History - Second Age
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-0 CY – The first council of Julan is held. Meeting in Lightcrest, away from the worst of the political squabbles, the leaders of Orlash, Cerilia, Ment, Delthenor, Tirnost, and Mithlan are invited. A small contingent from Shreve is present, as well, who act as additional advisers to Dunath. This monumental occasion is so significant, it is the basis for the founding of the new age, and the common calendar system.
The Julan Council agrees to meet once every three years, unless there is an emergency the requires earlier convening. The council agree to a nearly complete trade embargo on Highreach. Mithlan requests a number of concessions to agree to this. The council agrees to hold the next meeting in Belhall.
2 CY – What starts as a border skirmish between various humanoid tribes in the southern foothills erupts into an all out war with Tirnost when roaming warbands burn a significant section of the forest as part of their fighting. The elves retaliate by sending an arcane plague that, unfortunately, does not discriminate well. Word gets out that at least several dozen dwarves and many humans living on the borders of the humanoid lands are struck ill, some fatally.
3 CY – Tensions run high at the second council. The elves have admitted their error, and promised to help in any way they can, but their magics are barely able to reduce the casualties from the plague. Those kingdoms affected have been forced to quarantine their borders, and the Tirnost are very unpopular in the southern lands. Only the desert peoples seem relatively unaffected by the plague. The minos have withdrawn significantly from trading, since they seem particularly susceptible to the plague, and all kingdoms suffer from lack of resources.
5 CY – The elves finally seem to have a handle on the magics controlling their plague. By this time at least a few hundred humans are known to have died, and many thousands had been ill. The dwarves don’t share the exact toll on their kingdom, but it seems to have been less than their human neighbors. Little is heard from the humanoid tribes during this time, and for several years. By the close of the council in 6 CY, the plague is eliminated in all of the known lands, although no one checks to see how the orcs, goblins, or other humanoids fare.
12 CY – After two relatively peaceable and uneventful council meetings, the council’s first meeting back at Lightcrest (and 5th meeting) proves to be quite eventful. A delegation of gnolls, orcs, and hobgoblins show up and request to be admitted as members of the council, representing Dabu. The High chief Slark Deadeye, a gnoll, acts as representative. The council takes several days, but the idea of having peaceful negotiations has a wider appeal than the general mistrust, especially of the elves, and Dabu is given a probationary seat at the council. No sooner does the council begin to discuss other matters again, and another surprise, this time, a delegation from Highreach, arrives with a similar request. This actually takes longer to decide, but again, the potential for lasting peace overwhelms the widespread distrust, and Highreach is admitted to the table.
The 5th counsel of Julan drags on for nearly two months, the longest yet. During this time, many of the advisors return to their homelands, leaving a token delegation, or simply leaving their vote on record without additional negotiation. The humanoid tribes of Dabu reach a non-aggression pact with the Tirnost elves, but neither is willing to agree to more than that. Some tentative trade agreements are reached with the human lands on either side of Tirnost, and even the dwarves agree to open a border trade post in the mountain foothills.
14 CY – Rumors and hints abound along the east of Julan. The northen duchy of Andevar has slowly expanded into the evergreen woods to the North, and rumors have been circulating that another kingdom, or at least, civilized group, has been found there. In the summer of Common Year 14, the Duke was finally approached formally by an elvish contingent from the north woods. Calling themselves, and their home, Frischnost, these elves look nothing like their southern cousins, being quite pale, almost albino in appearance. The contingent, lead by one Elgehar Icehand (as translated by the elves) has been sent as a diplomatic envoy to request the duchy maintain their current northern border, and refrain from any additional incursions into the elven homeland.
The Duke is initially reluctant to agree, since the woods have contributed quite significantly to the wealth of his duchy, growing nearly as wealthy as his liege, the king of Dunath. However, the king does not want a conflict on his northern border, and signs a binding pledge with the elves of Frischnost for trade and non-aggression.
15 CY – The Frischnost send a delegation to the 6th Council of Julan. The council proves otherwise relatively uneventful, although with all of the kingdoms vying for some trade concessions, it still last for over a month.
18 CY – The hobgoblins of Dabu bring a sizeable contingent to the 7th council. This large contingent represents a second kingdom of humanoids, known as Loktar. The council debates for some time whether to grant status to this second kingdom, as it seems a blatant attempt for Dabu to garner more voting power in the council, but after some rather heated discussion, it is agreed. The council exists to this day with representatives from these kingdoms, although the existence of Aerie is known, the aarokocra have never expressed any interest in sending a representative. When they wish to have a say, they have passed their views on through their dwarven neighbors.
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