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The Empire of Belyos

"Why would you want to leave the Empire? Sure, the nobility can be a little uppity, but they don't fight each other half as much as they used to. What's not to like though? The roads are amazing, the army keeps the Sakamohr out, and the post! You can deliver a letter across the Empire in a matter of weeks! And that Emperor, Til-Lautor? He's a fine man, and I won't hear anything bad said about him."
  The Empire of Belyos is the largest and most powerful of all human nations, and whilst it suffered a break in lineage, claims succession from the Empire that Yaltur first founded almost 2000 years ago. Whilst other nations have established themselves in the years since, particularly on the northern continent, none are close to the Empire's size or wealth. Despite its turbulent history, it still represents the greatest concentration of humanity in the world, and for most of its people, life is safe and secure.  
  1. Structure
  2. Culture
  3. Food and Dining
  4. History
  5. Demographics
  6. Territory
  7. Military
  8. Technology
  9. Religion
  10. Agriculture
  11. Trade
  12. Education


Main Articles:
Elector State
Imperial Bureaucracy 
  Whilst the Empire is ethnically homogenous, politically it is split into ten regions called Elector States, which hold total autonomy over their own internal affairs, including having their own armed forces, collecting taxes, and establishing laws. Each State has a slightly different arrangement for how it is managed, but all are led by an Elector Lord, who has the right, and the duty, to select a new Emperor upon the death or retirement of the previous. Elector Lords are also responsible for the submission of a portion of a State Imperial Tithe, which is paid directly to the Imperial Throne. This tithe, calculated using complex formula based on factors such as population, industry and trade, maintains the Imperial Army, the Imperial Post, and other such institutions.   Elector States are entitled to conduct their own affairs, and internally, so long as certain Imperial laws are upheld, and Imperial institutions are not impinged in their duties, Imperial authority remains hands-off. Interactions between individual states is carefully managed, trade tariffs are discouraged by the Empire, but does not prevent their use, and disagreements are mediated by Imperial diplomats. Armed conflict between states is permitted if mediation fails, but its scope and conditions must be submitted to the Empire beforehand, and the Imperial Army is always nearby to prevent the dispute from spreading beyond its allocated territory.   Transgressions against Imperial Law by Elector Lords, is managed in the Noble's Courthouse in Belyos, and enforced by the Imperial Army and the other Elector States. Since the reunification of the Empire, only one incident, the 1843 Iren Crisis, has necessitated the sanction of two Elector States for failing to uphold Imperial Law regarding conflict.   As well as the Elector States, there is the Imperial Province, a large island that is the personal fiefdom of the Emperor. Residents on the island are free from taxation, but their labour is used to directly support the Imperial Throne instead. Emperors have the right to retire to the island if they wish, although this has not happened yet, and the wives, children and grandchildren of Emperors have the right of residence on the island (although generations after that must leave).    
Main Article: Emperor of Belyos
  Elected by a majority vote of the Elector Lords, the Emperor is appointed for life, although they are allowed to abdicate if they wish. A candidate for election to the position of Emperor must be related by blood to the existing Elector Lord who nominates them, and cannot be younger than 18, or older than 45. They must be free from 'wasting illnesses' and of 'sound body and mind'. Assuming a candidate fulfils these requirements, they are presented in Belyos to the other Elector Lords who then cast votes. One cannot vote for one's own candidate, and each Lord has a single vote. The candidate with the least number of votes is eliminated and another round of voting takes place a week later to allow time for lobbying. The eventual winner is made Emperor and the nominating Elector Lord exempt from the tithe for one year.   The Emperor has absolute control over the Imperial institutions, such as the powerful Imperial Army, and can establish Imperial Law by decree. The Electors have the right to challenge Imperial decrees in a body known as the Parliament of Electors, but it costs if refused. The Parliament of Electors meets every seven years, rotating between cities and is independent of the Emperor, who may only observe. Parliament is used for settling of inter-state disputes diplomatically, trade agreements and faction meeting. They also submit lists of requests for Imperial Law to the Emperor, who is free to act on them, or not.   Since the reunification of the Empire in 1708, there have been six Emperors in Belyos. They rule from the High Throne, and are protected by the elite Palace Guard. Not content to sit in seclusion, Emperors tend to journey around the Empire every few years, ensuring the loyalty of the Elector Lords, and giving the Imperial citizenry a glimpse of the splendours of the Empire they are part of.  
1708 - 1764 Til-Yaltur Came from unknown origins to reunify the Empire.
1764 - 1800 Til-Risage Created many of the Imperial Institutions and rebuilt a lot of the city of Belyos. Also instigated the use of the 'Til-' prefix for Emperors
1800 - 1811 Til-Kalit First and, so far, only woman to be Emperor. Her death during childbirth is often used to discredit future female candiates.
1811 - 1838 Til-Taranor A famous general who led a highly successful attack against the Sakamohr but who suffered from lingering injuries that led future candidates to be more closely vetted for ailments.
1838 - 1883 Til-Adver Elected under dubious circumstances, but ultimately cleared of wrongdoing. Ruled over several unfortunate incidents, not all of them the fault of the Empire.
1883 - present Til-Lautor Current Emperor, focusing heavily on the Empire's naval strength in the face of increasing influence from the new states on the northern continent.


Most Imperial citizens perceive the Empire as a bastion of civilisation against the dark barbarous ways of the world. The Edge Mountains have provided a strong defence any potential outside threats (not that any exist), and the Inner Sea region has a temperate climate and fertile soils, ensuring that natural disasters are few and far between. Most citizens feel secure and proud of their nation and heritage, even lowly peasants rarely experience famine or plague, and since the unification of the Empire by Til-Yaltur, things have been even more stable.   Families tend to be large, with eldest children inheriting land and titles, and marrying those of a suitable social status. Second children tend to join the military; either the local lord, the ruling Elector Lord, or the Imperial army are all options, and tend to be always on the lookout for new recruits. If one can finish their tour of duty (often ten or more years), then they can retire with a generous severance package, often enough to buy a plot of land, several if one is willing to locate to the largely empty southern lands. Third and fourth children often move into either the priesthood, or move away from home to apprentice to craftsmen unable to find local youngsters.    


  For all Imperial citizens, the staple foods are Wheat and barely grains, with legumes such as chickpea and lentils. Whilst many recipes included these ingredients, the vast majority of grains are baked into breads; the primary food source for the urban poor and the army. A thick stew made of grains and legumes, called pottage is a common dish amongst the rural poor as it is easy to make and can make sparse ingredients go further. The wealthy in all locations have a much more varied selection of foods made from their grains.   Plants such as lettuce, cabbage, leeks and onions are commonplace, especially in rural areas, and are mixed with herbs. Olive Oil is a primary source of fat, both for cooking, and for the dressing of leafy greens in salads.   Protein is provided predominantly from cattle, pigs, sheep and goat meat, with fish being an important secondary source. The Inner Sea has a wide variety of species, but lacks the shoals of large fish needed to provide large amounts of fish. Milk from sheep and goats is considered superior to that from cows, so most cow's milk is used to make cheese, of which there is wide local variation, and a rich trade network. Butter is known about, particularly since the Sakamohr occupation of the south, but is considered a barbarian food, and only ever eaten as a way of showing one's daring nature.   Fruit, nuts and pastries sweetened with honey and wine must are typically consumed as desserts or sweet treats, with regional variations existing all over the Empire. The primary fruits are apples, pears and plums, but berries, melon and dates are also consumed. Grapes are a commonly planted fruit, but most of the grape harvest is used to make wine.   The most common drinks are wine for the more wealthy and urban population, with beer for rural poor. Wine is almost always watered down, except for special occasions, and whilst consumption of alcohol is socially acceptable (almost obligatory), public drunkenness is seen as rude.   In urban areas, where the population is housed in apartment blocks known as Tabulate, most people do not have their own kitchens, unlike rural occupants. Instead cooking is largely done in communal kitchens, or uncooked food is exchanged with professionals for prepared food. Fast food is commonplace, with stalls and small shops selling prepared hot food for instant consumption for the passer-by.   In the city of Belyos, the Dole is a quantity of grain (usually barley, but sometimes wheat), olive oil, and dried fish or meat (usually pork), given to every registered household on a weekly basis and expected to last that long. It provides enough food to sustain a small family for that time period, but there is a lot of exchange of dole items goes on after issuing. Interruption of the dole is one of the crimes that the Empire is deathly serious about, and even the notorious Clava gangs do not disrupt the transport or issuing of the dole.  


  How Imperials eat their food shows the biggest disparity between rural and urban, rich and poor. The rural poor, for whom working the land is their primary occupation, tend to wake early and have a relatively large morning meal consisting of pottage and dried meat and fruit, but then not eat again until they return home. The evening meal is a more social affair, with local communities coming together to share a roasted animal and vegetables, often cooked during the day by family members not working the fields.   The urban poor have three meals, spread throughout the day, mostly consisting of bread and preserved meats, with fresh fruits being eaten when available and often purchased from vendors. The last meal of the day is typically the only one eaten hot, and shared with everyone living in an apartment, usually one's family. Variation is high however, with circus days and religious festivals often seeing unusual and more exotic foods being available from the authorities.   The wealthy, both rural and urban, have a leisurely morning meal of fruits and grains, eaten with one's household, in order to discuss matters for the day. A light meal is then eaten in the middle of the day, usually a platter of bread and meat, with cheese and dried fruits and nuts. The evening meal is a social event, and households usually either host the meal, or attend one. Several courses are served, with large quantities of roasted meat, vegetables including salads, and a wide selection of fruits, nuts and sweet desserts. Conversation is as important as eating, and the meal lasts a couple of hours, with pauses between courses for drinking and talk.    


Main timeline: History of the Empire
  Founded by the gods Yaltur and his wife Hikis, the Empire of Belyos was a reward given to loyalist humanity for their actions against the Usurpers during The Inheritance War. For the first few centuries of its existence, strong patriotism and a fervent belief in the righteousness of the Emperors kept the nation unified and it quickly expanded to cover all of the lands surrounding the Inner Sea. The Edge Mountains that surrounded it were a practical and very real barrier protecting them from perceived barbary and lawlessness beyond.   As time progressed, the level of nobility just under the Emperor, the Imperial Houses, vied with the Imperial seat and each other for power and influence. This interplay of politics, and a succession of weak Emperors, saw the Empire divided in The Great Schism, with four of the ten Imperial provinces seceding into their own union of states. This newly formed Confederation lasted only thirty years, but they managed to maintain their independence against a weakened Empire, even as independent states.   The rump of the Empire survived another 290 years before collapsing into anarchy; all the states now openly fighting each other for the right to claim the title. Into this carnage came something the old Empire defended against, but never actually thought possible; an invasion from outside, the Sakamohr, led by a warlord known as Pexld.   The Sakmohr conquered and occupied the southern heartlands of the old Empire, claiming the once-great city of Belyos as their own, and for almost 180 years ruled from the sacred city, much to the ire of those part of the Empire that still remained free. Eventually, the Sakamohr devolved into in-fighting and conflict, and an alliance was formed to evict them.   With Imperial lands free from Sakamohr, the victors still could not agree on what should replace them, and it seemed that the old conflicts would just continue. Although the victorious states disagreed on the state of the Empire, they did decide to contribute to a joint standing force at the Gap of Enim, to ensure that the Sakamohr could not return. Each state contributed a portion of their forces, and placed them under a supposedly neutral commander.   The agreement remained in place for 117 years, despite the old Imperial states continuing their intermittent wars. Then a young general called Til-Yaltur whose origins have been lost in history, took command of this force, and marched them across the old Empire, declaring now is the time for the Empire to be reborn. The old imperial states either joined or are defeated, until eventually Til-Yaltur reunited the Empire once more under one ruler. Implementing a new political order, the Empire of Belyos is reborn.   One of the first acts of this new Empire was to defend against a new invasion from Sakamohr, who had noticed the removal of the army at the Gap of Enim and made another attempt to claim the lands they held before. Not only did Til-Yaltur defeat them, he also drove deep into Sakamohr itself, laying waste to their ceremonial capital of Cheingo and recovering many old Imperial Treasures. The Sakamohr accepted a punitive peace deal, and the Empire gained an important victory that helped solidify its new cohesion.   When Til-Yaltur died in 1764, his generals ensured the peaceful management of the Elector States, and a new Emperor was elected. The descendants of Til-Yaltur became Stewards of the Imperial Province, and keep a wary eye on the Empire.    

Demography and Population

Main article: The Imperial Census 
  In the past, the population of the Empire was evenly split across all of the lands around the Inner Sea; fertile soils, well maintained transport links, and well distributed resources allowed the population to flourish. At its height, almost thirty million people lived and worked in Imperial lands, from the humblest of peasant farmers to the mighty Emperor in Belyos. Most of the people lived and worked on the lands in small villages, farms and mining settlements, with only a few cities, notably Belyos, having populations over 100,000.   The Great Schism, the collapse of the Empire, and the years of Anarchy that followed saw a general decline in population, as established trade routes collapsed, harvests failed, and many were killed in almost constant warfare. By the time of the Sakamohr invasion, the population was still evenly spread, but was just over half of its height during the Empire.   The Sakamohr occupation saw the greatest shift in population; many fled before the invading barbarians, and many more were killed if they stayed. The southern lands, once thriving with communities devoted to farming and forestry became desolate and empty, its people dead or migrating north in the hope of better conditions.   Even with the Sakamohr gone, and Til-Yaltur unifying the Empire, the southern lands still have a much reduced population density. In the northern parts, particularly in Hoat and Imbar, there are more people now than there have ever been, and Belyos itself has seen a surge in population growth, far surpassing any other settlement in the world. Estimates put its population at over a million. The number of people in the reunified Empire peaked in the 1870's, but an outbreak of Grey Plague in 1877 saw almost 20% of the population die. Population numbers have recovered somewhat, but are still lower than this earlier peak.        


When Yaltur founded the Empire, he decreed that all the lands of the Inner Sea, from the straits of Rodess, to the pass of Enim were rightfully theirs, and that they should spread throughout the lands. Because of this, the Empire has formally set its borders at where the Edge Mountains, which encircle the Inner Sea, become impassable. Where passes exist, the border is a little bit less defined, but is widely regarded as when Imperial influence ends.  
The Empire of Belyos


Main article: Imperial Army
  The Imperial army is, by decree, the largest in the known world. Imperial Law states that it must be greater in actual numbers of soldiers than the next three Elector States combined, and is typically much larger than that. Whilst troop numbers of the Elector States is limited by law, no such restriction applies to the Imperial Army itself. A complex formula, maintained by the Imperial Military Bureau, compares the perceived effectiveness of non-troop items such as ships and siege weapons, to ensure that the Imperial Army remains superior.   Predominantly armoured infantry, Imperial soldiers are well equipped with steel armour, a short sword, large shield and spear. Training is almost constant and, as a professional army, kept up, even during times of peace.   Its main role is to police interactions between Elector States, ensuring that inter-state conflicts are kept to within acceptable limits, to patrol the area beyond the Enim Pass in Sakamohr, to ensure the terms of their peace are upheld, and to protect civilians and trade routes from criminals, pirates and other entities that may threaten the stability of the Empire.    

Technological Level

Progress in the year prior to the Empire's founding was rapid, advancing from the neolithic to the early iron-age in just a few centuries, helped by technologies revealed by the Inheritor Gods during their war against the Usurpers. Once the Empire was founded, technologies quickly adapted to the land granted to the Imperial people, but then stagnated for the most part, as the bountiful land and sea, and temperate climate did not create an environment suited for progression.   The Sakamohr occupation saw an advancement in naval technologies, as refugees escaping the barbarians, and existing lands unable or unwilling to host them, pushed seafaring further and further out of the Inner Sea and, finally, towards the northern continent. Furthermore, the Sakamohr brought the Sakamohr Horse breed, jump-starting Imperial horse breeding and enabling the adoption of cavalry and fast couriers, that previously had been neglected.   In infrastructure, the Empire excels; aqueducts and other hydrological technologies are well advanced, and windmills are starting to appear where the water supply isn't sufficient. Building technology is also well developed; forms of concrete are known, even those that can set in water, and most towns and cities have many multi-storied buildings and large edifices with reinforced structures. Dams and suchlike also exist.  


Main article: Imperial Theology 
  Throughout the entire Empire, worship is given to all of the gods save Nexi the Unspoken One, his children the Triplets of Strife, and the group of Secundae known as the Usurpers. For the majority of the population, the only gods of importance are the Inheritor Gods of Yaltur and his siblings, with the three Keepers of the Dead given acknowledgement during funeral rites.   The Primordials, Primae, and the Secundae not part of the Usurpers, are largely irrelevant, their names known by some but largely limited to Priests and theologians.   Worship is ecumenical in all but large towns and cities, with a single temple servicing all of the known gods, but the focus is almost entirely upon the Inheritors, and Yaltur specifically.    

Agriculture & Industry

The vast majority of the Empire's rural population are farmers, growing food for themselves, and typically to also provide a tithe to the local lord. The primary crops are wheat and barley, with grapes and olives in more hilly regions. Fruit is also grown, with apples, peaches and plums common.   Agriculture is relatively well developed; crop rotation is used all over the Empire, and despite technologies such as ploughs and sickles used for sowing and harvest, it is still a heavy labour-intensive process. Irrigation is widely used; hydrological technologies are well developed in the Empire, and aqueducts are used to carry water long distances.   Pastorally, cows and sheep are the main food animals, with some use of goats as well. Cow's milk is used mainly for drinking, with sheep and goats used for cheese. Oxen are the primary labour animal - horses are still relatively uncommon outside of military uses.   Both wind and water are used for milling, as well as other uses such as sawmills and the recently developed textile mills. Water wheels are more common than windmills, but the latter is growing in popularity due to the complexities involved in finding suitable sites for water power.   Mining is quite well developed in the Empire, with iron, gold and silver being mined extensively, as well as lead, tin and copper. Most mines are open-cast, with a few underground mines where the seams are particularly good. Due to the abundance of iron ores, the primary basis for location an iron mine is the availability of wood to make charcoal to feed the smelters.      

Trade & Transport

As the Empire is blessed with a calm and easily navigable Inner Sea, and an excellently maintained road network, trade is common across the Empire, enabling areas to easily specialise in their industry, and the growth of large cities such as Belyos and Iseld. Naval transport in the Inner Sea is via galleys, propelled by a combination of sails and oars; some cog style ships ply their trade in the region, but for the most part, those ships are used for the longer, more perilous journey to the northern continent. Ships are crewed by either volunteers, or by convicted convicts, who are used to man the oars. Job security and pay is relatively good for sailors, with lords, temples and several Imperial bureaus all having their own fleets.   Transport on the road is primarily by ox-drawn cart, although horses are becoming more common for the well-off and nobility, and walking is still the usual method for the peasantry. Roads are the responsibility of the Elector Lord of the region, and paid for either by general taxation, or the charging of tolls; the Imperial Roads Bureau has the right to fine lords who let their allocated parts of the network fall into disrepair. In the past, those regions with strong naval connections were liable to allow their roads to fall in quality, to drive the trade onto ships, typically owned by them. The roads are physically maintained by nomadic Roadbuilding Clans, who self-assign themselves an area, and are contracted by the local nobility to both repair existing roads, and build new ones. The various Clans jealously guard their franchises, and are known to use violence against those they feel infringe on their work.    


The status of education in the Empire varies considerably with social status and location. Rural peasants are typically illiterate and only educated to the bare minimum required for their daily tasks. Most cannot count past their number of fingers, and rely on priests and clerics for recording and writing. They are undoubtedly good at their roles, but do not have the time to spare for education.   The poorer parts of society in urban areas tend to be slightly more educated. In most of the large cities, publicly provided schools exist to teach children basic literacy and numbers; the nature of work required in the cities necessitates some level of education. Where education is not provided by the local lord, the temples often step-in to offer provision. It is the mark of pride for most nobles to claim literacy in their peasantry.   The middle-classes, both rural and urban, whilst small in number, rely on either temple-provided education or hire tutors for their children. It is this level of society where both the need to read and write, and the ability to teach reading and writing is most prevalent, with teachers occupying this social status. Artisans and skilled workers often find literacy important in ensuring proper payment, and most of the nobility relies upon words and numbers to record and transfer their wealth, so being able to participate in this is vital.   The nobility enjoy almost full literacy, for those who feel it is worth it, with schools existing to teach the children of nobility; most of them in or around the city of Belyos itself, or on the island of Belyos Province. The schools are not always pleasant places; there is a current thinking that hard teaching brings better results, but most nobles would expect nothing less. Full literacy and acumen with numbers is one of the core requirement of eligibility to be an Imperial candidate.


  • The Empire of Belyos
Founding Date
1708 IY
Geopolitical, Empire
Alternative Names
The Empire, The Empire of Yaltur
Imperial, Belyosian
Head of State
Head of Government
Government System
Monarchy, Elective
Power Structure
Economic System
Mixed economy
One Throne = 120 pennies
Legislative Body
Imperial Parliament
Official State Religion
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  • 1 IY

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    House Hudor   Son of Meais

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    House Morsuth   Son of Gerak

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    House Morsuth   Son of Rhatais

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    House Morsuth   Son of Fibels

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    Reign of Methurl III
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    House Foath   Son of Methurl IV. Died of the same wasting illness that afflicted his father and grandfather. The Imperial houses, fearful of a contaminated bloodline, and for the first time in Imperial history, did not ratify Methurl V's son as the Emperor, but instead appointed a distant cousin from House Klimba. A minor conflict ensued as the son attempted to overturn the decision with force, but he contracted the illness and died before having any children, proving the decision correct.

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    Era beginning/end

    The Late Empire is distinguished by a lack of long dynasties and a gradual rise in the power of the Imperial houses to the detriment of central Imperial power. This change in the balance of power eventually led to the Great Schism and the final collapse of the Empire.

  • 582 IY

    609 IY

    Reign of Gerak III
    Life, Career

    House Morsuth   Continuing a tradition started almost a hundred years ago, took the name Gerak III on his coronation, hoping to gain some of his namesake's prestige. Nominated his best friend to succeed him, as a reward for support during a failed peasant uprising, against the advice of almost everyone else.

  • 609 IY

    617 IY

    Reign of Fantais
    Life, Career

    House Belkais   Fantais did not change his name at his coronation, and immediately appointed his son as his successor, letting him take control of many of the Imperial trappings in the meantime. The Imperial Houses rejected his nomination, but Fantais refused to consider an alternative and died before the situation could be resolved.

  • 617 IY

    618 IY

    Reign of Fantais II
    Life, Career

    House Belkais   Son of Fantais. Removed from power in a largely bloodless coup by the Imperial Houses but allowed to appoint a successor to maintain legitimacy. Chose the nephew of Gerak III, a childhood friend, who was ratified by the Imperial Houses despite misgivings.

  • 618 IY

    634 IY

    Reign of Jeban
    Life, Career

    House Morsuth   Nephew of Gerak III and a childhood friend of the previous Emperor. Was ratified by the Imperial Houses with some misgivings, but ultimately was a reasonable Emperor. Nominated another of the same friend group and again, with misgivings, the Imperial Houses ratified him.

  • 634 IY

    641 IY

    Reign of Toirah
    Life, Career

    House Soldec   A member of the 'Fantais Clique'; a group of close friends and relations who occupied the Imperial throne for over thirty years. Appointed his cousin of the same house as successor. Again, ratified by the Imperial Houses, despite objections from many.

  • 641 IY

    649 IY

    Reign of Reets
    Life, Career

    House Soldec   Last of the Fantais Clique and cousin of the previous Emperor. Already old when coronated, just like the previous four emperors. Evidence of widespread bribery, blackmail and outright threats emerged towards the end of his reign, explaining the success of the clique.   After a thorough internal purging of the upper levels of the Imperial Houses, Reets was not allowed to appoint his successor, and died before he could organise resistance to the decision. A rule was implemented that stated candidates for the Emperor must be no older than 45, to prevent a similar occurrence.

  • 649 IY

    686 IY

    Reign of Jeban II
    Life, Career

    House Foath   Despite misgivings about the contaminated bloodline, Foath is nominated to the throne the new Emperor lives a long life, validating the decision. Nominates a member of House Hudor as successor, the first in over 500 years.

  • 686 IY

    720 IY

    Reign of Yaton II
    Life, Career

    House Hudor   The first Emperor of House Hudor in over 500 years.

  • 720 IY

    739 IY

    Reign of Civid
    Life, Career

    House Seyad   First of House Seyad on the throne.

  • 728 IY

    731 IY

    The Piety Rebellion

    Lord Lucan of House Foath was not a Foath by direct lineage, but rather an adoption of the previous lord, Rufinus II, from a cousin, as Rufinus lacked heirs of his own. Rufinus himself had never expected to take the lordship, being the second child of a previous lord, Jacinthus III. Jacinthus's eldest, Artemisius, took the title in 639, and was succeeded by his son, Venceslaus. For reasons still unclear, Venceslaus had no heirs, and when he died in 692, the title passed to his brother, Narcissus, who also had no heirs. Narcissus died the same year, unexpectedly, leaving the title to Rufinius.   Lucan took the title on Rufinius' death in 698 and for two decades the situation appeared to have stabilised, with Lucan himself having three children who all had children of their own. As Lucan grew old, a rebellion began against him led by Pius, who claimed to be a direct descendent of Jacinthus III by an illegitimate child. In a move of tactical brilliance, Pius and his handful of followers captured Lucan and his entire family, executing them all, including the youngest children. He then set himself up as Pius II, and demanded Imperial recognition.   The Empire responded, but in force, and took less than four months to depose Pius from his position and execute him for the murders of the Foath family. A distant relative of the House, Canutus, was found and established in the position, reasserting legitimate rule for the house.

  • 739 IY

    801 IY

    Reign of Demal
    Life, Career

    House Klimba   Widely regarded as one of the most beloved and greatest Emperors since Jumal Hudor. Implemented reforms that restricted the growing power of the Imperial Houses, supported the rights of landless peasants, and strengthened the Imperial Navy against a previous increase in piracy across the Inner Sea.   Whilst the power of the Imperial Navy continued after his death, most of his other reforms were gradually undone by the Imperial Houses, but his forward thinking legacy became a model for future Emperors.

  • 801 IY

    833 IY

    Reign of Cydel
    Life, Career

    House Seyad   Despite being nominated by Demal, it is widely considered that Cydel was a puppet of the Imperial Houses long before this, and he successfully undid most of Demal reforms over his 32 year reign. Hints are that Cydel resented this control, and ensured his successor was free of Imperial House control, despite outward appearances.

  • 833 IY

    842 IY

    Reign of Talub
    Life, Career

    House Seyad   Attempted to reimplement many of Demal's reforms and was showing strong progress; the peasantry loved him and many of the minor houses supported his efforts. He was killed by an arrow officially fired by dissenters, but unofficially it was widely assumed to be at the hands of the Imperial Houses. As he had not appointed a successor, the Imperial Houses nominated their own instead.

  • 842 IY

    891 IY

    Reign of Meret
    Life, Career

    House Belkais   Considered a true puppet of the Imperial Houses; brought in laws that saw a significant increase in the permitted size of Imperial House armies, whilst simultaneously lowering tithe obligations and the granting Imperial Houses the right to charge trade tariffs, previously a prerogative of the Emperor alone.

  • 891 IY

    923 IY

    Reign of Belard
    Life, Career

    House Klimba   Under his reign, conflict between Imperial Houses saw a significant up-turn as disagreements over trade and assigned tariffs escalated into open battles. Despite the support of almost half of the Imperial Houses, agreement on how to resolve the issues were not reached. The impotence of the Imperial armies became apparent and there was a drive to increase its size.

  • 923 IY

    929 IY

    Reign of Talub II
    Life, Career

    House Seyad   The great-grandson of Talub I, coronated in an attempt to provide stability and the hope that he would emulate the decisions made then. A series of bad judgements saw the alienation of almost all the Imperial Houses and eventual secession of the north of the Empire. As he was attempting to organise the Imperial Army remnants to take back the rebellious areas, he was stabbed and killed by a dozen unknown assailants.

  • 927 IY

    The Great Schism

    Four of the ten Principalities break away to form The Confederation. A war to prevent this secession fails.

    More reading
    The Great Schism
  • 928 IY

    1218 IY

    The Divided Empire
    Era beginning/end

    The Empire was now split between the northern states who made up the short-lived Confederation, and the southern states who still held the old Imperial name. Whilst central authority of the Emperor experienced a resurgence during this period, overall power was significantly diminished. Most Emperors of the divided Empire were military minded, due to ongoing, yet low-level, conflict with the secessionist states.

  • 929 IY

    953 IY

    Reign of Sulys
    Life, Career

    House Morsuth   A proven general in the Imperial Army, Sulys was the last hope of the Empire to prevent its outright dissolution. Whilst he succeeded in keeping the remnants of the Empire together, he failed in bringing the secessionist states back into the fold, and died in battle against them.

  • 953 IY

    1002 IY

    Reign of Sulys II
    Life, Career

    House Morsuth   In an unusual move designed to bring some semblance of continuity back to the Empire, the Imperial Houses selected Sulys' son as his successor and kept him off the front-line to ensure his longevity. Most of the reforms that saw power move to the Imperial Houses were successfully brought back under Imperial control during this time, and there was a sense of satisfaction when the Confederation fell apart.   Despite this, the secessionist states remained resolute in their demands for independence, and the Empire lacked the power to retake them by force.

  • 959 IY

    End of the Confederation

    The alliance that created the Confederation fails, and the four states all wage war against each other and the remaining Empire.

  • 1002 IY

    1036 IY

    Reign of Yaton III
    Life, Career

    House Hudor   Another general of the Imperial armies, Yaton III's appointment was a propaganda move to establish a member of the founding house on the throne. The hope that some of the secessionist states would come back were ill-founded and if anything, conflict intensified due to Yaton's more hard-line stance.

  • 1036 IY

    1041 IY

    Reign of Kalrak
    Life, Career

    House Foath   One of Yaton III's military prodigies, nominated in the hope that conquest of at least one of the rebellious states could be managed. Five years into his reign, he led an invasion and was killed in the battle that followed and the invasion recalled.

  • 1041 IY

    1095 IY

    Reign of Elmar
    Life, Career

    House Hudor   Elmar's reign saw a slight dente with the secessionist states and some normalcy of relations. Some official trade resumed, although this was bitterly opposed by parts of the Empire. Lived to the grand age of 96, with most of the decisions in his later years taken by Lorss, who had nominated himself successor ten years prior.    This was challenged by both Elmar's step-son, and a high ranking official, Domitius, thus starting the period of The Three Emperors.

  • 1095 IY

    1098 IY

    The Three Emperors
    Political event

    Elmar of House Hudor reigned for 54 years, but in the latter decade, fading mental acuity meant that a lot of the power was taken by the highest ranking military general, a member of House Foath called Lorss. In 1090, Lorss declared himself Elmar's successor, claiming that the Emperor had done so personally in a moment of lucidity, and when Elmar finally died in 1095 at the age of 96, Lorss demanded that the Imperial Houses ratify his succession.   Elmar's step-son, Calix, challenged this claim, insisting that it was Elmar's intentions to keep the Imperial Throne in House Hudor, and began gathering troops at his home territory near Ashris. Lorss summoned the Imperial Army and marched out to face this challenger.   Whilst Lorss was out of the capital, Domitius, a high ranking member of Elmar's court took the opportunity, and using his control of the Palace Guard and his own House's troops, declared himself Emperor in Lorss' absence. Faced with two challengers, Lorss established himself in Arall and began strategic planning to regain control.   The Empire was now firmly split between three contenders. Calix controlled most of the north-eastern part of the Empire, Lorss the south, and Domitius had the capital and the west. Lorss had the allegiance of the bulk of the Imperial Army, but Calix had secured a substantial number of House forces, and Domitius' control of the capital gave him unparalleled economic and political authority.   For three years very little changed, aside from almost constant skirmishes between the three factions, until in 1098, when Domitius was assassinated by members of the Palace Guard, who had finally been convinced by Lorss that his succession was valid. With control of the Imperial Capital in Lorss' hands, it was only a matter of time before Calix was defeated, and in late 1098, Lorss managed to bring Calix to battle, and he was killed.   With the pretenders removed, Lorss was finally ratified by the Imperial Houses, and took his place on the Imperial Throne.

  • 1098 IY

    1123 IY

    Reign of Lorss
    Life, Career

    House Foath   After defeating the two other claimants to the position, Lorss secured his position. Despite being from a strong military background, he attempted a reconciliation with the dissident regions in the north, but to no avail.   In reconciliation, Lorss appointed Calix's son as his successor, putting Hudor back on the throne.

  • 1123 IY

    1135 IY

    Reign of Elmar II
    Life, Career

    House Hudor   As another general turned Emperor, Elmar II saw it has his duty to lead his troops from the front. He used a re-ignition of many of the older conflicts to gather support and strengthen the Imperial army, seeking to wrest final control from the Imperial Houses and establish a Hudor dynasty once more.    He died in battle, and whilst most state it was just another casualty of war, some point to the mysterious actions of his guards during the battle and hint at Imperial House conspiracy to replace him. Whatever the true cause, he had not nominated an successor, allowing the Imperial Houses to place their own choice on the throne.

  • 1135 IY

    1153 IY

    Reign of Meret II
    Life, Career

    House Belkais   Picked from a House that had not held Imperial power for over 500 years, hoping that the new Emperor would be grateful to the Imperial Houses and pass laws more favourable to them. Made peace with the old confederate states, and after almost twenty years of status quo, Meret II died, officially from a sudden illness, but evidence suggests poisoning was the real cause. Had wisely chosen a successor already.

  • 1153 IY

    1181 IY

    Reign of Demal II
    Life, Career

    House Klimba   Aware of the suspicious circumstances of his predecessor's death, Demal II trod a fine line between maintaining the power of the Imperial throne, and acceding to the demands of the increasingly vocal Imperial Houses. Some relinquishment of autonomy to the provinces was passed, but the strength of the Imperial Army was increased by siphoning off units from House forces.   Died suddenly aged 67, old enough for it to be natural causes, but quick enough for rumour to fly that it was encouraged. Like his predecessor, had wisely nominated a successor early on.

  • 1181 IY

    1218 IY

    Reign of Gerak IV
    Life, Career

    House Morsuth   The beginning of Gerak IV's reign was normal enough, with the usual powerplay between Emperor and the Houses. As Gerak aged, his paranoia and suspicion of the rest of the nobility came readily apparent. Demanding the total disbandment of House forces and their integration into the Imperial Army, Gerak initially forbade members of the Imperial Houses from Belyos but then invited only a select few, beginning to sow seeds of discord between each house.   By the time of his death, again old enough to be natural, but rumours persist, the Imperial Houses were both alienated from the throne, but also from each other. Gerak had refused to nominate an heir due to his increasing paranoia, and a candidate could not be agreed upon. Each House demanded it be considered as the rightful Emperor and conflict erupted.   After 1218 years, the Empire disintegrated.

  • 1194 IY

    1204 IY

    The Honoratus Coup

    When Franciscus of House Foath died in 1190, his uncle, Auriel, claimed the lordship over and above Franciscus' own children, citing illegitimacy due to marital infidelity of Franciscus' wife. Being almost 90 and with no children of his own, Auriel realised the tenuous nature of his position. He adopted the four year old son of a distant cousin as his heir, and managed to establish a regency in the four years before his death in 1194.   One of the regents was a military general called Honoratus, and three years into the regency, divisions began to appear between him and the other regents. Most of the others wanted to strengthen ties with the Empire with the ultimate aim of re-joining, but Honoratus could see that the current Emperor, Gerak IV, was a paranoid autocrat who increasingly erratic behaviour would only lead to further division.   The other regents attempted to remove Honoratus, but failed, and he used his position of authority  over the armed forces of Foath to remove the other regents instead, taking sole regency. Whether he genuinely intended to hand over power once young Vinicius came of age is a matter of debate, but the child died in 1204 under suspicious circumstances, and Honoratus used his military power to assume control of the House and its territories.

  • 1218 IY

    1408 IY

    The Succession Crisis
    Civil action

    All six of the remaining Imperial Principalities fight each other for the right to appoint the next Emperor and for ownership of Belyos and the Imperial Province. The city is captured and re-captured so many times its defences become all but worthless, and most of its inhabitants move out.    The Imperial Highways are neglected by most, and other institutions such as the post effectively cease to exist. The remnants of the Imperial Army become mercenary units or are folded into existing forces. The ships of the once great Imperial Navy are either beached and left, or turn to piracy.

  • 1408 IY

    1587 IY

    The Sakamohr Hegemony
    Military action

    With the borders weak, a collection of tribes from outside of the old Imperial Borders invade, seeking plunder and wealth. Facing little organised opposition, they sack the Imperial city of Belyos. Some of the raiders settle in the city as a new ruling class and a lot of the southern parts of the old Empire come under their 'barbarian' control.

  • 1409 IY

    1423 IY

    Reign of Pexld The Warlord
    Life, Career

    Sakamohrian   Claiming to be chosen by the gods, Pexld managed to unify the usually disparate Sakamohr tribes of the lands to the south of the Empire and lead them in a great invasion of Imperial lands, promising riches and fertile lands. After rampaging across the south of the old Empire, Pexld takes and sacks Belyos, setting himself up as the new Emperor.   The old Imperial states that were not now under Sakamohr hegemony watch in dismay, but none of them have the might to take the lands back.

  • 1423 IY

    1456 IY

    Reign of Throc Pexldsen
    Life, Career

    Sakamohrian   Pexld's son. Following the tradition of patrilinear inheritance, once Throc was in place, he surprised most by offering up the hand of peace to the old Imperial states. Most refused outright, insisting that the Sakamohr leave the city of Belyos, but the city of Llaris begins to trade with the invaders, much to the ire of their rivals across the Inner Sea, Iseld.

  • 1430 IY

    The Great Emigration
    Population Migration / Travel

    Seeking to escape the 'barbarian' ways of the new ruling class, waves of people leave the Imperial borders and begin to settle the northern coast, beyond the confines of the Inner Sea.

  • 1456 IY

    1479 IY

    Reign of Wedet
    Life, Career

    Sakamohrian   Son of Throc. Continued with his father's attempts to become legitimate rulers of Belyos. Despite this, the alien culture of the Sakamohr drives off many of the native inhabitants to new lands discovered in the north.

  • 1463 IY

    Discovery of the Land Bridge
    Discovery, Exploration

    The Land Bridge is discovered, far to the east of the Inner Sea. Exploration of the region is slow, due to a lack of drinkable water sources and hostile natives on the islands of the Land Bridge itself.

  • 1479 IY

    1497 IY

    Reign of Blynd
    Life, Career

    Sakamohrian   Son of Wedet. Brought back many traditional Sakamohrian traditions and customs that had been discarded by his father and grandfather in their attempts to become 'legitimate'. Was killed in a beast fight as a result. With no sons of his own, his nephew succeeds him.

  • 1483 IY

    Discovery of the Northern Continent
    Discovery, Exploration

    The Northern Continent is first sighted, with news quickly spreading across the lands of the Inner Sea. Many of the marginal colonies that sprang up along the coast are abandoned, their occupants moving to take advantage of the much more bountiful lands in the north.   First contact is soon made with the Dwellers, and relations are strained, but mostly non-violent.

  • 1497 IY

    1511 IY

    Reign of Lul
    Life, Career

    Sakamohrian   Nephew of Blynd. Tried to manage a thin line between appeasing the traditions of his people, and showing the old Imperial states that the Sakamohr were capable and valid inheritors of the Empire.

  • 1509 IY

    Invention of the Lateen Sail
    Scientific achievement

    The shift in ship usage from large navel and trading vessels that used large numbers of oar crew, to smaller ships, results in the invention of the lateen sail, allowing ships to travel into the wind. This is picked up by ships travelling to the north, cutting the journey time down significantly. This, along with improvements to hull shape, allowed The Land Bridge to be bypassed entirely, crossing the bay directly.

  • 1511 IY

    1543 IY

    Reign of Mostyr
    Life, Career

    Sakamohrian   Son of Lul. In an attempt to provide legitimacy for Sakamohrian claims to the Empire, spent most of his early adulthood as a guest in the city of Llaris with his family. Returned to Belyos to inherit his father's titles with a strong appreciation for Imperial tastes and fashions, much to dismay of his people.

  • 1543 IY

    1562 IY

    Reign of Thrildsay
    Life, Career

    Sakamohrian   Son of Mostyr. Spent his childhood in the Imperial city of Llaris and was widely considered by most Sakamohrians to be more Imperial than not. Whilst most were content to let it go, so long as their traditions were left alone, Thrildsay attempted to outlaw most said traditions in exchange for Imperial versions. Was subsequently challenged by the leader of a rival tribe and killed in combat, after which his entire family was slaughtered and the victor claiming the title.

  • 1562 IY

    1571 IY

    Reign of Luras
    Life, Career

    Sakamohrian   Took up the titles after killing Thrildsay in ritual combat and wiping out his bloodline. Infighting started  between the Sakamohrian tribes over the legitimacy of this action. Luras was slain in another ritual combat for control of the Sakamohr, and like his predecessor, his whole family too.

  • 1571 IY

    1587 IY

    Sakamohr civil war
    Military action

    For the next 16 years, a succession of Sakamohr rulers claimed their right to rule by trial by combat, only to be supplanted a few years later. As well as this 'official' form of combat, the lack of central authority allowed the tribes to fight each other, attempting to settle old scores, claim better lands, or even just for the fun of it. What remaining citizens of Imperial descent became targets for renewed oppression, and all but a very few in isolated villages left.   As the in-fighting intensified, and the land became less and less productive, more and more Sakamohr left Imperial territories to return to their ancestral homes.

  • 1587 IY

    Expulsion of the Sakamohr
    Military action

    Taking advantage of the anarchic nature of the Sakamohr succession process, the northern states, who had managed to protect themselves from the Sakamohr's first invasion, ally and drive the barbarian invaders out of Imperial lands, re-capturing the city of Belyos. Despite intentions to push into Sakamohr, distrust and old enmities cause a breakdown of the alliance before that. An agreement is made, however, to install a guardian force on the border to prevent the Sakamohr returning.

  • 1588 IY

    1703 IY

    Era beginning/end

    Whilst the alliance to remove the Sakamohr is a success, it was not enough to see the Empire re-born, and for over a hundred years, the southern areas remain without overall control. People slowly return to the lands and begin the slow process of re-establishing farms and villages, and some semblance of authority starts to re-emerge.

  • 1592 IY

    Founding of the Empire of Drax

    Shipwrecked members of the House of Drax establish the Empire of Drax where their ship makes landfall.

  • 1704 IY

    1708 IY

    The Til-Yaltur Crusade
    Military action

    A young commander of the force defending the border with Sakamohr, calling himself Til-Yaltur, marches across the lands and reunites the Empire, either through force, or his raw charisma. For the first time in almost eight hundred years, the Imperial lands are under one leadership.

  • 1708 IY

    Establishment of the New Empire of Belyos

    Calling all nobles to the city of Belyos, Til-Yaltur announces the New Empire and demands allegiance. No one dares oppose him, particularly after it appears that the head Imperial god, Yaltur himself, endorses him.

  • 1712 IY

    1714 IY

    The Harrying of Sakamohr
    Military action

    The Sakamohr tribes, perceiving the loss of the border defence force, gather and attempt an invasion of the Empire. They are met by Til-Yaltur and the combined armies of the New Empire and are utterly defeated. Striking back into Sakamohr, imperial forces root out and destroy all Sakamohr settlements they can find and sack the ceremonial capital of Chiengo, recovering many once-lost Imperial treasures.   Returning to Imperial lands, Til-Yaltur re-establishes protection of the border, and rules that no Sakamohr may settle within a hundred miles of the border, setting up regular patrols to ensure this.

  • 1738 IY

    Formation of the Venator Legionis

    A legion that exists to solely hunt and kill The Failed is formed by Til-Yaltur, the Venator Legionis.

    More reading
    Venator Legionis
  • 1764 IY

    Death of Til-Yaltur
    Life, Death

    Til-Yaltur dies, and his generals ensure the peaceful management of the Elector States, and a new Emperor is elected. The descendants of Til-Yaltur became Stewards of Belyos, and keep a wary eye on the Empire.

  • 1765 IY

    1800 IY

    Reign of Til-Risage
    Life, Career

    House Hoat   With new Elector Houses in place, and a more robust system to elect an Emperor in use, the Elector Counts choose a member from one of the northern provinces, widely seen as 'repayment' for the expulsion of the Sakamohr centuries ago.   The new Emperor takes on the epithet 'Til-' before his own name, and decrees it for all Emperors.

  • 1767 IY

    The Great Quake
    Disaster / Destruction

    A large earthquake strikes the northern continent, centred near the city of Fienth. Casualties in the city are high and it causes a large tsunami that sweeps the surrounding seas and causes the loss of an unknown number of colony ships in transit. Religious figures are quick to lay the blame on the lack of piety in the new nations of the north, and the influx of colonists slows for several decades.

  • 1770 IY

    Sakamohr incursion
    Military action

    News of Til-Yaltur's death reaches the Sakamohr, and a number of clans are convinced that without his presence, the Empire would revert to its previously chaotic state. Against the advice of many others, a small force uses high passes unknown to the Empire to cross into the highlands of Arall. Their initial forays lend them some confidence, encountering little resistance and finding rich pickings. Within a week, Imperial forces arrive and none of the Sakamohr raiders escapes back to their home lands.

  • 1776 IY

    The Tanglebeast
    Military action

    A Tanglebeast appears in the rural areas of Keltas, east of Rodess. The Venator Legionis  is slow to deploy due to the remote nature of the area, allowing the creature to destroy several villages. Through a combination of luck and careful tactics, the beast is eventually slain.

  • 1780 IY

    Outbreak of Grey Plague
    Plague / Epidemic

    An outbreak of Grey Plague results in the death of over 1.3 million people across the Empire.

  • 1785 IY

    Invention of the windmill
    Discovery, Scientific

    Whilst water mills had been in use since before the foundation of the Empire, 1785 saw the first use of windmills. Their practicality sees their introduction across the Empire.

  • 1788 IY

    Keltas Plague
    Plague / Epidemic

    An outbreak of Grey Plague sweeps through the slums of Keltas' capital, Rodess. A few cases appear in port cities of Hoat and Iren, but its spread is prevented. In total, just under 170,000 people die.

  • 1792 IY

    Hoat Border Incident
    Military action

    Tensions present since the The Great Schism cause Hoat to assert border claims over its neighbour of Chasroth. After a brief skirmish, Chasroth appeals to the Empire. Mediation grants the land to Hoat, much to Chasroth's chagrin.

  • 1800 IY

    1811 IY

    Reign of Til-Kalit
    Life, Career

    House Mythero   To show how the New Empire has improved, the third elected to the position was an Empress, the first female ruler of the Imperial lands since its founding almost two thousand years ago. Kalit showed great promise, but a sequence of errors led to her death during childbirth. Prejudice against future female Emperors has dogged the position ever since, despite rumours that her death could have been easily prevented but for those seeking to discredit the concept.

  • 1806 IY

    Assassination Attempt
    Criminal Activity

    A plot by Nexites to assassinate the first female Emperor failed, largely due to the actions of the Palace Guard. Whilst the plot failed, the Nexites were successful in attaching blame to the Sakamohr, leading to an increase in hostilities.

  • 1808 IY

    The Punishment
    Military action

    After the unsuccessful assassination attempt on the Emperor, a general called Taranor manages to rally enough troops to undertake a punitive attack on Sakamohr. The campaign is broadly successful, and catches the Sakamohr by surprise, with their city of Cheingo sacked, and a number of high ranking hostages taken. Taranor's standing increases substantially, putting him in prime position to be the next Emperor.

  • 1811 IY

    1838 IY

    Reign of Til-Taranor
    Life, Career

    House Lorsund   Already a well-known name due to his successes in a raid on Sakamohr, Taranor was elected easily to the position, but died too early for most people's liking from complications from an old war wound. After this, there has a tendency for ex-military types to be more closely vetted for ailments.

  • 1817 IY

    1820 IY

    The Three Bad Years
    Plague / Epidemic

    The three years between 1817 and 1820 first saw the assassination of the Emperor's wife, then a famine that killed 1.3 million people, followed by an outbreak of Grey Plague that killed another 1.8 million.

  • 1833 IY

    The Temple Assault
    Civil action

    A small group of individuals identified as Sakamohr infiltrate the Imperial Capital of Belyos and attempt to assassinate the archpriest of Yaltur and extinguish The Flame of Yaltur. They are unsuccessful, but questions are raised as to how they managed to get so far into the Empire. An investigation showed that the event was staged by Nexites, not the Sakamohr, and a purge of the city to root out the heretics followed.

  • 1838 IY

    1883 IY

    Reign of Til-Adver
    Life, Career

    House Hoat   Adver started his reign mired in controversy that his election was gained through bribery and blackmail. An independent commission cleared him of any wrong-doings, but left a verdict open that he was manipulated by parties unknown. A more open process of elections was brought in to remedy this.

  • 1843 IY

    1851 IY

    The Iren Crisis
    Political event

    An upsurge in piracy along the western shore of the Inner Sea is uncovered to be privateering by ships beholden to the Elector Lord of Iren. Tensions between Hoat, the primary victim of the piracy and Iren escalate, and several clashes between ships belonging to each state occur, despite Imperial demands to cease.   After raids along the coast of Iren by supposed pirates clearly acting under orders from Hoat, Iren beings preparations to attack Hoat for reparations. After a ship carrying the Archpriest of Lortur is attacked and sank by mistake, by ships of an unknown faction, and the Emperor, Til-Adver finally acts and deploys Imperial Naval vessels to defuse the situation.   Both Elector Lords are sanctioned by the Noble's Courthouse, with stiff fines paid to the Imperial throne. Rumours of minor skirmishes continue for several years, until the sudden death of the Elector Lord of Iren. His son takes the Lordship and is quick to cease all such activity, reaching out to Hoat for reconciliation. Praise is given to the new lord for his actions, but criticism is levelled at the Emperor for his slow response.

  • 1870 IY

    Keltas Patricide
    Political event

    First and only instance of the Noble's Courthouse handing out a death sentence on an Elector Lord.   The Elector Lord of Keltas is killed by unknown assailants whilst touring the harbours of Rodess. Her daughter takes the position but it quickly emerges that she organised the attack.   The wheels of bureacracy turn slowly and in 1876, she is summoned to Belyos to answer the claims. In a trial lasting over a year, which became quite a popular spectacle, she is found guilty, and executed by beheading. Her sister takes the Lordship.

  • 1877 IY

    The Great Death
    Plague / Epidemic

    An outbreak of Grey Plague sweeps though the Empire. Around 4.7 million people die, almost 1 in 5 of the population.

  • 1883 IY

    Reign of Til-Lautor
    Life, Career

    House Imbar   The present Emperor and the first elected without any controversy whatsoever. Hailing from a state with a strong trading and maritime tradition, Lautor has decreed an increase in the size of the Imperial Navy, and a desire to see Imperial influence spread to the new nations springing up in the New World.

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  • 1888 IY

    The Harrying
    Military action

    Rumours in Lorsund of attacks by monstrous creatures causes Til-Lautor to authorise the Imperial Army to scour the region. After a number of ambushes that resulted in the death of the current Elector Lord, the Army corners and finally manages to kill a pack of Mournlings

  • 1906 IY

    The Present Day

    Present day. The New Empire is still strong, although nationalistic tendencies remain. Inter-state conflict is allowed on a minimal scale, so long as the Imperial Law is maintained and taxes paid.


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