A Brief History of Caeda

Written by argash

Summary

Created by Esyae, the goddess of creation (Neutral Good), and Noldrin, god of destruction (chaotic neutral), Caeda is a young planet with recorded (Elvish) history of about 10,000 years. The planet was desire of Esyae who sought to create something new to ease the boredom of the great expanse of nothingness. Knowing that in order to create you must first destroy she bargained with Noldrin to help her with the task.   With the assurance that he would one day be allowed to destroy the planet, Noldrin agreed. Upon the completion of the formation of the planet the Child Goddess Caedenya , goddess of nature, achieved sentience. Unaware of the pact her parents had made, she set about creating life on the new world.   While Caedenya began the process of creating plant and animal life, her mother Esyae created the Elves and granted them healing and nature magic to help tame the planet. Jealous of Esyaes creation, Noldrin attempted to copy her, making all sorts of monstrous creatures in the process before finally creating the Dark Elves .   Facing an onslaught from their darker cousins Esyae bestowed the gift of truely arcane magics with which to defend them selves. War raged for centuries until a cataclysmic battle occurred that saw Esyae and Noldrin directly enter the contest. After seeing the destruction that had been wrought and wishing to avoid further conflict, Caedenya brokered a truce between her parents.   While distraught over the revelation that her mother had agreed to let her father eventually destroy her, Caedenya got her father to agree to let her live for a time. No one but the gods knows however what that time frame is.   As the Elves rebuilt and the Dark Elves retreated underground, Caedenya began her work in earnest. First she created the Gnomes, followed shortly thereafter by the Halflings and the Dwarves. Eventually she created the Humans and was finally satisfied.   Unfortunately the Dwarves eventually came into contact with the Elves and fearing a repeat of the Drow from centuries before, the Elves declared all out war. During the conflict the Elves discovered all of Caedenya's children and began to slaughter them. Fearing further celestial involvement, Esyae was able to stop the elves from wiping out her daughters children. However, she did allow them to be subjugated.   It has now been nearly 50,000 years since Caeda was created, 25,000 since the bargain was struck 2000 since Caedenya's children were subjugated.

Plot type
Overview

Pre History

... 936

  • 1 PH


    The First Pact
    Era beginning/end

    Esyae strikes bargain with Noldrin to create the World of Caeda

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    Caeda
  • 2 PH

    167 PH



    Creation of the World
    Geological / environmental event

    Under the terms of their agreement, Esyae and Noldrin create Caeda

    Related Location
    Caeda
  • 167 PH


    Birth of Caedenya
    Life, Birth

    Upon the completion of the creation of Caeda, Caedenya attained sentience.

    Related Location
    Caeda
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  • 168 PH

    4376 PH



    Creation of Plant and Animal Life
    Geological / environmental event

    Upon achieving sentience, Caedenya begins the process of populating the world with plant and animal life

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    Caeda
  • 523 PH


    Birth of the Elves
    Founding

    Esyae creates the first Elves

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    Caeda
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Celestial Era

937 5117

From creation to the end of the Dark Elf war.

  • 0 CE


    Elves begin their recorded history
    Era beginning/end

    After several centuries of growth, the Elves begin to record their history and create their first Calendar.

  • 431 CE


    First Elvish Magic
    Discovery, Scientific

    Esyae grants the Elves the use of Healing and nature based magic.

  • 1175 CE

    1797 CE



    Monsters Created

    Noldrin, jealous of Esyae's Elves try's to replicate the elves but creates a variety of monsters instead.

    Related Location
    Caeda
  • 1520 CE


    Elves Granted Arcane Magic
    Discovery, Scientific

    Now facing the thread of Noldrin's monstrous creations, Esyae grants the Elves the use of Arcane magics.

  • 2011 CE


    Dark Elves Created
    Founding

    After many failed attempts, Noldrin perfects his Dark Elves

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    Caeda
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  • 3444 CE


    First Contact
    Discovery, Exploration

    After centuries of fighting back Noldrin's monsters and taming their homeland the Elves begin to explore and discover the Dark Elves

    Related Location
    Caeda
  • 4076 CE


    Start of the Dark Elf War
    Military action

    Related Location
    Caeda
  • 4179 CE


    Esyae and Noldrin Enter the Conflict
    Celestial

    Seeing the century of fighting between their children, Esyae and Noldrin eventually enter the conflict. The war has now escalated to celestial proportions.

  • 4180 CE


    Caedenya Brokers Peace
    Diplomatic action

    Seeing the destruction that her parents have wrought across her surface, Caedenya brokers a peace between her parents. The Dark Elves are required to retreat and Caedenya learns for the first time of the Pact that her parents made that will eventually result in her demise.

New Era

5118 and beyond

Starting from the end of the Dark Elf War up through the present day.

  • 0 NE


    Elvish Calendar Restarts
    Era beginning/end

    Having lost most of their recorded history in their war with the Dark Elves, the Elves begin a new calendar.

  • 81 NE

    105 NE



    Creation of the Gnomes and Halflings
    Founding

    Caedenya realing from the events of the Dark Elf war begins to create her own races to help cultivate the land.

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  • 229 NE


    Dwarves Created
    Founding

    Caedenya creates the Dwarves.

    Related Location
    Caeda
    Related article
  • 819 NE


    Humans Created
    Founding

    Caedenya creates Humans, the last race.

    Related article
  • 2062 NE


    Dwarven Contact
    Discovery, Exploration

    The Elves encounter the Dwarves for the first time. Immediately suspicious after that last encounter with an intelligent species and scared of the Dwarves martial prowess they get off to a tense start.

    Related Location
    Caeda
  • 2421 NE


    Start of the Dwarven War
    Military action

    After years of suspicion and skirmishing, the Elves in their fear attack the Dwarves and start a new war.

    Related Location
    Caeda
  • 2494 NE


    Elves Discover All the Younger Races
    Discovery, Exploration

    Having come to the aid of the Dwarves in their defense against the Elves, the Gnomes, Halflings, and Humans have now revealed themselves to the Elves.

    Related Location
    Caeda
  • 2589 NE


    Esyae Brokers Peace
    Diplomatic action

    The Elves fearing destruction now that other sentient species now outnumber them begin to wield all their might and arcane knowledge to wipe out the other races.   Seeing the pain this is causing her daughter, Esyae agrees to stop her children from outright slaughtering the other races. She does not however prevent the Elves from subjugating all the other races.

    Related Location
    Caeda
  • 4410 NE


    Present Day
    Miscellaneous

    The younger races have now lived under Elvish oppression for nearly two millennia how much longer will the suffer?

Comments

Author's Notes

This brief overview of Caedas History is my starting point for building the world. I am borrowing strongly from Michael J Sullivan, and slightly from Brandon Sanderson to create a campaign world for my friends to explore. I REALLY liked the idea of creating soft limits on character creation and encouraging the players to creatively roleplay. You want to be a human wizard? Ok, but you're an outlaw and your going to have to work to learn your spells because there's no magic college that will admit you. Want to play an Elf actively working with non elves? Cool, tell me why and what you plan to do when other Elves see you!


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@ Shadow Malachi
Robert Kane
4 Jul, 2018 07:30

I do enjoy the myth that was told and the setting up the world. And how the races were created, I will say I am rooting for the drow once again !. Looking forward to exploring your world !

4 Jul, 2018 15:48

HAH well I think the Drow are doomed either way (on the cosmic scale). Either the other species will eventually wipe them out or their god will once he gets his way....

4 Jul, 2018 09:31

I love that your gods aren't able to always get their way, and that they have to compromise and bargain like people do! It's a really interesting twist, especially when a lot of stories just have gods fighting for no reason and with no motive. This seems like it would be a really interesting world to explore as a player!

Writer of Tiyu Amara, and friendly discord moderator!
4 Jul, 2018 15:49

That is my hope! Thank you!

4 Jul, 2018 10:25

Great article, great concept of god of destruction creating a world! So, elves haven't recorded history for 40,000 or was it just lost due to some reasons? Also, I believed you forgot to put a comma or "and" here "struck (?) 2000".

4 Jul, 2018 15:50

I'm still tinkering with my Timeline. Hopefully by the end of today or tomorrow I will have it settled.