Under Feet of Clay
History in Calopius is continually updating and evolving. This page will serve as a hub for linking documents and providing context for the major events of the world. See also this note on Fate in Calopius
A Brief Timeline
Year 0: Cosmomachy, awakening of the mortal soul, Gaia is bound, Xiphios takes the throne of Heaven.
Year 260: The Seven Sages discover the Tablets of the Fire Thief, awakening mortals to self-rule.
Years 260-350: Establishment of the Seven Cities and departure of the Sophotheon.
Year 377: Fall of Thebes
Year 380: Pius seeks to build a city in Barbarian Lands
Year 410: Taitalan is brought to the city of Erebus to build the Labyrinth
Year 414: Taitalan flees the Labyrinth, the Rule of Erebus begins
Year 428: Barbarians overwhelm Basilus‘s city, the colony is abandoned
Year 446: Aedikles begins his labors
Year 449: Thenius sails for Erebus
Year 450: Erebus destroyed, Thenius’s ship sinks and he swims back to Periandropolis
Year 467: Aedikles reaches the Urpan Mountains, completing his labors
Year 501: Calydonia slays the boar
Year 504: Barbarian invasion begins at Biasophoros, last stand of Spartarchos and the Tousand
Year 506: Barbarian Invasion repelled
Years 506-1102: The Peace of Triumph
Year 1102: Beginning of Barbarian hostility in the Straights of Nestor
Year 1107: Pittacae and Periandropolis engage in minor battles over trade policy.
Year 1109: The Accord of Cleobonomos assures peace between Periandropolis and Pittacae.
Year 1113: Periandropolis equips and sends a trireme to establish a colony in Barbarian Lands, ship lost at sea.
Year 1116: Barbarian ships seen from Solonos, repelled by joint Solonite/Biasophoran/Periandropolene Navy
Year 1125: Completion of the Skyway of Cleobonomos
Year 1128: The Heroes of Timaedius liberate the island village and slay the cyclops Galateush.
Year 1133: King Meneandros IV of Pittacae murdered, beginning of the Pittacan Civil War. Haemon disappears in the north, joining the Anthrotheon.
Year 1156: Generation 2 Beginning (28 years after the events of Generation 1)
The Pittacan Civil War to Date
1133 – King Meneandros IV is assassinated. Initial evidence points to the implication of House Agiadis and Zeuxedamus coordinating a grab for power. Queen Melissa (originally of House Zeuxedamus, and sister to Dorikas Zeuxedamus) is taken by cover of night from the Citadel and spirited to an unknown location for safety as violence threatens to break out. The houses of the Liberati make their stand that with the King now dead and the royal line broken, the office should be dissolved.
1134 – The Naval Battle of Three Harbors sees the bulk of the Royalist navy destroyed by the ships of House Pausanias, who dominates the naval theater in the East. Nicanor Agiadis is appointed commander of the lands of House Agiadis, and tasked with maintaining a force that can keep House Eurysthenes from maneuvering the bulk of their army into the greater battle.
1136 – Peace talks between Houses Agiadis, Cleombrontos, and Amyklas fall through. The Battle of the Copper Hills sees the shield-bearers of House Oibalos suffer heavy losses.
1139 – House Tyndareos launches a night raid of the manor of House Zeuxedamus, killing the current leaders of House Zeuxedamus. Dorikas withdrawn from the location where Melissa is being kept to oversee the affairs of his house.
1141 – In a battle that is now known as Nicanor’s Gambit or The Knife of Agiadis, a distraction force provides cover for Nicanor Agiadis to push his lines north, sacking the manor of House Eurysthenes and breaking the northern front of the Liberati. The victory came at significant cost, and the coming occupation of Eurythenes lands will prove a greater drain on their resources. Zoldus Eurysthenes’s body is found in the wine cellar, allegedly preserved by magic and having been dead for years. However the body is stolen during a riot when Commander Agiadis orders a proper public funeral for the head of the house. A sizable bulk of Eurysthenes soldiers escape to the Western front of the war, but some retreat to the north.
1144 – House Agiadis officially ends occupation of the the lands of House Eurysthenes, after nearly a dozen peasant revolts and ongoing infiltration and sabotage attempts. Among the commoners of House Eurysthenes, Nicanor earns the nickname Butcher of the Bloody Bay, due in large part to a few incidents in which armed soldiers were forced to raise their weapons against rebeling peasants.
1150 – The Battle of Bull’s Charge sees the Royalist Army turn a near defeat into a rout with a cunning false retreat.
1152 – Captain Laylissa, a mercenary captain from Timaedius under the employ of the Royalist Army, earns a reputation across all Calopius for a run that comes to be known as The Battle of Empty Seas, in which casks of Alchemist’s Fire were hurled ahead of the ship on catapults to create the sense of an imminent battle against the Liberati forces, and instead the half-elf oversaw a rescue of fifty prisoners of war returned to their houses.
1155 – The protracted fighting has left deep entrenchments largely along the main thoroughfares of the Pittacan countryside. After two decades of bloodshed, little hope remains of reuniting the splintered polis.