The Chronicle of Yewland
The Chronicle is composed of a number of separate documents stitched together by the royal scribe Carigard of Crowstone. The oldest of these documents is the Dunland Saga (roughly covering the years 1Y.F. to 80Y.F.), dating back to the time of the Rime Giants. This is followed with interpolation from the various tribal records and the dominion histories kept in the southern temples of the island.
1 Y.F. In this year, Spyros the Despot founded the city of Spyra after fleeing from his home in Torqata. The Rime Giant King of Vulgard began a great war with the folk of Icegard and the Northern Isle in the dusk of this year.
2. Y.F. Leithann of Dunland was born in the household guard of King Hereot. Thus begins the Dunland saga.
4 Y.F. Leithann’s father, the hero Fynn, was slain in this year while fighting for King Hereot in Icegard. A great tomb was erected there by Hereot. He took Leithann as his own son when he returned home, against all the laws of men and giant.
13 Y.F. Leithann of Dunland was driven from Vulgard in this year when Hereot’s brother Hralfang slew the king and took control of Vulgard. Leithann was smuggled out of the royal palace in a giant’s basket and taken to safety to live with his mother, the warrior Daesa.
18 Y.F. In this year Leithann reached his majority and took up the blade. He traveled to Icegard and lived there in exile for fifteen years. The Dunland Saga tells us that, beginning in this year, Leithann fought many of Hralfang’s bravest warriors: trolls, giants, all.
33 Y.F. The King of the Rime Giants, fearing the return of Leithann á Fynn in this year enacted a great and ancient rite to return the drakei Tyrant Vercingetorex Fulgor to the world. Hundreds of Giants were slain, and countless men, to provide the motive force for this black magic.
35 Y.F. Fearing the coming of Leithann, Hralfang sent Vercingetorex Fulgor to devastate Icegard. Rather than bend to the undying beast, Leithann á Fynn hid within the hide of a troll that kept him safe. There, at his father’s grave, the hero did slay Fulgor for a second time, forever banishing him to the Netherworld. When Hralfang learned of his defeat he took his own life.
38-41 Y.F. The crumbling of Vulgard occurred during these years. Leithann never returned home to help re-stabilize his kingdom.
199 Y.F. In this year the Spyran general Olisauros, who brought ten phalanxes to the island, conquered the Wyranthi tribesmen in the west. Three battles were fought near Blackstone.
200 Y.F. Olisauros began construction on the fortification that would later be known as Oldcastel. Two Dominion Phalanxes destroyed by the Rime Giants near the Dunland Dyke.
201 Y.F. The Despot Tarquen died in this year, murdered in the Labyrinthine Palace. In the chaos following, the Synod took command of the Dominion and reinforced the Dominion holdings on Wyranth and established the city of Oakenport.
223 Y.F. Renewed conflict with the last Rime Giants. The general Turosis of Vaer sent to Icegard for the bones of Vercingetorex Fulgor. Recovering the dragon’s thigh-bone, it was carved into a helmet. Turosis thus became the first Dragon to lead the men of the dominion in the west, establishing a Wyranthi tradition for all time.
225 Y.F. A decisive battle was fought in this year upon the Dunland Dyke. The last families of the Rime Giants were driven from the isle, but the Dunlander tribes united to repulse the dominion forces.
305 Y.F. The War of the Temples broke out in this year. It would conclude with the ascendance of the new tyranny under the Despot Avicen.
317 Y.F. The Despot Avicen in this year withdrew the dominion forces from the island of Wyranth to secure his rule in the East.
322 Y.F. Cities were emptied in this year. The great marketplaces stood abandoned. The tribes came down from Forest Hallow and spread across the land. The Cuervi revolted against the lords at Blackstone. There was much sorrow on the isle. The northern tribes proclaimed a Dunlord in this year.
326 Y.F. In this year the Dunland tribes united and swept into the eastern horn of Estimbar. The priests of Forest Hallow swept eastward and burned many temples dedicated to the Spyran gods.
331 Y.F. Corothman of Castelstone proclaimed himself a Dragon, leader of a western dominion army. He demanded tribute from the surrounding territories and established what was called the Kingdom of Castelhold.
339 Y.F. By this year, the Dunlord had fallen. Yet, the tribes of the island made six kingdoms in its heart to oppose Corothman’s Castelhold. Each was led by a man claiming to be one of the Spyran Dragons. These kingdoms were Harthold in the north-east, Stagsend in the north-west, Gulland, Shinglehorn, and Westland in the midlands. In the south, joining Castelhold, was the small kingdom of Woodstand. Each was pagan, and each devoted to the gods of the west or to the Spyran gods as expedience demanded.
343 Y.F. The King of Stagsend, Corigard, in this year made pledge to the Procurator of Vaer across the channel, promising his kingdom’s allegiance to the Old Dominion. For a time, this alliance made Stagsend the most powerful of the seven kingdoms.
358 Y.F. In this year the Rudd tribes north of Castelhold rebelled against the Southern Dragon. The Alogatai and Masgatai of Woodstand rushed in to aid them, but temporary alliance between Castelhold and Stagsend under a Spyran Pagan banner drove them off. Here fell Corothman at the Ruddwater’s edge and there for him was raised a stone. To take his place, his son Marc was made Dragon at the very site of his father’s grave.
454 Y.F. The Sacred Autarch Horas sent to the Island in this year a missionary to spread word of the Faith. In an effort to secure the alliance of the dominion, the King of Harthold converted to the new Faith. An army comprising two phalanxes was sent to aid him in this year.
457 Y.F. An army composed of two phalanxes was sent to aid King Morr of Harthold in this year. Following their arrival, Queen Aesc of Stagsend agreed to wed their lines. The resulting kingdom stretched from the Highland to the sea.
458 Y.F. The Year of Alliances. Fearing for their safety in the face of the new alliance, the southern kingdoms one by one either fell or made treaties with the dominion. The kings of Shinglehorn and Castelhold converted to the Kyrian Faith.
459 Y.F. The Divine Light of the East commanded in this year that no Kyrian kingdom make war upon another in the west. The fighting, for a brief period, was halted in Wyranth.
468 Y.F. With the death of King Morr, the union between his daughter Gwyain and Aesc’s son Artur dissolved. Artur repudiated the Kyrian Faith and Harthold fell into a brutal civil war.
469 Y.F. In this year the men of Estimbar, Stagsend, and Dunland poured into Harthold. Gwyain and her loyal servants were shut up in the castle at Hartsleap for three months through the winter.
470 Y.F. Gwyain and her train were dragged from their castle on the fourth of this year and dragged before the Dunlord himself. He pronounced them sacrifice to Mortai, the Skyfather, and announced that Escalath, the Warlord, was riding. Lo, it was that the light of the Faith on the island guttered and was nearly extinguished.
476 Y.F. In agreement with the Dunlord, the Caledoni and Mascoliri attacked the remaining Faithful kingdoms of the island in this year. Thousands were slain.
481 Y.F. There were no Faithful kingdoms remaining on the isle from this year forward.
503 Y.F. In this year the Autarch Methodius dispatched fifteen phalanxes to reconquer the lost lands of Wyranth. They quickly established control in the south.
504 Y.F. The rebuilding of Oldcastel was undertaken in this year. Dominion cities were re-established, including Oakenport. Roads were lain in the south.
507 Y.F. Open hostilities with the Mascoliri culminated in this year with the execution of ten Oroline priests who were strung along the border of Forest Hallow.
510 Y.F. The Mascoliri Wars erupted in this year as a response to violent suppression of their cult in conquered dominion land.
512 Y.F. The dominion, victorious, stoned the High Circle of the Oroline Priesthood to death, preserving the Hierophant himself for transport back to Spyra and triumphal march between the Cedar Gate. Autarch Methodius praised his generals in the west and lavished them with gold.
521 Y.F. The dominion began construction on Thearca’s Line through the midland to protect the Wyranthi holdings.
529 Y.F. Caledoni tribesmen attacked Thearca’s line in the summer of this year. Men from the Northern Isle and Icegard followed suit in a second attack in the autumn. The dominion began to levy federate troops from the native Wyranthi tribes.
531 Y.F. The Divine Light appointed a High Priest of Wyranth in this year, dispatching as his agent Ogust of Alfad.
532 Y.F. Ogust of Alfad arrived in Wyranth in this year and established himself as the High Priest of the isle. He caused to be erected a stone there which would later become the heart of the Temple at Kingsbrook.
549 Y.F. The first stones of the Temple at Kingsbrook were laid in this year. It would not be completed until 735 Y.F. due to continuous pressure from the Caledoni and Mascoliri.
697 Y.F. Pressure in the East caused the dominion to withdraw from the island. The subsequent chaos of their departure plunged the cities into steep decline and destroyed trade.
699-705 Y.F. Spearmen and Urathi, seeing an opportunity to be had, attacked the vulnerable semi-leaderless settlements. Only the Prelates could rally enough forces behind the temple walls to safeguard the townsfolk.
715 Y.F. The Dunlord and the Caledoni went to war in this year over who would have the spoils of the south.
719 Y.F. A Confessional man known as Artur the Pretender appeared in the midcountry and began carving out a new Stagsend from the failed holdings of the dominion. Several prelates supported him, lending him legitimacy.
720-790 Y.F. The establishment of other successor kingdoms followed. These were the lordships of Midfold and Woodsend, Highfall and Blackstone.
735 Y.F. King Harald of Midfold completed the Temple at Kingsbrook in this year and installed his youngest son, Elfric, as High Priest of Wyranth in the same seat used by Ogust two centuries before. Elfric was recognized by many of the kings of his age and prelates within Woodsend, Highfall, and Hartshold bowed to him.
741 Y.F. King Harald and King Theril of Harsthold wed their children in this year; King Harald’s daughter Gwendai and King Theril’s son Hargel were married at Kingsbrook.
755 Y.F. In this year, King Theril perished, leaving his kingdom to Hargel and Gwendai. Against the wishes of the people, King Harald took the kingdom from his son and united Hartshold and Midfold. The capital was moved north.
763 Y.F. The kingdom of Stagsend went to war with Hartshold in this year. Rebellions rose up against old King Harald within the borders. The monasteries and temples begged his support, but it was not to be had.
769 Y.F. Old Harald was put to death by the ruler of Stagsend, King Mandon. Local cities within Harsthold flocked to the aid of their king, Hargel. Queen-Consort Gwendai in this year gave birth to a son, Aswald.
803 Y.F. The death of King Aswald the Martyr of Hartshold against the Army of the North occurred in this year. His forces routed the Urathi, Vulgari, and Caledoni tribes in the old territories of Harthold but his death signaled a permanent loss of Hartsleap to the barbarians.
905 Y.F. In this year Humbolt of Harthold began the War of the Stag with violent bloodshed upon the borders. He set torch to many towns and drove smallholders from their lands. Great suffering went in his wake.
907 Y.F. Humbolt defeated the remainder of the Allies of the Stag in this year at the great battle of Deeping Fell. Here he was proclaimed High Dragon of Wyranth and given all praises by the prelates and High Prelates for bringing an end to centuries of strife.
919 Y.F. In this year died Humbolt the High Dragon. His son, Curin, Scourge of the North, succeeded him.
920 Y.F. Curin the High Dragon began the Pacification of the North in this year by attacking the border-lands of Estimbar. A great keep at Hartsleap was put to the torch and hundreds of Estimbar pagans were sent to their gods. This was seen as vengeance for the death of the martyr-king Aswald before the castle’s walls a century earlier.
953 Y.F. The accession of our beloved king Morant the High Dragon, second son of Curin.
1000 Y.F. In this year King Morant the High Dragon fought three running battles against the rebel southern lords, the Edgewoods and Whitemedes. His victory was followed by swift capitulation and return to the fold. The chieftains of Caledon threatened to unify, but swift action by King Morant and his Dragons kept them at each other’s throats.
The High Priest at Kingsbrook in this year went on a pilgrimage to Spyros and an audience with the Divine Light.