The Iron Kingdoms
Birth of the Iron Kingdoms
Just when things looked blackest, when it seemed as if the human civilization of the continent was doomed to an eternity of conflict, the first Orgoth longboat arrived on the beach near what is now the city of Caspia.
The Orgoth explorers were representatives of a tightly disciplined military society hailing from somewhere across the Gulf of Cygnar. They were a nation of humans, but they were savage, callous folk with many dark and unsavory customs. Seeing an opportunity for conquest, they immediately launched an invasion and a war of domination. The citizens of the Thousand Cities were taken by surprise, but they fought valiantly – and to no avail. The land eventually fell under Orgoth control, though there were two centuries of scattered bloody resistance before the Thousand Cities were totally subdued.
The Orgoth Empire occupied the land for a total of six hundred years. During this time the invaders contemplated assimilating the elves and dwarves, but the price of attacking these powerful nations was deemed to be too high. The xenophobic and unpredictable elves were left alone, and the dwarves of Rhul became occasional Orgoth trading partners and nothing more.
The Orgoth rule was without incident for four centuries. Inevitably, a rebellion began to take shape, and another two centuries of scattered conflict began. The Orgoth Empire was eventually defeated and driven back across the sea, but during their retreat they took the time to destroy almost all of their records, artifacts and structures – to this day, historians know little about them despite their centuries of occupation. The Orgoth also salted the fields, poisoned wells and put cities to the torch. The Scourge was their final act of barbarism.
There are many strange legends from the last days of the rebellion – tales of dark, mysterious allies that helped to drive away the invaders. Some say that it would have been impossible to defeat the Orgoth without help, and the rebel leaders had to make dangerous deals with infernal powers. If this is true, the Iron Kingdoms have yet to pay off this ancient debt. Considering the poor historical record from this time period, no one has been able to prove anything one way or the other. Only time will tell if the legends have substance.
With the Orgoth driven away, some opportunists tried to take advantage of the situation, and small conflicts began to break out just as they had in the old days of the Thousand Cities. The leaders of the rebellion had other plans, though, and the budding warlords were put down quickly and brutally. While the rebel armies kept the peace, their leaders convened in Corvis. Though the city still smoldered from the Scourge, it was the best meeting place in the realm – centrally located and easy to travel to. Within the cold marble chambers of Corvis City Hall, the rebel leaders held the Council of Ten. Weeks of furious debate followed, but when it was all over the famous Corvis Treaties had been drafted, and the Iron Kingdoms were born.
Strictly speaking, the term “Iron Kingdoms” refers to the lands of men; those kingdoms which signed the Corvis Treaties after the rebellion against the Orgoth. There are five official kingdoms in total: Cygnar, Khador, Llael, Ord and the Protectorate of Menoth. In the frigid north, near the Glass Peaks, the dwarven kingdom of Rhul is found. To the northeast lies the mysterious homeland of the elves, Ios. In practice, the nearby elven and dwarven nations are often included when men speak of the “Iron Kingdoms,” (a fact which annoys elvenkind to no end) and these realms will be fully detailed along with their human neighbors. The last kingdom informally included when speaking of the “Iron Kingdoms” is the hostile island nation of Cryx, ruled over by the dragon Lord Toruk. All these nations – and others yet to be discovered – share the continent of Immoren.
Aye, anyone can read the Corvis Treaties for themselves’ but the most important deals were never set down on paper. The Iron Kingdoms were born of bloodshed and dark dealings, and so shall they fall. – Torven Wadock
Timeline of the Iron Kingdoms
Prehistoric Era (Old Races Era)
c. 10,000 BR All of the elven tribes unite as the Empire of Lyoss (far to the east beyond the Bloodstone Marches).
c. 8500 BR Feud of Ages begins among the dwarves.
c. 8200 BR Feud of Ages ends Stone Lords of the Thirteen Great Clans settle in Ghord.
c. 7500 BR The Dwarven Moot composed of the Hundred Houses in Ghord is established; Dwarves are granted the lore of arcane magic by their gods with strict rules regarding its use.
c. 6500 BR The Canon of the True Law is discovered at the ruins of Icthier by tribes of nomadic humans. Menoth worship begins.
c. 6000 BR Many tribes of nomadic humans begin settling into agricultural communities around Ancient Icthier. Cinot is credited with teaching agriculture to early tribes.
c. 5500 BR Menite priests Belcor and Geth lead Exodus northward from Ancient Icthier in search of more fertile lands.
c. 4800 BR Humans begin settling around the Black River at the Valley of Morrdh.
c. 4250 BR The elves begin to build the mystical Bridge of Worlds in order to span the gap between Caen and the Veld.
c. 4000 BR The Bridge of Worlds is completed and the elven gods come to Caen, whereupon the bridge explodes and destroys Lyoss.
c. 3900 BR Shyrr is founded along with other great cities in Ios.
c. 3700 BR Molgur tribes dominate most all of western Immoren and vie for control.
c. 3500 BR Lords of Morrdh unite settlements, creating the first civilized kingdom of humans. Morrdh begins claiming Molgur territory. Toruk creates his dragon brood.
c. 2800 BR Warrior-priest Valent Thrace establishes the Hold of Calacia.
c. 2230 BR Priest King Golivant of Calacia is born.
c. 2200 BR Priest King Golivant drives the Molgur tribes from the Wyrmwall. Priest King Khardovic is born.
c. 2175 BR Priest King Golivant dies and his kingdom breaks up.
c. 2170 BR Priest King Khardovic founds the Kingdom of Khard.
c. 2050 BR King Golivant III re-conquers Calacia and renames it Caspia.
c. 2045 BR Priest King Khardovic dies.
Thousand Cities Era & the Rise of Morrow
c. 1930 BR The Twins, Morrow and Thamar, are born.
c. 1900 BR The Twins, Morrow and Thamar, ascend after the march to Caspia. The Cult of Morrow begins to spread.
c. 1880 BR Menite priests initiate the Purging.
1866 BR Orellius I founds the Divinium in the Wyrmwall Mountains.
c. 1850 BR Rab Vinstra leads the Midar from Morrdh and establishes the Midar Kingdom.
c. 1690 BR Kossite, Skirov, and Khardic tribes battle for regional dominance.
c. 1670 BR Plague ravages Kossite and Skirov tribes. Khards seize Molga and rename it Khardov.
1612 BR Human clans unite establishing Thuria. Trollkin migrate northward.
c. 1500 BR The kingdom of Morrdh disintegrates due to causes unknown.
c. 1450 BR Khardov, the largest city of the north, begins exercising dominance over neighboring territories, primarily through force of arms.
1421 BR Sveynod Skelvoro declares himself first Emperor of Khard.
1415 BR Khard-Kos War begins.
1387 BR Toruk kills and consumes the athanc of the dragon Gaulvang.
1382 BR Kos surrenders to the Khards ending the Khard-Kos War.
1370 BR Several allied warlords establish the nation of Tordor.
1330 BR Horselords join the Khardic Empire
1322 BR Tordoran Conquest of Thuria begins.
1313 BR Tordor annexes Thuria ending the Tordoran Conquest.
1277 BR Most Skirov chieftains renounce the Devourer, convert to Menoth, and pledge loyalty to the Khardic Empire.
1250 BR Primarch Lorichias is assassinated by Khorva, a Menite scrutator. Asc. Katrena appears and slays Khorva in a massive display of power; ascension of Sc. Khorva.
1141 BR Khardic Empire attacks Hellspass.
1118 BR Hellspass War ends with ogruns swearing an oath to Khardic governors.
1102 BR Umbrey declares itself an independent principality from the Khardic Empire.
1100 BR Voldu Grova writes the earliest records of alchemy and refers to crude liquid explosives.
1073 BR Kingdom of Rynyr is established.
c. 1000 BR Toruk is forced from the mainland by his brood and relocates to the Scharde Islands.
940 BR Printing press with moveable type is invented by Rector Janus Gilder.
840 BR The Divine Court leaves Ios in search of a means to return to the Veld.
838 BR Aeric discovers Nyssor in an icy chasm. Nyss settle in the far north.
822 BR The Long Sun, a prolonged drought, kills over one million Immorese natives.
821 BR The Horselord Wars begins between the Umbrean princes and the Khardic Empire.
743 BR Drago Salvoro creates the first steam engine.
716 BR Korska is conquered and the Umbrean princes swear fealty to the Khardic Empire ending the Horselord Wars.
714 BR Korska, dubbed Old Korska, is made the eastern capital of the Khardic Empire; Khardov remains the primary seat of power as the western capital.
712 BR Morrowans move the center of the church from the Divinium in the Wyrmwall Mountains to the newly founded Sancteum in Caspia.
c. 700 BR The dragon Halfaug begins terrorizing the far north.
664 BR Khardic Empire reaches its height.
Orgoth Occupation Era
600 BR Orgoth blackships land in western Immoren and begin conquest of the Thousand Cities.
c. 600 BR The Wyrmcycle Saga is penned.
593 BR Tordor surrenders to the Orgoth after its powerful navy is utterly destroyed.
586 BR Western Caspia falls completely under Orgoth control.
581 BR Orgoth invasion stalls at the southern provinces of the Khardic Empire.
569 BR Khardic Empire falls to the Orgoth; Old Korska is completely destroyed.
542 BR Orgoth armies conquer Rynyr.
538 BR Toruk destroys an Orgoth fleet bound for the Scharde Islands.
433 BR Orgoth Empire exercises absolute power over the kingdoms of men in western Immoren.
370 BR Orgoth are said to have slain an unnamed dragon at Uld Vroggen. The dragon’s athanc is placed in a temple; within the month the athanc hatches and the wyrmling burns the temple to the ground.
c. 150 BR Thamar negotiates the Gift of magic and imparts it to men.
140 BR The Rivening: almost all elven clerics lose their power.
137 BR First Immorese person with sorcerous abilities discovered at Tarna.
96 BR Sebastien Kerwin, the Father of Wizardry, circulates his study of the principles of arcane magic entitled Dissertations on Thaumaturgical Formulation.
90 BR Sebastien Kerwin pens The Essence of Divine Magic.
81 BR Sebastien Kerwin tutors wizards and institutes the Arcanist’s Academe.
73 BR Sebastien Kerwin pens Principia Arcana Magus.
69 BR Orgoth commit the Vicarate Slaughter; over 500 priests are slain.
67 BR Sebastien Kerwin founds the Circle of the Oath.
64 BR Sebastien Kerwin theorizes the arcanodynamic accumulator and rune plate in his book Synthesis, the first text on mechanika.
63 BR Orgoth destroys Arcanist’s Academe; Sebastien Kerwin thought slain but his body is never recovered.
34 BR Scyrah returns to Shyrr, but will not speak of the fate of the Divine Court.
25 BR The Order of the Golden Crucible is founded by survivors of the Circle of the Oath.
1 AR Beginning with an uprising in Fharin, the Rebellion is declared against the Orgoth by the Iron Fellowship.
7 AR Iron Fellowship is utterly destroyed by the Orgoth.
26 AR Oliver Gulvont, alchemist of the Golden Crucible, creates the first handheld firearm.
32 AR Orgoth are temporarily repulsed from much of Tordor after the Battle of the Hundred Wizards.
40 AR Orgoth recapture Tordor and put all known wizards to death.
c. 80 AR Alchemists of the Golden Crucible build the first rifles with the patent pinlock fire mechanism.
84 AR Rynyr liberated by rifl e-wielding revolutionaries dubbed the Army of Thunder.
85 AR Army of Thunder cuts off Orgoth supply routes in Midfast and Merin.
86 AR Orgoth armies reclaim Rynyr except for Leryn, slaughtering the Army of Thunder and its supporters.
93 AR Rip lung kills thousands in Rynyr, Tordor, and Caspia and is ended in part by Asc. Corben prior to his ascension.
107 AR Victor Baerd creates the fi rst arcane rune plate based on Kerwin’s theories.
111 AR Fraternal Order of Wizardry founded.
147 AR Umbrean horselords lead armies of nomads and liberate Korsk and Rorschik.
160 AR Iron Alliance forms.
177 AR Elias Decklan meets with the Council of Ten to suggest the creation of the Colossals.
181 AR Iron Alliance begins the construction of secret Colossal factories.
185 AR Khards secretly begin construction of Colossals.
188 AR Orgoth destroy Khardic Colossal factories.
191 AR The first Colossal emerges from a hidden factory in Caspia.
198 AR The Iron Alliance mounts a multipronged assault against the Orgoth. The Iron Alliance begins liberating large territories. Orgoth initiate the Scourge.
201 AR The last Orgoth depart from western Immoren.
Modern Era (or Iron Kingdoms Era)
202 AR The Council of Ten ratifies the Corvis Treaties and defines the modern Iron Kingdoms.
211 AR Steam & Iron Workers Union is founded in Caspia.
c. 220 AR Cygnar and Ord begin building steam-powered riverboats.
233 AR Order of Illumination is founded in Caspia by Vigilant Magnus Severin Copernicum.
241 AR Magnus Bastion Rathleagh creates the first steamjack with the aid of the Steam & Iron Workers Union.
242 AR Trollkin uprising to reclaim lost lands leads to the First Trollkin War in Ord and Cygnar. Larkholm is pillaged and burned to the ground by Cryxian raiders.
243 AR Greylords Covenant forms in Korsk.
247 AR First Trollkin War ends as trollkin are beaten back to their warrens.
250 AR Khador invades Ord and Llael beginning the Colossal War.
257 AR Khador is defeated by a coalition of Ord, Llael, and Cygnar.
262 AR Second Trollkin War begins in Cygnar.
267 AR Second Trollkin War ends with King Woldred the Diligent traveling to Hadriel Fens for peace talks. First warjacks are built in Caspia.
277 AR Larkholm is rebuilt and renamed New Larkholm.
283 AR Cyriss is discovered by Adept Aldophous Aghamore, an astronomer of the Fraternal Order; Cult of Cyriss is founded shortly thereafter.
286 AR Colossal Guard formally disbands. King Woldred the Diligent drafts the Accord-By-Hand Covenant.
290 AR King Malagant the Grim begins persecution of Menite clergy in Cygnar and has over 200 priests hanged.
293 AR King Malagant the Grim names the Church of Morrow the offi cial religion of Cygnar. Khador begins border war with Cygnar. Khador recruits Tharn.
294 AR Khadoran Institute of Engineering is established in Korsk.
295 AR Queen Cherize Vanar disappears on the Lost Day. King Malagant the Grim dies soon after.
304 AR Construction of Stasikov Palace is completed.
305 AR Khadoran forces and their barbarian allies are destroyed during the Siege of Midfast. Ascension of Asc. Markus after he is killed during the Siege.
313 AR Border Wars offi cially end. Ord cedes Port Vladovar to Khador. Khador cedes Laedry to Llael. Cygnar and Llael offi cially become allies.
326 AR Fortress of Northguard complete.
350 AR First recorded sighting of Deathjack.
356 AR Father Ghil Lucant, a priest of Cyriss, discovers a planet which is named after him.
390 AR The dragon Everblight destroys Issyrah and is slain by an elven army. Everblight’s athanc is said to be buried at the Top of the World.
393 AR Khadoran Mechaniks Assembly is founded.
464 AR Khador invades Ord after long disputes over piracy.
468 AR Peace declared between Khador and Ord after Cygnar intercedes.
475 AR Visgoth Sulon declares himself Hierarch and organizes a pilgrimage; thousands of Menites journey to Caspia.
478 AR Construction is completed on the Korsk- Skirov Rail Line.
482 AR Cygnaran Civil War begins in Caspia between Menites and Morrowans.
483 AR Coin War begins between Khador and Llael.
484 AR The Cygnaran Civil War ends with the death of Hierarch Sulon. Protectorate of Menoth is established. Sul is officially founded. Coin War also ends.
504 AR Idrian tribes submit to Protectorate rule. Protectorate and Llael begin fighting over mineral rich lands in the northern Marches; Llael concedes after minor skirmishes.
510 AR Khadoran King Ruslan Vygor attacks Cygnar starting the Thornwood War.
511 AR Thornwood War ends after the Battle of the Tongue in which an outnumbered Cygnaran force defeats the Khadoran army. King Ruslan Vygor is killed in battle.
546 AR Serfdom is abolished in Khador.
551 AR Kayaz Simonyev Blaustavya founds Blaustavya Shipping & Rail.
566 AR Deathjack is spotted at Porsk and Skirov.
576 AR King Vinter Raelthorne III dies. Vinter Raelthorne IV crowned king of Cygnar. Raelthorne IV begins purging political enemies.
579 AR King Vinter Raelthorne IV creates the Inquisition.
581 AR Ios abruptly closes its borders to outsiders.
582 AR Arius becomes the Primarch of the Church of Morrow. Vahn Oberen takes control of the Inquisition. Commander Adept Sebastian Nemo invents the storm glaive.
583 AR King Vinter Raelthorne IV passes the “Edicts Against Unlawful Sorcery and Witchcraft” outlawing sorcery. 584 AR Scharde Invasions begin. The first sorcerers are put on public trial in Corvis; two men and five women are hanged in Widower’s Wood; over 250 people are executed for “unlawful sorcery” throughout Cygnar and Llael.
587 AR Ayn Vanar XI is crowned queen of Khador. Orsus Zoktavir commits the Boarsgate Massacre.
588 AR Scharde invasions end. Garrik Voyle becomes Hierarch of the Protectorate of Menoth.
593 AR Infamous Corvis Coven Witchcraft Trial commences in Corvis in which five women are beheaded.
594 AR Leto Raelthorne succeeds in a coup against King Raelthorne IV. Leto is crowned king of Cygnar.
595 AR Llaelese King Rynnard di la Martyn dies without an heir, beginning long debates. Prime Minister Lord Deyar Glabryn IX is appointed by the Council of Nobles to govern Llael.
596 AR D.H. Wexborne, captain of the Mercarian ship Seacutter, is the first Immorese sailor to return from Zu.
601 AR Deathjack wipes out the Red Fist mercenary company along the Cygnaran-Khador border.
602 AR The Protectorate of Menoth builds secret factories to produce warjacks. Deathjack assaults the main gates of Fort Faulk.
603 AR Vinter Raelthorne IV invades Corvis with Skorne allies. The Harbinger of Menoth is discovered and brought to Imer to meet Hierarch Garrik Voyle.
604 AR Khador launches a full-scale invasion of Llael. Cygnar declares war on Khador in response.
605 AR Khador defeats the Llaelese army and pushes Cygnar out of Llael after the fall of Merywyn. Riversmet is burned to the ground. The Order of the Golden Crucible surrenders Leryn to Khadoran forces without a fight. The Golden Crucible agrees to produce blasting powder exclusively for the Khadoran military. The Harbinger of Menoth calls upon all Menites to relocate to the Protectorate. Hierarch Garrik Voyle calls a Crusade to reclaim western Immoren. The Protectorate attempts to raze the walls of Caspia. Cygnar counter attacks Sul. Protectorate forces led by Feora, Priestess of the Flame, burn the Llaelese village of Myrr to the ground. Cryxian raiders strike deep into Cygnar, poisoning crops and burning grain silos as far as Bainsmarket.
606 AR Battle of the Temple of Garrodh. Cygnaran forces breach the walls of Sul. First Battle for Northguard ends in Khadoran defeat. Sul-Menite Northern Crusade launched and marches into Occupied Llael. Queen Ayn Vanar declares herself empress of the new Khadoran Empire.
607 AR Cygnaran siege of Sul broken. Sul-Menites counter with an assault on Caspia, resulting in the near-capture of the Cygnaran capital before the death of Hierarch Garrick Voyle. Severius named new hierarch of the Protectorate of Menoth. Khadoran forces lay siege to Northguard once more and in the Second Battle for Northguard emerge triumphant. Broken Cygnaran forces retreat south to Point Bourne, Corvis, and Stonebridge Castle, ceding the Thornwood to the Khadoran Empire. Cygnaran city of Fellig cut off in the retreat, leaving it isolated. Ordic military peacefully occupies Fellig to prevent its capture by Khador.
608 AR The new year brings a tense cease-fire along the Dragon’s Tongue River between Khador and Cygnar, while a similar cessation of hostilities holds between the garrisons of Caspia and Sul. Increased fortifications are erected along borderlands between Khador, Cygnar, and Ord.