The Obsidian Descent
The world of Lyris has fallen into dark times unlike those seen since the Wars of the Old Gods.
The following is a brief timeline of events:
1350: Lich Lord Tik’roshi comes to power. His factions are small, but he conquers a small portion of land within the central Divlan Forests for himself.
1351: Tik’roshi becomes more aggressive and forces the Elven royalty out of the Divlan Forests.
1352: Tik’roshi and his mercenaries march across the halfling lands of Hopmire, asserting control
1353: The Council of Light is put together and sanctions Tik’roshi. He is quarantined to his current territories.
1354: The countries of the world are still.
1355: The Lich Lord Tik’roshi appears before the Council of Light to plead his trial. He is denied and once again banished to his kingdom.
1356: The Black Army is formed. It stands 50,000 tall and begins moving outward with an alarming speed. The Council of Light attempts to seek out and destroy Tik’roshi, but to no avail.
1357: The Silver Hand swears its allegiance against Lich Lord Tik’roshi, whose aggressive expansion has led to exponential gains. The Silver Hand coupled with The Council of Light meet the Black Army in open combat. Estimates put that 100,000 died in the first year in the War of the Crimson Lotus.
1358: The second year of the War of the Crimson Lotus. The Black Armies continue to make headway. Another 200,000 are estimated to have been killed.
1359: The free nations of the world join with the Silver Hand to combat Tik’roshi, who is now a worldwide threat. The Black Army stands now 2 million in scale. The city of Andorhal is secretly restored in case of emergency.
1360: The Battle of Obsidian Fields, the final battle in the war of the Crimson Lotus is fought. The largest gathering of people since the formation of Lyris come together in a head-on battle. The Black Army standing 3 million strong fought against the severely outnumbered Army of the Silver Hand, led by Sighardt himself, which stood at 1 million strong. The battle lasted for 2 weeks, until finally Tik’roshi himself entered the battle. At the end of the battle, The Silver hand was defeated, and sought refuge from the battle. The survivors congregated at Andorhal, the secret city at the base of Mt. Aeterna. No one knows what ever became of Sighardt.
1361: Andorhal faces an unrelenting siege. However the Lords of Andorhal rise up, and magically protect the city. The Black armies crash like waves on the side of a cliff.
1362: Andorhal regains their strength when Martin Flamento returns to the present. He strengthens the foundations of Andorhal and destroys 10,000 of Tik’roshi’s followers in an aggressive campaign. Since this time, attacks on Andorhal have been light.
1363: A number of trade routes are established with outside contacts. The Night Watch is formed, and the city of Andorhal begins to gain an identity amongst the turmoil.
1364: Whispers suggest a dual threat to the salvation of humanity. And many have compared this to the Battle of the Obsidian field, thus deeming this the Year of the Obsidian Descent.