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16.2 Timeline of Recent History

13th YEAR OF THE REIGN OF RODRIC IV: Events of "Magician"
(11 years before the Darkness at Sethanon, First year of the Riftwar)

In the autumn, an alien warship is wrecked off the coast near Crydee. The only survivor is interrogated by magical means, and it is discovered that the ship was from another world dominated by a warrior empire, Tsuranuanni. Word is sent to Queen Aglaranna of Elvandar, who visits Crydee and informs the Duke that parties of Tsurani warriors had been spotted in the forests around Elvandar. Fearing an invasion, Duke Borric conDoin rides for Krondor to inform Erland, the Prince of Krondor and Knight-Marshall of the Armies of the West.

Along the journey, Tomas Megarsson is lost within the Mac Mordain Cadal. He finds the golden dragon, Rhuagh, and along with a dwarven chieftain named Dolgan sits the dragon's deathwatch. The dragon rewards Tomas with the armour of Ashen-Shugar, and Dolgan with the lost Hammer of Tholin, the symbol of the dwarf-kings of the west.

Duke Borric and his party arrive in Krondor only to be told that they must travel on to Rillanon to gain King Rodric's permission to raise the Armies of the West. They travel on to Rillanon to discover that Rodric is quite mad. Whilst awaiting his decision, the Tsurani launch their offensive, attacking the Free Cities near Walinor, the elven forests, Stone Mountain and Crydee, and capturing a bridgehead around the rift that connects Midkemia to Kelewan. King Rodric gives command of the Armies of the West to Duke Borric and sends him to Yabon to assist Duke Brucal.

During an early raid to discover the rift, Pug of Crydee is captured by the Tsurani.

(8 years before the Darkness at Sethanon, Third year of the Riftwar)

The riftwar continues on four fronts: elves and dwarves in the north, Borric and Brucal in the east, Crydee in the west and moredhel and goblins in the south. The Tsurani build enclaves outside the valley with the rift machine from which they raid enemy positions and expand their areas. During an assault on Crydee using a captured ship, the town of Crydee is burned to the ground and the castle at Crydee is besieged. 

17th YEAR OF THE REIGN OF RODRIC IV: Events of "Servant of the Empire"
(7 years before the Darkness at Sethanon, Fourth year of the Riftwar)

The Tsurani launch a major offensive against Crydee, lasting for two weeks without victory.

On Kelewan, the Blue Wheel Party removes itself from the Alliance for War, and the warriors of the Shinzawai quit the siege of Crydee. Pug, along with his friend Laurie, is removed from the slave camp where he had been labouring for four years and is taken to the Shizawai estates to prepare Kasumi, son of the Ruling Lord of the Shinzawai, for a special mission. A visiting Great One notices Pug's magical training, and removes him from the Shinzawai estate to be trained by the Assembly.

(6 years before the Darkness at Sethanon, Fifth year of the Riftwar)

The Assembly assists the Alliance for War, sending Great Ones to aid in an offensive against Elvandar. The elves and dwarves, under the command of Tomas, emerge victorious with the aid of Macros the Black. Queen Aglaranna takes Tomas as her lover.

On Kelewan, Pug completes his training and becomes a Great One, Milamber.

(3 years before the Darkness at Sethanon, Eighth year of the Riftwar)

The Tsurani slowly expand to the east, in an attempt to reach the coast. In Elvandar, Tomas grows more and more elf-like as he draws power from Ashen-Shugar's armour.

22nd YEAR OF THE REIGN OF RODRIC IV: Events of "Honored Enemy"
(2 years before the Darkness at Sethanon, Ninth year of the Riftwar)

The Blue Wheel Party rejoins the Alliance for War, sending fresh troops to Midkemia to launch a major offensive. A captured slave informs the Midkemians of this, and Borric's son, Prince Arutha, is dispatched to Krondor to seek additional aid from Prince Erland. He arrrives in Krondor to discover that Guy du Bas-Tyra has seized control of Krondor. With the aid of the Mockers, he and Princess Anita escape to Crydee.

In Elvandar, with the assistance of Macros and the Spellweavers, Tomas Megarsson brings the human and Valheru within him into balance. He marries Aglaranna, becoming Prince-Consort of Elvandar.

The Empire of Kesh invades the Vale of Dreams, only to be swiftly defeated by Guy du Bas-Tyra.

On Kelewan, Milamber destroys an arena, shaming Warlord Almecho and causing him to commit suicide. Milamber is stripped of his title of Great One and declared outlaw in the Empire of Tsuranuanni. Meanwhile, Kasumi of the Shinzawai departs Kelewan with an offer of peace from the Emperor for King Rodric. King Rodric believes Kasumi to be a spy, and brings the Armies of the East to crush the Tsurani. He is killed in the fighting, naming Borric's son, Prince Lyam, as heir.

Lyam accepts the Emperor's offer of peace, and the Emperor comes through the rift to sign the treaty. Macros the Black uses his magic to fool the various armies into thinking they are being attacked, and the Emperor retreats through the rift. Pug and Macros destroy the rift.

Lyam is crowned King. Arutha becomes Prince of Krondor, and Martin is made Duke of Crydee. Kasumi, trapped by the closure of the rift, is made Earl of LaMut where he and his warriors settle. Guy du Bas-Tyra is banished from the Kingdom. Pug is granted a charter for the isle of Stardock to found his academy there, becoming Duke of Stardock.

1st YEAR OF THE REIGN OF LYAM I: Events of "Silverthorn"
(1 year before the Darkness at Sethanon)

Murmandamus appears for the first time. In the Kingdom, bands of goblins and moredhel are seen migrating northwards to Sar-Sargoth.

Prince Arutha and Princess Anita are married. During the wedding, an attempt is made on Prince Arutha's life by the Nighthawks, and Anita is poisoned with a toxin made from the Silverthorn. Prince Arutha and companions travel north to Lake Moraelin to find a cure.

Murad, Grand Chieftain of the Raven Clan and Murmandamus' warchief, is slain by Baru of the Hadati.

Pug travels to Kelewan and discovers Elvardein and the last of the Eldar.

2nd YEAR OF THE REIGN OF LYAM I: Events of "A Darkness at Sethanon"
The Darkness at Sethanon/The Great Uprising occurs.

Princes Borric and Erland are born to Prince Arutha and Princess Anita.
Another attempt is made on Arutha's life by Nighthawks working for Murmandamus. The attempt is foiled, but a state funeral occurs to fool Murmandamus into thinking Arutha is dead. Arutha and companions travel north to defeat Murmandamus. They find Guy du Bas-Tyra has become leader of Armengar, a city-state under threat from the moredhel. Murmandamus marches on Armengar, and destroys it after a long, bloody siege. He then marches south, sacking Highcastle before reaching Sethanon. Murmandamus disappears in the citadel of Sethanon, and his armies retreat under threat of Tsurani from LaMut, magicians from the Academy of Stardock, and further troops from the Armies of the West.

Sethanon is wholly abandoned by the Kingdom of the Isles, believed to now be haunted.

7th YEAR OF THE REIGN OF LYAM I: Opening of Midkemia Online
(5 years after the Darkness at Sethanon)