There is no concrete evidence as to which God or Gods actually created Midgard. None of the currently active Gods are reported to have admitted responsibility! Human historical records go back some 7,000 years, the Dragons say Midgard is about 30,000 years old however.
The first great endeavour of man was the Iscan Empire. Ruled by a caste of Sorcerers called the God Emperors, the Iscans spread their Bronze Age culture around the Inner Sea, driving back Chaos where they found it. At first their trade was welcomed, but gradually the God Emperors in exploring the realms of High Magic lost touch with their subjects, taking tribute in ever greater amounts their servants ruled by terror and dark magic.
Thus began the Dark Millennium. For a thousand years the wealth of the Inner Lands was carried by the scarlet galleys back to Isca. Evil powers arose as Iscan administration broke down, but none dared stop the tribute. Eventually the Gods intervened and the risings began. In Caran Mandricar overthrew the Lords of Siwenna, and to resettle the lands destroyed by the battles brought in the Travanni to what is now Bluvin. This was the Golden Age, when great magics were wrought to cleanse the land. Mandricar, Dragon-friend and land-healer, left a quiet and prosperous land when he was elevated to join the Gods.
The wheel turned, and the third millennium opened with upheaval as the Coast and Sea peoples invaded Caran. The southern plains were overrun by the Coast people save for Caranja whilst the Sea people (from across the Inland Sea) settled in Shivish. At this time also the Dwarves came to the Dome. Other lands were also suffering, with the last outposts of the Iscan Empire falling, leaving only the imperishable Citadel of Brass on Isca isle.
Recovery was slow, at least in Caran, magic being feared and distrusted, and it was not until near the end of the millennium that forces of power rose again. The Magi of Hemma rediscovered the old high magic, but their experiments enabled the Lords of Siwenna to return and the White Council first became known when they banished the Lords once more.
Across the Inland Sea the rise of Ahmetad the Mad sent a wave of refugees into neighbouring lands fleeing the Jihad which while it lost its impetus with the death of Ahmetad smouldered for several centuries. At this time the Ruain first appeared in Caran, some say brought by the Dragons to help preserve the forests being encroached upon by Man.
In the Far West rose the Bright Empire of Morn, built on iron and Christianity. When Ibras fell in fire and slaughter the Peninsula submitted and watched as the armada moved on to the Brass Citadel. And after twenty-four years the God-Emperors came out, and would have destroyed all, but the White Council imposed the Great Ban and in opposing it the God-Emperors destroyed themselves and much of the isle with them. So ended the High Magic, for in imposing the Ban the Council had drained the great part of their power. From this point Modern History is dated.
|0||Start of the Third Cycle of Midgard|
|500-1500||The Dark Millennium|
|c 1500||Mandricar overthrows Lords of Siwenna. Iscan tribute ends. Bluvin settled by Travanni.|
|1950||Death of Mandricar|
|c 2000||Coast and Sea peoples invade Caran. Dwarves appear in the Dome. Strife, destruction and end of the 'Golden Age'.|
|2547||Death of Diddletree the Mage, founder of the White Council.|
|2800-3000||The Magi of Hemma.|
|3390-3446||Ahmetad the Mad founds the Kingdom. Jihad in the East, Praha sacked.|
|3450||Eronessans reach Caran. Ruain first appear.|
|3690-3714||Siege of Isca by the Bright Empire. Great Ban imposed. Much of Isca destroyed.|
|3721||Imperial occupation of Caranja.|
|3826||The Kell pogrom.|
|3910-3960||Samisdat overrun Kingdom.|
|3940-3960||Hordes in Udnatz and Hemma.|
|4100||Demons in Upper Yvnad.|
|4126||Departure of Imperial Garrison.|
|4150-4200||Caran reunified by Dukes.|
|4171||The Great Basilisk Raid.|
|4200-4600||The 'Dukes' Peace'.|
|4600-4620||New walls of Caranja built.|
|4624||The Burning: Caranja partially sacked.|
|4710||Semanet-League Towns war. Phirl besieged.|
|4833||End of Imperial tribute.|