The death of Sovereign Henry MacTaine the Ninth spiraled into the collapse of the nation of Taillean.
The year is 3498 of the Third Era. The continent roils in conflict. The Rysmarckian Conquest continues to consume swathes of Central and Northern Varia in the aftermath of the kingdom of Taillean's dissolution. Meanwhile, the heavy warring threatens to delve deeper into the eastern regions. And, in the shadows of this turmoil, hidden agents cultivate the Corruption and the Scourge into a threat that may dominate what any mortal squabble can muster. One heroic band of the Age of Empyreals began their journey in Central Varia during Kaelhon, the fourth month of the year. Their exploits have, over time, brought them to the coasts of the southwest. Yet, they never seem too far from trouble with a knack of causing ripples of their own. With their presence or without, the whole of Varia remains in flux. The year 3498 3E would mark an unprecedented escalation in the Rysmarckian Conquest and the continental troubles as a whole.
With the established states of Varia growing ever more powerful, the peace which once pervaded the continent during the Second Era shattered. The period marks a time of both heavy geopolitical conflict and cultural advancement. The Third Era also marks the first traces of Corruption and Scourge reappearing since the War of the Scourge.
Varians throughout the continent celebrate the coming of the new year.
The adventurers succeed in saving some orphans, rescuing a merchant, and escorting Terryflump's Travelling Troupe to Duford.
The adventurers continue their search for the ore shipment to the Lifurion Mines, finding their quarry and a mob monsters beside it. In the process, they meet Firon Gael'toryn, a General of the Order of Avalon.
After returning to Duford, the party delivers the missing ore shipment. However, on their way to do so, they witness a growing crowd of unhappy locals and travelers gathered in the town square.
The adventurers track down a member of the Daggers that has been causing trouble for the Cloaks in Duford. In the process, they realize that they are dealing with more than a regular thief.
Reports of people being attacked at night reach the government.
The adventuring band escorts the merchant Grenthor and his belongings to the city of Aldeville.
The party of adventurers, with the aid of Tycus and Henry and his men, launch a two-pronged attack on an orc war band that had set up camp not too far from the village of Gredel.
The party sets off from Gredel and continues their travel to Aldeville. On the way, they encounter a half-elf named Kent seemingly being accosted by bandits, who they subsequently thwart. Kent then joins them before proceeding to the village of Unther.
After Gerhart of Leitritter's execution, Rainan executed the nobles present with a storm of fire. Following the signal, Rysmarckian forces besieged the city of Aldeville as troops sought to root out any conspirators to the deceased lord's coup.
The Divine Emperor, Rainan, personally beheads Gerhart Leitritter, the Lord of the House Leitritter, whom the Avonian government found guilty of organizing a coup against the ruling Rysmarckian regime.
After escaping the wrath of Rainan and the Rysmarckian troops, the party seeks to abscond from Aldeville. With aid from General Gael'toryn, they are able to teleport to Vesium.
The adventurers locate Henry MacTaine's family. However, after returning Gwenthel, his mother, Lady Jacqueline, requests that they search for her missing daughter. While Andraste recuperates from the aftereffects of death and resurrection, the rest of the party conducts their search.
In the earliest hours of the day, Andraste Siannodel is resurrected by Vesius IV, an Archbishop of the Order of Avalon.
The party narrows down their search for Andrea to an abandoned estate in the noble estates of Vesium. Subsequently finding Andrea, they are convinced to meet the high vampire, Anatoly Yevgen.
The adventurers set off from Yorven and travel down the River Laine to the Southern Seas to reach the city of Curieux.
While sailing on the Southern Seas, the adventurers are targeted and attacked by wyvern-riding assassins who turned out to be agents of the Scourge.
The adventuring party meets the Grand Magister of the Arcane Society to fulfill a mission.
After discovering his mentor's empty abode, Kent searches for the dragonborn diviner, Angramax. His efforts lead him to a crystalline demiplane which ultimately brings the rest of the party into the situation.
After some prodding from the Grand Magister, Kent registers with the Arcane Society.
After freeing Angramax with the aid of the Grand Magister, the party was sent spiraling into the Astral Plane. They then had to brave the strange new realm in order to reunite with the archmage and return home.
While fighting off an overwhelming band of githyanki in the Astral Plane, Kent bled out. However, with intervention from the Grand Magister, he was brought back to life.
Kent signs up for the magical duels held during the Aizur Convention. He manages to pass the first round of the adept bracket but narrowly finds defeat during the second round.
The adventurers encounter Idan and Caedon on their way out of the Vonereux Mountains. At least one of the elven travelers takes a liking to them.
The adventurers, accompanied by Tycus and two travelers from the Feylands, brave the Vonereux Mountains to reach a white dragon's mountain lair wherein they fight to kill the creature.
The Arcane Society hosts the Aizur Convention, presenting the work of its members and even their combat prowess in magical duels.
Kent and Andraste participate in a ritual by the Grand Magister to construct the Purification Phylactery, an artifact that can remove the Corruption from an affected creature. At its completion, they utilize the item on a familiar acquaintance.
Jester attends an audience with her father, Lord Beren Trow, to heavy effect.
After a candid conversation with one another, Tycus begins to court Jester Trow.
The adventurers encounter the dwarven gang boss, Daddy Minnezoda, and André de la Conais signs a contract that exchanges two favors from him for a pair of stolen accessories in the Daddy's possession.
Following his involvement in a magical theft at the Trow Estate, André is assigned to serve as a residential manager at the Grand Arcaneum.
As part of his punishment for stealing from the Trow Estate, Kent was branded with Faenorias' Mark of Perversion, one of the Society's means to regulating an individual's magic.
Following his involvement in a magical theft at the Trow Estate, Kent is assigned to be a student at the Arcaneum.
In the last week of the Faenrul Festival, the Grand Tournament of the Blades takes place in Curieux.
An unknown mage summoned a Scourge monstrosity in the stands of the Coliseum of Derogen, leading to dozens of casualties and the first re-appearance of the Scourge in Conais in over three hundred years.
The adventurers enter the Grand Arcaneum and maneuver its shifting structures to reach the Archives Infinium.
The Archives Infinium's vault is stolen by invaders in the Grand Arcaneum and the vault chamber collapses into the library.
After the events at the Arcaneum, Varris confronts the Cloaks about her brother's status and their actions regarding her family. To her surprise, Varris instead came face to face with LeVast who matched her arguments and then banished her from the organization.
The adventurers attend a council in the Chateau de Curieux whose attendants include King Edgar of Conais, General Ballihan Oreses, Magistress Miria of Daramond, Master Barian Bobbit, and Captain Marrick Jacksen.
The adventurers are recognized by King Edgar of Conais for their recent heroic exploits in the city's Coliseum of Derogen and the Grand Arcaneum. They receive honorary status in the city and monetary rewards from the kingdom.
The adventuring party shares their findings with the Order of Avalon's General Ballihan Oreses. The general deems their investigations satisfactory and welcomes them to the service of the Order of Avalon, in exchange for conducting a resurrection for them.
André finds and converses with Victor Hughes at the Wolf's Chalice Inn. The meeting gives him a lead on rogue mages in the area, as well as a possible tie-in with the mission's target.
While resting at the Wolf's Chalice Inn, a Rysmarckian retinue appears to arrest Tycus. The paladin turns himself over with no struggle.
After Andraste meets a halfling named Mars, he and Jester are led out, though not in the most subtle of ways, to meet the rebels.
After reaching a certain point, Andraste and Jester are blindfolded as they are led to the rebels in Wiltide. They meet one of the leaders of the movement, Lira.
While in the Ramfort district of Wiltide, André and Victor Hughes investigate local affairs, leading them to a farm that had been housing members of a rogue mage group. They subsequently arrested most of the suspects.
The Warden of Vorstone Prison, a beholder, parlays with the adventurers. The parties seem to come to an agreement to help one another, the Warden seeking its freedom and the party seeking their allies.
The adventurers initiate a battle with the Rysmarckian personnel stationed in the basement of Vorstone Prison. They come out victorious and free most of the mages imprisoned there.