PRISON OF THE HOURGLASS
Many things have happened in the three years since Andraste, Oleander, Kithvolar, Melech, Bartho, and Yuriel were lost in time.
Zarenshar 1475: Vantajar, the notorious one-eyed dragonborn pirate lord, is released from Zardkarath — his freedom bought by the Temple of Tiamat. Eight ships, all loyal to Vantajar, arrive in Io'galaroth in anticipation of his release. One of the ships also carries the rescued Deeplantern guilders Arkyn Tavor and his companions. Vantajar and his reassembled pirate fleet leave Io'galaroth in haste, head south toward the Eye of Io, and disappear into the storm.
Zarenshar 1475: General Rhutha orders the Io'galaroth military to commandeer all ships in port — the Maelstrom being the sole exception. Armed with over one hundred ships, Rhutha begins cobbling together a new fleet and takes the rebuilt Dragovar warship Asha-Naga as her command vessel. Rhutha concedes to a meeting with Skaravostrym out of respect but isn't cowed by his veiled threats. She warns him not to make an enemy of the Dragovar Empire.
Varuuc 1475: Io'calioth officially mourns the death of Princess Kalavai, the Holy Regent, with a grim funeral procession. Dragonborn death knights sworn to protect the royal family escort her empty coffin. Citizens eagerly anticipate the coronation of Hlastro, the Emperor's nephew, but secretly fear interference from the martial caste.
Varuuc 1475: In Io'galaroth, Arkyn Tavor, Arando Corynnar, and Andraste's twin arrange for passage aboard the Deeplantern Guild tradesman Good Fortune, captained by a halfling named Nevester Mirvan. However, Khargoth (General Rhutha's aide) refuses to release the ship and has it searched, leading to the discovery of Iokholar, a suspected Knight of Ardyn. Captain Mirvan facilitates the escape of Andraste's twin, Arkyn, and the Knights of Ardyn, but he is captured and executed for treason.
Io'lor 1475: The barons of Bael Nerath, taking advantage of the chaos in Io'calioth, put aside their petty feuds and declare independence. The barons convene on the island of Baelcrest and sign a unity pact, pledging military support to one another in the event of Dragovar retaliation. Days prior to the declaration, Vincent van Hyden, his household, and all representatives of the Nerathi Consortium evacuate Io'calioth.
Tamara 1475: In Io'calioth, General Kamal elevates himself to Supreme General and commands the Council of Viziers to officially declare him Governor of the Empire. While the Council considers his "proposal," Kamal sequesters the Emperor's legitimate heir in a royal sanctuary on some undisclosed island and sends envoys to Bael Nerath. They threaten to execute the barons and their families unless Bael Nerath falls in line. Kamal appoints Rhutha his Grand Admiral, which doesn't sit well with her; she begins to feel more like a subordinate than an equal. Kamal places Colonel Arzan in charge of rebuilding the shipyards of Io'calioth.
Chronepsis 1475: Pressured by Supreme General Kamal, the Council of Viziers in Io'calioth ratifies a proclamation declaring him Governor of the Empire. In his first official act as Governor, Kamal forms the Mercator Council, comprised entirely of martial caste members. Both councils are given equal say in matters of law and are collectively referred to as the Imperial Forum. Other castes demand voices on the forum as well, but their demands fall on deaf ears.
Shivrah 1475: With the Horned Alliance all but wiped out, Colonel Arzan betrays Dorethau Vadu and has her arrested and placed on a ship bound for some undisclosed prison colony. The crime lord's sudden capture is made public, serving as propaganda to quell fears of unrest in the city.
Ashardalon 1475: Grand Admiral Rhutha survives an assassination attempt in Io'galaroth. One of the assassins is captured and reveals under interrogation that he works for Colonel Arzan, a Myrthon sympathizer. Arzan is arrested by Khygar's Brood on suspicion of treason and killed while attempting escape.
Ashardalon 1475: Using a powerful ritual, a clutch of cataclysmic dragon eggs, and four ships from Sea King Senestrago's fleet, Xan Arahaji sinks the island of Whitestag, killing thousands. The eight remaining baronies of Bael Nerath refuse to yield to the genasi warlord's demands. Instead, they unite their fleets and sink all but one of Arahaji's ships. Arahaji's flagship narrowly escapes and rejoins with several other vessels formerly under Senestrago's command. After Xan Arahaji steals nearly half his fleet, Senestrago pulls together his remaining ships and publicly condemns the "unprovoked attack" on Bael Nerath. Arahaji claims full credit for the atrocity and brazenly threatens to sink more islands.
Falazure 1475: Skaravostrym restores his true dragon form. Before a packed congregation in Io'galaroth's Temple of Tiamat, he declares himself a god-king and overlord of the island. Waves of fear wash over the city as High Priest Ekharin and all other representatives of the Temple of Bahamut are expelled and worship of Bahamut and Tiamat is outlawed. Dharz Khevvir remains in Io'galaroth as Skaravostrym's magistrate and spokesperson.
Falazure 1475: Ekharin does not return to Io'calioth with the other displaced members of his temple, leading many to believe he's hiding in Io'galaroth. Representatives of the divine caste are sent from the capital to meet with Skaravostrym and persuade the dragon to permit the worship of Bahamut and Tiamat. Skaravostrym slays and devours the entire delegation. Despite outrage, the Imperial Forum in Io'calioth is forced to respect the dragon overlord's wishes.
Hlal 1476: The Bael Nerathi fleet ends its pursuit of Xan Arahaji when reports surface of a Dragovar fleet heading toward the baronies. After a brutal naval engagement, Rhutha's formidable Dragovar fleet traps the Nerathi fleet and sets up an impenetrable blockade around the eight remaining islands of Bael Nerath. Baron Mystrum of Ravan convinces his island's red dragon overlord to attack Rhutha's flagship in a daring bid to capture the admiral. However, the attack fails and Ravan is killed.
Garyx 1476: Skaravostrym's overlordship goes unchallenged. Magistrate Dharz Khevvir urges Vizier Nharrek to legitimize Skaravostrym's reign, and after some delays, Nharrek sends a missive to the Imperial Forum in Io'calioth, urging it to recognize the change in overlordship. By month's end, the island of Castanamir is renamed Skaravostrym.
Garyx 1476: Several members of the Khara Malia, a reclusive order of devas loosely associated with the Temple of Bahamut, are abducted from their sanctuary in Io'calioth. The Khara Malia are historians who use rituals to pry secrets from their past lives, and then use this knowledge to illuminate history. Representatives of the temple confirm that smaller Khara Malia sects in other cities have likewise vanished.
Lendys 1476: The shipyards of Io'calioth are ready to begin building new ships, but wood supplies are too low. The empire turns to the Winterleaf Coster, but the two sides cannot come to terms. Representatives of the Ironstar Cartel present schematics for an iron ship design, and Governor Kamal pays to have a prototype built in Gar Morra. In the meantime, Grand Admiral Rhutha is ordered to pillage the islands of Bael Nerath and seize whatever wood supplies she can.
Zarenshar 1476: As Dragovar troops swarm Bael Nerath, the Nerathi fleet punches a hole through Rhutha's naval blockade. Although several Nerathi ships are lost, the bulk of the fleet escapes with the barons and their families aboard. Word of Rhutha's "failure" reaches Governor Kamal in Io'calioth, even as the forests of Bael Nerath are reduced to lumber to build his fleets and Nerathi citizens are subjugated under his rule.
Zarenshar 1476: Skaravostrym commands the shipyards of Io'galaroth to build a new fleet and forces the dragon overlords of four surrounding islands (Ghorvaas, Krusythan, Misryl, and Nestyllor) to bow before him in Io'galaroth's Temple of Tiamat.
Voruuc 1476: The Emperor's 13-year-old nephew and legitimate heir, Hlastro, escapes from military custody along with his mother (Shydaar, the Emperor's sister). Governor Kamal executes two of his generals and an entire garrison for allowing the royal heir to escape.
Io'lor 1476: Lenkhor Krige authorizes a Shan Qabal expedition to Io'halador. A research team bolstered by Winterleaf Coster mercenaries is dispatched to the sunken city and never heard from again.
Io'lor 1476: In Io'calioth, agents of Khygar's Brood capture several Myrthon sympathizers plotting to assassinate Governor Kamal. One of the conspirators turns out to be Mercator Szardor, Kamal's most trusted military advisor. The betrayal rattles Kamal, who promotes Colonel Khygar to general and personally oversees Szardor's public execution. Many citizens who regard the current regime as corrupt hail Szardor as a hero of the empire. Against Kamal's wishes, the temples of Tiamat and Bahamut do nothing to change popular opinion. Kamal orders Khygar to determine whether Szardor had confederates in the upper echelons of the imperial castes.
Tamara 1476: Tentacled ships referred to as "nautiloids" begin attacking remote Dragovar settlements near the Myrthon Regency. Reports of entire villages and towns being kidnapped become increasingly common. Further reports of "tentacled monsters" appearing in Dragovar cities also spread fear throughout the empire.
Chronepsis 1476: Dhastrand, high priest of the Temple of Bahamut in Io'calioth, declares that Hlastro, the Emperor's heir, is alive and under the temple's protection. Governor Kamal meets privately with Dhastrand in an encounter that has the two nearly coming to blows.
Erynian 1476: Vost Miraj spies capture Colonel Aurizon, a high-ranking official in the Myrthon Regency. From him, the military learns a great deal about what's truly happening in the regency. Rumors of madness sweeping through the regency are confirmed.
Erynian 1476: Skaravostrym forces more dragon overlords to yield before him, bringing the total number of islands under his sway to eight. His closest neighbor, the adamantine dragon Mheletros, refuses to yield, and Skaravostrym seems uncharacteristically reluctant to challenge him. The god-king is distracted by violent uprisings within Io'galaroth and rumors that the deposed dragon overlord Castanamir is behind them.
Erynian 1476: The island of Irthos, last outpost of the vanished eladrin kingdom of Cendriane, is attacked, its vaults plundered. Tentacled ships are seen floating in the night sky and in the dark waters off the coast. Many citizens are killed or kidnapped. The invaders depart quickly, leaving terror in their wake.
Shivrah 1476: A second Shan Qabal research team sent to Io'halador is lost after sending the following magical transmission to Lenkhor Krige: "Rotting corpses and carnage everywhere. Hahrzan's sect appears to have been destroyed. No sign of what did this. Will investigate further."
Shivrah 1476: Zarkhrysa, the leader of the Vost Miraj, is arrested and killed by Khygar's Brood for reasons that are never disclosed. Governor Kamal appoints General Khygar as Zarkhrysa's replacement, giving Khygar absolute control over imperial security and counter-espionage.
Ashardalon 1476: General Khygar uncovers evidence of a massive conspiracy to overthrow Governor Kamal. He also finds proof that several divine viziers within the Imperial Forum are plotting to support the temples' bid to remove Kamal from office and install Hlastro as Emperor before year's end. A treacherous and ambitious vizier named Sartakh Arlore betrays his colleagues and assists with Khygar's investigation. Many believe that the so-called "evidence" obtained by Khygar is concocted.
Falazure 1476: Agents of the Vost Miraj and Khygar's Brood arrest and interrogate several viziers accused of corruption. A report from General Khygar convinces Governor Kamal that the divine council of the Imperial Forum is "wholly corrupt." The forum is dissolved and replaced by the Mercator Council, giving the martial caste complete control over imperial law. Several viziers stationed outside of the capital are also arrested, but a few (including Vizier Nharrek in Io'galaroth) escape and go into hiding. A handful of viziers, among them Grand Vizier Turazad, find sanctuary in the Temples of Tiamat and Bahamut. Attempts to arrest them are thwarted. Both temples condemn the Governor's defiance of the gods and the dissolution of his divine council.
Hlal 1477: The repairs to Khas Imperia are finally completed, but at great cost. Governor Kamal and his staff relocate to the royal palace. Citizens demonize Kamal's tax collectors for their excessive violence toward all but the wealthiest citizens. His war coffers depleted, Kamal invites distinguished members of the noble caste to a dinner party at the palace and urges them to financially support the war effort against Bael Nerath and the Myrthon Regency. He also tries to garner support in his bid to become Emperor. Various nobles describe Kamal's behavior as bizarre.
Hlal 1477: Vantajar's fleet emerges from the Eye of Io and travels north toward Krakenholt.
Garyx 1477: Fearing assassination attempts by the temples, Governor Kamal surrounds himself with death knights loyal to the throne. He sends a missive to Grand Admiral Rhutha, ordering her to leave Bael Nerath and take command of the Dragovar fleets battling the Myrthon Regency. General Hajad, Kamal's most brutal officer, is dispatched from Io'fazor to oversee the Dragovar forces on Bael Nerath in her stead, but his ship never arrives.
Lendys 1477: Vantajar stands before a small gathering of Sea Kings in Krakenholt and announces that he has recovered Fathomreaver, the lost sword that has long symbolized the union of the Sea Kings. He claims to have retrieved it from the Elemental Chaos but refuses to present it to the "minor" Sea Kings in attendance. Instead he demands that all of the major Sea Kings gather at Krakenholt to see Fathomreaver for themselves.
Zarenshar 1477: Vantajar presents Fathomreaver to the Sea Kings at Krakenholt and demands that they unite under his banner. After a week of contemplation, a vote is taken. Conspicuous by his absence is Sea King Senestrago.
Voruuc 1477: Sea King Valkroi informs the Maelstrom crew that he has pledged his ships in support of Sea King Vantajar. As agreed upon by the Sea Kings of Krakenholt, ships pledged to Vantajar will continue to fly the flags of their respective Sea Kings for one year. If, in that time, Vantajar proves himself worthy of the blade called Fathomreaver, all ships pledged to him will change their flags to his. Dragovar officials are terrified to learn that Sea King Vantajar’s ships outnumber the imperial fleet six to one.
Io’lor 1477: Word reaches Io'calioth of a full-scale revolution in Bael Nerath. News of the revolt catches Governor Kamal by surprise, as do reports that the Knights of Ardyn are aiding and training the revolutionaries.
Tamara 1477: A Myrthon starbarge carrying a diplomatic envoy is captured in Dragovar waters and escorted to Io'fazor. News of the ship's capture is withheld for several months.
Chronepsis 1477: Governor Kamal makes preparations to leave the capital and travel to Io'fazor on what propagandists refer to as a "final step to ending the war of the west." A parade accompanies Kamal to his awaiting flagship, and the general is seen waving to morose crowds, a ceremonial suit of battle armor covering him from head to toe.
Erynian 1477: Fifteen heavily laden ships loyal to Sea King Vantajar deliver much-needed provisions to Io'calioth, which has suffered under heavy taxes for the past year. Most of the goods are given away to the populace for free, although dragonborn citizens receive the bulk of the provisions.
Erynian 1477: A Winterleaf Coster expedition returns to Io'calioth empty-handed after a failed mission to recover a Bael Turathi artifact called the Crown of Nine Spires.
Shivrah 1477: Sea King Senestrago's flagship is attacked while docked at Anchordown. Members of the local assassins' guild are rounded up after the crew is found slaughtered, but there are conflicting reports about whether Senestrago himself survived the attack.
Shivrah 1477: Skaravostrym sends his new fleet eastward and arms his captains with rituals designed to guide them safely to the Temple of the Wyrm's Eye. The Knights of Ardyn learn that the dragon god-king intends to track down the remaining Wyrmworn and destroy them before their dragon spirits — his rivals — are awakened. An oracle in the Temple of the Wyrm's Eye holds the information that Skaravostrym covets.
Ashardalon 1477: Pirate ships of an elemental nature begin attacking trade ships sworn to Sea King Vantajar. Three of the Sea King's vessels are pillaged and sunk in the first month, more in the months that follow. Survivors speak of pirate ships with lightning sails appearing and disappearing amid freak storms. All attacks occurred near the Demonmaw Sargasso.
Falazure 1477: High Priest Dhastrand of the Temple of Bahamut is abducted while giving alms in the streets of Io'calioth. The Kurik-Othzar is initially blamed, but the Temple of Tiamat openly condemns the attack. Divinations reveal that Dhastrand is truly dead, his body destroyed. A day of mourning is declared. Clerics within the temple begin to question Dhastrand's allegiances, with some claiming that he had strong Myrthon sympathies.
Hlal 1478: Templars in Io'calioth beseech Bahamut to choose Dhastrand's replacement. Imazhia, the former High Priest of Bahamut's temple in Io'galaroth, is chosen to replace Dhastrand, much to the surprise of her peers. Imazhia is seen as an unconventional choice to lead the faith in such uncertain times.
Hlal 1478: Sea King Vantajar offers a king's ransom in jewels to any captain who captures one of the elemental ships raiding his fleet. Meanwhile, four more of his vessels are pillaged and sunk by the so-called "Pirates of Dkar," leading many Sea Kings to wonder whether Vantajar is worthy enough to lead them. The irony that Vantajar, a former pirate lord, would be set upon by pirates is not lost on his fellow Sea Kings.
Garyx 1478: Dragovar warships discover the Nerathi fleet hiding in Gar Morra. The Nerathi fleet is chased off, but the dwarven clanlords of Gar Morra are so inspired by the humans' defiance of Dragovar tyranny that they send word to their ambassadors in all major Dragovar cities: Gar Morra is ready to declare its independence unless the Dragovar Empire frees the Nerathi people and returns control of the baronies to the barons. Governor Kamal reacts poorly and sends warships from Io'fazor to plunder the Gar Morran strongholds and feed his coffers. Angered by Kamal's response, the Ironstar Cartel sabotages and sinks the Iron Maiden, an experimental iron-hulled ship paid for with imperial funds.
Garyx 1478: Skaravostrym's fleet arrives at the Temple of the Wyrm's Eye, perched atop a craggy island at the edge of the Black Curtain, only to find the temple's oracle destroyed. Knights of Ardyn persuade the fleet captains to avoid their god-king's wrath by never returning to Io'galaroth.
Garyx 1478: Despite setbacks, Skaravostrym's kingdom, which now spans eleven islands, is officially declared a Dragovar regency by the Mercator Council. Representatives of various castes flock to Skaravostrym's court with offers to help the dragon god-king end his island's rebellion. Tired of Governor Kamal's platitudes, Skaravostrym demands that the Dragovar Empire prove its worth by slaying Ardyn and her irksome knights.
Lendys 1478: Sea King Firerazor abandons his allegiance to Vantajar and the other Sea Kings by accepting a commission from the Dragovar navy to hunt down the fugitive Nerathi fleet.
Lendys 1478: Three ships under the flag of Sea King Eelbeard mistake the Maelstrom for an elemental pirate vessel and attack. The Maelstrom escapes with only minor damage.
Zarenshar 1478: The fugitive Nerathi fleet spots a burning vessel identified as the Thunderwave, flagship of Xan Arahaji. The Nerathi barons chase the genasi warlord's ship through a thicket of jagged islands, only to be ambushed by Sea King Firerazor. Realizing they've been lured into a trap, the barons scatter and retreat. A third of their fleet is destroyed.
Voruuc 1478: Sea Kings Kalas, Mithralstar, and Deepstaff bring their massive fleets to bear against Sea King Firerazor and Xan Arahaji near the volcanic island of Kalfyra. Scores of ships are lost, but Firerazor's fleet is annihilated. Firerazor's command ship, the Inferno, is badly damaged and forced to retreat early in the battle. Xan Arahaji's flagship, the Thunderwave, is captured, but a thorough inspection reveals that the genasi warlord is not aboard.
Voruuc 1478: Andraste's twin and Arando Corynnar flee Bael Nerath aboard the Jakarfiya, a Dragovar warship secretly allied with the Knights of Ardyn. Its captain, a Knight of Ardyn named Kylaxor, agrees to transport them to Ardynrise after a brief stop in Anchordown.
Io'lor 1478: A vast armada is sighted in eastern Arkhosia, and rumors spread of rune-carved ships landing "iron soldiers" on imperial islands near the Black Curtain. The military maintains that the true threat lies to the west, from the Myrthon Regency, although Vost Miraj reports say otherwise. General Khygar urges Governor Kamal to return to the capital as quickly as possible.
Io'lor 1478: A dragonborn commits suicide before the altar of Bahamut in Io'calioth. Through Speak with Dead rituals, he's identified as a Vost Miraj assassin. On his person is a scorched death warrant signed by General Khygar, ordering the execution of High Priest Dhastrand. The Temple of Bahamut demands swift justice. The Mercator Council issues a declaration stating that High Priest Dhastrand was a Myrthon spy and a traitor, and that his death was warranted under imperial law.
Tamara 1478: Governor Kamal arranges a diplomatic conference in Io'fazor and commands Grand Admiral Rhutha to lead the bulk of her fleet to the city in anticipation of a meeting with Regent Tsar Dakor of Myrthon. Meanwhile, in Io'calioth, rumors of a massive threat to the east are quashed by Kamal's propaganda machine. Nevertheless, the empire's eastern fleet — a mere two hundred ships — gathers at Io'drothtor, leaving the capital poorly defended.
Tamara 1478: Valzan Ambershard, leader of the Golden Shield in Io'galaroth, offers Skaravostrym a gift — a crystal mirror with oracular powers — in exchange for special considerations. A strike team consisting of Kzandro, Nyrrska, and several Knights of Ardyn raid the Golden Shield's hall in Io'galaroth and destroy the mirror before it can be delivered, once again protecting the Wyrmworn from Skaravostrym's wrath. However, Nyrrska is captured and brought to Inquisitor Torthaas for interrogation.
Tamara 1478: Alex learns that his father and half-brother are aboard one of several ships due to rendezvous with the remnants of the Nerathi fleet in the cold waters north of Haartha, nearly a month’s journey east of Io'calioth.
Chronepsis 1478: Standing before a nervous congregation in the Temple of Bahamut, High Priest Imazhia asks the citizens of Io'calioth to pray for the safety of the Emperor's heir, urges them to arm for war, and publicly denounces Governor Kamal as a Myrthon puppet. The Mercator Council issues a warrant for her arrest, but the warrant is hastily retracted after the Temple of Tiamat condemns the martial caste's interference with divine matters and issues death threats to several council members.