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Patera Timelineby Andrew Theisen
Hey all! I've been revising my Patera Project timeline to correspond more closely with Bruce's Rakasta article. Here's the preliminary data- commentary appreciated and invited!
Also, thanks to Bruce for all his work; to Gramm P. Richardson, for his help (notably with a couple of Rakasta Immortals debuting here); William W. Connors, who created Hirameki in the module "Rage of Rakasta" (though it was Gramm who made him Immortal); Allen Varney, who introduced Ganetra, in some fashion, in the module "Nightstorm"; Daniel Boese, who contributed heavily in the original Patera discussions (anyone seen him lately?); and anyone else I'm forgetting.
4000 BC- There is no true civilisation on Patera. Primitive Pachydermions predominate the main continent of Patera (the area now known as Rajahstan).
3300 BC- The Pachydermions have begun to live a more sedentary lifestyle, forming small village communities. They have also begun to domesticate native plants, notably rice.
3000 BC- Some Blackmoor artifacts explode, shifting the axis of the Known World in an event termed the Great Rain of Fire.
Hoping to save the Rakasta from total extinction, the Immortal Ka transplants some of them into the Hollow World; he transports a number of them onto the moon of Patera, as well, to see how they might thrive in that environment.
The Rakasta and the indigenous Pachydermions find themselves in competition for the resources of their environment, and warfare is usually the result of their interactions. The Pachydermions are eventually driven into the mountainous terrain by the more numerous Rakasta, where they begin to thrive.
2800 BC- The Pachydermions have become accomplished stonemasons, and begin to construct large edifices in the mountain valleys of their new environment.
2700 BC- The Pachydermions develop a system of writing, and begin to record the history of their race.
2500 BC- A Pachydermion named Ganetra attains Immortality in the Sphere of Thought.
2400 BC- A devastating plague strikes the lowland rakasta tribes. One member of that race, calling himself Kata Ng, undertakes a dangerous trek to the lands of the Pachydermions, where he appeals to the elephant like creatures for assistance. They teach him herb lore, and he returns to his people with knowledge of medicinal cures. A fragile peace is attained between the two races.
2300 BC- Kata Ng attains Immortality in the Sphere of Matter.
2200 BC- Capital city of Pakan is founded in the realm of Kompor-Thap.
2000 BC- First monastery dedicated to Ganetra is built in Kompor-Thap.
1400 BC- With the prompting of Kata Ng and Ganetra, rakasta and Pachydermions on the Far Side continent begin to trade and share ideas with one another. The rakasta tribes begin to adopt many of the ways of their Pachydermion neighbours.
700 BC- Certain breeds of Rakasta, more fierce than others, begin to dominate the native human populations that reside on the island of Ochalea. Within a few decades, the Rakasta rule the island nation.
600 BC- Appealing to newcomers calling themselves 'Alphatians' for assistance, the Ochaleans manage to free themselves of the oppressive rakasta tyranny. Powerful Alphatian Air-Mages, working together, summon up tremendous portals that transport large portions of rakasta armies off the face of Ochalea.
Shortly after ridding Ochalea of rakasta, the Alphatians reveal their true intentions of enslaving the Ochaleans for themselves. Over the next few centuries, the original Ochalean race is no more, having been assimilated or migrated to other portions of Mystara (notably the continent of Skothar). They leave behind them a rich cultural legacy.
The banished rakasta find themselves stranded on an island continent on Patera (known today as Myoshima). They immediately begin warring with native rakasta tribes, and quickly decimate the less advanced natives living there.
400 BC- Capital city of Mara founded in Myoshima. Hereditary aristocracy is established.
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300 AC- Civil war breaks out in Myoshima, starting off a century of internal warfare.
400 AC- Daimyo Hirameki begins the process of reuniting the warring clans of Myoshima.
425 AC- Minrothad merchants bring lycanthropy to Sind. Taking advantage of the situation, numerous shapeshifters already present in Sindhi society, including Rakshasa- evil, rakasta-like spirits- begin to subvert control of the land to their own ends.
435 AC- Hirameki has united the warring factions of Myoshima. He is proclaimed the first Emperor of Myoshima.
450 AC- Sindhi rise up against their oppressors. Native Sindhi Rakasta are caught in the middle, as they are often mistaken for Rakshasa and Were-tigers.
Fleeing persecution, many Rakshasa flee to Patera, where they land in the realm now known as Rajahstan. They are followed by powerful Rakasta sorcerers and clerics (even some Rakasta lycanthropes) who seek to annihilate their mortal enemies, the Rakshasa. Together, they bring elements of Sindhi culture to Patera. Rise of the "Sindised" Kingdoms.
460 AC- Hirameki abdicates the throne to pursue Immortality. Ieyasu Kitahara named his successor. 4 class system instituted in Myoshima.
500 AC- Kitahara clan institutes period of total isolation from the rest of Patera. On Mystara, migrant rakasta, fleeing persecution in Sind, arrive in the Yazak Steppes, north of the Savage Coast, where they settle into a nomadic lifestyle. Eventually, they begin to adopt the ways of surrounding human feudal nations, and form the Kingdom of Bellayne.
600 AC- Hirameki attains Immortality in the Sphere of Energy.
900 AC- Myoshiman Emperor ends period of isolation and institutes a new campaign of expansionism. Myoshima enters into warfare with most other Pateran nations.
920 AC- Bellaynish first reach Patera, where they settle the island nation of Selimpore and establish a mercantile society. They trade and war with surrounding nations.
925 AC- Responding to increasing aggression from surrounding nations, the various city-states of Rajahstan agree to ally with one another. Together they form the Spiritual Council.
961 AC- Heldannic Knights, exploring beyond the Mystaran Skyshield, encounter the invisible moon of Patera. Landing on Near Side, they encounter the Myoshimans. Both races, aggressive and xenophobic, react badly to one another, and war is declared between the two peoples.
964 AC- Prince Haldemar of Haaken arrives in Myoshima, and enters into diplomatic relations with the Empire. Myojo Katamura joins the crew of the Princess Ark. Lady Abovombe is held prisoner.
1000 AC- Lady Abovombe is freed from captivity by the Night Dragon, Synn, and returned to the Princess Ark.