The Iron Legion
The History of the Empire
- Death of Daijin- Last Emperor of Myroi
- 100- City States begin to crumple due to starvation/disease/war
- 120- Hadrian takes power in Aura.
- 123- Hadrian forms defensive alliance with neighboring city states
- 128- After many defeats Hadrian wins the battle of Napoli
- 130 – In two years, he wins battle after battle. City states begin to fall like dominos.
- 132- Remaining city states petition for peace
- 135- Auran Military aids Apollonian Peninsula in there on going war with the Ra’a’Shan
- 139- City states of Apollonian Peninsula slowly begin submitting to the empires rule
- 146- War breaks out on the Appollonian Peninsula, and Hadrian sends his eldest son with an army to aid his allies. His other two sons lead the legions to the east, they are still trying to repel the Ra’a’Shan invasion. Word reaches him that the northern tribes have begun raids on the Northern provinces, and that the small town of Aura was in their path. Hadrian himself leads a contingent north to the small town of Aura. He quickly discovers that he is not facing tribal raids, but an all out invasion. He manages to destroy two of the three entrances into the valley, and he gathers his forces in the other. He recruits a small militia to support him in the valley as his men cut off the small armies supply lines. The militia fell, ran or crumpled around him. Hadrian held the line. He cut down the enemy with passion. He forged through them until the enemies line crumpled before him, and they fled the battle field. There, amidst twenty thousand bodies while watching the northern tribes retreat, the emperor let himself die. The widows of those who died at the Northern tribes wrapped the emperor in cloth, and they carried him all the way back to the capital of the emperor. So began the first widow’s pilgrimage. His sister takes her own life at Lucia’s crossing.
- 150- The death of the emperor rocked the land. Nobles instantly began posturing themselves around the three sons of the emperor. Each group tried to get their chosen son to rise as the next emperor. The Law of the land began to break down, and things just kept getting worse. The only thing that prevented the empire from breaking down was Hadrian’s forethought. He left his wife in charge of the Auran peninsula, and his sons were put in charge of the military. He knew that if anyone could dull their competitive edge, it would be their mother. Portia was the first female empress to rule.
- 195 – Portia was immensely talented, and she was blessed by the gods. The only female paragon of Anima, she held off civil war through wisdom and will. Blessed with the power of sight, she was able to hold together the empire by heading off potential threats to stability before they rose. The only threat to the empires stability that she could not head off was her own death, and the ambitions of her son.
- 250- The last hundred years saw the empire steadily decline. After the death of Hadrian’s sons, the royal family grew increasingly unfamiliar to their people. The majority of them are seen as a fat, lazy, decadent bunch that cares nothing for them. The same has been said for the people of the Aura peninsula as a whole. The empire had grown to include a few provinces within the Moira Peninsula, and a stretch of plains north east of the Apollonian Peninsula. The Conflict on both sides was slowly pressing the Auran Empire into conflict. From the conflict in the east rose a noble warrior. He emerged from the lowest ranks of soldiers to lead the entire legion against the Ra’a’Shan. People were already talking about him with hope. They saw the man to have the power to change how things were going, and then they found out that he could trace his lineage directly back to Hadrian himself.
- 254- Rumors spread through the empire of nobles approaching Orion about overthrowing the current emperor.
- 255- The Barbarian tribes lose contact with the Rus, related tribes to the east. After many months without word, a well-known chieftain shows up in the village ravaged by a mysterious plague and speaking of a spear that rose from the sea. The first Magister Tower appears, and in its wake disease spreads amongst the people and food. The Nords begin calling it the Tower of Bone.
- 256- The Emperor quickly consolidates support for Orion’s marriage to his own daughter. His eldest Portia, named after the wife of Emperor Hadrian, had turned down every other offer she received. She was renowned for being a bit too much to handle.
*258- Orion and Portia get married. Lore’s brother Brutus murders his father before he can announce Orion as Heir. In the same moment he kills his father, he has his loyal guards rush into the marriage chamber to kill his new found brother-in-law. None of them walk out. Orion is crowned emperor, and Brutus is exiled from the kingdom.
- 266- The fighting finally ends in the Border lands as the Ra’a’Shan fall back, and Orion unites the Moira peninsula under his rule. He turns his attention north. Rather then extending the offer of military presence, Orion sends a small lightly armed force to provide aid to the northern tribes. The group known as the Orion concordance, was mostly made up of physicians, strategists and trainers. Their presence is at first ill received. People expected the legions to follow on their heels. As time went on, and the local people realized the legion was not coming. They began to put grater faith in the concordance.
- It is also at this time that Orion conceives the three Academies. The Academia D’Leonum, Academia Corvorum , Academia aquilarum. He has a vision of his best military tacticians scouring the land year after year to find the best candidates. The best children with futures in the military, politics, and medicine. These children, despite social or economic circumstance would become the future of the empire. His vision was compromised by two facts. One, he could not fund such an ambitious project without bankrupting himself (and the empire). Two, the nobles would certainly oppose anything that might lead to their families social standing being compromise by a former commoner. He revised his plans to account for this. The Academia would be set up to train young nobles to be the future of the empire. Money, rank, bares no consideration in admittance or survival. A small percentage of other students will be children of promise from around the empire. He figured that Nobles who graduate from the Academia will help fund the Academia, and the concept of raising nobles up would lead nobles to donating large sums of money in advance. He was right, and the Academia began construction that very same year.
- 276- After Ten Years, the concordance has spread throughout the North. They built a firm relationship with the northern tribes, and the Tribes began uniting under their guidance. Together they formed a council that began to list off the ills of their collective society, and two came to a head. One, the Northman constantly raided the shores.
- Two, the magister city states to the east actively stunted the economic growth of the northern tribes. Despite their different heritage, nationality and in some cases language. One thing was unanimous between them. They like local rule, they eventually saw that it was impossible to stand against their enemies without some unity. They joined the empire, but their form of governance was very different from the rest of the empire. They divide themselves into provinces based off historical alliances/lineage, and each province formed a council of elders. They worked together to govern the growth of the province. They worked alongside a Auran Governor. The governor was responsible for being the empire’s voice in the council/negotiating the tax revenue needed to help support the empire’s military and government.
- 292 The Magisters begin to raid the people of the Badlai mountains regularly. Cities begin to grow at the base of their towers. Each of the four forming their own city state.
- 300- The empire has grown large, and some say it is at its limits. Border tensions cause continual unrest in the east. Some tribal cultures within the Empire still distrust the motivations of its leaders. Despite its issues the Empire as a whole is at peace. This year the Empire mourns the passing of Orion, but it has no fear of its future. Orion Calidus Decius II, a graduate of the Academy, is a capable leader. He has proven himself on the battlefield, and he has earned the love of the north eastern peoples of the Badlai Mountains. Him being solely responsible for preventing their complete destruction at the hands of the Magister city states.
- 338 – Orion Calidus Decius passes, and his firstborn Titus Calidus Decius takes the throne. The emperor signs a decree the next day abdicating the throne to his brother. Justus Calidas Decius takes the throne at the age of 16.
- 348 – After ten years of war, travel and politicing. The Emperor finally takes permanent residence in the capital. His first child is born, and he names her Justina Calidus Decius.
- 351 – The emperor’s second child is born.
- 360 – Rumors of a strange monotheistic cult begin to spread around the land. A cult with roots in Ra’ A’ Shan territory. A cult that believes women should never be given the gift of leadership.
- 386- The game begins. Please give me background ideas for your family when you have them.