The Fall of Nembar -- Reboot
Year Four Hundred and Eighty-one of Our Salvation, the first of July
I write to you today, brethren, because I have been tasked by the Lord Hierophant to put together a chronicle of what has passed since the end of the Rossian Occupation and the Great Reckoning. In light of the recent troubles, the Lord Hierophant along with the Council of Heralds have decided that we should compile a history of city of New Phlan, so that the Truth may be gathered in one single place for all the citizens of New Phlan to witness.
Addressed to the Council of Bishops:
I ask all of you for your aid in the composition of this Chronicle. While I realize times are trying and that many of your resources are strained, I do not require much. As many of you know, most the documents we had concerning the history of the city were destroyed during the Great Reckoning. I humbly ask that any useful documents relating to the history of New Phlan be presented to the Council for discussion and inclusion in the Chronicle.
This letter will only briefly touch upon the salient periods of history that our Chronicle will contain. It is my hope that this message will stir discussion among you, my fellow Bishops, so that we may be more complete in our understanding of the Truth as we go about authoring this Chronicle.
The Blessings of Nembar be with all of you.
Scribe of the Church
A History of New Phlan
I will spare the Council the trouble of retelling the dozen or so creation myths endorsed by the Church, since we all are quite familiar with them. It is clear, however, that our myths share a common theme: beings that are called “the old gods” created the world, they fought against and chained beings called “the primordials,” and then they left to their astral domains. We have evidence enough for this in the night sky itself, the stars that litter the sky are remnants of these beings leaving our world behind.
I posit that it would be fair to include mention of the old gods and their impact on creating a well-ordered world in the Chronicle. Many of our citizens are often confused when the clergy talk of the old gods. Let it be made known: Nembar Himself does not dispute the existence of the old gods. Civilizations before us revered the old gods and asked for their protection and power. The difference between those civilizations and ours is simple: New Phlan has a living god, a god who is present and can protect us from evil. The old gods are distant and do not care for the affairs of mortals. In summary, subjects that will need to be recorded in the Chronicle are:
- Lirot is created from the void.
- The old gods and primordials are born as well.
- The war of the old gods and the primordials.
- The old gods depart the world.
Prehistory (Prior to 1000BE)
Despite being labeled as prehistory, there are plenty of written records from this time period from the Aenir Civilization. Unfortunately, our scholars have yet to decipher elven script. Thus, the entire era is considered prehistory, from the Age of Dragons to the rise and fall of the Aenir Empire. In short, from what we can infer:
The Draconic Age — Dragons and other monstrous creatures reign over much of Arnesia. The mortal races are subjugated to various degrees by the whims of dragons and giants.
The Mortal Rebellions — Eventually, the mortal races rebel. Giants and dragons slowly fade from Arnesia as the mortal races band together and overthrow their masters.
The Aenir Empire — In southern and central Arnesia, Elves rule over an extensive an empire. Remnants of elven civilization persist to this day in the north.
Phlan, or Pharlos in the Aenir language, is founded as a city in the Aenir Empire.
Dwarves, halflings, and humans form tribal groups throughout Arnesia. The dwarves build a kingdom on the island of Azak-Org in the far east.
From the Elven Exodus to Rossian Occupation (1000BE to 1BE)
For reasons unknown, in 1000BE the elves begin to disappear. By roughly 970BE, the Aenir Civilization has completely disappeared from Arnesia.
840BE: Phlan is settled by indigenous humans tribes. Phlan is given it’s name from human settlers. The noble houses of Phlan are established by the tribes that initially settle in Phlan.
700BE: The first sack of Phlan. Orcs from the Nentir Peaks called the Tungian Horde rampage throughout much of Arnesia.
698BE: The Tungian Horde is eventually repelled back to the Nentir Peaks by a coalition of human and halfling tribes. Phlan is rebuilt.
649BE: The second sack of Phlan by the ancient red wyrm Szarthraxus. Szarthraxus is slain shortly thereafter and Phlan is rebuilt.
640BE: The third sack of Phlan. Phlan is nearly destroyed by an undead horde, but our ancestors manage to repel the undead forces and end the threat to Arnesia.
599BE: The fourth sack of Phlan by the Tungian Horde. Orcs and goblinoids, under the banner of a new Tungian Horde, once again lay seige to and destroy the city. Much of the population flees to the countryside, and the noble houses flee and are exiled.
465BE: The young half-orc war-mage Grom’zol, through a series of ruthless power-plays, establishes his dominance over the increasingly factionalized goblinoid, orcish, and monstrous factions in Phlan. He ousts the majority of the Tungian Horde and establishes his reign over the area. He also institutes a series of intense public works projects and reopens the city to human settlement.
460BE: Grom’zol sends envoys to the exiled noble houses of Phlan, offering a cease-fire between his remaining forces and the guerrilla fighters plaguing the city. After months of intense negotiations, the Treaty of Forthold is established. The noble houses of Phlan resettle the city, followed by remaining refugees. The Treaty of Forthold establishes a governance-by-council between the major factions in the city. This council is referred to as the First Council.
413BE: An aging Grom’zol, now in his late seventies, resigns from his seat on the council.
412BE: Grom’zol completes the Prophecies, a strange work that fortells the coming of Nembar. As a mage prior to the Rise of Nembar, it is presumed he is taken away shortly thereafter.
300BE(Year 1): Nembar is born. For the sake of this memo, I will keep the Rossian Imperial dating, but our calandar reflects a change in era here.
280BE: The Year of Nembar. For the sake of brevity, since the Chronicle will focus primarily on the history of New Phlan as a city, I will not recount the grand tale of the humble birth of Nembar, his great deeds, and his ascension to godhood, and his rule over the city of Phlan. But for the sake of completeness, on the first of this year He abolishes the First Council, seizes the land of the noble houses who had Him burned alive as a mortal, and materializes in a palace that floats above the city. Nembar’s allies on the First Council are reborn as Heralds, and form the Council of Heralds. Mages are no longer, from this day forward, taken as hostage by beings from beyond this world at their deaths.
260BE: The Great Tsunami. Phlan and the surrounding countryside are flooded in a terrible tsunami. Nembar manages to magically seal the city itself and protect the population from devastation. For a little under a decade and a half Phlan is completely underwater and isolated from the outside world. The city experiences a huge technological and magical boom during this period of isolation, and becomes a completely self-sufficient city-state.
254BE: Phlan is restored to the world as the water levels finally recede to pre-tsunami levels. Nembar decrees the city is to be called New Phlan. During this time period, major shifts occur in the composition of society. The Church Hierarchy is born, with the Lord Hierophant and Council of Bishops running day-to-day administration of the city. The Council of Heralds remain to pronounce the will of Nembar on specific occasions.
115BE: The Year of the Rogue Mage. A necromancer in the lower city raises an army of undead. Church Sentinels manage to repel the force and kill the mage, but not without much devastation to the city. Nembar proceeds to outlaw all unauthorized arcane magic, and mages are only trained as Regulators going forward.
22BE: City of Ropesvein in the north is overthrown by human warlord Rossus.
From the Rossian Occupation to the Great Reckoning
1AE: The city of Ropesvein, now renamed Rossus, begins to conquer nearby territories.
14AE: Nembar personally meets with Rossus. Nembar agrees to conditionally surrender the city of New Phlan to Rossian Empire. He orders the Church to stand down hostilities. Under the terms of the surrender, New Phlan is permitted self-governance and is overseen by a regional governor appointed by Rossian bureaucrats.
There is much debate among Church theologians as to why Nembar conditionally surrendered to Rossus in the first place. There is no doubt that the city of New Phlan was more than capable of repelling any Rossian aggression. I will leave the further discussion of the matter to the Council for how we will present this event in the Chronicle.
33AE: Rossus dies. His sons carry on his mission, conquering most of Arnesia by 63AE.
104AE: The Tungian Uprising. Orc tribes from the Nentir Mountains begin waging a guerrilla war against Imperial troops. This lasts up until the reckoning.
148AE: The Great Reckoning occurs. Five days prior to the cataclysm, Nembar ejects the Rossian Occupiers and decrees the city of New Phlan is no longer subject to the Rossian Empire. Furthermore, New Phlan is once again to remained sealed from the outside world. On the day of the Great Reckoning, Nembar is seen in the city square. It is told that He shielded the entire city from the arcane explosions that ripped through the surrounding countryside. New Phlan was thus largely unaffected by the Great Reckoning, but the surrounding countryside was made into a desolate wasteland.
From the Great Reckoning to present
1AR: The first year after the Great Reckoning. New Phlan is largely unaffected and sealed itself from the outside world, acting as a self-sufficient state as it did during the Years of the Tsunami.
38AR: The Island Principalities are largely unaffected by the cataclysm, though they know what happened on the mainland. Under the false impression that New Phlan was devastated, the former island of Kirtoos sent an invasion force to occupy and settle New Phlan.
This island-nation no longer exists. Sentinels easily repelled the invasion, Nembar decreed that Kirtos be sunk beneath the waves, which was done so by Nembar and His Heralds in short order.
53AR: The current year.