0 a.F: The mighty dwarven empire of ((Dûn Mir)) falls, prey to internal conflicts and bands of orcs led by the warchief Throk-Feroth.
0-750 a.F: A period known as the Umber Age, of which little is known and records kept are few. The people have descended into ignorance and primal fear. Monsters are found aplenty throughout the world.
676 a.F: Some remote city-states join in a military alliance and become a powerful force that begins to conquer all that surrounds its lands.
745 a.F: The military alliance is now a powerful pseudo-empire.
896 a.F: What began as small city-states is now the largest known empire in the world. It is a haven of safety and security, and there are no major wars. Dissidents are dealt with quickly and surely, as are threats from monsters in the outside.
1121 a.F: The empire begins to grow lax.
1592 a.F: The emperor and nobility, confident in the empire’s glory, grow lazier with every passing year. Monsters are found far more frequently around the borders. Bandits are found in large numbers in the less civilized sections of the empire.
1905 a.F: Nobles plot against each other more openly, vying for the position of Emperor. A mighty orc on the outskirts of the empire proclaims himself to be Throk-Feroth brought back to life. He resists all attempts to be put down.
1922 a.F: The empire is at war with the orcs. The emperor is assassinated by one of the court nobles, rendering the empire leaderless while the nobles deliberate.
1937+ a.F: The empire has fallen, leaving only ruins behind, and legends of civilization. Towns become isolated and small. Monsters run rampant across the countryside. The orcish horde, with Throk-Feroth’s death, begin to bicker among themselves again, and dissolve into groups fighting for supremacy.
The world becomes a dark place, filled with forgotten places and terrible beasts the devour any who are dumb enough to venture too far outside their village. The stage is set of heroes to come and deliver the people of this world from darkness. But the question remains – who will take such heavy responsibility on their shoulders?