Shroud Fall & War of the Dead

The world, as we know it, ended on December 21, 2012. The sun rose black and the shroud, the barrier which separated the lands of the living from the realm of the dead, fell. The world fell to chaos and the spirits of the dead launched a war against the living that would last for a decade.

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Balor, the Fomorian of legend, rode from the realm of dreams and united the survivors of North America. Together, they drove back the legions of the dead and established the Kingdom of Dischordia with High King Balor upon the throne.

Read more: (Shroud Fall) Years 7-10, The Return of Dreams

Shards of the Gods

Shard of Helios

The spirits of the sun and moon, Helios and Luna, shattered when the shroud fell. Golden shards of the sun, and silver shards of the moon became highly sought treasures.

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Plague of Nightmares

An enemy, the Crimson Weaver, spread a plague of nightmares throughout Dischordia. The domains of Dischordia came together to combat this powerful threat.

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War It Is

Nobles of Dischordia sparked an international incident, offending the Kingdom of Aether. Their king, Nul, responded with a declaration of war.

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Dischordia Goes to War

Alice MacGregor prophesized the Crimson Weaver's nightmares would bring the world to ruin. The New Faith received warnings that the kingdom of Xibalba would soon be marching to war. Dischordia had no alternative but to respond with force.

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The War of Nightmares

Four Dischordian armies, each led by one of Balor's lords, marched against the Nightmare Lands of Greenland. They were met on the field of battle by Aitu, the Crimson Weaver, and his own cadre of generals.

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250 Year Maelstroms


Shortly after the wars, Maelstroms and Avatar Storms swept across the lands. They unleashed ash, acid rain, and spiritual energies that ripped souls asunder.

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The Surveyors Court Convenes

For centuries, the maelstroms had cut the domains off from one another. When the maelstroms receded, travel became possible once again. Court reconvened for the first time in centuries.

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Aether Strikes

After 250 years of silence from the Kingdom of Aether, many forgot the threat Nul levied that night so long ago. Then, in the span of a single night, Nul struck at every domain and kingdom. He inflicted crippling wounds against many domain lords, and few escaped unscathed.

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Aether Withdraws

During the War of Aether, the touch of the Abyss blackened cities in every kingdom. For twenty years the Abyss brought darkness and terror upon the world. Then, without warning, the tide of darkness receded.

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Court of Empires Convenes

High King Balor and Dischordia weathered the War of Aether better than most. In its aftermath, they began the Court of Empires. By opening diplomacy with other kingdoms, Dischordia hoped to completely defeat the Aether

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A Marriage of Two Kingdoms

An imperial wedding solidified an alliance between Dischordia and the Sultanate of Glass. The Sultanate joined Dischordia as a new domain. 

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Court of Nightmares

Centuries earlier, Shokar, the Immolator of Pompeii, was captured during the Nightmare War. When he escaped, the Nightmare Plague began to spread once again. In a desperate gamble for diplomacy, Appalachia invited the Nightmare Lands to court. The gamble paid off, as the Nightmare Lands joined Dischordia.

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A Shattered Peace

Dischordia, in attempting to thwart a threat to the world, inadvertently broke the delicate truce. Lazarus, Balor's long-time enemy and the ruler of Europe, declared war upon Dischordia in retaliation. This war, which would rage for a year, would come to be known as the War of Maelstrom's Rebuke. 

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War of Maelstrom’s Rebuke

After Lazarus declared war on Dischordia, the conflict raged over the next year. Each kingdom captured both territory and notable prisoners.

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The Sublime Cataclysm

The tides of the war began to turn to their enemy’s favor. The Dischordian lords of prepared a spectacular attack to bring a swift end to the conflict. Sultan Suleiman, a master of spirit magic, led the largest ritual the kingdom had ever seen. New Faith ritualists, students of the Arcane Academy, and a million occultists gathered from all domains aided him. The sky itself bled with the power they summoned. Chunks torn from the spirit realms themselves bombarded Lazarus’ Empire. As each realm struck, it laid waste to thousands of miles of Lazarus' territory. Millions perished in an instant, as the realms destroyed immense swaths of land.

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Treaty of Maelstrom's Rebuke

The war ended one year, to the day, after the events which marked its beginning. Delegates from Dischordia and Lazarus met to solidify a treaty and bring the war to a close. Every kingdom sent diplomats to witness the signing, but each had ulterior motives. Each hoped to see their kingdom's goals reflected in the final document. The Treaty detailed terms of ceasefire, such as returning prisoners and withdrawing troops. Yet it also contained several initiatives which advanced specific agendas.

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Fading Glamour

Shortly after the signing of the Treaty, the Sidhe began to notice the fading of their House Boons. Commoner kith and other prodigals took perverse delight in the panic among the Sidhe. Speculation ran rampant about the cause.

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Death of Nul

Following the Treaty, Nul once again attended court, this time as an invited guest (if not a welcome one).

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Maelstrom's Rebuke

Roughly a year after Dischordia's unthinkable attack, dropping entire realms on Europe, the full repercussions became apparent. Soothsayers and prophets around the world felt the stirring of the spirit realms months in advance. Warnings began circulating that another Great Maelstrom was brewing, and threatened to be greater than any previously witnessed. Every spirit realm, including the Dreaming, was in turmoil following Dischordia's attack. Every kingdom recalled the devastation of the last Great Maelstrom, which raged across the world for two and a half centuries, and each steeled itself against the encroaching devastation.

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