Every campaign world has a history of significant events. Here is Part 1 of the Chronology of Danarbi that I compiled in 2011, focused on the various ages and dating systems. Part 2 will have a list of dates and events.
(NOTE: This is an attempt to reconcile the dates of various historical events as regards Danarbi and its interactions with other civilizations of Granjor. Among the various previous iterations of Granjor many times dates differ as I made revisions – mostly to try to “space out” events more to reflect that cultures of the past changed much more slowly than in more recent times. Some of my original sources, particularly in regards to the 3 incarnations of the Unimokan Empire, cannot be located at present and I am attempting to use a combination of memory and common sense to fill in the gaps.)
Overview of the “Ages of Granjor”
The basic historical reckoning of most my previous sources is based upon sources using Holothonian dating (or, for more ancient times, the dating of Carinthia or Yzonnd (Izonda). I have tried to provide dates in Unimokan “Imperial Reckoning” as well for comparison.
The first historical age was The Age of Gods and Men (GM) (there was a previous Age of Magic, but that was in prehistoric times in human terms, and if the demihumans bothered to keep calendars in those distant times they are not letting on), which saw the rise of human civilizations such as Arypt, Yzonnd, Carinthia, and Himarkia. This is the rough equivalent of the Bronze Age of our own Earth, leading into the early Iron Age. The latter centuries of this age saw the migration of humans into the lands of Holothom, which was previously inhabited only by demihumans and humanoids.
The second historical age was The Age of Elves and Men (EM), dated from when the Jilona Elves concluded a treaty of friendship with the human Kingdom of Gyaal, opening formal relations between humans and demihumans. In some ways the actual Age of Elves and Men ended little more than three centuries later, when most of the demihuman clans mysteriously vanished from Holothom, and the remaining demihumans withdrew to their own lands during The Reign of The Devastator and the ensuing century of chaos that followed. However, centuries afterwards the custom is still to record dates based upon EM reckoning.
To convert a date from EM to GM, add 1065 years; likewise to convert a date from GM to EM subtract 1065 years (which may give a “negative” year as a result. The current year is 879 EM, or 1944 GM.
The third historical age is The Age of Men (AM), which is actually just beginning although few realize it yet. The demihumans (especially the elves) are quickly dwindling in numbers, their time on Granjor beginning to draw to a close. The future of this world lies with humans, and over the coming few centuries demihumans and magical creatures will become things of legend. There is no real dating system of AM yet, although a handful of reclusive sages may be attempting to create one.
Unimokan Imperial Reckoning (IR) is based upon the traditional founding date of the First Unimokan (Danarbian) Empire. For practical purposes, this reckoning is only used by the relative handful of surviving Unimokan enclaves deep in the jungles of the east.
To convert a date from IR to EM, subtract 688 years; likewise to convert a date from EM to IR add 688 years. The current year would be considered 1587 IR, although the Third (and last) Unimokan Empire fell in 1316 IR (628 EM). To convert a date from IR to GM add 377 years; likewise to convert a date from GM to IR subtract 377 years.