An Era is an arbitrary measure of historical time on Tinris. To this point, there have been a total of 16. These were: Dawntime, Conflict, Legends, Lore, Decline, Law, Restoration, Prosperity, Collapse, Sunrise, Reunification, Hegemony, Ascension, Prophecy, Promise and Concord.
A note about historical record keeping and dating may be in order before you read further. The figures below are an approximation at best, as all records before a certain point were purged in an effort to better allow cultural acclimation. BCE stands for “Before Current Era”, a number which is updated at the dawn of each Era. In modern Tinris, it is the duty of the Librarians to name and quantify each Era at the onset of a new Era.
The Era of DawntimeEdit
The Era of Dawntime - lasting from circa 34,500 years BCE through circa 33,500 years BCE, represents the first Tinrisian Era. It was during this Era that the Pantheon first gathered and established the World Laws of Tinris. From an orthodox Dalerunner viewpoint, this is when the suns Adris and Tesulild were lit and life on Tinris truly could begin.
The Law of Immigration was among the first to emerge from the Pantheon's Convocation. This law set in motion a Prime Material wide Calling for settlers which worked on deifically memetic basis.
The Great Planar Gates were built to allow easy migration from other worlds of the Prime Material, as well as other planes of existence.
An attack by the Planar Deity Ugozte also marked the first hostile action by an Outside Power taken against the world. This attack consisted of a planetary body being launched towards Tinris at high speed, and resulted in the celestial body Drariso being caught in an unstable orbit for approximately 12,000 years.
The Era of ConflictEdit
The Era of Conflict, lasting from circa 33,500 BCE through circa 31,500 BCE, marked a concerted effort, first from the Faewilds then the Lower Planes (specifically Hell and the Abyss) to invade or otherwise trespass on Tinris by way of the Great Planar Gates. Over the course of nearly 2 millenia, repeated incursions by numerous armies were rebuffed.
The Fae Incursion ended in a stalemate of sorts - the Law of Quid Pro Quo.
The Bloodwar, an endless struggle between Hell and the Abyss, threatened to - and at times thoroughly did - spill over into Tinris. This ended with an amendment to the aforementioned Law of Quid Pro Quo. The conclusion of this struggle marked the end of this Era.
The Era of LegendsEdit
The Era of Legends, circa 31,500 BCE through circa 29,000 BCE was the first of several times during which the Patrons of the Pantheon declared their abstinence from direct deific intervention. This was done first by a cessation of the Calling which began the massive Dawntime immigrations, and then completed by each Patron deity placing their mark on a Divine Compact. Further direct manifestation of Patron deities did not occur until the opening of the proceeding Era of Lore, though each continued to provide divine spells to their chosen faithful.
Additionally, it was during this Era that the first Tinrisian mortals achieved apotheosis.
The Era of LoreEdit
The Era of Lore, circa 29,000 BCE through circa 26,500 BCE, is the starting point for most recorded history on Tinris. The Great Library of Fawdant is built to house the Tome of Law, its Keystone set in year 250 Lore.
This Era also marks the first historical golden age, as highlighted by the quality of life of Tinrisian residents, the level of sophistication of technology and the steady growth in population worldwide.
The Era of DeclineEdit
The Era of Decline, circa 26,500 BCE through circa 21,800 BCE marks what many consider to be the natural counterswing to the prosperity during the Era of Lore. It was during this time that the apocryphal Moondragon Wager was made, and the results of this Wager became clear.
With the attendant cuts to the gerontocracy of Halfling civilization, a civil war erupted between the unaffected younger generations and the quickly fading elders. Halflings, to this day, remember the Great War and its repercussions can still be felt. While infighting between the Ilfandrazenaren raged, the other foundation races of Tinris struggled to hold their own. Some joined the war effort, but more often than not were lashed out against by both sides. Most other races withdrew and cut all ties to the Halflings, leading to a distinctly benighted age.
The Era of LawEdit
The Era of Law, circa 21,800 BCE through circa 20,000 BCE gained its name from the sweeping and binding Laws laid down by the Patrons and their churches. The most significant, perhaps, was the Law of Mortalkind. Through this divine legislation, the lifespans of all mortal races were defined and strictly defined exceptions outlined. By enacting this Law, the Great War ended as Halflings transitioned from true immortality to exceptional - though limited - lifespans and Elves transitioned from exceptionally long lived to the shortest lifespans of any foundation race.
The Era Law began in the year 18,797 BCE.
The Bright Star crew traveled forward in time from 303 Law (corresponding to 18,494 BCE)
The Era of RestorationEdit
This Era, circa 20,000 BCE through circa 19,400 BCE owes its name to the restoration of not only the Gnomish race to Tinris, in conjuction with their Patron Holinex, but also to the return to power of the exiled Elven Patron, Moondragon and the return of the fae by proxy through the direct action of The Law of Fae Incursion as Presented by Barantim Lawgiver, Barrister in Ordinary. The First Gnome - his name lost and his story known only to legend in the modern Era - vanished without apparent explanation, along with the rest of his Crew at the end of the Era of Law. Most records of this Era were lost in subsequent Eras, though a monument to what is commonly believed to be a group of adventurers was found during archaeological excavation of the Lake Umfula Devestation Zone (most commonly referred to as the LUD Zone) in 252 Reunification that has been conclusively dated to 2 Restoration.
The Era of ProsperityEdit
The Era of Prosperity, circa 19,400 BCE through circa 17,100 BCE is often referred to after the fact as Twilight, but officially recorded as Prosperity.
Decadence and debauchery begin to settle in as the Tinris World Navy truly came into their own. Imported goods from Wildspace are easily available and the space trade allows for luxuries that even the magic rich world of Tinris was lacking. The overall quality of life worldwide improves in the first century, leading to a decline in Tinris' own productivity.
Despite several prophetic visions, direct statements and other portents from both the Patron and Planar pantheons, the Era ends with massive coastal flooding on all continents as Ugozte the Unmaker's sponsored Godling follows in His Sponsor's footsteps and launches a coordinated set of orbital attacks to disrupt the tidal forces of the planet. Some of these projectiles are torn apart by Tinris' gravity plane and form a wide planetary ring, others disintegrate in the upper atmosphere, a significant number strike the planet's surface to cause direct destruction, and the remaining larger objects are caught in the planet's gravity plane where they inflict indirect havoc by shearing the planet's tidal forces in opposing directions for a full Tinrisian month before stabilizing in the final days of 2330 Prosperity and crumbling into additional material for the planetary ring. The subsequent magnetic pole shift also affected navigation by standard geomagnetic means. Modern historians have hypothesized that this lack of reliable navigation exacerbated the onset of the following Era as relief efforts were greatly hampered post-cataclysm and by the time emergency response was deployed, the damage had already been done.
The Era of CollapseEdit
The Era of Collapse, circa 17,100 BCE through circa 10,900 BCE. As one might imagine, the Era of Collapse saw its origins with the devestation known as Eschaton's Rain (known also as the Ruinrain, the Skydeath, and the Fallingsky). The apotheosis of the Ascended Godling known only as Eschaton brought not only the direct ruin of His eponymous Rain, but also the subsequent pestilence, famine, death and war it heralded. Legend claims that Eschaton Himself rode at the head of the Dwarven army which sacked Carisar in 159 Collapse, though no solid evidence has been provided. Historians argue that the conspicuous absence of Deific intervention - with attendant loss of arcane magic in the apparent absence of the Patron Moondragon - contributed directly to the duration of this Era, though many legends claim that the Patrons and Planars remained active in Tinrisian affairs, but were taking a 'hands off' approach due to the failure of the people to heed their warnings of impending apocalypse. To further compound the catastrophes of this Era, Tinrisspace's crystal sphere was sealed and the World Navy was scuttled to the very last ship circa 150 Collapse. The Great Library of Pasyd and all records therein were destroyed by Rain and by a subsequent Drow uprising and the burning of all records and the Tome of Law itself. By Era's end, approximately 1 billion people are known to have survived.
The Era of SunriseEdit
The Era of Sunrise, circa 10,900 BCE through 10,868 BCE, so named to avoid conflict with naming conventions and confusion with the Era of Dawntime, represented the first cracks in the dark age of the Era of Collapse.
What historical documents remain state that the Era was ushered in by the Patron Dalerunner returning to Dawning Square in Carisar and performing The Sunrise Miracle. While records of the nature of this miracle disagree - much knowledge having been lost during the initial rush for recovery from Collapse - as to what was actually achieved, there is overwhelming concensus that a miracle of no small stature was performed.
Within one decade, the ravages of the previous benighted Era began to heal and the peoples of Tinris began to work as one to recover from the horrors suffered during the millenia prior. By the end of this Era, a massive push to restore civilization was underway.
The Keystone for the Great Library was recovered and the Library rebuilt, with the completion of construction ringing in the proceeding Era of Reunification. This also represents the foundation of the Librarians, and their charge to recover and hoard lost knowledge.
The Patron and Planar Faiths of Tinris adopted a strong policy of reproductive encouragement, with both divine and secular awards being granted - under the Reproductive Mandate - to multiple child families for the entirety of this Era and well into the Era of Reunification.
The first vessels of the New World Navy were laid down in 10 Sunrise by authority of the newly founded Tinris Wildspace Affairs Office and a return to Wildspace was first achieved, with no small trepidation on the part of Second Admiral Kafa Goh, in 16 Sunrise. While there were initial concerns over the impact that the new planetary rings would cause to 'jammers, with very little complication the return to Wildspace was an overwhelming success.
The Era of ReunificationEdit
This Era, 10,868 BCE through 9,880 BCE, began with the massive public works completion of the Great Library.
On the heels of this great achievement, the spirit of racial cooperation sparked and then caught fire to usher in the Era of Reunification. Further Great Works Projects, including: T'denier Arcology, Fawdant Up Spaceport, the arkship Bright Hope - constructed in orbit at Fawdant Up, Sunkeeper Tower and Nivdott Library in Tenigo Carisar were laid down. As Reunification closed, the Reproductive Mandate was repealed as the world's population approached 9 billion.
The Era of HegemonyEdit
In the closing years of the Era of Reunification, the newly formed Dwarven Hegemony began a campaign of political and diplomatic conquest and ushered in the Era of Hegemony, 9,880 BCE through 4,553 BCE.
With advice and support from a splinter group of the Barnatím faith, the Hegemonists laid claim to all of the Estrynal continent, most of the continent of Oryton and a significant portion of Pasyd by way of land grabs, legal suits and demands for reparation.
Under their modified Hafeshi banner, the world's first incorporated business - Barllukdenr Holdings Inc. - was formed. Protests were lodged by members of other races and faiths, but the Gods Themselves were once again ominously silent. To counterbalance the heavy-handed political measures, the Dwarven Hegemony implemented sweeping progressive policies that have led to the technological wonders undreamed previously which are now commonplace.
As example, wirewrite supplemented and then supplanted the Pasydian bell communication system, then gave way to wiretalk. With this progress, however, transportation of goods became more critical than ever, resulting in a boom in all forms of transport.
The Great Arcology Project took to the global stage in earnest in 1225 Hegemony, with planetary resources brought fully to bear to ensure proper housing and accomodation of the still-expanding global population. With over 12 billion people documented to live on Tinris as of the first Grand Census, the urgency of the Arcology project could not be understated.
The Era of AscensionEdit
While the Hegemony continued with renewed strength into this Era, 4,553 BCE through 1,943 BCE, the onset was clear. A group of four Ascended Gods stepped from their mortality and joined the Planar pantheon to begin the Era. Le Harrowmoor - Halfling Deity of Music; Blathra of Umfula - Dwarven Deity of Commerce; Jakar Smithson - Human Deity of Nature; and Anakarasha Wonderchaser - Gnome Trickster Deity. According to the doctrine of these newly risen mortals' churches - some of significant size that had risen in secrecy prior to their deity's apotheosis - none had a Sponsor. No further information has been uncovered to support how their Ascension was achieved, yet their deific status is well beyond reproach.
As the Era drew on, the numbers of Ascended mortals grew in what seemed a chain reaction. As the Era wound to a close, the rate increased further still until the Patrons Themselves grew more than a little concerned. Doctrine now holds that the last Ascended mortal of the Era was Tosmerel Mazharakar, Gnome Deity of Deification. Through Her apotheosis, the entire populace of Tinrisian Gnomes were granted a small spark of divinity. In true Gnomish fashion, each individual Spark manifested in a unique manner.
The Era of Ascension also saw the full restoration of the Tinris World Navy to a position of power and distinction in Wildspace, adding approximately three spacefaring vessels per year for the later half of the Era. Furthermore, the introduction of scientific methodology to a heretofore magical transportation format led to the development of the Insphere Transit Drive (Colloquially either ITD or pop-transit)
The construction of so many ships began to tax the world's resources until careful arrangement with other Wildspace worlds and a number of extra-planar embassies could be reached. Once accomplished, however, the impetus to build continued unabated.
The Era of ProphecyEdit
This Era, 1,943 BCE through 0 BCE, began with what has since come to be known as "The Seer's Plague". During the coldest Pasydian winter on record, a ripple of prophecy began to spread from M'soroun Arcology. One by one, every Orc of the Arc, followed by members of other races, began to speak in a detached and otherworldly tone. In the space of one day, over four hundred prophecies were recorded. Some came to fruition in hours, others remain apparently unfulfilled to this day. Every third day for the next 1,900 years saw another instance of this uncanny channelling. The source remains unknown.
- "A warlord of the Moon and a star convene in a faraway world where weapons are taken"
- "After the traveller, there will be none. It will be the beginning of the end of times. Only two more in the name of the travellers will come after that. There will be excavation of the lost city."
- "A Ruler shall arise out of the huge garden, born from the Savior, the overthrower and destroyer of Halfling's kin, who shall destroy everything by cancellation."
The Era of PromiseEdit
On the heels of the Era of Prophecy, the Era of Promise began when a group of Makati Wahari's Observers came forward to reveal what they call "The Promise"
For over 19 millenia, a secretive group called the Keepers of the Promise had watched and waited for the return of a legendary group of adventurers lost to time in the year 303 of the Era of Law. With very little preamble, and with the full support of the Dalerunner, a new landing area at the Fawdant Up spaceport was set in readiness in the year 1,523 of this Era. In subsequent months, it became clear that this landing area was designed to accomodate the returning WNS Bright Star.
A global communications network, hybridized betwen magic and technology, became common during this time and now blankets the planet, allowing near instantaneous contact between all Arcologies, settlements and all orbital habitats. The newly rediscovered Phlogiston Communications Network also allows - albeit at a significant cost - communication with vessels underway in the Phlogiston.
This was also the Era during which first contact was made with spacefarers from a parallel Prime Material plane known as the Perseus Cluster and their governmental body, the Persean Concord.
The Era of ConcordEdit
The assignment of the word Concord to this Era is derived from the previous Era's contact with the foreign spacefaring government known as the Persean Concord, though the term also refers to a deific agreement to allow the replacement of the Lost Dalerunner by the heretofore planar deity Nicholas Greenfoot.