction level events and severe mutation plagues of several species. Any surviving magical or technological artifacts had become severely damaged and malfunction. Even trying to divine this era or past it can cause physical and mental trauma.
    Any surviving species suffered from severe delirium in reaction to the sudden release and then absence of the ley line energies. This adds further devastation as few turns against each other in their confusion, or from panic incited from the rapid mutations occuring, causing several wars. This era lasted approximately 5,000 years, with adaptations of the survivors and world having been accelerated thanks to the very energies that had caused it.



Current Age

At this point historical documents are coherent, settlement structures showing signs of longer growth and survive, and artifacts possess none of traces of the malfunctions/corruption from the Namori Cataclysm. Prominence of modern form of existing/surviving languages. Divination can be done safely up to this point.


  • c. 0AC - Tivukha Kingdom under the Shepherd King established in the region that would become Arpaksad The Kundul Stronghold of primarily Dwarves expands and thrives in the caverns of the Kundul mountain. Foundation of the cities of Miser Muratori, Njordstrom Njaradbad, Kiotoi Yungue and Belrun
  • c. 25AC - Sovereign state of Nebrak established as 15 cantons in the region agree to form a confederation. Necromos begins building his armies.
  • c. 30AC - The Tribe of the Half Moon rules near Muratori. The Red Priests of Phrea Fromme rule what would become Jorkana and begin construction on the fire city of Akraburz.
  • c. 50AC - Kane Foraiya takes control of the Half Moon Tribe. He conquers Kundul, founds the citadel of Gro-Kane, and loots Crystal Towers.
  • c. 51AC - Necromos takes control of the Red Priests and conquer Gro-Kane, turning it into Grokul. Kane retaliates, conquering Jorkana and razing Akraburz.
  • c. 52AC - Kane conquers several of the clans in the Grom. Formation of West and East Grom as unconquered tribes and resistors fight back.
  • c. 53AC - Necromos's forces conquer Kane’s territories the Groms. Kane pulls his forces back to the Northern Peninsula, claims the Kanestronia Cathedral founding the city of Ramsalon there, declaring himself Emperor of Vaxia.
  • c. 80AC - Kane dies. His son takes over.
  • c. 110AC - Kane's grandson Ramsen I becomes Emperor.
  • c. 115AC - Ramsen razes Ghuundagor in the First Orc War
  • c. 140AC - Ramsen's son Minos becomes Emperor.
  • c. 150AC - Necromos and Minos kill each other over two of the Elemental Scepters. Necromos becomes an arch-lich.
  • c. 200-1000AC - Vaxia's Golden Age. Orcs clans resettle Ghuundagor. Necromos settles in unclaimed territory in Shi Inkahan.
  • c. 1200AC - Emperor Jhad razes Muratori.
  • c. 1490AC - Azrael Hajh becomes Emperor and begins his tyrannical rule.
  • c. 1500AC - The Great Pilgrimage of Candenord 1502AC - Emperor Hajh killed by Karrk, his court sorcerer.
  • c. 2000AC - Iskrania founded by Kosmo for refugees fleeing from Emperor Ramsen II.
  • c. 2100AC - Necromos returns to Vaxia. He kills and absorbs Kosmo. The Vaxian Empire attacks Iskrania and is defeated.
  • c. 2700AC - Xiao Matsuzawa rules Shi Inkahan, defeats the Lom-Ka
  • c. 2783AC - Gaunth houses werewolves, Vampires orcs, and other undesirables in his manor in Ramsalon. Gaunth is executed after his house was raided by the forces of the Vaxian Emperor to purge the undesirables. Gaunth is turned into a child of kosmo.
  • c. 2900-2930AC - Ronham becomes Emperor.
  • c. 2930AC - Wyndham becomes Emperor. Arpaksad. Ish Lavin founded.
  • c. 2945 - Northern Candenord suffers a terrible long, cold winter that kills thousands.
  • c. 2980AC - Wyndham is assassinated. Balcazar becomes Emperor, then falls into a coma. First General Augustus Razzaine takes control of the Vaxian Empire.
  • 2985AC - The Frankel Institute founded in Iskrania
  • c. 2999AC - The Darkest Night
  • 3002AC - The Second Orc War. Ghuundagor razed.
  • 3003AC - Victory City founded on the ruins of Ghuundagor. Gaunth founds GHOUL
  • 3004AC - War of Purification begins in Iskrania.
  • 3005AC - Gaunth dies.
  • 3006AC - Queen Anne born. Razzaine and Merguth vanish. Balcazar wakes up from his coma, assumes control of the Vaxian Empire. Meriadoch becomes Governor of Arpaksad, Kire Cordock becomes First General. The Purple Death strikes Ramsalon.
  • 3007AC - The Purple Death is cured. Vorkosigan is "born".
  • 3008AC - Overpass Portal between Ramsalon and Ish Lavin opens. The Alchemist and Vorkosigan successfully conspire to reopen the Nagatin Gate, allowing a flood of oni into Shi Inkahan, beginning the Fifth Oni War.
  • 3009AC - The War of Purification ends.
  • 3011AC - Xiao Ken assassinated. Deaths of Architects Daylia Massencourt and Gileas Greyreach Several other Architects go missing.
  • 3012AC - The Nagatin gate is closed, ending the Fifth Oni War.
  • 3013AC - Shi Inkahan invades the Vaxian Empire in the Naga Nori War The Mage Hunters terrorize Ramsalon.
  • 3014AC - The Shi Inkahan Empire begins helping its new territories to rebuild. The Mage Guild removes their Architects from power and elects a new set of Architects. GHOUL begins annexing Victory City into its territory.
  • 3015AC - The Blaze tries to take their revenge upon the Wood Clan for their part in the Second Orc War but was stopped before the damage became too great.
  • 3019AC - Current year
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Naga Nori War

Naga Nori War

The Naga Nori War was the invasion of the Vaxian Continent by Shi Inkahan Empire in 3013.

The name "Naga Nori" is related to Norinaga, the lake on which the Shinkan capitol of Kiotoi rests, and means "Western Dawn" (or "Sunrise for the West", or, if you want to get mindlessly literal, "West East"), a reference to the new ascendance of the western continent of Shi Inkahan after the darkness of the Fifth Oni War.

Genesis
After the chaos and anarchy of the Oni War, the death of Emperor Xiao Ken and the state of near civil war in Shi Inkahan, the daimyos eventually named Xiao Yujin Mikazo and Akane as Emperors. But there were conditions.

    The traditionalist Bashu Jipon led by Daimyo Jikan demanded that the Vaxian Empire be brought to justice for their alleged part in te assassination of Xiao-Ken.

    The imperialist Maru Ajai shamed by the chaos of the Oni War and the embarrassment of needing foreign help to win it, demanded a new war, to reunite the people of Shi Inkahan behind the Emperors. They didn't much care with whom war was made, as long as it was some force outside of Shi Inkahan, and as long as Shi Inkahan Empire won it on their own.

    After The Alchemist was defeated, a familiar old man came to Emperor Yujin. The old man had been the one to tell Yujin about the possession of the Lock and the Key to the Nagatin Gate, and their possession by the Alchemist and Vorkosigan which had been instrumental to victory in the Oni War. The old man revealed himself as a Lom Gunji and claimed that he could unite the Lom Gunji, as well as the Pirates of the West Kadrass, behind the new Emperors, but only if war was declared on the Vaxian Empire.

    Moreover, Empress Akane had been told of alleged abuses and crimes by the Vaxian Empire against its people, and was behind the idea of liberating them from their oppressors. That coupled with her own experiences in Miser and then being sold into slavery in Ramsalon made firm her resolve.

Declaration of War

    "People of Vaxia:

    "Whereas the Empire oppresses its people with practices which include, but are not limited to: mind scans which invade the basic right to privacy; persecution, imprisonment, and deportation of innocents; widespread slavery; high and regressive taxes; soulless machines enforcing the government's will; reckless endangerment of the fabric of reality and meddling with the natural order of things;

    "Whereas the government of the Vaxian Empire is suspected of involvement in the assassination of our beloved Emperor Xiao-Ken;

    "And whereas the Empire's rapacious and unchecked expansionism is a threat to all sovereign nations;

    "We, the Empire of Shi Inkahan, declare a war of liberation on the Iron Empire of Vaxia."

Ish Lavin

    In a sneak attack making use of anti-divination magic (so it wouldn't be predicted by seers), Shi Inkahan struck Ish Lavin just before the declaration of war was delivered.

    They chose a day when, due to repair schedules, fully a third of the Iron Navy was in the Bay of Lavin or docked in Ish Lavin. Lom Gunji Vampires swimming in the Bay of Lavin, put holes in the hulls of all the ships, sinking them. Simultaneously, a land army, landed on the beaches miles away, surrounded the city.

    Eventually, the Shi Inkahan Empire forces brought a bomb to the Overpass Portal and blew it up, cutting off Vaxian reinforcements.
    Shi Inkahan then occupied the city and proceeded to use it as a base of operations for the invasion of the rest of the continent.

    The Lom Gunji immediately began patching the holes in the sunken Iron Navy ships and raising them again from the sea. The Vaxian Empire began conscripting priests and holy mages to ward the hulls of their ships against Undead so that wouldn't happen again.

Victory City

    Two weeks later, bombs and weapons were delivered to Victory City One bomb sealed off the tunnel to Victory Portal. Another destroyed Victory City's Core Tower (with, in secret, a little help from Stome Shinu). Then, with Victory City's control systems destroyed, they started distributing weapons to the prisoners of the city. Soon, the guards were dead or driven off, and the prisoners controlled VC.

    Most of Vaxia's Automatons and all of their research into weapons of mass destruction (including contagions and very large explosions) were destroyed in the collapse of the Core.

    Negotiations between GHOUL the liberated Vaxian territories, the people of Victory City, and other political groups on the continent began, keeping the Vaxian Empire from retaking the city and beginning the process of annexing it into GHOUL.

Argonn

    The Ish Lavin end of the Overpass Portal was destroyed, but the Ramsalon end was still intact, and the Vaxian Empire had enough resources to build another end. So a new Overpass was opened to the island of Argonn.

    Then, Shi Inkahan sailed several ships raised from the Bay of Lavin were into the docks at Argonn and exploded them. A small force sacked the city and captured First Admiral Tarrant of the Iron Navy. Then Shi Inkahan withdrew, leaving Vaxia to rebuild their forces on Argonn.

    On their way back to Ish Lavin, the Shinkan ships were scattered by an unexpected storm, and most of them were caught and destroyed by the Iron Navy.

    Tarrant was teleported to a secure prison in Shi Inkahan. However, a few days later, most of the guards and prisoners in the facility were found dead at their posts and in their cells, with no visible injuries. (Traces of an exotic delayed-effect poison were later found in the facility's stores of rice.) The Bashumatsu monk guarding Tarrant's cell was also dead, stabbed to death, lying in a pool of blood -- much of it not his own. No trace of Tarrant was found.

    (In unrelated news, the Baroness Louise Vixan and her husband, the former drad Drathan announced, shortly after the attack on Argonn, that they, along with their good friend the Admiral's wife, would immediately be leaving for a long holiday in Candenord.)

The Continent

    It had been a decade since Crystal was a relevant trading post, so it was lightly defended, and Shi Inkahan captured it easily.

    However, Shinkan land assaults from Dawnport/Crystal on Tesaria the prison fortress at Grokul, and surrounding territories were repelled by the Iron Army and the Tesarian home guard.

    Shi Inkahan didn’t bother to take the miserable fishing town of Miser. Many Iron Navy sailors, having fled after the Battle of Ish Lavin, holed up in Miser, waiting for somebody to come get them.

    Shinkan forces took Jorkana advancing from landing points on Meribor Sound. Keren was besieged, but had plentiful supplies to last them a long time.

    The Cygnus House in the Nebrakian Collectiva had pledged their support to Vaxian Empire. The Cygnus Lord had called in many favors among other tactics to convince other houses to join them in their cause, only a handful answered and they gathered their banners and marched to reinforce the Vaxian lines in the borderlands.

    Some had feared Governor/King Meriadoch of Arpaksad might have taken after his departed mentor, Merguth, and begun a long, slow trip around the bend. But, if that had begun to happen, it hadn't yet begun to show. Arpaksad’s White Guards fearlessly marched almost due south, through the Iron Desert itself, to catch the defenders of Ish Lavin unawares.

    Candenord, the clans of the Elven Nation and clans of the Elven Alliance the Dwarves of Kundul Iskrania GHOUL, and East Grom all remained silent or officially declared neutrality. The Vaxian Empire quietly waved the threat of economic or political sanctions (which provoked surreptitious military raids by West Grom mostly against Jorkana), and in some cases of invasion and conquering after this war is over, but few nations had a horse in this race, so most of them wisely elected to remain out of the bloodbath.

Ramsalon

    In the early days of the war, a large portion of the Shinkan army disembarked in Meribor, and marched east across the continent through Jorkana, taking food from the farmlands as they went (reimbursing farmers with cash, albeit probably not as much cash as the food was worth). In the Azure Mountains, a detachment of ninjas and lom gunji led by Emperor Mikazo descended into the underworld, where they convinced or bribed Nethar to guide them under Gauntlet Gulf to the tunnels below Ramsalon. The lom gunji Hobomonster had spent years in the sewers and tunnels below Ramsalon, so their lom gunji guides allowed the Shinkans to navigate safely there.

    In the first day of the week-long invasion of Ramsalon, Shi Inkahan delivered bombs to the walls of Ramsalon, and put big holes in the walls. It turned out that the Shinkan anti-divination auras caused the automatons to arrest everyone nearby because of lack of auras, so the automatons were withdrawn from service until the problem could be corrected.

    On the second day (perhaps due to timing or communication errors), the army that had marched from Jorkana invaded in force via the Royal Road, taking the Court Of Heroes and Beth Bow and destroying the Overpass Portal to Argonn.

    On the third day, reinforcements arrived by sea, landing east of Ramsalon and taking the Common Flats in an amphibious attack. Taking control of some of Ramsalon's defensive siege engines, they destroyed the Haven Croft Barracks, erected a barricade between Common Flats and Haven Croft, and defeated many defenders by deploying lom gunji.

    On the fourth day, the Ramsalon Merchants Association (or a sizable contingent thereof) snuck hired mercenaries into Wayward Ho and with their collaboration, Shi Inkahan took the district.
    On the fifth day, the automatons, their programming having been patched, were deployed to Wayward Ho and the Shinkan camps outside Ramsalon. The entire Wayward Ho district, minus a couple buildings, was completely burned to the ground, ruining the fortunes of countless merchants. The Shinkan camps were pretty well messed up, too, with most of the supplies (which they had brought with them and raided from Jorkana) destroyed.

    On the sixth day, Shi Inkahan advanced to take Haven Croft up to Kanestronia Cathedral (where Emperor Xiao-Yujin Mikazo then took up residence), the Town Green and destroyed an automaton storage facility in Congreth Kane Castle in a commando raid.

    On the last day, the Vaxian Empire withdrew from the city entirely, loading their soldiers up onto the Iron Navy ships that had been blockading the city and sailing off to Argonn, leaving behind only automatons, led by Orrtek. (Orrtek had informed Balcazar and Kire that he had a plan to retake the city, without informing them of any details of this plan.) When representatives of Shi Inkahan refused to withdraw from the continent, all remaining automatons marched into the sea, and Orrtek's contingencies went off, wrecking the city.

The Burn / Final Solution

    Some thirty or so explosions went off, all around the city. There was little left to burn in Wayward Ho, so it didn’t. There was nobody left in the Congreth-Kane Castle, and nobody wanted to enter the strange green smog that was manifesting there, and it was separated from the city by large walls, so all the wooden structures within the CKC were just allowed to burn. In the rest of the city, Ramsalonian reaction to the fires was slow (the people had grown used to automatons fighting all fires with maximum efficiency), but the Shinkan army, the Mage Guild and private citizens banded together to halt the spread of the fires. In the end, 45 city blocks burned down, including the Bard's Inn, several other popular restaurants, the municipal forges, and a few houses of nobility.

    A horrible greenish smog was emitted from somewhere within the Congreth-Kane Castle. It blew briefly inland, over the river, covering much of the Town Green, before eventually blowing back out to sea and dispersing. Everyone who inhaled it was subjected to brief coughing fits, but the long-term effects of the infection were subtle.

    To make matters worse, a huge sinkhole opened up beneath southern Shinkantown swallowing several city blocks of the district and causing widespread panic that the notoriously tunnel-honeycombed fundamentals of Ramsalon are finally giving way. In the end, further collapses didn't wind up happening.

    A swarm of glittering little black beetles or spiders boiled from the squat, concrete Royal Labs Area Three in Haven Croft. These creatures, perhaps disliking the cold, swarmed into hiding in adjacent buildings and the sewers. This worried the populace almost more than actually seeing them swarming everywhere might have. The hospitals and temples, in the midst of the chaos, began to see people showing up with horrible necrosis, limbs just rotting right off. Many survivors didn’t even remember experiencing anything that might have caused this, limbs just rotting right off with no provocation, though some reported being stung or bitten by little black arthropods.

    Shinkan Emperor Xiao-Yujin Mikazo threw open the doors of Kanestronia Cathedral, inviting the populace to take refuge in the huge, ancient structure. There was sufficient room in the Cathedral’s hundreds of rooms for everyone who wanted to take shelter there, but they were packed in pretty tight in some of the rooms: a recipe for the spread of disease.

    Shi Inkahan’s army was largely able to prevent looting and violence, though obviously they’re not a fraction as effective at enforcing law and order than the Vaxian Empire was.

    Unfortunately, all of the Shinkan supplies were burned in their camps on the fifth day of the invasion of Ramsalon. Much of Ramsalon’s food stores were burned in the Wayward Ho at the same time. There was no longer enough food in the city to feed the Ramsalonians or Shinkans alone for more than a month, much less both. Jorkana, the continent’s breadbasket, was already tapped out –- most of their harvest having been raided by Westgrom and by Shi Inkahan as they marched east to Ramsalon, and lost in the fires. Jorkana was left with barely enough to feed themselves, if that; definitely not enough to export. The farmland to the east of Ramsalon couldn’t possibly produce enough to feed everyone. Many fishing boats were burned when Wayward Ho did, so even the fishing industry would take time to get back off the ground. It would be weeks before anything starts arriving in Ramsalon from the fertile lands of Tesaria and Nebrak, and even that was at best a band-aid. The whole continent would be starving before the summer harvests came.

Aftermath

    After this, both sides rather lost their taste for continued fighting. Shi Inkahan kept control of Ramsalon, Jorkana, and Ish Lavin. Tesaria, Arpaksad was granted independence (Tesaria was also granted control over Grokul and Dawnport Crystal); the Nebrakian Collectiva, the Groms, Kundul, Iskrania, and GHOUL were allowed to keep their independence. The Vaxian Empire retained control of their East Kadrass island holdings.

    Shi Inkahan granted clemency to all soldiers and sailors who had fought against them (with the exception of Royal Labs and some high ranking personnel), so long as they took oaths never again to take up arms against the Shi Inkahan Empire. Some Iron Navy sailors, disturbed by the reports of the so-called "Final Solution", began to mutiny and defect to Shi Inkahan's side. Both Ramsalon and the Vaxian government-in-exile declared the Royal Labs anathema for their role in the Final Solution. Royal Labs personnel in Argonn were arrested.

    The Argonn Overpass portal in Ramsalon was shut down in order to prevent it from being used in any kind of retaliation.

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