The High West
(AG 380 - 611)
The Dawn War begins - Indrose Albran, the Lord of Albranhigh, swears to end the petty warring amongst the Emerald Lords of the Wending Vert after his father and older brother are slain. He is a masterful speaker and able warrior, but his tactical skills are lacking, his battles bloody affairs carried by the enthusiasm he instills in his men more than any martial ability.
The Battle at Raven River - The forces of Indrose Albran are almost defeated until he receives the aide of Masha Sendeyvrian, the daughter of Thanor Sendeyvrian, the Lord of Treath. With her genius, he not only defeats the armies at Raven River but begins a string of amazing victories. Masha and Indrose swiftly fall in love, though the pace of the war leaves no time for the ostentatious marriage their stations demand.
Indrose Albran dies at Colhollu - Leading his armies against Vanar the Black-Handed, Albran is slain. Masha heads the armies in continued war, pursuing her lover's dream of empire.
The Dawn War ends in the Empire - Iruña Sendeyvrian--the daughter of Indrose Albran and Masha Sendeyvrian--leads the Armies of the Sun to victory against the forces of Lord Vulteg Saras, conquering the city of Saras Hann and thus unifying the whole of the Wending Vert beneath her sunburst banner. The city is renamed Thahtmahan and declared the capital of the Empire of the Sun.
The War of Rod and Scepter - Despite the benevolence of the Xaini throne and the relative security provided by the ruling council, there was a growing weight of corruption, greed, and pride in all levels of government. With the death of King Talavar Amun without a clear successor, a civil war is touched off. Talavar's sister Quinsain is quickly tried and convicted of the popular king's assassination, rage over the crime sufficient to allow factions within the government to cover up evidence exonerating her for the short time it took to arrange the execution. Though there were as many as seven factions fighting for control of the throne at any one time, there were never really more than three possible candidates to wear the crown. Lasting decades, it was a bloody war that shattered many of the institutions Xain was famed for, the necessities of war creating an atmosphere of oppression and privation and ending the west's epoch of cultural supremacy.