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History of Britannia

The Isle of Britannia has a long a bloody history. In ancient times it was a primeval forest full of horrid monsters and elves alike, called Sylvanesti (The elven word for forest home). The elves claim that in the dark times a man came to them and foretold of many things to come. Things like, the coming of humans to the Isle and the age of war. The elves took to worshiping this powerful deity, known as Silvanus, and when his other worshipers arrived on the Isle took them in and formed alliances with them against the monsters and hostile humanoids that lived in the deep dark forests. The Celts, as the humans called themselves, were warlike and aggressive but they also had been told by Silvanus to go to the Isle and join with the elves so that they may prosper. This they did and together the Celts and elves of Sylvanesti routed the goblins, orcs, hobgoblins, bugbears, and gnolls. The war was long and bloody, but in the end the humanoid tribes were driven out of the human and elven territories. There were, of course, still raids and incursions, but the people of Sylvanesti were finally able to prosper in relative peace.

Many years later the Isle was invaded by a human tribe from Europe called the Britons. These people were fleeing warfare and strife caused by the various different Germanic tribes waging war on each other during the years before the rise of the Greek and Roman empires. They came to Sylvanesti first as conquerors but later they integrated themselves more peacefully. So great were their numbers though that the residents all took to calling their homeland the Isle of Britannia instead of Sylvanesti.

Then came the Romans… The Romans, in order that they might continue to press their advantage against Celtic tribes, invaded Britannia. Their first invasion never actually made it to the Isle (although Julius Caesar had sent reconnaissance missions there) and the locals were never even aware that they had been “invaded”. The mad Emperor, Caligula, ordered the Isle taken but later ordered the troops to collect seashells to send to Rome as tribute to his “conquest of the Sea”. Caligula’s successor, however, made good on a bid for Britannia. Claudius sent four legions to conquer the Isle in the year 1250 CY (796 A.C. in the Roman calendar). They conquered the southern plains and open country but ran into stiffer resistance in Wales and Northumbria. There was a brief rebellion led by a Celtic Queen named Boudicca in 1268CY (814 A.C.). It took the Romans many years to finally pacify Wales and the north of Britannia under General Agricola in 1291CY (837A.C.). Eventually, the Romans built a wall (Hadrian’s Wall) in the North of Britannia to secure their holdings there.

Britannia breaks away from Rome and joins the independent Empire of the Gauls in 1481CY. Roman Legions recapture Britannia and execute the leaders in 1485CY.
Centuries later with increasing pressure from “civilization” two other tribes made their way to the Isle; the Angles and the Saxons. These two came and invaded, pushing the combined forces of elves, Celts, and Britons back and subjugating much of the land.
The natives of Britannia appealed to Rome for troops to stave off the invaders and were told that they would have to look to their own defenses. The growing strife in Rome caused the legions to be withdrawn in 1617CY (1163A.C.).

Many years of warfare were waged between the many factions. Fortunately for the natives, the Angles, and Saxons fought each other as well as the locals, so their power was mitigated. Eventually, by way of joint military ventures and coordinated attacks the alliance of elves, Celts, and Britons, were able to defeat the Angles and Saxons in all but two of their provinces. Anglia and Saxony made peace and united against Britannia. The people of these two realms merged, calling themselves the Anglo-Saxons. This United Kingdom of Anglo-Saxons held off Britannia for many years. Finally, in 1710CY, a descendant of a Roman governor, named Arthur Pendragon united all of Britannia. He ruled for twenty-five years dying in battle against his illegitimate son, Mordred, in 1735CY. The kingdom was again thrown into disarray as Arthur had no legitimate heir. War waged for nearly one-hundred years before finally being united again under an elven king named Helion “Light Bringer”. He married Elaine, the daughter of the Celtic tribe of Artorius’ King. This act secured a truce and the Kingdom of Britannia saw relative peace for one hundred sixty-seven years. In 1987CY, King Brennus “The Half-Elven” died without heirs and tensions have been rising ever since, finally erupting into open conflict in 2000CY; the time prophesied as the “Time of Strife” in Druidic texts…

Time line:

  • ~500BT – Founding of Sylvanesti kingdom of elves in modern day Northumbria
  • ~15BT – First migrations of Celtic tribesmen to Sylvanesti.
  • 0CY – Alliance of elves and Celts formed.
  • 0CY – 150CY – Pacification Wars fought against the humanoids of the forests.
  • ~140CY – 300CY Briton migrations and unification.
  • ~340CY – Sylvanesti renamed Isle of Britannia.
  • 1250 CY – Rome invades Britannia.
  • 1268CY – Rebellion of Queen Boudicca.
  • 1273CY – Rebellion put down by Roman forces. Boudicca shaved and paraded naked throughout the Province before being executed in Londinium.
  • 1291CY- Rome completes conquest of Britannia.
  • 1481 – 1485 Britannia joins Empire of the Gauls. Retaken by Roman Legions.
  • 1617CY – Legions recalled to Rome.
  • 1617CY – 1710CY – Wars rage across all of Britannia until King Arthur is able to unite all of the people under his rule.
  • 1735CY King Arthur killed in battle. Kingdom plunged into civil war.
  • 1833CY Helion “Light Bringer” marries Elaine of the Artorius Tribe and defeats the last of the warring kingdoms to unite Britannia under a single king.
  • 1987CY – King Brennus “The Half-Elven” dies without heirs and the kingdom is ruled for thirteen years by the council of nobles.
  • 2000CY – Current year. Civil war again threatens the whole of Britannia.
  • Nion 7th, 2000CY – “Dragon-Men” reportedly attack monastery of Lindisfarn and loot its religious artifacts and relics. The Duke of Providencia musters his army and marches north to subdue the “rebel” Barons and make his bid for the crown. The Reunification War begins.
  • Nion 9th, 2000CY – Cyrin Brightblade dispatches volunteers to send word to neighboring towns for assistance.

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